2020 didn’t start well, but it has certainly been a strong finish to the year for Real Madrid Femenino.
2020 was a historic year for Real Madrid Femenino as the takeover from CD Tacón was completed. Tacón had a below-par start to the year as they had a bag of mixed results in Primera Iberdrola, but after the completion of the takeover in July, Real Madrid Femenino have been a force to be reckoned with in the first half of the new season, currently sitting comfortably at the 2nd spot and playing much better than one would have expected in their debut campaign.
I have already written the Awards article on the men’s team, and the same format will be followed in this article as well.
The award winners from Real Madrid Femenino are:
Best Defender: Ivana Andrés
The captain and leader of the team, Andrés was signed from Levante during the previous transfer window to complement the launch of Real Madrid’s women team. The Spaniard has been the heart and soul of the backline, and she has brought her leadership qualities to the fore as well.
Ivana Andrés has made 13 appearances this season, and she has helped the team climb to the second spot in the table. Her impact has been positive on the team in such a short amount time, and why not, she has tons of experience playing at the highest level.
Best Midfielder: Maite Oroz
The 22-year old has been an incredible addition to Real Madrid Femenino. She has so far fulfilled all the expectations and lived up to the hype. Leaving opposition players chasing shadows, Maite has been an extremely influential player in the middle of the park.
Such has been the impact of the ex-Athletic Bilbao midfielder that she needed just 10 games to win the accolade of the best Real Madrid Femenino midfielder in the year 2020.
Best Forward: Sofia Jakobsson
The Swede has been one of the best players in the league ever since making the switch to Primera Iberdrola. Goals, assists, high work-rate – ask what you need from her and she will provide truckloads of skill in each department.
During Tacón’s struggles in 2019-20, Jakobsson was the saving grace of the team. She was in fine form at the beginning of the year and has been in red-hot form in the current season. In my opinion, she was the best player on the team.
Breakout Player: Olga Carmona
My friend and fellow colleague at The Real Champs recently wrote an article on Olga Carmona, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s a fantastic piece by the way, which you can read here.
When the season started, she wasn’t a starter in the team. As a left winger, she was second-choice to Marta Cardona and Sofia Jakobsson, while also having to compete with Chioma Ubogagu. However, after injuries to Marta Corredera, she found a place in the XI as a makeshift left-back, and boy has she impressed. Olga has done enough to keep her place, and she has one of the highest ceilings in the squad.
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Most Improved: Kosovare Asllani
Asllani has been sensational this season, scoring nine goals, the joint third-highest scorer in the league. At one point, she was leading the charts. 2020 didn’t begin in the manner she would have hoped, but the turnaround has helped Asllani show her real prowess and transform the flashes of excellence during the initial months of the year into sheer consistency by the end of it.