Alex Scott (footballer, born 1984)
Scott in 2019
|Full name||Alexandra Virina Scott|
|Date of birth||14 October 1984|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:00, 12 May 2018 (UTC)|
Alexandra Virina Scott professional footballer who mostly played as a right-back for Arsenal W.F.C. in the FA WSL. She made 140 appearances for the England women's national football team and represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.(born 14 October 1984) is an English television presenter, pundit, and former
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.
In 2019, Scott was inducted to the English Football Hall of Fame. As of 2019[update], Scott is a pundit for BBC Sport and Sky Sports and was featured during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. She also covers the English Premier League.
Early life and education
Scott was born in Poplar, East London and has an Irish mother and Jamaican father, during the filming of BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?, Scott discovered that she has jewish roots on her mother's side and learnt about her great-grandfather's stand against fascism in London's East End in 1936.
Start in England
Scott signed on with Arsenal in 1992, at the age of eight. After breaking into the first team as a striker or right winger, she was later converted to full-back. Scott remained with Arsenal until the 2004–05 season, after 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 goals.
The 2007–08 season saw Scott appear in 21 games, scoring once. In all competitions, she made 35 appearances, scoring three goals. In the 2008–09 season, Scott scored once in 13 games. In all competitions, she made 24 appearances, adding two goals.
Move to the United States
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.
In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Scott played in 17 games for the Breakers. She scored one goal and added one assist. In 2010, Scott featured in 21 games and registered two assists. She started 14 of her 15 matches in 2011. In December 2011, Scott returned to Arsenal on loan for the duration of a three-match pre-season tour of Japan.
Back to England
When the WPS collapsed ahead of the 2012 campaign, Scott returned for a third spell at Arsenal. She was joined by Boston teammate Kelly Smith. Scott was named captain for the 2014–15 season. She did not take part in the 2015 Continental Cup final where Arsenal Ladies beat Notts County to the Cup. In the following season, Scott helped take Arsenal to the final of the 2016 FA Cup vs Chelsea which the Gunners won 1–0. Scott played her last game on 12 May 2018 against Manchester City Women which Arsenal won 2–1.
Scott made her full debut against the Netherlands on 18 September 2004. She played in the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, as well as the 2007, 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups. She won silver at the 2009 UEFA Women's Euros and bronze at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Great Britain Olympics
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
|2||27 October 2005||Tapolca||Hungary||13–0||2007 FIFA World Cup Qual.||2|
|3||11 May 2006||St. Mary's, Southampton||Hungary||2–0||2007 FIFA World Cup Qual.||1|
|4||25 October 2006||Waldstadion, Ahlen||Germany||1–5||Friendly||1|
|5||8 March 2007||National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes||Russia||6–0||Friendly||1|
|6||28 January 2007||Guangdong Olympic Stadium, Guangzhou||United States||1–1||2007 Four Nations Tournament||1|
|8||27 October 2007||Bescot Stadium, Walsall||Belarus||4–0||2009 UEFA Championship Qual.||2|
|9||26 November 2009||Buca Arena, İzmir||Turkey||3–0||2011 FIFA World Cup Qual.||1|
|11||1 March 2010||GSP Stadium, Nicosia||Italy||3–2||Cyprus Cup||2|
|12||21 August 2010||Sepp-Doll-Stadion, Krems||Austria||4–0||2011 FIFA World Cup Qual.||1|
Matches and goals scored at World Cup & Olympic tournaments
|Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
|Result||The final score.|
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
Scott began her media career while still playing football, appearing on programmes such as Soccer AM with other minor roles at BBC Sport, BT Sport, and Sky Sports. In 2016 she appeared in Bear Grylls' ITV show, Mission Survive, which she won.
Following her retirement in 2017, Scott turned her focus full-time to television broadcasting, co-presenting on Match of the Day Kickabout. She became well known to a wider audience when she covered the 2018 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first female football pundit at a World Cup for the BBC. After the tournament, she continued to provide insight on the Premier League, and in August 2018 became the first female pundit on Sky Sports, joining the Super Sunday team. She covered the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup for the BBC. In August 2019, Scott was announced as the new co-host of Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday alongside Chris Kamara. In December 2020, Scott was one of the hosts for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Scott is also a frequent guest presenter on The One Show.
|Week No.||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Total||Result|
|1||Quickstep/ "I Get a Kick Out of You"||5||5||5||6||21||No Elimination|
|2||Cha cha cha / "What I Did for Love"||4||6||6||6||22||Safe|
|3||Rumba/ "How Far I'll Go"||5||6||6||6||23||Safe|
|4||Tango/ "Go Your Own Way"||4||6||6||7||23 [a]||Safe|
|5||Charleston / "Pump Up the Jam"||8||8||8||9 [b]||33||Safe|
|6||Street / "Ghostbusters" [c]||7||9||9||9||34||Safe|
|7||American Smooth / "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" [c]||7||8||8||8||31||Safe|
|8||Jive / "Let's Twist Again"||7||8||8||8||31||Safe|
|9||Paso Doble / "Run the World (Girls)"||8||8||9||9||34||Safe|
|10||Argentine Tango / "Never Tear Us Apart"||4||7||7||8||26||Safe|
|11||Samba / "Joyful Joyful"||6||7||7||7||27 [a]||Eliminated|
In July 2021, Scott was announced as a co-host of a new BBC daytime quiz show, The Tournament, alongside Ross Kemp. That same month, Scott was announced as a commentator for the EA Sports game FIFA 22
The BBC announced that Scott will participate in Autumn 2021's new series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?', the seven episodes feature seven different celebrities and their ancestry research journey. The series will be aired from October 2021 onwards.
In 2011, Scott founded 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. Scott also wrote a weekly women's football column in the Morning Star newspaper.
Scott and former teammate Kelly Smith bought a house and lived together in Hertfordshire. The pair also lived together in America while both played for the Boston Breakers. Their relationship ended when Kelly left having met her wife-to-be DeAnna. Both returned to England to play for Arsenal together in 2012 after the collapse of their American league.
- FA WSL: 2012
- FA WSL Cup: 2012, 2013, 2015
- FA Women's Premier League: 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- FA Cup: 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- FA Women's Premier League Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09
- FA Women's Community Shield: 2006, 2008
- UEFA Women's Champions League: 2006–07
- FIFA Women's World Cup third place: 2015
- UEFA Women's Championship runner-up: 2009
- Cyprus Cup: 2009, 2013, 2015
- List of England women's international footballers
- List of women's footballers with 100 or more international caps
- List of football personalities with British honours
- List of FIFA Women's World Cup broadcasters
- List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters
- List of Strictly Come Dancing contestants
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