Juventus Cristiana Girelli was named the best Italian footballers of the year for 2021, winning the Pallone Azzuro. Read on to find out more about the best Italian female football players.
The AIC Serie A Women's Team of the Year is an annual award given to a set of eleven female footballers in the top tier of Italian women's association football, the Serie A, who are considered to have performed the best during the previous calendar season.
The Italian Footballers' Association (AIC) has also organized The AIC Serie A Female Footballer of the Year, which is a yearly award given to the female professional footballer who was the best considering all performance factors.
The female footballer which performed the best among the all players in the previous women's football Serie A season gets the Serie A Female Footballer of the year.
This award is a part of an event called the Gran Gala del Calcio (formerly known as Oscar del Calcio).
Serie A Female Footballer of the Year award does not have an exceptionally long history. The first award was given in 2012 and the first winner was Melania Gabbiadini. She has won the award four times consecutively as a record in the award brief history from 2012 till 2015, playing for AGSM Verona.
Here is a brief overview of the Serie A Women's Team of the Year in 2021.
The Italian Footballers' Association (AIC) announced the best team of the year considering players in each position. The AIC Serie A Women's Team of the Year is an annual award.it is given to a set of
best female players in the Serie A
They are considered to have done their best during the previous calendar season. This award is a part of an event called the Gran Gala del Calcio (formerly known as Oscar del Calcio). Juventus with 17 Appearances has the most players during the three-year history of Serie A Women's Team of the Year award.
Full name: Laura Giuliani
Date of birth: 5June 1993
Place of birth: Milan, Italy
Height:1.75m (5 ft 9 in)
was among the
Serie A Women's Team of the Year in 2021
. She is an Italian football goalkeeper who plays forAC Milan
. She started her career in Como 2000. She played for Gutersloh 2009, Herforder SV, FC Köln, SC Freiburg, and Juventus.
In 2017, She joined the Juventus club and 0n 20 May 2018, Giuliani won Juventus' first league award in history.
Laura Giuliani was also given the award of Best Goalkeeper. The award was presented by Ludovica Mantovani, President of the Women's Football Division. The players were awarded on the basis of OPTA data.
Giuliani said, "It's an award that makes me so proud at the end of a season, in which as a group and as a team we have done impressive things. I think it's the best form of recognition to end this season in the best possible way."
While some of other Italians players signed contract extensions, Giuliani did not. Juventus Women announced that Giuliani, their starting goalkeeper from Day 1 of the project, along with Brazilian winger Maria Alves would leave the club when their contracts expire.
Giuliani, one of the more underrated goalkeepers in Europe, signed on a free transfer with AC Milan and became the second big name to leave Juventus after a title-winning season following the departure of manager Rita Guarino.
Full name: Alia Guagni
Date of birth: 1 October 1987
Place of birth: Florence, Italy
Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
is an Italian footballer who plays for the AC Milan club in Serie A and the Italy women's national team.
She started her career in ACF Firenze at 2002 and played 115 games for the club She won one Serie B and two Serie A2 with the ACF Firenze.in 2015 she joined Fiorentina helping them won Serie A at 2016-2017 season. She also won two Coppa Italia and one Super Coppa Italiana with the club.
She was named Serie A female footballer of the year in 2017 and 2018 and after playing 75 games forFiorentina
in 2020, she joined the Atletico Madrid club and won the Super Coppa de España Femenina in 2020-21 season. In 2022, she joined AC Milan.
The defender was also named the
AIC’s Player of The Year
for two straight years in 2017 – 2018. Most recently, she was named the AIC’s Player of The Month for January 2022.
In 2022, a sensational Alia Guagni delivered three delightful assists as AC Milan enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 victory over visiting Sampdoria in one of the Matchday 13 fixtures of the Serie A Femminile at the Vismara Sports Centre.
She said in an interview, “My objectives are the same as those of the Club. We want to finish as strongly as possible, even if there were a few ups and downs and dropped points in the first half of the season. We have the desire and determination to recover as many points as possible and do well.
“I’m convinced that, as a team, we have what we need and, above all, we are aware of our abilities. As I said before, I’m proud to be here, and I’m proud of my team-mates and the group.”
Full Name: Sara Gama
Date of birth: 27 March 1989
Place of birth: Trieste, Italy
Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
is an Italian footballer and the captain of bothJuventus
and the Italy national team.
She started her career in Tabagnacco in 2006. In 2009, she joined the Chiasiellis. In 2012, she was transferred to Brescia and in 2017, she joined the Juventus club. She has won one Serie A title with Brescia and four with Juventus. She also has one Coppa Italia with Juventus and one with Brescia.
When the Juventus Women’s team was announced last year, the Bianconeri could hardly have picked a better player and person to be their captain for the inaugural season than Sara Gama.
An un-forgiving and rock-solid defender on the pitch and a role model off it, Gama shows every day what is possible through hard work, perseverance and integrity.
When Sara Gama and her Juventus Women teammates played for the first time at the club’s Allianz Stadium in Turin in March 2019, she knew the moment marked a significant leap forward in the acceptance of women’s football in Italy.
She once said, “I am proud to have contributed to the growth of women’s football”. Sara Gama is the sixth player to enter the Italian football hall of fame; she is one of the symbols of the female ball and she certainly has no intention of stopping.
Full name: Cecilia Salvai
Date of birth: December 1993
Place of birth: Pinerolo, Italy
Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
is an Italian footballer who plays for Juventus and the Italy national team. Salvai started her career with Canavese in 2008. She moved to Torino after one season.
In 2012, she moved to Swiss club Rapid Lugano. After one season she returned to Italy. she signed with Bardolino. In 2016, she joined ACF Brescia Femminile.
She has won 3 Serie A from 2017 to 2019 and one Coppa Italia in 2018-2019 Season. She also has won two Super Coppa Italiana.in the international level she has played 36 games for Italy senior team.
Quite surprisingly, Juventus FC Women club tweeted a picture of Cecilia Salvai slanting her eyes in an image many found racist.
Salvai used her fingers to slant her eyes while wearing a cone on her head, and the tweet included emojis doing the same.
The photo faced immediate backlash and was removed after 25 minutes. Later, the club apologized for racist post shared on women's team's Twitter feed.
Full name: Elisa Bartoli
Date of birth: 7 May 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth: Rome, Italy
Height: 160m (5 ft 3 in)
Elisa Bartoli is an Italian football defender. She Plays for Italy national team and Roma in Serie A.
Bartoli started her career by playing for GS Roma CF in 2006.she played with her hometown club for six seasons. Bartoli was a big part of Roma CF's promotion from Serie B to Serie A. in the summer of 2012, she joined ASD Torres Calcio for the 2012-2013 season.
Bartoli won a Serie A league title and two Super Coppa during her time with Torres. Bartoli then signed with ASD Mozzanica. Bartoli earned the nickname "Gladiator" with Mozzanica, but she left there to join Fiorentina a year later.
At Fiorentina, Bartoli was more successful. She won the league title and Coppa Italia victories. After a journey of honor and making a name in Serie A and an international defender with Italy, Bartoli returned to her native Rome in the summer of 2018. At the international level she has played 45 games for Italy national team.
Full name: Aurora Galli
Date of birth: 13 December 1996
Place of birth: Tromello, Italy
Height: 161 cm (5 ft 3 in)
is an Italian footballer playing forEverton
and Italy national team. She started her senior career in 2011 playing for Inter Milano.in 2013 she signed with Torres Calcio and played 45 games for the club she also won Italian Women's Super-Cup in 2013.
In the 2015-2016 season, she played 20 games for Mozzanica and after one single season she left the Mozzanica, joining Verona.
After a short time.in 2017 she signed with Juventus. Aurora won three Serie A, one Coppa Italia and two Super Coppa Italiana for Juventus. After playing 67 games, she decided to join the Everton football Club.
Full name: Manuela Giugliano
Date of birth: 18August 1997
Place of birth: Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
Height: 1.60m (5 ft 3 in)
Manuela Giugliano is an Italian professional footballer who plays in Serie A. She plays as a midfielder for Roma in Italy's Serie A and the Italy women's national football team.
She has played for many teams in Serie A. Manuela started her career in 2013 with ACFD Prodenone. Next season she joined ASD Torres Calcio. She played for ASD Mozzanica during the 2015-2016 season. In 2016-2017 season she played for Verona and in 2017-18 she played 22 games for ACF Brescia.
Manuela won the Italian Super cup with the Club. During 2018-2019 she played 20 games for Milan and then joined Roma. They won the Italian Cup in season 2020-21. She named as the AIC Serie A Female Footballer of the Year in 2019.
At the international level she played for under 17 and under 19 national team of Italy and from 2014 she has 20 appearances for senior team.
Full name: Valentina Cernoia
Date of birth: 22 June 1991
Place of birth: Manerbio, Italy
Height: 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
is an Italian football player, playing for Juventus FC in the Serie A and Italy national team.
Cernoia started her career by playing in ACF Brescia in 2008. In the 2013–14 season she played in the UEFA Champions League for the first time.
She made her first game in the Italian national team in the 2015 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. She moved to the newly founded Juventus FC women's team after a decade in Brescia in 2017.
She has two Serie A with Brescia and three with Juventus. Three Coppa Italia with ACF Brescia and one with Juventus. She also has three Italian Women's Super-Cup title with Brescia and two with Juventus.
Full name: Valentina Giacinti
Date of birth: 2 January 1994
Place of birth: Trescore Balneario, Italy
Height: 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Valentina Giacinti is a professional player who play as forward for Fiorentina and the Italy women's national team. She started her career from Atalanta in 2009 and then joined Napoli in 2012 after playing 56 games. after one season in Napoli, she transferred to Mozzanica and played 96 games scoring 86 goals for them.
In 2017, She joined Brescia and after one year she transferred to Milan. Giacinti has been Serie A's top scorer in 2015–16, 2017–18 and 2018–19.at the international level she played 41 games for Italy.
Full name: Ilario Mauro
Date of birth: 22 May 1988
Place of birth: Gemona del Friuli, Italy
Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Ilaria Mauro is a former Italian football. She has also played for the Italian national team.
Mauro started first of her career with UPC Tavagnacco in Italy's Serie A. after 12 seasons with Tavagnacco, Mauro decided to move abroad in 2013. She signed for SC Sand of the German second division.
Two years later she joined 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam of the German Bundesliga. In 2016, she returned to Italy when joining Fiorentina.
Full name: Barbara Bonansea
Date of birth: 13 June 1991
Place of birth: Pinerolo, Italy
Height: 1.73m (5 ft 8 in)
Positions: Forward, midfielder
is an Italian professional footballer. She plays in Juventus and the Italy national team as forward and midfielder. She started her career in A.C.F. Torino in 2006 and played more than 100 games scoring 27 goals for the club.in 2012 she joined the ACF Bersicia.
Barbara won two league titles, two domestic cups and three Italian women's super-cups with the ACF Vrescia.
In 2016, Barbra Bonansea was named Serie A female footballer of the year. In 2017 after playing 117 games and scoring 61 goals for ACF Brescia she joined Juventus. At the international level she has played 15 games for Italy U19 and 69 games for the senior team.
Full name: Melania Gabbiadini
Date of birth: 28 August 1983
Place of birth: Calcinate, Italy
Height: 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Melania Gabbiadini was among the
Serie A Women's Team of the Year in 2021
. She is an Italian former football player who played as a forward. She started her career in Bergamo in 2000. After that she joined AGSM Verona in 2004. she became the Capitan of the team and won five Scudetti with AGSM Verona. She has won the Serie A footballer of the year four times.
She also is an experienced player at the international level. Melania made over 100 caps for the Italy women's national football team. Melania Gabbiadini was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
Full name: Benedetta Glionna
Date of birth: 26 July 1999
Place of birth: Naples, Italy
Benedetta Glionna is an Italian footballer. She plays as a forward for Roma and the Italy women's national team. She moved to Roma on 5 July 2021.
Glionna began her football with Fiammamonza in 2011. She then prompted the senior team by the beginning of the 2013-2014 season due to the club's problems.
Fiammamonza began to advance and promote to the higher league with Glionna and Cantore as first-team regulars, but they missed the jump to Serie B in Glionna's first two seasons of senior football with the club.
In the 2016-17 season, Fiammamonza gained promoted to Serie B thanks to big goals from Glionna and Cantore in the 7 May 2017 3-2 league victory over Olimpia Paitone.
In the summer of 2017, Glionna had scored at least 70 goals for Fiammamonza. Finally, Juventus got noticed of them and signed both young Italian forwards for the 2017-2018 season.
She commented on her club, "I choose Roma because I think it is a great club, with a great squad that has been improving year by year.”
Full Name: Cristiana Girelli
Date of birth: 23April 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth: Gavardo, Italy
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
The Italian footballer was one of the
Serie A Women's Team of the Year in 2021
plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team as a striker
She started her football career in 2005 with Bardolino. She won 3 Serie A at 2007,2008,2009 and 3 Italian Women's Cup at 2006,2007,2009 and three Italian Women's Super-Cup at 2005,2007 and 2008 with the club.
After scoring 60 goals in 66 games in Bardolino in 2013 she joined ACF Brescia Femminile.she won one Serie A, two Italian Women's Cup and 3 Italian Women's Super-Cup with them and played 115 games scoring 98 goals.
After five seasons with ACF Brescia Femminile, Cristiana Girelli joined Juventus in 2018. She named the Serie A Female Footballer in the 2020 and 2021.
Girelli made nine appearances for the Azzurre over the 12 months and scored nine goals, as well as helping Juventus Women to a fourth straight Serie A Femminile title and firing them through their Women’s Champions League group, eliminating WSL champions Chelsea in the process.
Girelli received 44 percent of the votes for the women’s award, beating teammate Barbara Bonasea’s 26 pc and AC Milan forward Valentina Giacinti, who took 17 pc of the votes.
At the international level, she played 78 games scoring 46 goals for Italy national team.
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