England coach Sarina Wiegman has been nominated for the UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year award, with Beth Mead being one of three players listed in the Player category.
The pair of Lionesses helped England to their first major tournament victory in 56 years, with Wiegman staging the European Championship triumph from the dugout and Mead finishing not only as the tournament’s top scorer but also as the tournament player.
Wiegman was named alongside the Germany national team coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, which the England team beat in the final at Wembley at the end of July. Lyon manager Sonia Bompastor was the third manager named to the Coach of the Year shortlist after guiding his side to a Champions League victory earlier this summer.
Mead, who scored six goals and registered five assists at the Women’s Euro, was named alongside other midfielders Lena Oberdorffrom Wolfsburg and Germany, and the Spanish midfielder from Barcelona Alexia Putellas.
The winners of both awards will be announced during the UEFA Men’s Champions League group stage draw on Thursday 25 August.
Oberdorf won the Young Player of the Tournament award at the Women’s Euro just after losing the final to England, while Putellas is the defending Women’s Ballon d’Or champion but missed this summer’s international tournament with Spain due to a serious knee injury.
It’s been a great few months for Arsenal winger Mead, who has been nominated for Women’s Super League Player of the Season, Ballon D’Or and the Fans’ Player of the Year award. PFA WSL for the past year. She managed to win Player of the Season and Women’s Supporters Club of the Season awards with the Gunners.
Wiegman, who also led her native Netherlands to European Championship glory five years ago on home soil, is a two-time winner of FIFA’s Best Women’s Coach award.
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The 2022/23 Women’s Super League season kicks off on the weekend of 10/11 September, with defending champions Chelsea starting at home to West Ham.
This round of curtain-raising fixtures also includes a mouth-watering fixture between the teams that finished second and third in the WSL last season, with Arsenal traveling to Manchester City.
Arsenal only missed out on the title by one point last season, so their home game with Chelsea on the weekend of January 14/15 – the first round of fixtures after the WSL’s month-long winter break – and the trip to face Emma Hayes’ side on the penultimate weekend of the season, May 20-21, could be key.