Bayern player Joshua Kimmich received the Defender of the Season award in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League campaign.
Kimmich, 25, has had a stellar season with Bayern Munich, helping them to reach the top three in the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. The versatile defender started all but one of 11 games in his triumphant European campaign and put Kingsley Coman the winner in the final win over Paris in Lisbon. The award was announced during the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Geneva.
Defender of the Season Vote
1 Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) - 161 points
2. Alfonso Davis (Bayern) - 138 points
3. David Alaba (Bayern) - 119 points
4 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - 79 points
5 Thiago Silva (PSG) - 54 points
6 Dyot Upamecano (RB Leipzig) - 46 points
7 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) - 35 points
8 Marquinhos (PSG) - 21 points
9 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) - 10 points
10 Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) - 8 points
Kimmich & #039; s 2019/20 in numbers
Achievements : UEFA Champions League winner, Bundesliga winner, German Cup winner, best squad of the UEFA Champions League season.
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“The epitome of a professional footballer who also stands for what makes Bayern what they are. Football is his hobby, his job, his blood. "
Jupp Heynckes, former coach of Bayern Munich
“He learned incredibly fast. He found his role in the team and matured. Now he is at the level at which he can play for any team in the world. "
Xabi Alonso, former Bayern Munich midfielder
“I see him as top right back, left back, center back, # 6, # 8, # 10 ... he has the qualities to be anyone. He is smart and understands what he has to do here and what he has to do there. I think he's phenomenal - an absolutely phenomenal player. "
Jose Mourinho, coach of Tottenham
How Kimmich was chosen
The jury consisted of coaches from 32 clubs in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage, as well as 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each UEFA member association. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their teams.
The jury selected three best players for each position, with the first one receiving five points, the second three and the third. The winner was the player with the most points in each category.
The rest of the prize winners
UEFA Player of the Year: Robert Lewandowski
UEFA Player of the Year: Pernille Harder
Male Coach of the Year: Hansi Flick
Women's Coach of the Year: Jean-Luc Wasser
Male Goalkeeper of the Season: Manuel Neuer
Best Midfielder of the Season for Men: Kevin De Bruyne
Men's forward of the season: Robert Lewandowski
Women's Goalkeeper of the Season: Sarah Buhaddi
Women's Defender of the Season: Wendy Renard
Women's Midfielder of the Season: Zenifer Marojan
Women's forward of the season: Pernille Harder
UEFA President's Prize: Didier Drogba