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Lucia Roberta Tough Bronze (born 28 October 1991) is an English footballer who plays as a right-back for French club Olympique Lyonnais and the England national team.

Lucy Bronze
Lucy Bronze 2018 OL (cropped).jpg
Bronze playing for Olympique Lyonnais in 2018
Personal information
Full name Lucia Roberta Tough Bronze[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Berwick-upon-Tweed, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.72 m)[1]
Playing position Full-back[1]
Club information
Current team
Olympique Lyonnais
Number 2
Youth career
Sunderland Academy
Blyth Town
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 North Carolina Tar Heels 24 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Sunderland 23 (5)
2010–2012 Everton 24 (3)
2012–2014 Liverpool 28 (3)
2014–2017 Manchester City 34 (5)
2017– Olympique Lyonnais 35 (3)
National team
2008 England U17 6 (0)
2009–2010 England U19 20 (0)
2010 England U20 3 (0)
2010–2013 England U23 5 (0)
2013– England[2] 73 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:21, 28 June 2019 (UTC)

She previously played for Sunderland, Everton, Liverpool, and Manchester City as well as North Carolina Tar Heels at college level in the United States.[3] Bronze also represented England at all youth levels, and featured in their squads at Euro 2013 and the 2015 World Cup, helping them to third place at the latter tournament.

She won the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year award twice – in 2014,[4] and again in 2017.[5] In 2018, she was named BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Bronze began playing for Sunderland at under-12 academy level and joined the senior team when she turned 16 in 2007.[6] She had previously captained the under-16 team.[6] In 2007–08, Bronze was named Manager's Player of the Year as Sunderland finished third in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division.[3] The next season she helped them win the Northern Division and gain promotion to the National Division.[7] Bronze also appeared in the 2009 FA Women's Cup final,[8] claiming the Player of the Match award in Sunderland's 2–1 defeat to Arsenal.[6]

That summer, Bronze moved to North Carolina to study at UNC. She won a scholarship from coach Anson Dorrance after impressing him during several soccer camps.[3] She went on to feature prominently in midfield for the Tar Heels varsity team,[9] eventually becoming the first British player to win an NCAA Cup in December 2009.[10][11] All-American honours followed for Bronze, who scored three goals in 24 games.[12] She then returned to Sunderland in the Premier League National Division.[13]

EvertonEdit

In September 2010 it was revealed that Bronze had signed for Everton, when she was named in their UEFA Women's Champions League squad.[14] She debuted for Everton against MTK in Hungary, but continued to play for Sunderland while her new club awaited the 2011 FA WSL.

LiverpoolEdit

 
Bronze (right) with Liverpool in 2015.

In November 2012, Bronze left Everton to sign for local rivals Liverpool, following Natasha Dowie and Fara Williams who had made the same move days earlier.[15]

Bronze was part of the Liverpool side that won the FA WSL in 2013 and again in 2014. The following year, she was awarded the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year.[4] Following her second league title, she departed Liverpool to sign for Manchester City.[16]

Manchester CityEdit

In her first year at Manchester City, Bronze scored two goals from the full-back position, helping City to second place in the league, meaning they qualified for the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time. In 2016, her second season in Manchester, she scored two league goals as the Blues went unbeaten for the entire season. The defender contributed to an outstanding record in which we saw Manchester City only concede four league goals. She also helped Manchester City to their second FA WSL Cup win in three years, scoring the winning goal in the 105th minute of the final. Bronze was also named FA WSL 1 Players' Player of the Year.[17] She played a part in both the home and away leg of Manchester City's first ever Champions League games, scoring two and assisting two in a 6–0 aggregate win over Russian champions Zvezda Perm.[18] She ended competition with eight appearances, as Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the 2016–17 edition of the UEFA Women's Champions League, with their title hopes ended in late April when they lost Olympique Lyonnais a 3–2 on aggregate. On 23 April 2017, Bronze was named PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year for second time[5] and selected in the PFA WSL Team of the Year.[19]

Olympique LyonnaisEdit

 
Lucy Bronze celebrating winning the UEFA Champions League with Lyon in 2018.

In August 2017, Bronze signed a three-year contract with Olympique Lyonnais.[20] In the 2017–18 season of the UEFA Women's Champions League, Bronze made eight appearances, scoring two goals as Lyon reached the final. Lucy featured in the final match of the UEFA Women's Champions League and helped Lyon win the competition.[21] In the Division 1 Féminine league, Lucy made nineteen appearances, scoring two goals, as Lyon captured its twelfth straight league title.[22] Bronze was named in the Team of the Year for D1 Feminine.[23] In the Coupe de France, Bronze and Lyon were unable to defend their Coupe de France title, losing to Paris Saint-German in the final.[24] During the 2018–19 season, Bronze collected her second Division 1 Féminine league title winner's medal; she also won Coupe de France Féminine title and helped Lyon win a second consecutive UEFA Women's Champions League trophy.

International careerEdit

YouthEdit

Bronze was called into the England under-17 squad in March 2007, while she was playing for Blyth Town WFC in the Northern Girls Tyne Tees League.[25] She went on to participate in the England under-17 squad that came fourth in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. Bronze was also part of the England under-19 squad that won the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Belarus during July 2009 and part of the squad the following year that finished runners-up to France in the finals held in June 2010 in Macedonia.[11]

She was called into an England under-20 training camp in January 2010.[13] After featuring in all three games during the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Bronze made her debut for the England under-23 team in a 2–1 win over Germany in September 2010.

SeniorEdit

 
Bronze for England in 2018.

Bronze made her debut for the England senior team on 26 June 2013 as a substitute in the 67th minute for Dunia Susi in a friendly against world champions Japan at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton-upon-Trent. She had a claimed goal disallowed in the 89th minute of the 1–1 draw.[26] The following month, she was an unused member of the squad at Euro 2013 in Sweden, a group stage exit.

Bronze scored her first England goal on 14 June 2014, in a 3–0 away win over Belarus in World Cup qualification. She scored again on 17 September, as England concluded their qualification process with a 10–0 away win over Montenegro and a 100% record.[27] On 23 November Bronze started England's 0–3 defeat by Germany in the first England women's match at Wembley Stadium.[28]

Bronze was part of the England squad at the 2015 Women's World Cup. In the last 16 against Norway in Ottawa, she scored the winning goal from outside the penalty area as England came from behind to win 2–1, their first knock-out win at the World Cup.[29] She also went on to score what proved to be the quarter-final winner against Canada in Vancouver as she netted England's second from a header in the 14th minute.[30] She was widely praised as one of the best performers for England team at the World Cup.[31][32][33] For her performances in the tournament, Bronze was included in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup All Star Team and shortlisted for the Golden Ball – the award given to the best player at the Women's World Cup.

In July 2017, she was named in the squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017, which England lost 3–0 to eventual winners Netherlands in the semi-final.[34] For her performances in the tournament, Bronze was included in the 2017 UEFA Team of the Tournament. Later that year, she was shortlisted for the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award[35] and The Best FIFA Women's Player Award.

Bronze captained England for the first time in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup opening match against France.[36]

In 2019, Bronze was part of the England team that won the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.[37] Later that year, Bronze was selected as part of England's World Cup squad.[38] As part of England's social-media facing squad announcement, her name was announced by former footballer Alex Scott.[39] Bronze scored during a 3–0 victory over Norway in the quarter-finals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[40] England finished the tournament in fourth place.[41]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Bronze (6) marking Arsenal's Rachel Yankey in October 2014

Bronze was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed in north-east England to a Portuguese father[42] and an English mother. She has since lived on Lindisfarne, in Belford and in Alnwick. Having studied at the Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick, she moved to North Carolina to study at UNC. Bronze subsequently moved to Leeds Metropolitan University. Bronze has two siblings: an elder brother, Jorge; and younger sister, Sophie.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

As of match played 27 June 2019. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Bronze goal.
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 June 2014 Traktar Stadium, Minsk, Belarus   Belarus 3–0 3–0 World Cup 2015 qualification
2 17 September 2014 Stadion Pod Malim Brdom, Petrovac, Montenegro   Montenegro 4–0 10–0 World Cup 2015 qualification
3 22 June 2015 Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa, Canada   Norway 2–1 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
4 27 June 2015 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada   Canada 2–0 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
5 10 April 2017 Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, England   Austria 2–0 3–0 Friendly
6 19 September 2017 Prenton Park, Birkenhead, England   Russia 4–0 6–0 World Cup 2019 qualification
7 4 September 2018 Pavlodar Central Stadium, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan 6–0 6–0 World Cup 2019 qualification
8 27 June 2019 Stade Océane, Le Havre, France   Norway 3–0 3–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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