Alex Scott (footballer, born 1984)

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Alex Scott
MBE
Scott--3-2010-stl.jpg
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Virina Scott[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 2
Youth career
1992–1999 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Arsenal
2004–2005 Birmingham City
2005–2009 Arsenal
2009–2011 Boston Breakers 53 (1)
2012– Arsenal
National team
2004– England 123 (12)
2012– Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:08, 29 October 2009 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:38, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

Alexandra Virina "Alex" Scott, MBE (born 14 October 1984) is an English footballer who plays as a right-back for Arsenal in the FA WSL and the England women's national football team. Scott has made over 100 appearances for the English national team and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

At club level Scott has had three separate spells with Arsenal, punctuated with a season at Birmingham City in 2004–05 and three years in the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) with Boston Breakers. She scored the winning goal for Arsenal in the 2007 UEFA Women's Cup Final.

Club career[edit]

Alex Scott playing for Arsenal with Emma Byrne looking on.

Start in England[edit]

Scott signed on with Arsenal in 1992, at the age of eight.[3] After breaking into the first team as a striker or right winger,[4] she was later converted to full-back. Scott remained with Arsenal until the 2004–05 season, before which she moved to Birmingham City. With the addition of Scott, the club finished fourth in the FA Women's Premier League National Division. However, due to Birmingham's financial difficulties, she returned to Arsenal for the 2005–06 season.

Upon rejoining Arsenal, Scott helped the club to a domestic double of the FA Women's Premier League and FA Women's Cup. She was also a key figure in Arsenal's historic "Quadruple" season in which they won all of their trophy competitions, including the 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup. Arsenal were the first ever British side to win the competition, with Scott scoring the only goal in the two-legged tie with Umeå IK. She appeared in 22 Premier League games, scoring two goals. In all competitions, she made 40 appearances and scored four.

The 2007–08 season saw Scott appear in 21 games, scoring once. In all competitions, she made 35 appearances, scoring three goals. In 2008–09 Scott scored once in 13 games. In all competitions, she made 24 appearances, adding two goals.

The move to the United States[edit]

Scott playing for the Boston Breakers in WPS.

Upon the creation of a new women's league in the United States, Women's Professional Soccer, it was announced on 25 September 2008 that her WPS playing rights had been assigned to Chicago Red Stars, whose head coach was former Arsenal assistant Emma Hayes. Her rights were traded on 15 January 2009 to Boston Breakers and it was announced on 6 February 2009 that she would be leaving Arsenal to join up with her new team.[5]

In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Scott played in 17 games (all starts, 1446 total minutes) for the Breakers. She scored one goal and added one assist. In 2010, Scott featured in 21 games (all starts, 1,890 total minutes) and registered two assists. She started 14 of her 15 matches (playing 1,249 minutes) in 2011. In December 2011, Scott returned to Arsenal on loan for the duration of a three-match pre-season tour of Japan.[6]

Back to England[edit]

When the WPS collapsed ahead of the 2012 campaign, Scott embarked on a third spell at Arsenal. She was joined by Boston team mate Kelly Smith.[7] Scott was named captain for the 2014-2015 season. She didn't take part in the 2015 Continental Cup final where Arsenal Ladies beat Notts County to the Cup.[citation needed] Scott in the following season, helped take Arsenal to the final of the 2016 FA Cup vs Chelsea which the Gunners won by a margin of one goal to nil.[8]

International career[edit]

Scott playing for England in 2014

England[edit]

Scott also is a part of the England team, making her full début against the Netherlands on 18 September 2004. She has competed at the U19 and U21 levels for England, including at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada.[9] For the senior team, Scott has played in the 2005, 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, as well as the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cups.

In November 2014 Scott headed powerfully past her own goalkeeper to give Germany the lead in England's crushing 3–0 defeat at Wembley Stadium.[10]

Great Britain Olympic[edit]

In June 2012 Scott was named in the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011 Scott started 'The Alex Scott Academy' in partnership with Kingston College and Puma, for female footballers aged 16–19 years. This represented the first such academy in the UK and was intended to highlight the growth of the women’s game.[12] Scott also writes a weekly women's football column in the Morning Star newspaper.[13]

In 2016, Alex Scott was featured in Bear Grylls' TV show, Mission Survive where she won.

Scott is of Jamaican and Irish descent.

Honours[edit]

Arsenal[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Statistics". FIFA. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  2. ^ 2015 World Cup
  3. ^ "Ladies re-sign Yankey and Scott". Arsenal.com. Arsenal FC. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ellen Maggs going great Guns at Arsenal". femaleSOCCER.net. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alex Scott set to join the Boston Breakers | Ladies News | News". Arsenal.com. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal enjoy charity Japan trip". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "England's Kelly Smith and Alex Scott rejoin Arsenal Ladies". BBC Sport. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Arsenal Ladies 1-0 Chelsea Ladies". Arsenal.com.  Unknown parameter |DUPLICATE_title= ignored (help)
  9. ^ "England Player Biographies". Women's Soccer World. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Anna (23 November 2014). "England Women 0 3 Germany Women". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Team GB women's squad for London 2012 announced". BBC Sport. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Alex Scott Academy". Kingston College – Sport Academies. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Scott, Alex (17 August 2012). "The Alex Scott column: It's time to get back to business with the Gunners". Morning Star. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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