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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

GER­MANY for­ward Celia Sa­sic re­it­er­ated she has no re­grets over her de­ci­sion to re­tire, de­spite scoop­ing the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award for 2014-15 last week.

The 27-year-old beat off com­pe­ti­tion from for­mer FFC Frank­furt and Ger­many team­mate Dzsenifer Marozsan and Lyon midfielder Aman­dine Henry to land the award, voted for by a panel of 18 jour­nal­ists.

It comes af­ter a stel­lar sea­son, which saw the for­mer Frank­furt star fin­ish top goalscorer in both the Ger­man Bun­desliga and UEFA Cham­pi­ons League – her goal help­ing her side lift the tro­phy in the lat­ter in a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Ger­main.

She also scored six goals at the 2015 Women’s World Cup – the most of any player at the tour­na­ment – as she reached 111 ap­pear­ances for the coun­try.

De­spite the 49 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions last sea­son, Sa­sic – who is mar­ried to Croa­t­ian foot­baller Marko – brought the cur­tain down on 11 years in the game to fo­cus fin­ish­ing her Cul­tural Stud­ies diploma and rais­ing a fam­ily.

“I won the Cham­pi­ons League with Frank­furt and played in the World Cup. And now I have this award. I can have no re­grets about call­ing time on my ca­reer,” she said.“It’s amaz­ing to win this award. But I also want to say that this is a tro­phy for my team­mates from the na­tional team and from FFC Frank­furt.

“I have the best job, I am a striker, but my team-mates are the ones who give me good balls, so it’s for them too.”

Sa­sic fin­ished on 11 votes, with Henry pick­ing up four, one more than Marozsan.

Six Bri­tish play­ers re­ceived votes in the first three rounds, with Manch­ester City’s Eng­land cap­tain Steph Houghton just miss­ing out on mak­ing the cut for the fi­nal dozen.

The other home na­tions play­ers recog­nised were Fara Wil­liams, Lucy Bronze, Kim Lit­tle, Karen Bard­s­ley and Jodie Tay­lor.

NO RE­GRETS: Celia Sa­sic

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