When Jitka Klimkova was appointed in September of 2011, that that was said could have prepared us for the impact the Czech coach would have on the W-League.
Domestically and internationally, 2012 was a big year for several players. Whether shining in the W-League in a champion side, tearing it up in overseas competitions, scoring spectacular goals against the Olympic champs or marking the world's best, several senior and U20s players made their mark in 2012.
2012 saw the first mass exodus of players overseas to the US and European leagues. At one point in time there were up to 20 Australian footballers actively plying their trade in countries like the US, England, Sweden, Germany and Denmark.
Sally Shipard and Stephanie Catley were last night awarded the Australian Female Footballer of the Year and U20 Female Footballer of the Year awards at the Australian Football Awards.
There were some big losses, big wins and an injury scare for the Aussies Abroad (and an honorary Aussie) in the last week of northern hemisphere football. Here is your look from 22 – 28 May 2012.
From France to Sweden, several players were in action midweek participating in pre-season friendlies and gaining game time in the prestigious UEFA Women's Champions League. We have a review at how they fared in their various hit outs as well as look at the weekend fixures.
Lisa De Vanna in action mid week in Sweden
While the W-League is in its off-season, we still have plenty of Australian footballers to keep a track off thanks to the mass exodus of players to the European Leagues. This weekend we had several in action in England as the FA Cup fifth round got underway and in Germany as the Frauen Bundesliga continued.
Laura Alleway put in a Player of the Match performance for Lincoln Lades | Lincoln Ladies