The shortlists have been revealed and voting has began for the UEFA.com Girls’s and Males’s Group of the Yr for 2020.
Soccer followers around the globe can choose their favorite XI from the 50 elite gamers included on every shortlist, each assembled by UEFA’s skilled technical panel.
UEFA’s Males’s Group of the Yr award has been working since 2001, however that is the primary time followers will probably be given the possibility to pick their Girls’s Group of the Yr too.
Each lists are composed of 5 goalkeepers, 15 defenders, 15 midfielders, and 15 forwards, all of whom are judged to have excelled at membership stage in any of the 55 UEFA-associated leagues between January and December 2020.
The deadline for voting is Jan. 6, 2021. This is what the lists appear to be.
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Premier League, Bundesliga dominate
The Premier League has the joint-most representatives within the males’s shortlist, with 15 out of the 50 names having performed within the English high flight sooner or later throughout 2020.
This is the same as the Bundesliga, with the likes of Kai Havertz and Thiago Alcantara dividing time between each nations.
Bayern Munich rule the roost
With regards to particular person golf equipment, Champions League winners Bayern Munich have extra gamers shortlisted than anybody else, with 10 gamers on the Group of the Yr shortlist representing them in 2020 — together with UEFA Males’s Participant of the Yr Robert Lewandowski.
The overall variety of golf equipment represented is 21 (together with instances the place one participant has performed for a number of golf equipment).
Atalanta and RB Leipzig have gamers showing on the UEFA Group of the Yr shortlist for the very first time, with six shared equally between them: Hans Hateboer, Alejandro Gomez, Josip Ilicic (Atalanta); Dayot Upamecano, Angelino, and Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig).
As much as and together with 2019, two golf equipment are tied on the high of the all-time rating with regards to having gamers included within the UEFA Group of the Yr: fierce rivals Barcelona and Actual Madrid, who’ve each had 49 gamers featured within the remaining XI since 2001.
Subsequent on the checklist is Bayern Munich with 21 gamers, adopted swiftly by Juventus on 20.
There are a complete of 19 completely different nationalities included on the lads’s shortlist, with Germany (6) narrowly pipping France (5) to the bulk share.
Ronaldo’s run goes on
Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the seventeenth consecutive yr. The Juventus star has additionally made extra complete appearances (14) within the UEFA Group of the Yr than every other participant over time, with Lionel Messi subsequent on the checklist (11) and Sergio Ramos third (8).
Davies the star of the longer term
The youngest participant on the 2020 Group of the Yr shortlist is Alphonso Davies (20 years and 31 days) of Bayern Munich.
The previous guard
The oldest participant is Thiago Silva (36 years and 72 days), who left Paris Saint-Germain in the summertime to signal for Chelsea.
The returning 10
As a mark of their collective continued type, 10 members of final yr’s remaining UEFA Group of the Yr XI have been nominated once more in 2020.
Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, and Sadio Mane all return within the ballot.
The one member of the 2019 staff to overlook the lower for the 2020 shortlist is Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona.
Maybe it isn’t overly stunning, however Girls’s Champions League winners Lyon have essentially the most gamers included on the inaugural UEFA Group of the Yr shortlist with 13 out of the 50, together with Lucy Bronze who has since departed for Man Metropolis.
France out in entrance
Once more because of Lyon’s continental and home dominance, France have extra worldwide gamers nominated than every other groups (10).
Division 1 Female can also be essentially the most represented league on present, with 19 gamers who plied their trades within the French high flight sooner or later throughout 2020.
The overall variety of membership’s represented is simply 11: Lyon, PSG, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Metropolis, Juventus, and PSV Eindhoven.
That is half the quantity of various golf equipment represented (21) on the corresponding males’s shortlist.
5 of six FIFA’s world confederations are represented by not less than one participant, with Oceania (OFC) the one one lacking.
The 50 nominated ladies’s gamers have a median age of 27, which is precisely the identical as the lads’s shortlist.
The youngest participant included is Lena Oberdorf of Wolfsburg, who does not flip 19 till Dec. 19. She is the one teenager on the Group of the Yr shortlist.
In distinction, the oldest participant is Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Hedvig Lidahl, who’s 37 and a veteran of 169 senior worldwide caps for her native Sweden. Man Metropolis defender Steph Houghton (32) is the oldest outfield participant included on the shortlist.