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Aitana Bonmati & Erling Haaland voted UEFA Players of the Year!

Sarina Wiegman and Josep Guardiola win women’s and men’s Coach of the Year awards, while Aitana Bonmatí and Erling Haaland were voted UEFA Players of the Year.

UEFA Women’s Player of the Year

Spain and FC Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmatí has been crowned the 2022/23 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year. The announcement was made at today’s 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage draw, which took place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The Spanish international was a pillar in her club’s victorious UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign last season and made a remarkable and effective contribution to her national team’s victory at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Aitana Bonmatí collected a total of 308 points, with Chelsea FC Women and Australia forward Sam Kerr (88 points) and Real Madrid CF and Spain defender Olga Carmona (72 points) taking second and third places respectively.

The jury was composed of the coaches of clubs participating in the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League together with the coaches of the women’s national teams of UEFA’s member associations. A group of journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) were also part of the jury.

UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year

Sarina Wiegman was voted the 2022/23 UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year. The Dutch coach, who led the England women’s national team to the final of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer after having overseen England’s EURO 2022 success last year, collected a total of 211 points in a special poll featuring coaches and journalists. Spain’s women’s national team coach Jorge Vilda came second with 163 points, while FC Barcelona coach Jonatan Giráldez was third with 139 points.

Similarly to the women’s player award, the jury was composed of the coaches of clubs participating in the group stage of UEFA Women’s Champions League together with the coaches of the women’s national teams of UEFA’s member associations. A group of journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) were also part of the jury.

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

Manchester City FC striker Erling Haaland was named the 2022/23 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year at the same ceremony in Monaco. The record-breaking Norwegian goalscorer last season became both the youngest and the fastest player to score 35 Champions League goals, driving his club to its first UEFA Champions League title in Istanbul in June.

Erling Haaland collected a total of 352 points, with Argentina forward Lionel Messi (227 points) and Manchester City FC teammate and Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (225 points) taking second and third places respectively.

The jury was composed of the coaches of the clubs which played in the group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League together with the coaches of the men’s national teams of UEFA’s member associations. A group of journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) were also part of the jury.

UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year

Manchester City FC’s head coach Josep Guardiola was voted the 2022/23 UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year. The Spanish coach, who guided his team to its first UEFA Champions League title, alongside Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumphs, collected a total of 602 points in a special poll featuring coaches and journalists. SSC Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti came second with 252 points, while FC Internazionale Milano’s head coach Simone Inzaghi was third with 84 points.

Similarly to the men’s player award, the jury was composed of the coaches of the clubs which played in the group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League together with the coaches of the men’s national teams of UEFA’s member associations. A group of journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) were also part of the jury.

UEFA President’s Award

Finally, during the awards ceremony in Monaco, one of the world’s greatest goalscorers with illustrious performances at both German national team and club level, Miroslav Klose, was presented with the 2023 UEFA President’s Award by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin for his outstanding career and services to football both on and off the pitch.

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