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Best Women's Player in Europe final three: Amandine Henry

Amandine Henry is one of three nominees for the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award. UEFA.com looks back on another fine season by the 2014/15 runner-up.

Amandine Henry shows off the UEFA Women's Champions League trophy
Amandine Henry shows off the UEFA Women's Champions League trophy ©Sportsfile

Amandine Henry left Lyon for Portland Thorns in the summer after nine seasons, not only having won the French title in all of those years but also fresh from a third UEFA Women's Champions League final victory.

The athletic France midfielder, who has already helped her nation reach UEFA Women's EURO 2017, was the 2015 UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe runner-up behind the now retired Célia Šašić following an excellent FIFA Women's World Cup. She promptly maintained that form for club and country, as the player that ran Lyon's game from the middle despite an injury-disrupted (if now NWSL and Olympic-extended) campaign.

Honours: UEFA Women's Champions League, French League, French Cup

How Lyon won the Champions League

Domestic league
Appearances: 13
Goals: 6

UEFA Women's Champions League
Appearances: 5
Goals: 0
Assists: 1

UEFA Women's EURO qualifying
Appearances: 3
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

Reporter's view: Paul Saffer, UEFA.com women's football editor:

  • Henry's competitive spirit and athleticism put her at the core of the rise of both Lyon and France.
  • Her charismatic personality has also made her an ideal leader on the pitch.
  • Her move, in the prime of her career, is considered a huge coup for the American NWSL.