Three finalist nominees for the 2013/14 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award are Nadine Kessler, Nilla Fischer and Martina Müller.
VfL Wolfsburg dominate the award as all three finalists, Nilla Fischer, Nadine Kessler and Martina Müller represent the German club and will be in the vote for the 2013/14 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award on 28 August in Monaco.
In the 2013/14 season Wolfsburg successfully retained the UEFA Women’s Champions League title after an exciting final against Swedish club Tyresö FF.
The three players were chosen from a shortlist of eleven: Verónica Boquete, Nilla Fischer, Lena Goessling, Nadine Kessler, Lena Lotzen, Marta, Martina Müller, Alexandra Popp, Christen Press, Lotta Schelin, Caroline Seger. View more details here.
Details of the nominees provided by UEFA:
Nilla Fischer (defender, VfL Wolfsburg/SWE)
• The Sweden defensive midfielder turned centre-back for UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 was seventh in the 2012/13 voting for this award and was Wolfsburg’s key signing last winter.
• Fischer made her Wolfsburg debut in front of more than 8,000 fans against FC Bayern München and in her 31 club appearances last season they conceded only 22 goals as they retained the European and German titles.
• Captain Kessler described Fischer as “a top leader”, and her Tyresö rival and compatriot Caroline Seger added: “She has grown a lot as a player, because she is in a different position from what she is used to.”
Nadine Kessler (midfielder, VfL Wolfsburg/GER)
• Wolfsburg’s skipper forms a formidable central midfield partnership with Lena Goessling (fourth in this year’s voting, the position in which Kessler finished 12 months ago).
• Kessler was ever-present in both UEFA Women’s Champions League and Frauen Bundesliga for Wolfsburg in 2013/14, bossing the midfield but also proving her goalscoring prowess with one run of 13 goals in 16 games.
• Her mazy dribble set up Müller’s final winner against Tyresö: a goal the scorer described as “50% Nadine and 50% me”.
Martina Müller (midfielder, VfL Wolfsburg/GER)
• Just after Müller joined Wolfsburg in 2005 they were relegated to the second division: now two years running she has scored the winner in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.
• Müller, who retired from the Germany team after her 101st cap in 2012, now plays deeper than the centre-forward role for which she made her name, but she was last season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League top scorer on ten goals, with two in the final including the 81st-minute clincher.
• Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann said: “I am very happy for Martina as she has been here since 2005 and is the face of the club. It is no coincidence that she is our top scorer.”
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