Footballer: My Story

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Transworld Publishers Limited, Jul 4, 2013 - Soccer players - 368 pages
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The inspiring story of how a girl from Watford became the greatest player in England's history and one of the biggest stars in world football.
She has been called the best player in the world. She has been called the Zinedine Zidane of the women's game. She has scored more goals for England than any other player in history. Yet since she was old enough to kick a ball, Kelly Smith has had to battle every step of the way to play the game she loves.
Girls were not welcome when Kelly first started out, practising for hours to hone her sublime skills, but after outshining all the boys in the teams she played in, she became a pioneer for English women's football. A teenage sensation and the nation's first professional footballer, Kelly was soon a star, a genius with the ball at her feet, but a series of injuries led to periods of depression and then alcoholism as she struggled to cope without the sport.
As she nears the end of her glittering career, Kelly now tells the heartfelt story of her triumphs and tragedies, of how she beat her demons to put England on the world football map. It is a tale of overcoming prejudice to live your dream, and of how it feels and what it means to be a woman at the very top of her game.

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User Review  - Noor - Goodreads

As some of you may already know, Kelly Smith is my favorite female footballer so I was quite emotionally attached reading this autobiography. I'll try to be as unbiased as possible in this review, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe Goodwin - Goodreads

was an honest autobiography, sadly it lacked warmth and humour. but having said that it was interesting to read about the struggles of Englands best womens player in the not too distant past. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Kelly Smith was born on 29 October 1978. She played for Garston Boys Football Club before being prevented from playing in mixed teams, then for Watford Ladies, Pinner Park, Wembley Ladies and Arsenal Ladies. After being spotted by American scouts, she was offered a scholarship at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, where standout performances saw her number six shirt retired after her graduation.

In 1999, Kelly became England's first ever women's professional footballer, and played for Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA before returning home to win every honour in the domestic game with Arsenal, including their sensational quadruple in 2007 when they became champions of Europe. Between 2005 and 2009, Kelly scored 100 goals in 112 games for the team she had always supported. After playing for Boston Breakers in the WPSL, she returned to Arsenal in March 2012.

Kelly made her England debut just three days after her seventeenth birthday, and has gone on to score a record forty-five goals in more than a hundred appearances for her country. She helped England reach the final of the European Championships in 2009 and the quarterfinals of the World Cup in both 2007 and 2011, and was twice voted third in the FIFA World Player of the Year. She was awarded an MBE in 2008.

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