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FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

The Candidates

  • Nadine ANGERER

  • GER
  • 2015 was another unforgettable year for the two-time world champion from Germany. The woman who became the first goalkeeper to be awarded FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year two years ago once again delivered a memorable FIFA Women’s World Cup moment, reinforcing her reputation as a “penalty killer” during her country’s quarter-final showdown with France and repeatedly proving throughout the tournament that she is among the best in her field. At the end of Germany’s Canadian adventure, Angerer – who has played club football in four countries on three continents for Bayern Munich, Turbine Potsdam, Frankfurt (all Germany), Djurgarden (Sweden), Brisbane Roar (Australia) and Portland Thorns (USA) – called time on her glittering international career at the age of 36 with 146 caps under her belt.
  • Ramona BACHMANN

  • SUI
  • While her technical skills, intuitive understanding of the game and impressive drive to succeed have been an open secret for some time, Ramona Bachmann made the most of her first chance to dazzle on the world stage at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. By scoring three goals and setting up another two, the attacking star played a significant part in helping Switzerland to reach the Round of 16 in their first-ever Women’s World Cup. “We knew she was a fantastic player, and now the rest of the world knows too,” Switzerland coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said of her striker. Switzerland’s Women’s Footballer of the Year already has more than 60 international caps to her name and recently made the switch from Swedish Super Cup winners Rosengard to German Cup winners Wolfsburg.
  • Kadeisha BUCHANAN

  • CAN
  • Kadeisha Buchanan was one of many bright spots for 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosts Canada, and her efforts during their run to the quarter-finals won her the tournament’s Hyundai Young Player Award. The youngest player on John Herdman’s squad during Canada 2015 at 19 years of age, Buchanan anchored the hosts’ backline throughout the competition with a calming sense of composure beyond her years and played every minute of the Women’s World Cup. Known for the bright red streak that highlights her hair, the Toronto native, who was born to Jamaican parents, made her senior debut for Canada in 2013 and she scored her first international goal in spectacular fashion against USA in 2014. Having been named Canada's U-20 Women's Player of the Year in 2013 and showing similarly well in Canada’s defence during the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the future is bright for Buchanan.
Amandine HENRY
  • Amandine HENRY

  • FRA
  • "In terms of the Ballon d'Or nominations there's still a lot to do both at club and international level," Amandine Henry told recently. "I'm not thinking about it." Such dedication to her task is typical of the Lyon and France midfielder, but the rest of the football world has been weighing up her credentials for her – and there is little doubt she enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2015. Building on a talent evident for several seasons, Henry won the adidas Silver Ball at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Canada™, finished runner-up in the voting for the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award and helped Lyon claim a league and cup double. The Lille native truly sparkled on the pitch, scoring a wonder goal against Mexico at the World Cup, and she has promised plenty more to come in the future. "I don't want it to end there," she said. "I'm still hungry to progress."
  • Eugenie LE SOMMER

  • FRA
  • France may lack a big name to rival Marta, Homare Sawa or Nadine Angerer, but despite their collective approach they still possess gifted individuals such as Eugenie Le Sommer, who has delivered both end product and consistency for a number of years. Boasting a goals-to-game ratio close to one over the last five seasons with Lyon, and having struck more than 50 times for Les Bleues, she is an undeniably key figure for both teams. Three of those international goals came at the 2015 World Cup, where the unassuming forward confirmed her status as one of the leading attacking players on the planet.
  • Carli LLOYD

  • USA
  • 2015 has been a banner year for Carli Lloyd, highlighted by her inspired performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ during USA’s campaign that resulted in their third Women’s World Cup Trophy. The United States No10 earned the adidas Golden Ball at Canada 2015 and came in second in the Golden Boot race, finishing just behind Germany’s Celia Sasic. Lloyd’s hat-trick against Japan, including her remarkable finish from midfield will go down in history as one of the most memorable goals during a Women’s World Cup Final. With over 200 caps to her name, the New Jersey native has been a presence in the centre of midfield for USA since 2005. Lloyd made the shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2012 after she led USA to Olympic Gold at London 2012.
  • Aya MIYAMA

  • JPN
  • Slight in build and small in stature, Aya Miyama has used 2015 to confirm herself as a true giant of the women’s game. The latest FIFA Women’s World Cup was the little midfielder’s fourth, and it proved that she continues to improve with age. Now 30, Miyama was the captain and creative fulcrum of a Japan side that again reached the final only to lose on this occasion to the all-conquering USA. Her movement, intelligence, slick passing, superb set pieces and coolness from the penalty spot were all key elements in Japan’s impressive campaign, and were recognised with a place in the tournament’s All-Star Squad. With well over 150 caps already to her name, this two-time Asian player of the year continues to bring experience and excellence to the Nadeshiko ranks.
  • Megan RAPINOE

  • USA
  • Megan Rapinoe will always be known as a key figure in USA’s London 2012 and Canada 2015-winning squads, inspiring the next generation of players in her country. Thundering down the left flank, Rapinoe has been a threat to defenders across the globe throughout her career. Her wonderful double inspired USA to a 3-1 win over Australia in their Canada 2015 curtain-raiser. She will likely never forget the day, 5 July 2015, when she celebrated her 30th birthday by lifting the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ trophy in Vancouver with her team-mates in an already historic 5-2 victory in the Final against Japan. The USA No15 has transformed into a leader on this experienced and skilled American side and will play a crucial role for the team as they look to defend another title.
  • Celia SASIC

  • GER
  • Celia Sasic left her mark on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ with her unmistakable blend of technical class and ruthlessness in front of goal. The Germany striker’s six goals and one assist earned her the adidas Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer ahead of American Carli Lloyd, who reached exactly the same tally but needed more playing time to do so. Sasic also won the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League with Frankfurt and scored more goals last season than any other player in the Bundesliga or Champions League. The Bonn native was named Germany and Europe’s player of the year for 2015 in honour of these remarkable achievements. Having reached the peak of her career, Sasic announced her retirement from the game in July this year at the age of 27 after winning 111 caps and scoring 63 times for her country.
  • Hope SOLO

  • USA
  • Hope Solo is widely considered one of the top goalkeepers in the women's game, but this is her first appearance in the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year shortlist since 2011. The similarities between that year and 2015, however, are very clear. Both saw her as the FIFA Women's World Cup adidas Golden Glove winner, claim a place in the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star team and make an appearance in the tournament's final. The only real difference? A winner's medal, as she ended Canada 2015 with gold around her neck and the trophy in her hand. She also guided Seattle Reign to the Supporter's Shield in the National Women's Soccer League, with only a play-off final defeat to Kansas City denying her a clean sweep.