Izzy Christiansen

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Izzy Christiansen
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Izzy Christiansen in October 2017
Personal information
Full name Isobel Mary Christiansen[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Macclesfield, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.64 m)
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 8
Youth career
Manchester United
Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Everton
2009–2014 Birmingham City 34 (3)
2014–2018 Manchester City 61 (18)
2018–2019 Olympique Lyon 20 (3)
2020– Everton 19 (6)
National team
2010–2014 England U23 12 (1)
2015– England 31 (6)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 11:00, 21 October 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 9 September 2018

Isobel Mary Christiansen (born 20 September 1991) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder or forward for Everton in the FA WSL[2] and the England national team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Christiansen captained the women's football club at the University of Birmingham.[4][5]

Christiansen has played in the UEFA Women's Champions League with Everton[6] and also played for Birmingham City.[7]

On 7 February 2014, Christiansen officially signed for new WSL club Manchester City Women.[8] On 16 October 2014, she scored the only goal to help Manchester City defeat Arsenal Ladies and win the 2014 FA WSL Continental Cup.[9] In April 2016, she won three awards, two of which were the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year and PFA WSL Team of the Year.[10] Upon winning the awards, Christiansen said: "I'm pretty shocked. Three awards is a great achievement and I'm so pleased to have been able to have done that for the team."[11]

On 23 July 2018, Christiansen signed a contract with defending European Champions Olympique Lyon until 2020.[12] In her first season with the club, Lyon won the treble: winning Division 1 Féminine, Coupe de France and Champions League.

On 27 December 2019, Christiansen announced her return to England, signing an 18-month deal with Everton.[13] She made her debut, in the following season, in a 4–0 league win against Bristol City on 6 September 2020.[14] A week later, Christiansen scored her first goal since returning in a 1–0 win against Tottenham Hotspur.[15]

International career[edit]

As a junior international, she won the 2009 U-19 European Championship[16] and a silver in the following year's edition,[17] and played the 2008 U-17 and 2010 U-20 World Cups.[18]

Christiansen helped Great Britain to win a gold medal in the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.[1] In January 2014, she was promoted from the under-23s into the senior England squad, to replace Jodie Taylor who had withdrawn.[19]

Coach Mark Sampson gave Christiansen her senior international debut in a UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying match against Estonia on 21 September 2015. She marked the occasion by scoring in England's 8–0 win.[20][21]

In March 2019, Christiansen underwent surgery on an ankle injury sustained in England's 3–0 SheBelieves Cup win over Japan. England coach Phil Neville called her "vital" to his squad and hoped that her rehabilitation programme would restore her to fitness for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[22]

International goals[edit]

England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Christiansen goal.[23]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 September 2015 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 5–0 8–0 Euro 2017 qualifying
2 23 October 2015 Yongchuan Sports Center, Chongqing, China  Australia 1–0 1–0 Dewellbon Cup
3 4 June 2016 Adams Park, Wycombe, England  Serbia 5–0 7–0 Euro 2017 qualifying
4 10 April 2017 Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, England  Austria 3–0 3–0 Friendly
5 28 November 2017 Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester, England  Kazakhstan 5–0 5–0 2019 World Cup qualifying
6 4 September 2018 Tsentralniy, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 3–0 6–0

Personal life[edit]

In June 2020, Christiansen joined Common Goal, becoming the first Everton player to do so.[24]

Formerly, Christiansen was in a same-sex relationship with fellow women's footballer Billie Murphy.[25][26]

Honours[edit]

Birmingham City

Manchester City

Olympique Lyonnais

England

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete Information". Universiade Kazan 2013 Russia. Archived from the original on 19 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Izzy Christiansen". Everton Football Club. Retrieved 12 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Izzy Christiansen". The Football Association. Retrieved 12 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Frostick, Nancy (11 June 2017). "Alumna Interview: England Midfielder Izzy Christiansen". Redbrick.me. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  5. ^ @uobwomensfc (7 September 2015). "Congratulations to our ex UOBWFC club captain @IzzyChr17 for her first England call up #brumfam #proud" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Profile in UEFA's website
  7. ^ "Isobel Christiansen Player Profile, Birmingham City". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011.
  8. ^ "City Women sign Isobel Christiansen". mancity.com. 7 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  9. ^ "City are cup champions". Archived from the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  10. ^ a b ThePFA.com. "PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year: Izzy Christiansen". thepfa.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Christiansen bags a hat-trick". mancity.com. 5 November 2015. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Féminin : L'Internationale Anglaise Isobel Christiansen S'Engage Avec L'ol Jusqu'en 2020". 23 July 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Everton Sign Lionesses Midfielder Christiansen From Lyon". www.evertonfc.com. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Women's Super League: Bristol City Women 0-4 Everton Women". BBC Sport. 6 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  15. ^ "WATCH: Christiansen Header Defeats Spurs". Everton. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Composed England enjoy final waltz". UEFA. 25 July 2009. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Clinical France punish England's errors". UEFA. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  18. ^ Statistics in FIFA's website
  19. ^ "Christiansen called up". She Kicks. 6 January 2014. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Danielle Carter hat-trick guides England to opening Euro 2017 qualifying win". The Guardian. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Euro 2017 qualifying: England thrash Estonia 8–0". BBC Sport. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Izzy Christiansen: England midfielder could still be fit for Women's World Cup". BBC Sport. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  23. ^ Karsdorp, Dirk (2018). The England Women's FC 1972 – 2018: The Lionesses – A Statistical Record. Soccer Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-86223-391-1.
  24. ^ Taylor, Louise (11 June 2020). "Izzy Christiansen: 'It's really important that we are role models'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  25. ^ Murphy, Billie [@billiem20] (7 July 2016). "Pre James Bay 😎". Retrieved 23 December 2020 – via Instagram.
  26. ^ Murphy, Billie [@billiem20] (1 May 2016). "Just glaring at the pfa star last night 😈". Retrieved 23 December 2020 – via Instagram.
  27. ^ "FA Cup Final throwback: Birmingham topple Chelsea in 2012 thriller". The FA. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  28. ^ "CITY'S ISOBEL CHRISTIANSEN ENDS ARSENAL CUP DOMINANCE". The FA. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  29. ^ "Women's Continental Cup final: Manchester City 1-0 Birmingham City (aet)". BBC. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  30. ^ "MANCHESTER CITY CLINCH SSE WOMEN'S FA CUP IN STYLE". The FA. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  31. ^ "Trophée des Championnes - L'OL étoffe son palmarès d'un nouveau titre" (in French). 21 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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