Roma Women review: Awards for the 2021-22 season

Roma Women were able to celebrate their most successful season in Serie A Femminile yet by the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

Finishing second in the table, Roma qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history. Pushing Juventus for a long stretch of the way, they ultimately fell a few points short of the champions, who also narrowly beat them in the Coppa Italia final.

Despite being runners up in the league and cup, this was the most competitive Roma side seen since they ventured into women’s football in 2018. Hence, their efforts for a record-breaking season for the club deserve commendation.

So, which players will receive individual honours in the Giallorossi Yorkshire awards? Here are five accolades for some standout contributions among an impressive collective effort.

Signing of the Season – Emilie Haavi

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When Roma acquired Emilie Haavi in December 2021, she looked like a useful player who could bring her experience to the club. But the way in which she utilised it really stood out.

Haavi made a majorly positive impression, peaking between late January and early February, when she scored in four consecutive games.

Adapting as a wing-back, or sometimes as a winger, she was impactful going forward and also contributed the creation of chances for her teammates. A full season in Roma colours for Haavi will be exciting in 2022-23.

The Norwegian has now likely established herself as a first-choice in whichever position she plays. It is testament to the way she hit the ground running after her arrival.

Most Improved Player – Giada Greggi

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After missing most of the 2020-21 season due to an ACL injury, Giada Greggi had work to do to pick up on the promise she had been showing before. But over time, the Roman midfielder earned her place as a starter again.

Even before her injury, Greggi was falling down the midfield pecking order due to competition for places. But she fought for her role after her return, looking a more mature player than the already committed version that had stood out in the club’s formative years.

Greggi was a regular in the midfield by the end of the season, earning a long-term contract in the process, thanks to her energy and ability to pick a pass.

Once again fundamental to the club’s plans, the 22-year-old has the scope to develop even further in the years to come.

Most Consistent Player – Andressa Alves

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Named the best midfielder in Serie A Femminile for 2021-22, Andressa Alves’ third season with Roma reminded how important a player she is.

The Brazilian has grown ever more comfortable in her central midfield role after favouring more attacking territory earlier in her career. From her regular position, Andressa gave Roma substance and maturity.

Quality on the ball, Andressa was always a reliable figure and led by example.

With 20 league appearances, including 19 starts, it was Andressa’s busiest season since joining the club. Across that time, she provided plenty of continuity.

Goal of the Season –  Andressa Alves v Napoli

One of the peaks of Andressa’s season came as early as September, when she scored a spectacular goal in a 4-1 win over Napoli, which was the first home game of the campaign.

Close to the touchline at the corner of the box, she juggled the ball under control before providing a looping finish into the far corner of the net.

There may have been an element of luck, but there is with any action on a football pitch. Andressa had the confidence and intelligence to give something like this goal a go, and it paid off.

Player of the Season – Paloma Lazaro

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Roma’s success in 2021-22 was a collective effort, for which many players deserve praise. Hence, picking a player of the season has been harder than ever.

But goals win games, and Roma could rely on Paloma Lazaro to provide them over the season just gone.

In 2020-21, Lazaro had started like a house on fire before being extinguished in the second half of the season. This time around, the striker was much more consistent.

Leading the line with maturity, she brought others into play well and helped Roma remain in control of the ball. After that, the finishes followed.

The Spaniard scored 13 goals, 10 of which were in Serie A (making her just the second player to ever get double figures of goals in a league season for Roma, after Annamaria Serturini in 2018-19). It represented an increase of two – in both aspects – on her tally from the season before.

One of her highlights was a backheel flick goal against Verona in November. But there were plenty more strikes among her repertoire.

It represented a year of progress for Lazaro, who – having extended her contract a few days after that Verona goal – will keep her place in the squad despite the forecasted arrival of a new, high-level striker. She stood up when Roma needed her and enjoyed a good season in front of goal.

Now, it is time for the club to build further.

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