So far, 2018 has been a good year for Lyon players. OL Féminin has long been recognized as the preeminent force in women’s football while OL’s Academy is perpetually ranked as one of best in Europe. Lyon’s dominance in both sectors has been rewarded with a host of nominations, with the likes of Houssem Aouar, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry, and Tanguy Ndombélé getting the attention they very much deserve.
France Football, the publication that gives out the Ballon d’Or, one of the most prestigious individual awards a footballer can win, is finally launching editions for women and youth. About time, too! See below for details.
The newly minted Ballon d’Or féminin is blasting right out of the gate with some of the most recognized names in women’s football. Of the 15 nominees, 7 play for Lyon. See full list here.
Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, Saki Kumagai, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Amel Majri, Amandine Henry, Wendie Renard
This is on top of Lyon providing 6 of the 10 nominees for FIFA Best Women’s Player as well as 7 of the 10 nominees for the UEFA Women’s Player of the year. In both awards, two of the three finalists were from Lyon. Unfortunately — and inexplicably — Lyon did not win either award. Given their sheer domination, they should have had a winner, but sometimes it’s the case of too many nominees from one club, which can often split the vote.
However, Lyon did win FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year, with Reynald Pedros being rewarded for his hard work last season.
Not to be ignored, Lyon’s youth are also getting their fair share of recognition. Houssem Aouar is on the shortlist for Tuttosport’s Golden Boy Award, which is given to players under the age of 21 who are having the best calendar year. France Football’s new award, Trophée Kopa, will likewise be awarded to footballers at the U21 level and below. Aouar makes this list and is certainly one of the strongest candidates.
Unfortunately, it’s just his bad luck that Kylian Mbappe is a nominee for both awards. It’s hard to imagine anyone beating Mbappe at anything these days, so unless we’re in for a big surprise, Aouar will at most be one of the finalists.
And to wrap things up, Tanguy Ndombélé is capping off a fine season start by being one of the three nominees for UNFP’s Player for September. You can vote for him here. The UNFP Awards are given out to players in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Last year, Nabil Fekir and Ferland Mendy were named to the UNFP’s Team of the Year while Ndombélé and Aouar were nominated for Young Player of the Year (Mbappe won, of course).
Fingers crossed that Lyon get the recognition they very much deserve!