52. Theresa Nielsen
Despite turning 31, 2017 was something of a breakout year for defender Theresa Nielsen, who showed what she’s capable of to the rest of Europe at Euro 2017.
Part of a Denmark side that reached the final, Nielsen scored one of the most memorable goals of 2017, a header with seven minutes to go of their quarter-final against Germany which ultimately won them the game.
It was Germany’s first Euro’s defeat since 1993 and propelled Nielsen into folklore. She also swapped Brondby for pastures new in Norway during the year, but the Denmark centurion will be mostly remembered for her role in Denmark’s achievements in the summer.
Not only that, she played every minute of the tournament under Nils Nielsen.
Nils Nielsen, former Denmark national team head coach says:
“Theresa Nielsen is a very experienced right defender, she’s fast and she loves to attack. She has a fighting heart and she always gives all to her team.”
Kjell Edvin Gustad, Vålerenga manager says:
“Theresa Nielsen is an offensive full back who has had a very good progression this year. Especially in terms of quickness and sharpness in her movements.”
Katja Kragelund, Scandinavian women’s football writer says:
“The experienced right-back became a widely recognised name with her solid display both defensively and in offense for Denmark at the European Championship, which saw her and the team win a silver medal. Other than a memorable winner against Germany in the quarter-final, she was named to the team of the tournament. She also took home the title of best defender in Norway in 2017 after a good season with Vålerenga.”