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Siobhan Chamberlain
« on: January 12, 2007, 12:44:55 PM »
Bristol Academy and England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain was featured in a piece today on the FA website about the big local derby in the FA Cup this weekend so that seems like a good excuse for a thread starter !


Bristol Academy's England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is laden with incentives ahead of Sunday's FA Women's Cup clash with local rivals Bristol City.

The young stopper is already eyeing a Final appearance at Nottingham Forest's City Ground but knows defeat to City will mean her teammates are subjected to plenty of stick from their rivals - more than enough to keep the mind focused.

"There is a massive rivalry," explained Chamberlain. "It's definitely obvious. Bristol City have more local girls while we have a number of players, like me, who are not from the Bristol area. But some of our team won't hear the end of it if we don't win.

"Playing at the City Ground would be an amazing experience. It's a massive stadium with such a great history - Forest won the European Cup twice.

"It's a realistic ambition to reach the final. We have had a good season so far - we have been top of the league."

The two Bristol teams have already met this season in the County Cup and, with Academy in the National League, one higher than their opponents, the favourites won 2-0.

"We played them in the County Cup recently and won 2-0," Chamberlain recalled. "We normally meet them in the final rather than the first round. There is not much of a gap between the two sides.

"It was not easy. We had a few different players out that day. It was a physical game, they challenged hard for every ball. I expect it to be the same on Sunday. They have nothing to lose. This is their last chance of doing something this season.

"We have not played since 26 November so are looking forward to getting back in the swing of things.

This year promises to be monumental for Chamberlain as in September, she is likely to be named in the England team that will travel to China for the Women's World Cup.

"The World Cup is a goal, it's there to aim for," she said. "Before that we have the Four Team Tournament in China at the end of this month. That's massive too. I'm looking forward to it."

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/TheFAWomensCup/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/01/Siobhan.htm

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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2007, 03:01:23 AM »
Nice to see Siobhan get a start in the match against China. I wonder if they will continue with her against the USA or play Rachael Brown. Siobhan had a fairly quiet game compared to what I would have expected after the first few minutes but it must have been great experience for her in case she is needed in the World Cup.

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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2007, 10:45:10 PM »
If Rachel is fit I'm sure that she will play some part in the remaining two games. It is important for other players to gain experience, particularly in tournaments, so I'm sure that Siobhan's game time will be useful.

It is obviously important to have cover, and competition, for positions. It would also seem from one of Sue Smith's reports that food poisoning/stomach upsets are fairly common for visitors in China. So all the more reason to have experienced individuals to step in.

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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2007, 11:07:17 PM »
Nice to see Siobhan get a start indeed.....I'm not sure if Brownie is totally fully fit yet as she seems to have been plagued by back trouble for ages ? Is she playing regularly for Everton again now ? I remember Dani Hill was in goal a lot a while ago...

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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007, 09:28:49 PM »
ENGLAND goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is one of 26 million women playing football worldwide.

She is grateful to take part in the sport she loves at the highest level and believes anyone can get involved with the beautiful game.

The Chelsea stopper said: "Football can bring so many people together.

"It's certainly given me a lot of opportunities I never thought I'd had.

"It doesn't matter whether you are male or female, it's something everyone can be involved in."

Chamberlain was part of the England squad taking part in the recent Women's World Cup in China.

And she is quick to praise the supporting role played by the National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.

Set up by the Football Association, the complex opened in 2001 and runs regular specialist training camps for female players.

Chamberlain added: "It's been amazing at Loughborough.

"Having a ball at your feet every day is definitely going to help you improve as a player."

But centre manager Lois Fidler insists it's not just the physical and tactical side of the game players receive coaching on, there are also guidleines on the social aspect, how to cope with certain pressures and the importance of education.

Fidler said: "Not many will be able to earn a full-time wage just playing football in this country.

"Our responsibility is to build the individuals so when they leave the centre they can actually pursue a career in an area they have chosen."

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article464872.ece

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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2007, 10:46:51 AM »
Chamberlain on the up

England v Spain
UEFA Women's European Championship
Qualifying Round, Group One
6pm, Sunday 25 November 2007
Shrewsbury Town FC

As England prepare to face their final match of 2007, Siobhan Chamberlain looks back on an important year in her development and hopes that next year she can capitalise on all the progress.

Having started in goal for England against China in the Four Nations tournament, then against Scotland at Adams Park in March, Chamberlain enjoyed an Autumn in China for the World Cup before returning to her new club Chelsea.

"It has been a positive year, and it helped that last season I was playing every week for Bristol and I was able to take that confidence into England.

"The Four Nations tournament in China in January was great as I got the opportunity to start in the first game and play against top class players.

"Then I played Scotland at Wycombe and that was great experience, and I kept a clean sheet too.

"Every chance you get to play you have to grab the chance with two hands and do everything you can."

They say you have to be a little bit mad to play in goal, but Chamberlain certainly bucks that trend.

Having graduated from Loughborough with a masters in Sports Science, the Chelsea stopper is switched on with an eye on her future.

Combining her studies with football training at the National Player Development Centre, Chamberlain was able to up her game at the same time.

"Loughborough is the best Sports University in England so to have that opportunity was fantastic," Chamberlain said. "But to be able to combine that with training everyday and doing weights and technical drills has improved my game so much.

"I want to go into that field and work in nutrition and science, and I also did The FA's fitness trainer award which will help with that work."

It's a scheme now in its sixth year, and Chamberlain sees no end of benefits. "It's been successful for the youth teams, and you only have to look at the U19s this season in reaching the European Championship final to see the benefits.

"A lot of the players in that side were involved at Loughborough at some point, in the past or currently, and they did fantastically well.

"There were a number of players at the World Cup, like myself, Jill Scott, Kaz Carney and Carly Telford - so it's definitely a major benefit."

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/11/Chamberlain_SpainPreview.htm

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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2010, 11:59:21 PM »
English keeper brings experience to Whitecaps

It's been over a year since Siobhan Chamberlain has had a break from soccer, but the Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper hopes to keep playing for at least a couple more weeks.

The London-born Chamberlain joined the Whitecaps in May, just five days after wrapping up her season with Chelsea Ladies FC. She will be in goal when Vancouver faces the Pali Blues Saturday at Swangard Stadium in the W-League Western Conference sudden-death playoff match.

A win would send the Whitecaps to the W-League Final Four July 29-31 in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Analytical in both her speech and game, the 26-year-old Chamberlain was very matter-of-fact in explaining the importance of the one-off playoff.

"It's all very well winning your conference," she said after a recent practice. "To get that far and not win the Final Four would be a major anti-climax. We need to go out and perform on Saturday."

The Whitecaps finished first in the Western Conference with a 6-0-4 record. The Blues, a team from the Los Angeles area, squeezed into the playoffs with a 3-4-3 mark.

The Whitecaps can't afford to take the Blues lightly. Pali won back-to-back W-League championships and were undefeated in 33 matches before losing to Vancouver on June 19 in Los Angeles.

"They are a good technical team," said Chamberlain, who was in goal when the Whitecaps beat Pali 3-2 on June 27. "They are quite good attacking wise. That's their strongest point.

"If we attack them high up on the pitch and don't let them attack, I'm sure we will be successful."

The Whitecaps won the W-League title in 2004 and 2006, but missed the playoffs last season. When Hubert Busby Jr. was hired as head coach during the off-season, one of the first things he did was begin looking for a goalkeeper to add veteran experience to the club.

"I used some of my contacts I have throughout the world to knock on a few doors," said Busby.

His timing was perfect. Chamberlain, who had helped Chelsea to a third-place league finish during the 2009-10 season and an English Football Association Women's Cup semifinal appearance, was anxious to answer the call.

"I always wanted to come and play in America or Canada," she said. "Our season was finished.

"If I had stayed in England there would be no football for me."

The tall, lean Chamberlain played in eight games for the Whitecaps and had a 4-0-3 record. She allowed eight goals, made 17 saves and posted two shutouts.

Busby said the numbers alone don't tell Chamberlain's contribution to the team.

"She brings leadership at the back," he said. "Sometimes with a team that is good in front of you, you don't have to make a whole lot of saves but you have to make the big saves at the right time.

"She has been able to do that."

The Whitecaps have young goalkeepers Kristen Funk and Stephanie Panozzo on the roster. Busby said Chamberlain has added a veteran's poise.

"We needed a level head at that position," he said. "You need somebody that has been there and done it before. That allows your younger players to grow into that position."

It's been a long haul for Chamberlain. She played for the English team that lost to Germany 6-2 in last September's European Championships. After a winter with her club team she joined the Whitecaps.

"My body is starting to feel it a bit at the moment," she said. "I think that's more training on turf everyday and playing on turf. I am used to playing on grass.

"I do like the hard work."

Busby said Chamberlain came to the team with an impressive skill set, but has benefited from working with Whitecaps' goalkeeper coach Raegyn Hall.

"When she leaves here she will be a better goalkeeper from our environment and working with our goalkeeping coach," said Busby.

"I have seen the improvement in her with some of her technical things."

Chamberlain didn't know what talent level to expect when she came to the W-League, a North American development league below Women's Professional Soccer.

"To be honest I have been surprised how good it was," she said. "It's a challenging league.

"You always know that Americans and Canadians are going to be strong, big athletes that are fit. Technically, all the players are really good. It's a very good standard."

Chamberlain has made 16 appearances playing for England and has a 10-4-2 record. She was the third-string keeper on the English team at the 2007 World Cup in China.

Several members of Canada's national team play for the Whitecaps plus other teams in the W-League.

Chamberlain knows her English teammates will have plenty of questions for her the next time the team plays Canada.

"I'm sure I'll get asked who has strong points and weaknesses," she said. "I will have a little advantage knowing them."


http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100723/bc_whitecaps_goalie_100723/20100723?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2010, 12:31:36 AM »
The tall, lean Chamberlain...allowed eight goals, made 17 saves and posted two shutouts.
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100723/bc_whitecaps_goalie_100723/20100723?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

ALLOWED eight goals and posted two SHUTOUTS. Er, was this before she made the field goal and bunted before slam-dunking?  If this catches on over here like Trick or Treat, school proms and yearbooks, I'm outta here!


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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2011, 07:27:04 PM »
WSL All Star XI Goalkeeper 2011 , Save of the Season 2011 ..and still third choice for England .


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Re: Siobhan Chamberlain
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2011, 09:29:28 PM »
Well there is no doubt she is now better than Brown but better than Bardsley is a difficult call to make.
she definitely deserves her place in the all star team.