Anita Asante

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Anita Asante
Personal information
Full name Anita Ama Anokyewah Asante
Date of birth (1985-04-27) 27 April 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2003 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Arsenal
2008–2009 Chelsea 11 (0)
2009 Sky Blue FC 16 (0)
2010 Saint Louis Athletica 1 (0)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 6 (0)
2010 Washington Freedom 6 (0)
2011 Sky Blue FC 12 (0)
2012–2013 Göteborg 41 (9)
2013–2017 FC Rosengård 80 (2)
2018– Chelsea 7 (0)
National team
2004– England 70 (2)
2012– Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 February 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 March 2018

Anita Ama Ankyewah Asante (born 27 April 1985) is an English football defender currently playing for Chelsea in the FA WSL. Her name, “Ama” is a Ghanaian Akan name given to girls born on Saturday. She is a Ghanaian by descent as her name shows. She has made 71[1] appearances for the English national team and was selected in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.

Asante has also played for English side Arsenal, and for Saint Louis Athletica, Chicago Red Stars, Washington Freedom and Sky Blue FC in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). Before signing for FC Rosengård in 2013, she had spent two seasons in Sweden with Göteborg.


Asante studied Politics and English BA at the Business School of Brunel University in London, whilst also benefiting from the UK "Government's Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme", which helps athletes in full-time education.[2] While in America she began a Ph.D. in the governorship of women's football.[3]Anita wishes to complete her PhD post her professional playing career.



Asante joined her first club Arsenal as a junior in 1998.[4] She became a senior player in 2003/2004 season.[2] Asante was part of the Arsenal team that won the quadruple in 2006/2007, collecting the UEFA Women's Cup, FA Women's National Premier League, FA Women's Cup and the FA Women's Premier League Cup.[5][6][7] Asante was part of the Arsenal team that made history by being the first team outside Germany or Scandinavia to win the UEFA Women's Cup.[8][9] Asante is reported to have played exceptionally well in the final.[10]

Asante playing for Arsenal

On 3 July 2008, it was announced that Asante along with teammate Lianne Sanderson had joined Chelsea Ladies. Upon signing Asante said:

I want to compete with the likes of Arsenal and Everton and hopefully get to some finals, like the League Cup Final. But I also don't want to assume anything; it is going to take a lot of hard work as well as getting the girls together to seek that ambition. But it is such a great squad here at Chelsea, with lots of enthusiasm and lots of young players. We also know a lot of the younger players who were at Arsenal before and our England team mates, but there are so many other players who want to win things and will be up for it this season.

Arsenal manager Vic Akers publicly criticized the players after their departure: "You think you've the respect of players, and then they do that. It's a sorry state of affairs."[11]

In 2009 Asante joined New Jersey–based WPS franchise Sky Blue FC.[12] She helped the club win the inaugural WPS championship. On 6 May 2010 Asante was traded to the Saint Louis Athletica in return for India Trotter. When the Saint Louis Athletica folded on 27 May 2010, she was acquired by the Chicago Red Stars. She was subsequently traded to the Washington Freedom on 6 August 2010.[13]

In December 2010 Asante returned for a second spell at Sky Blue FC, after Jim Gabarra, her coach at Washington Freedom, took the reins at Sky Blue.[3] With the demise of WPS prior to the 2012 season, Asante signed a contract with Swedish club Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. Her first match for Göteborg was back at Arsenal in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter final, a 3–1 first leg defeat.[14] Asante played 41 league games for Göteborg over the two seasons, scoring nine goals.[15] She won the Swedish Cup and the Swedish Super Cup with KGFC, before she signed for national champions LdB FC Malmö in October 2013. Due to a foot injury, it was not expected that Asante could play in Malmö's looming Champions League fixture with holders VfL Wolfsburg.[16] Asante, won several titles at FC Rosengård (formerly known as LdB Malmö) including the Damallsvenskan league 2014, 2015, the Swedish Cup (Svenska Cupen) 2016 and the Swedish Super Cup (Svenska Supercupen) 2016, 2017 and runners up in 2015. Anita has reached the quarter finals of Champions League three seasons with FCR.



Asante played in the England Under 17 women's team. She also was a member and captain of the England women's Under 19 team and played in the inaugural FIFA World Under 19 Youth Championship in Canada in 2002. She won 11 international caps in all at this level.[17] She was in the first call up for the England Under 21 women in 2004, a month after her senior international début.[18]

Asante made her senior international début as a substitute against Iceland in May 2004.[17] Her first full international was against Northern Ireland in March 2005.[17] She scored her first international goal in only her second full international which was against Norway in April 2005. This turned out to be the winning goal.[19] Asante was named in England's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2005.[20]

Asante played in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and made her 50th senior international appearance in England's 2–0 win over eventual champions Japan. Having been part of the English squad which reached the final of UEFA Women's Euro 2009, Asante was confident of England's chances ahead of UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[21] She was substituted at half time in England's 3–0 defeat to France which sealed a first round elimination.[22]

In 2015 politically active Asante was "a glaring omission" from England's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. She had been the only English player to sign a petition against the controversial artificial turf used at the tournament.[23]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 6 May 2005 Oakwell, Barnsley  Norway 1–0 Friendly 1

Great Britain Olympic[edit]

In June 2012 Asante was named in the 18–player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[24] She played in all four games as Great Britain were beaten 2–0 by Canada in the last eight.[25]


  • Outstanding Achievement Awards – 19 May 2006–Presented by the Queen at Brunel University[26]
  • Player of the year – (2003/2004)[2]
  • Sports Award – (Ghana Professional Awards 2004)[27][28]
  • Nationwide Player of the month – March 2006[29]


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  12. ^ Tony Leighton (8 February 2009). "Smith quits Arsenal for US league". BBC Sport.
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  15. ^ "Anita Asante". Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Asante agrees Malmö switch". 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
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  18. ^ "Powell names first ever England Under 21 Squad". Female Soccer. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  19. ^ Tony Leighton (7 May 2005). "Anita nets winner". England:News and Features. The Football Association. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  20. ^ "England Squad Guide". BBC Sport. 3 June 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  21. ^ Kessel, Anna (6 June 2013). "England's women can go one step further and win at Euro 2013 in Sweden". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  22. ^ "France 3 – 0 England". BBC Sport. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  23. ^ Kessel, Anna (30 May 2015). "Biggest Women's World Cup to kick off in Canada amid surface tension". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Team GB women's squad for London 2012 announced". BBC Sport. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  25. ^ "Anita Asante". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  26. ^ "The Queen visits Brunel University". Press release. Brunel University. 19 May 2006. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  27. ^ "Ghana's envoy to the UK wins Person of the Year Award". Press release. Ghana High Commission UK. July 2004. Archived from the original on 14 August 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  28. ^ "Ghana Professional Awards (GPA) 2004". Voice of Africa Radio. Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  29. ^ "Anita earns Award boost". Women's Premier League. The Football Association. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  30. ^ "". (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 July 2019.

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