As with the men’s teams, the women’s UEFA Champions League matches are being watched with great interest. The matches to reach the final are already in full swing and the top four teams are full of players worth watching and cheering for. Let’s take a look at the line-ups!
FC Barcelona Femení
FC Barcalona Femení is the most successful team in the Spanish league. Among other things, they have seven league titles, eight Copa de Reina victories, two Spanish Supercup trophies, and last year they also won the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
With last year’s Women’s Champions League victory, FC Barcelona became the first club where both the women’s and men’s team have achieved this result.
This year they played against Real Madrid to make it to the final four. 19 minutes into the match, the Catalan team had already scored 4 goals. The match made history since 91, 533 spectators attended the game at Camp Nou stadium, which is a new attendance record for women’s games.
Alexia Putella Segura contributed a lot to their success. Alexia, who is also the team captain, is among the best players. 2021 was definitely her year. She became the first women’s footballer to win all three individual honor trophies in the same year: the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, The Best FIFA Women’s Player, and the Ballon d’Or Feminin.
The LGBTQ+ community is represented on the team by Mapi Leon. Mapi came out officially in 2018 in a Spanish newspaper. Since then, she has played an important role in the rainbow community; for example, in 2019 she was the headline speaker at Madrid Pride. El Mundo listed her as one of the top 50 most influential LGBTQ+ people in both 2018 and 2019.
Olympique Lyonnais Feminin
Olympique Lyonnais Feminin, Lyon for short, is the top team in the French league and the highest ranked team in UEFA.
Since 2010 Lyon has been the best women’s team in the world. It is seen as a model for the economic and cultural development of women’s football. The team has seven UEFA Champions league titles to their credit, including a record that they achieved five of these victories in consecutive years between 2016 and 2020. In addition to this, they have also won 14 domestic league championships between 2007 and 2020.
One of the driving forces of the team is the Hungarian-born Dzsenifer Marozsán. Her family moved to Germany when Dzsenifer was young, and since then she has played for the German national team.
Marozsán is considered the best female player of the decade, for which she received the Decade’s Award in 2020.
During her career so far, she has won five Women’s Champions League trophies, but, in addition, she has one many different championships with French and German teams.
Paris Saint-Germain Féminine
Paris Saint-Germain Féminine, PSG for short, is another up-and-coming French women’s team. The Parisian team has already reached the UEFA Women’s Champions League final twice, but they have yet to win. In the French League, on the other hand, they are pressuring Lyon more and more and they are receiving better feedback regarding the team’s development and progress.
Ramona Bachmann came out during the 2015 World Cup and officially acknowledged that she is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. On social media, she also happily shares pictures of her personal life and relationship too. Bachman is of Swiss origin and strengthens the national team there. During the 2009 under-19 World Cup, she was selected as the Golden Player.
Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V – Vfl Wolfsburg
Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V, or Vfl Wolfsburg for short, is a team playing in the German Bundesliga. They have already won two UEFA Women’s Champions League cups in 2013 and 2014. They are the first German team to defend their title. Besides this, they have six Bundesliga and eight DFB Pokal titles as well. In addition, the IFFHS chose them twice as the best women’s team.
The only question now is who will make it to the finals and lift the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy this year.
Translated by Amy Soto