The task facing UEFA's team of technical observers after the final in Berlin was to compile a 'team sheet' featuring the names of the 18 players who, in their opinion, had made marks on the 2014/15 UEFA Women's Champions League season.
The starting point was a master list of 50 players who had produced impressive performances in specific matches. Eliminating 32 of them was a challenge. The process also served to prompt discussion on players' roles – for example, Frankfurt's right wing-back, Bianca Schmidt, was catalogued as primarily a defender, whereas Simone Laudehr, her counterpart on the left, was rated more of a midfielder.
The midfield positions embraced a diversity, with PSG's Caroline Seger playing a controlling role very different from the attack-minded contributions by Verónica Boquete. And Marta, although deployed in a deeper starting position at Rosengård, was still considered to be an attacker.