Red Flames Diede Lemey named goalkeeper of the year in Italy

Lemey gave, goalkeeper of Italian club Sassuolo and number two for the Red Flames, was named the best number one in women’s Serie A by the Italian Football Federation on Thursday. She beats the goalkeeper of the Italian national team Laura Giuliani (AC Milan) and the French national team Pauline Payraud-Magnin (Juventus), among others.

Born in Tielt, Lemey helped Sassuolo finish fourth in the league by keeping her turf clean nine times in 22 matches. Despite his excellent performances abroad, his name does not mean much to football fans in Belgium.

For national team coach Ives Serneels, she is not a first choice: she has only seven caps in 53 caps. In 2017 when she was 20, Lemey moved from Anderlecht to Verona, a Serie A club. A year later, she moved to Atalanta Mozzanica before landing in Sassuolo in 2019.