Karen Carney

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Karen Carney
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Karen Carney at The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games
Personal information
Full name Karen Julia Carney
Date of birth (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Solihull, England
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City L.F.C.
Number 10
Youth career
1998–2001 Birmingham City L.F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Birmingham City L.F.C.
2006–2009 Arsenal L.F.C. 54 (28)
2009–2010 Chicago Red Stars 38 (3)
2011– Birmingham City L.F.C. 33 (6)
National team
2005– England 100 (23)
2012– Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:37, 21 December 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 November 2014

Karen Julia Carney (born 1 August 1987, in Solihull) is an English international football winger. She is signed to Birmingham City of the FA WSL and is a member of the England women's national football team. Since making her senior debut in 2005, Carney has made 100 appearances for England, including at the 2005 and 2009 European Championships and the World Cup in 2007 and 2011. She competed with the Great Britain team in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Twice named FA Young Player of the Year, Carney emerged at Birmingham City under the management of Marcus Bignot. After staying with the club for a further season following their financial collapse in 2005, she signed for Arsenal and experienced great success in 2006–07 – winning the UEFA Women's Cup and all three domestic trophies. Following two seasons in the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) with Chicago Red Stars, Carney rejoined Birmingham ahead of the 2011 FA WSL.

Carney was born in Hall Green and attended St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School and St. Peter's RC Secondary School, Solihull. She graduated with a Sports Science Degree from Loughborough University.[1]

Club career[edit]

Start at Birmingham City[edit]

Carney joined Birmingham City L.F.C. at the age of 11 and played at various age levels for the club alongside the likes of Eniola Aluko, Hazzana Parnell and Laura Bassett. She made her first-team debut for Birmingham City in the FA Women's Premier League National Division against Fulham L.F.C. at the age of 14.

Move to Arsenal[edit]

Carney joined Arsenal L.F.C. on 13 July 2006,[2] and played a major part in the team that won four major honours in the 2006/07 season: the FA Women's Premier League, FA Women's Cup, FA Women's Premier League Cup, and the UEFA Women's Cup. She made 21 appearances in the Premier League in her first season and scored 10 goals. In all competitions, she made 36 appearances and scored 13 goals.

The following season saw Carney take on a greater role at Arsenal. She made 20 Premier League appearances and scored 10 goals. In all competitions, she made 34 appearances and scored 17 goals.

2008–2009 would mark Carney's final season with Arsenal. She made 13 Premier League appearances and scored eight goals. In all competitions, she made 21 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Headed overseas[edit]

Carney on the Red Stars.

Chicago Red Stars of the WPS made Carney their first signing on 27 January 2009.[3] It was confirmed the following day by Arsenal.[4]

She was selected by Chicago Red Stars in the third round (19th overall) of the 2008 WPS International Draft. She joined Head Coach Emma Hayes, who had served as Arsenal Ladies Football Club's first team assistant coach.

In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Carney appeared in and started 17 games (1471 minutes) and scored two goals while assisting on another.

Return to Birmingham City[edit]

Karen Carney, October 2012

When Chicago Red Stars folded ahead of their 2011 season, Carney re-signed for Birmingham City.[5] She scored the winning goal and was Player of the Match in the 2012 FA Women's Cup Final.[6]

In October 2014 Carney was fined and banned for an incident in July with opposition player Natalia Pablos.[7] In the last game of the 2014 FA WSL season, she missed a penalty in Birmingham City's 2–2 draw with Notts County which cost them the league title.[8]

International career[edit]

Carney made her senior international debut in England's 4–1 victory over Italy in 2005, coming off the bench to score England’s fourth goal. She became the youngest player to be handed a senior debut during Hope Powell's reign as England coach.

She then went on to become an integral part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2005 later that year, including scoring a last-minute, game-winning goal in the 3–2 win over Finland, which earned her significant media attention.

Carney won the FA National Young Player of the Year award in 2005 and 2006.

She received her 100th cap in a 3-0 loss to Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 23, 2014.[9] She is only the fourth English woman to reach that milestone.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 17 February 2005 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes  Italy 4–1 Friendly 1
2 9 March 2005 Paderne  Northern Ireland 4–0 Algarve Cup 1
3 5 June 2005 City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester  Finland 3–2 2005 UEFA Championship 1
4 9 March 2006 Carrow Road, Norwich  Iceland 1–0 Friendly 1
5 8 March 2007 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes  Russia 6–0 Friendly 1
6 25 November 2007 New Meadow, Shrewsbury  Spain 1–0 2009 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
7 28 September 2008 Ďolíček, Prague  Czech Republic 5–1 UEFA Euro 2009 Qual. 1
8 2 October 2008 Estadio Ruta de la Plata, Spain  Spain 2–2 2009 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
9 7 March 2009 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni  France 2–2 Cyprus Cup 1
10 28 August 2009 Finnair Stadium, Helsinki  Russia 3–2 2009 UEFA Championship 1
11 10 September 2009 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Germany 2–6 2009 UEFA Championship 1
12 17 May 2011 Kassam Stadium, Oxford  Sweden 2–0 Friendly 1
13 28 February 2012 GSP Stadium, Larnaca  Finland 3–1 Cyprus Cup 1
14 21 June 2012 Ob Jezeru, Velenje  Slovenia 4–0 UEFA Euro 2013 Qual. 1


  1. ^ Joys & Sorrows, Following Blues From Near and Far
  2. ^ "Ladies sign 'Young Player of the Year'". Arsenal F.C. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Arroyave, Luis (27 January 2009). "Red Stars sign Karen Carney of England". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Carney agrees move to Chicago Red Stars". Arsenal F.C. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Exciting Blues news!". She Kicks. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Nisbet, John (2012-05-27). "Shoot-out has unhappy ending for Chelsea Ladies". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  7. ^ "The written reasons of the Regulatory Commission". The Football Association. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Stoney, Casey (13 October 2014). "Casey Stoney: How WSL can build on fantastic season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Rudd, Alyson (2014-11-24). "Germany show class to rain on Karen Carney’s parade". The Times. 

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