Kadeisha Buchanan wins fourth UEFA Women’s Champions League title

Kadeisha Buchanan won her fourth consecutive UEFA Women’s Champions League title after Olympique Lyonnais won 3:1 over VfL Wolfsburg in the European final. Buchanan of Brampton, […]

Kadeisha Buchanan won her fourth consecutive UEFA Women’s Champions League title after Olympique Lyonnais won 3:1 over VfL Wolfsburg in the European final. Buchanan of Brampton, Ontario, also a member of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, played in all seven UEFA matches this 2019-20 season, including five starts.

Olympique Lyonnais won back-to-back matches against Ryazan-VDV in the Round of 32, back-to-back matches against Hjørring in the Round of 16, then beat FC Bayern in the quarter-finals, Paris St-Germain FC in the semi-finals and VfL Wolfsburg in the final. Buchanan scored her first career Champions League goal in the round against Hjørring.

Since the start of the calendar year, Buchanan has won a Concacaf silver medal (Canada qualified for the Olympic Games), her fourth Championnat de France, her third Coupe de France, and now her fourth UEFA Champions League trophy. She was also a Best XI selection at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifiers and the Canada Soccer Player of the Month in February.

Buchanan was one of four Canadians that reached the Round of 16 or later in 2019-20 UEFA Women’s Champions League. Janine Beckie, who scored a hat trick in the Round of 32, reached the Round of 16 with Manchester City FC; Jordyn Huitema and Ashley Lawrence of Paris Saint-Germain FC reached the semi-finals before they were eliminated by Buchanan and Olympique Lyonnais.

Since making her pro debut on 14 January 2017 in France, Buchanan has played in a Canadian record 16 UEFA Women’s Champions League matches with Olympique Lyonnais. She is a two-time Canada Soccer Player of the Year (2015 and 2017).

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