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Name Sam Kerr
Spelling Samantha Kerr
Gender Female
Ethnic Australian
Job Australian Footballer
Desc Top scorer in the 2018 NWSL, top scorer in 2018/19 W-League – Sam Kerr certainly knows how to find the net. The Australian also bagged five goals in four games for the Matildas at France 2019, showing her well-rounded skill-set by scoring with her left foot, right foot and head

Affiliation

Org Australia Women National Team
Club as Player Chelsea Women FC
  Chicago Red Stars

2017 11 25 Retrieve

[Samantha Kerr talks about Australia’s objective of lifting their first FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy at France 2019] I think we can go all the way [in France]. The only thing that’s going to stop us is ourselves. The exciting thing is we are young. This is probably our best shot we’ve had so far. We’ve got so much potential in this team and we’ve just got to keep going at the rate we are and hopefully 2019 will be our year

2017 12 30 Retrieve

[Samantha Kerr reflects on her breakout year with the Matildas] We play such a good brand of footy that Australians love to follow and support. The Matildas are household names now and you see not only young girls, but young boys wearing Matildas jerseys – everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan. I think we connect with all different audiences, from young to old, male to female, which is very unusual in sport

2018 01 20 Retrieve

I just want to prove to people that women’s sport is right up there

2019 06 13
Australia’s forward Samantha Kerr reacts during a refereeing decision before a goal was allowed during the France 2019 Women’s World Cup Group C football match between Australia and Brazil at the Mosson Stadium in Montpellier, southern France

2019 06 14 Retrieve

[Sam Kerr, meanwhile, hit out at those who had criticised Australia after their surprise loss to Italy in the opening match] There [were] a lot of critics talking about us, but we’re back so suck on that one. We don’t listen to the haters. Look at that performance to come back from the deep. I love these girls, they’re something else

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Sam Kerr responds to a question about what the younger version of herself would think of her now] I always tell kids that it’s OK to be different or feel something different. Hopefully the younger Sam would look at the older Sam and think,’That’s pretty cool that she makes people feel so confident in who they are.’ It doesn’t matter about sport, it’s more about who you are as a person

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Sam Kerr on the first episode of the Women in Blazers podcast] I had the touch of an elephant

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Australia star Sam Kerr signs for Chelsea women in major coup] The WSL is the best league in Europe. I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy. I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that – I want to lift some trophies

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Sam Kerr speaks after completing her move to Chelsea] The WSL is the best league in Europe. I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy. I feel Chelsea Women have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that – I want to lift some trophies

2020 01 05 Retrieve

[Sam Kerr is excited about what is to come for her in the Women’s Super League after making her Chelsea debut in their 3-1 win over Reading] Anything is good I guess. But I missed a few [chances] there, so I’ll have to sharpen up on my shooting! I was nervous. It was my first one-on-one in a few months – I haven’t been playing much so I was nervous – but it will come, get the jitters out and it’s only my first game, I can go from here. I’m still finding my feet in England, I’m just getting used to it. It’s freezing to be honest! But I’m enjoying it. The girls are quality and they’ve really welcomed me so I’ve settled in the best I can in nine days. I always want to play. I was just going to put my head down and do what I could at training to start. I’ve been a bit rusty coming back from a break, but I always want to start.

[One of the main takeaways from Kerr’s debut was the way she linked up with Beth England] It was awesome working with Beth England. I feel like we’ve just connected really quickly. She’s a quality player and hopefully she can keep scoring, because we need her

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Note Sam Kerr’s comments of new coach Ante Milicic to ESPN last year] He’s brought a level of professionalism the women don’t usually see … I think that comes from coaching the Socceroos and knowing how the men have been treated. He’s been going to the federation and fighting for us

Ante set that up for us. It feels so good. He’s created an atmosphere where everyone wants to be better and give more

2020 01 18b Retrieve

[Sam Kerr picked out the WSL as the league in which she could make the next step in her career] For me, it was just time for a change. I’m a creature of habit but I also like to challenge myself a little bit and speaking to Emma [Hayes, Chelsea manager], it just seemed like it was the right fit for me

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Kerr eyeing up treble after Conti Cup victory] The last few times I’ve been to a final I’ve lost so it feels really good. Obviously, it wasn’t easy tonight, but we got the job done and that’s all that matters really. The whole team already knew we had that in us, but it shows a lot of other people we have that in us. We showed we’re not going to give up and tonight was a team effort, not just for tonight but for however long it’s taken us to get here. To do it with this group, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s no secret I came to Chelsea to win trophies and this is one of three boxes ticked for this year. We’re definitely going to celebrate tonight but come tomorrow and come after the international break it’s back to work. You’ve got to enjoy these moments, they don’t come around often as a footballer, so we’ll enjoy this one. It does make us hungrier and there’s a lot to do.

We see it every day at training, she’s quite annoying to practice against! That’s no surprise to us, we were lucky to have her in goal tonight

Any time a striker is scoring as many goals as Beth, they’re going to get all the media attention and she deserves it. She’s worked hard, she’s been unbelievable, she’s a good team-mate and she does a lot of work off the ball too. She scored the two goals, but she gets through a lot of work

I’ve been really enjoying it. The team has been amazing, they’ve helped me a lot, the hardest part has probably been the cold. It’s just been hard to adjust to, I’m not used to it or playing in freezing cold weather and I’ve picked up a few injuries from it. But the club’s amazing, the staff are amazing, the team is amazing and I’m actually really enjoying living in London. I came off a break because I needed a break, I hadn’t one in eight or nine years. I still think I have so much more to give and honestly the hardest part is just getting to know how the girls play. As a striker, I want to score more but I’m not putting pressure on myself. I feel like I’m impacting the games and that’s what’s so great about this team, there’s so many players who can have an impact. I think more of the tiredness hasn’t come from not having a pre-season, it’s come from all the travelling around the world. People don’t realise it takes me 25 hours to get home! I did that 10 days ago and I’m doing it again tomorrow. It’s not easy as an Australian footballer but that’s our job and we do it for the love of it