Maruschka Waldus

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Maruschka Waldus
Maruschka Waldus at Mallbackens IF september 2015.JPG
Maruschka Waldus at Mallbackens IF Stadium
Personal information
Full name Maruschka Waldus
Date of birth (1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Heerenveen, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 19
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Alabama Crimson Tide 20 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 SC Heerenveen 68 (9)
2015 Sky Blue FC 1 (0)
2015 Mallbackens IF 12 (1)
2016 Turbine Potsdam 4 (0)
2016 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam II 3 (0)
2016–2017 FC Twente 22 (2)
2017 Fylkir 6 (2)
2017– Western Sydney Wanderers 20 (1)
2018 Avaldsnes 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2018

Maruschka Waldus (born 20 September 1992) is a Dutch football player who currently plays for Avaldsnes Idrettslag in Norway in the Toppserien, and for Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2018–19 W-League season.

She made her debut in May 2015 in the NWSL, being the first Dutch soccer player in the NWSL. Together with Marlous Pieëte, Maruschka Waldus in 2017 was the first Dutch soccer player to play in the W-League in Australia.

Career[edit]

Waldus was a two-time member of the KNVB Talent Team (2009 and 2010) in Amsterdam and attended the Johann Cruyff University in the Netherlands.

In 2011, she played three seasons for the soccer club SC Heerenveen near her home town, first in the Eredivisie, which changed later to the BeNe League. She was named to the women's first team for three consecutive seasons and was team captain in each of the last two seasons. She scored nine goals during her career at Heerenveen, including six in 2013.

In August 2014 Waldus came to the Alabama Crimson Tide[1] of the University of Alabama USA, as a senior, and made an immediate impact early in the season on the defensive side of the ball. About halfway through the season, she became a defensive midfielder. She started and played in all 20 games of the season and scored three goals.

In 2015 Waldus earned a spot on the roster of Sky Blue FC. In the summer of 2015 she signed a contract in Sweden with Mallbackens IF, which plays in Damallsvenskan, the highest division, for the rest of the season.[2]

In January 2016 she signed for the German side Turbine Potsdam, where she played the second half of the 2015–2016 season.[3] At the end of the season she moved from Germany to the Netherlands to the champion of the Dutch first Division FC Twente.[4] After playing three games in the qualifying round of the UEFA Women's Champions League, FC Twente was placed for the first round, in which they encountered Sparta Praha from Czech Republic (2–0 win at home and 1–3 win at Praha).[5] In the second round they had to play Barcelona. After a 1–0 loss in Barcelona, FC Twente had chances in the home game, but FC Barcelona scored the goals: 0–4. Statistics of the home game [6] Fc Twente ended second this season.

In iceland the competition was halfway. Fylkir from Reykyavik was the next club that asked her to come over to Iceland to play in the icelandic competition: Úrvalsdeild. The coach was Hermann Hreiðarsson who played in the national team and in the Premier League in England.

In September 2017, Waldus joined Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers, together with fellow countrywoman Marlous Pieëte.[7] The competition, the W-League, ended in february 2018.

In march 2018 Waldus signed a contract with Avaldsnes Idrettslag in Norway playing the Toppserien and in the UEFA Women's Champions League. After a few games she became captain of the team. In the UEFA Women's Champions League, after playing a qualifying round in Kroatia, they encoutered winner of the 2017-2018 edition Olympique Lyonnais Féminin. In Norway, in Haugesund after the first half 0-0 they lost with 0-2 and in Lyon the result was 4-0 in favour of Olympique Lyonnais Féminin. In the norwegian competition Toppserien Avaldsnes Idrettslag ended 9 out of 12 participating teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Rolltide.com: Alabama Crimson Tide 2014 Women's Soccer Roster
  2. ^ [2]|17 july 2015 Maruschka Waldus signs with Mallbackens IF
  3. ^ [3]|Turbine ist ein großer Verein
  4. ^ [4]|Waldus in beeld als opvolgster Stefanie van der Gragt
  5. ^ [5]|Succes voor Fc Twente vrouwen tegen Sparta Praag
  6. ^ [6]|Champions League 2016: Fc Twente-CF Barcelona 0-4 Statistics
  7. ^ [7]|Western Sydney Wanderers sign dutch duo

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