FIFA has released their 10 woman shortlist for their The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016 award, and two Bayern Munich players have made the list. Both Melanie Behringer and Sara Däbritz are in the running to bring home FIFA’s most prestigious women’s individual award.
Behringer and Däbritz led Bayern to their second consecutive Bundesliga championship as well as won the Olympic gold medal in Rio with Germany. Fellow Germany teammate Dzsenifer Marozsan is also nominated for the award.
Ada Hegerberg, who was voted Best Player in Europe toward the end of the summer, has remarkably not been nominated for the award. It’s likely due to the fact that Norway didn’t qualify for the 2016 Olympics, and international competitions are still overly-weighed in the women’s game.
Behringer will be one of the favorites to win the award. She finished as the top scorer in the Olympics following her stellar Bundesliga season. She’s going to have great competition, but Behringer has a chance to bring this award back to Munich.
The winner will be announced on January 9, 2017 at The Best FIFA Football Awards show.
The full list of candidates:
Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais)
Melanie Behringer (Bayern Munich)
Sara Däbritz (Bayern Munich)
Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns)
Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyonnais)
Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash)
Dzsenifer Marozsan (FFC Frankfurt / Olympique Lyonnais)
Marta (FC Rosengard)
Lotta Schelin (Olympique Lyonnais / RC Rosengard)
Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns)