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Title: Eniola Aluko
Post by: David on January 10, 2007, 12:39:38 PM
This is an article about Eni from the Independent on Christmas Eve. I am not aware of her having a website or myspace or anything similar so this seems like a nice way to start a thread :)


Eniola helps England qualify for the World Cup - and passes other stiff examinations

It was the decorative paper parasols which gave away the theme of the evening as celebrations got under way at the Football Association's Soho Square headquarters last week. China is the destination, the Women's World Cup next September is the occasion and England, glory be, have qualified for the first time in 12 years.

That qualification came two- and-a-half months ago, when a 1-1 draw with the favourites, France, in Rennes ensured England would finish top of Group Five, unbeaten in eight matches having scored 29 goals and conceded two. The Soho Square party, attended by the chief executive, Brian Barwick, and other top FA officials, provided the opportunity to offer belated congratulations and early good wishes for the England squad, who leave for China next month to participate in a four-nation warm-up event.

As Barwick pointed out: "It has been a phenomenal year for the England women's team", an opinion backed by their coach, Hope Powell. "The players have been absolutely fantastic," she said, while adding: "Qualifying for the World Cup is not enough. We want to make an impact come September."

Next month's warm-up trip offers the chance to make that impact, since the opponents are the hosts plus the world's second ranked country, the United States, and the world champions, Germany, who thrashed England 5-1 in a friendly in October. It is difficult to think of a tougher assignment, but it is one welcomed by England's 19-year-old striker Eniola Aluko.

Eniola, a second-year law student at Brunel University whose two goals won the 2006 Cup final for Charlton Ladies against Arsenal, is convinced England will do better on both China trips than many think. "There is a fantastic work ethic throughout the team, and qualifying was testament to that hard work, so if anyone is writing us off or thinking we are just going to make up the numbers I am sure they will be surprised," she said, juggling a glass of white wine and a plate of snacks.

This daughter of the former Brentford and Nigerian international footballer Daniel Aluko, who is now a leading politician back in his homeland, is the essence of England's new exuberance. "Football is actually in my blood, something that was destined to happen," she claims. "Because of my dad it was kind of inevitable that his children would be good at it too."

Her younger brother, Sone, is on Birmingham City's books and has played for England Under-17s, while Eniola joined Birmingham's women's team at 17, the year she won her first full England cap after spells in the Under-19 and Under-21 squads. The fact that she was Young Player of the Year in 2003 made the move to a bigger club inevitable, and she is now in her third season with Charlton.

The combination of study and sport ensures, she says, "there is never a dull moment for me". It was not dull at the European Championships in England last year, when Eniola went to train with England in the morning, sat her history A-level examination by special arrangement at a Blackburn college at lunchtime and was rushed by car to play against Denmark at Ewood Park that same evening. "Quite a pressure time," was Eniola's verdict. "Euro 2005 was my first major tournament and they were also my first big exams."

There has been little easing up since then for the girl who once worked in a shoe shop to help fund her education. "There are a lot of other 19-year-olds at university who study and get drunk every night, but my life is quite different." Apart from rest days on Monday and Saturday, and playing on Sunday, she adds weights and aerobic workouts to skills training every day and studies in the evening. "So it's quite an organised, disciplined life I lead. But I would much rather have that than not knowing where I am going." Where she hopes to go after university and football is to a career as a sports solicitor.

Then there is the prospect of her first - and then second - visit to China. "I am one who really admires other cultures and different places. I have been lucky enough to travel a lot, whether through football or with my family, but China is somewhere I have always wanted to go."

Eniola is frank about her skills and perceived shortcomings. "My speed is an asset and my goals-to-game ratio is getting better. I think I also have good passing ability, something a striker doesn't always have, but I take pride in setting other people up as well. One thing I need to work on is my heading, though I have quite a spring on me.

"I am also getting stronger through my conditioning work, because women's football is a physical game. When you've got pace like me, they just want to chop you down, but that's something I'm prepared for."

As for the women's game making more of an impact, Eniola feels much depends on how well England fare at the World Cup from 10-30 September next year. "We have done so well to qualify, it looks like a bright future. There is a national resonance, a pride, that comes with a World Cup, and I am sure every person will be keen to see how we get on."

Just how keen will be shown if our women do well. Should that happen, champagne bottles will be opening up along with the paper parasols.

http://sport.independent.co.uk/football/news/article2099939.ece
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on March 05, 2007, 07:24:50 PM
Not much on our Eni lately on this site, but the F.A. have just interviewed her prior to the three upcoming internationals.

05 March 2007 
Eniola Aluko Interview - Eni looks ahead to the trio of warm up games with Russia, Scotland and Holland in preparation for the World Cup.

Eniola Aluko is relishing being part of an England team widely recognised as 'underdogs' for this year's Women's World Cup in China.

Hope Powell's side is coming off the back of an impressive four-team tournament in China earlier this year, in which they earned draws against the world's top teams - Germany and USA.

So the young striker insists the squad is high on confidence going into a gruelling series of friendlies this month, when England take on Russia, Scotland and Holland in the space of a week.

First up is Russia at Milton Keynes' National Hockey Stadium on March 8, with the Three Lions hoping to avenge a 2-1 defeat against the same opposition in August 2004.

Aluko said: "We're very confident, and we're dark horses to do something special at the World Cup.

"I think the recent tournament in China showed we're not a team to just make up the numbers - we're going to go there and compete.

"But we're not getting carried away and the attitude is to take the upcoming friendlies very seriously against good opposition, so I'm sure we'll get a lot out of those games.

"I think it's great that we're replicating tournament football with three games in the space of a week because it will hold us in good stead for September.

"We'll be looking to show in the Russia game how far we have come since the defeat against them in 2004."

Eniola was speaking at Bushfield Primary School in Milton Keynes, where she took part in a Q&A session with Year 6 pupils.

And she was delighted to provide inspiration for some young hopefuls looking to follow in her footsteps and represent their country at the sport they love.

Aluko added: "It's always nice to feel as though you're an example to people, especially kids who are playing football and want to do well.

"I asked some of them how far they wanted to get in football, and a lot of them said they wanted to play for England.

"I'm in a position where I am playing for England, so to inspire them to do the same is really important to me."


http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/03/EniolaAluko.htm
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on March 08, 2007, 11:36:44 AM
Charlton site item picking up on Eni's interview prior to tonight's England-Russia game.

We're not making up the numbers - Aluko

England women continue their build up for the World Cup later this year with three friendlies in a week - and Charlton's striking sensation Eniola Aluko is tipping her side to be the surprise package in the Far East.

Aluko, who has joined up with Hope Powell's squad for matches against Russia, Scotland and the Netherlands, says the rapidfire format over the next week will stand her side in good stead ahead of their trip to China.

England host Russia at The National Hockey Stadium, home of MK Dons FC, on Thursday (7.45pm) before Scotland come south of the border to provide the second opposition at Wycombe Wanderers FC (12.30pm) three days later.

The schedule concludes on March 15th when England play host to the Dutch under the lights at Swindon Town's County Ground (7.45pm).

Aluko, Charlton's top scorer this season with 18 goals from 18 games, said: "I think the recent tournament in China showed we're not a team to just make up the numbers - we're going to go there and compete."

England drew against heavyweights Germany and the United States in the friendly competition, and were only narrowly defeated by the hosts as the squad gained a feel of what the World Cup will be like in September.

Eni added: "But we're not getting carried away and the attitude is to take the upcoming friendlies very seriously against good opposition, so I'm sure we'll get a lot out of those games.

"I think it's great that we're replicating tournament football with three games in the space of a week because it will hold us in good stead for September.

"We'll be looking to show in the Russia game how far we have come since the defeat against them in 2004."

Aluko is one of four Charlton players in the squad, alongside midfielders Katie Holtham and Josanne Potter, the former who has once more been promoted to the senior squad and the latter who returns for the first time after a long-term ankle injury. Also included is Addicks skipper Casey Stoney.

http://shop.cafc.co.uk/newsview.ink?nid=30513
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on May 04, 2007, 11:23:06 PM
Faye White comments on our Eni prior to the F.A. Cup Final on Monday.

Eniola Aluko

"She is the obvious danger. She has lightning pace and is good in front of goal, and it's important that we deny her space to run into. Eni is an England international now and is probably the first-choice striker. She can terrorise international defences and she's a good finisher, so she won't be fazed by the occasion. In fact she scored twice in the League Cup Final against us last year so we know she can perform in the big games. Charlton are maybe not as strong this season so her role has changed slightly, she is now involved in a lot of build-up play. She is creative as well as prolific."

Faye's a pretty solid scout on the basis of this summary. Eniola's great strength to the Charlton team is not just the goals - it's the work she now puts in to create the chances for others and to retain possession. She's not the tallest forward around and by her own admission she's not a great header yet, so playing her as a lone striker won't work for her or her team, whether it be club or country.

http://www.arsenal.com/article.asp?thisNav=news&article=464912&cpid=827&title=Faye+White%27s+Cup+Final+players+to+watch
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on May 08, 2007, 08:09:25 PM
Aluko aims to emulate Arsenal

Charlton women's team striker Eniola Aluko insisted the Addicks could still match quadruple winners Arsenal next season following their 4-1 FA Cup final defeat on Monday.

The England international proved a constant thorn in the side of the Gunners, her driving run into the area creating the goal that gave Charlton a shock second-minute lead.

But Arsenal ultimately proved too strong and Aluko pinpointed two goals conceded from set pieces as among the turning points.

"I think we matched them in the first half in terms of outfield play, but the set pieces cost us dearly," she said.

Kelly Smith found the top corner from long range to put the Gunners back in the game after Katie Holtham had struck for Charlton, and then Jayne Ludlow converted a low Lianne Sanderson cross from a free-kick.

"After we went 1-0 up it was a case of relaxing," added Aluko. "We're not used to going 1-0 up so early against a team like Arsenal and we need to get better at that.

"I think we can be proud of the way we played, especially after the results in the league. We believe we could have won but it's just a shame we didn't."

With just seconds to go until half-time it looked as though the Addicks would be able to regroup and then really attack the second period, only for Ludlow's long-range strike to suddenly give Arsenal a two-goal lead.

"Their third goal just before half-time killed us," said Eni. "At 2-1 we were still in the game. At half-time we were just focused on scoring again but unfortunately it wasn't the case."

Aluko herself had the best chance of the second half. A defence-splitting pass from Danielle Murphy sent the forward clear through the centre, but her shot from the edge of the area was beaten away by the legs of Arsenal's Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Emma Byrne.

"I'm disappointed with not scoring but that's the way it goes," said Aluko, who scored the winning goal in the 2005 FA Cup final.

"One thing about Charlton is that we always believe. We have a bit of grit about us and we will go again next season and learn from the mistakes we made this season.

"It's very hard to play against Arsenal. They have some top, top players and that's in the world not just in this country.

"They are the benchmark and everybody needs to be looking to be at that standard, and also, in the wider female game, more teams need to have the mentality that they can beat Arsenal."

http://shop.cafc.co.uk/newsview.ink?nid=30838

As a nervous fan, I can't quite match Eni's level of confidence while the current gap in club resources remains but what she says is right if the league and possibly English football is going to progress.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on May 08, 2007, 09:22:06 PM
I think she might be right next season because Arsenal's players will be knackered after the world cup.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on May 09, 2007, 01:31:41 PM
Latest edition of Fair Game (Issue 24) has a good F.A. Cup final preview with some great tongue-in-cheek introductions to the Arsenal and Charlton squads by Emma Byrne and Karen Hills. To quote F.G. "both top players are as mad as hatters, in a nice way, obviously"  Can't see any weblinks to the intros. but several of them are worth a post in their own right. 

On Eni, Karen says:

"An outstanding forward who can create goals out of nothing. She has lightning pace - when she can stay on her feet.  Despite being a brain box (studying to be a lawyer), she has no common sense whatsoever!
Here are two classic Eni-isms: "Does broccoli grow on trees?" and "Does the Queen run the F.A?"
 
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on May 16, 2007, 10:08:01 PM
Faye White comments on our Eni prior to the F.A. Cup Final on Monday.

...her role has changed slightly, she is now involved in a lot of build-up play. She is creative as well as prolific."

Faye's a pretty solid scout on the basis of this summary. Eniola's great strength to the Charlton team is not just the goals - it's the work she now puts in to create the chances for others and to retain possession.

From an article about Eni from the Independent on Christmas Eve.

Eniola is frank about her skills and perceived shortcomings. "My speed is an asset and my goals-to-game ratio is getting better. I think I also have good passing ability, something a striker doesn't always have, but I take pride in setting other people up as well. One thing I need to work on is my heading, though I have quite a spring on me."

Eni is top scorer again for the Addicks this season with 26 League and Cup goals with one game to go. Just as impressive, more so in my opinion, is that if you look at match reports and do the American statistical thing, she has 14 assists - top of the list again. Just about the ideal strike partner.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on July 07, 2007, 10:32:42 PM
One classy young lady. Great striker when I first saw her, and now she's a great worker and a great provider too. OK she misses a few but she makes a bundle for others.  Hope she has a great career at Police Headquarters as well as in the England shirt. She helped give the Addicks fans three great years, scoring all three of our winning F.A. Cup and League Cup Final goals.



Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2007, 09:17:40 PM
The FA have announced an exciting line up of eleven 'Football For All Ambassadors' who share our determination to break down the barriers that still exist in football.

A number of those involved met at Soho Square on Thursday afternoon to discuss their aspirations in the months ahead, and it was clear that everyone was determined to make a difference.

Among those who met with FA Director of Corporate Affairs Simon Johnson, Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking and Equality Manager Lucy Faulkner, was England Women's international Eniola Aluko and the 20-year-old striker revealed her pride at being involved in the initiative.

"I feel so privileged to have this opportunity, to be a role model to young girls is something that at my age is very special," Eni revealed.

"Growing up I wasn't really aware of women's football until I was a little older and I was lucky to be involved when I got the chance, but hopefully now we bring it to girls' attention a lot sooner and get more and more playing the game.

"When I wanted to play football I didn't see any obstacles to my dreams, but I know that isn't the case for every young girl and that's why I'm here.

"I will do everything I can to help as many young girls have that same outlook, to be able to look forward to what they want to do without seeing obstacles in their way."
http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/Equality/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/07/Ambassadors.htm

Ambassador Eni, eh!
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: David on September 04, 2007, 06:03:41 PM
Student of the game
BY Danielle Weekes   

Eniola Aluko, 20, is a striker with England senior team and Chelsea.

She sat her A-levels while playing for England at Euro 2005 and is currently studying to be a lawyer. She will travel to the World Cup in China this month. Here she gives her view on how her sport is progressing.


"Women's football is still quite a young sport and it's growing quickly — it's the fastest growing sport in Britain at the moment. But, because it has only being going in earnest for about 10 years, it means that the women's league doesn't have the exposure and the attendance numbers that men's football games do.


"So, while most men's football clubs, even in the lower leagues, get revenue from broadcasting rights, many women's teams don't have that luxury.


"A footballer in a Premier League side can earn up to £100,000 a week, but most female footballers get £70 a week, maybe £1,000 a month if they are on the national team.


dropped


"Many of us hold down full-time jobs or are studying, even with our punishing training schedules.


"Recently Charlton Athletic, where I used to play, disbanded its female football team after they got relegated from the Premiership. It was their way of cutting costs and the board didn't see it fit to notify us directly.


"Things are getting better though. The Football Associa-tion has increased its marketing of the women's game, which will go a long way towards increasing our fan base and attract more girls to the game.


"Our World Cup games will be aired on the BBC. We have incredible talent coming into the sport and, hopefully, when we go to China, the public will recognize how exciting women's football can be as they are doing in countries like Germany and Sweden."

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/content.php?show=11912
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on September 21, 2007, 07:56:18 PM
Aluko's belief
By Stuart Mawhinney in Tianjin. Thursday, 20 September 2007.
19 Sep 2007     

USA v England
World Cup 2007, Quarter Final
1pm (BST), Saturday 23 September 2007
Tianjin Olympic Centre, Tianjin
Live on BBC1

England striker Eniola Aluko says that everyone in the squad believes they are capable of making it through to the World Cup semi finals, despite the prospect of world number one USA in their path.

Having earned a hugely impressive draw with reigning champions Germany, the Three Lions scored six past Argentina to make it to the last eight and those results have bred confidence throughout the squad.

Aluko told TheFA.com: "The spirit in the team is fantastic, you can taste the confidence.

"I think now it's like 'Bring it on', obviously we have USA in the quarter finals and everyone is raring to go.

"It's great to be here knowing that we're going into a quarter final with everyone watching back home. This is what we all dream about, I think we have to pinch ourselves sometimes and say 'Wow, we're actually here'.

"This was our goal, to play the biggest teams in the world, and that's what we're going to do on Saturday and I just hope we do ourselves proud, and I believe we can win the game."

Looking back on the previous two performances, Aluko was pleased with both displays.

"Germany are the World Champions and we performed so well we could even have won the game," Aluko explained.

"On Monday it was a fantastic performance. We knew that we couldn't go into the game complacent irrespective of the fact that Argentina lost 11-0 to Germany - that wasn't the point, every game is different.

"We went into it with a professional attitude and got the result we wanted, and we were quite ruthless really."

http://www.thefa.com/WorldCup2007/EnglandNews/Postings/2007/09/USA_AlukoPreview.htm
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on October 22, 2007, 04:20:09 PM
Eni's question time
Monday, 22 October 2007.

England v Belarus
UEFA Women's European Championship
Qualifying Round, Group One
12.30pm, Saturday 27 October 2007
Banks's Stadium, Walsall FC

England striker Eniola Aluko went back to school at the end of last week, as she looked ahead to Saturday's Euro 2009 qualifier against Belarus.

Now in the third year of a Law Degree, Eni was a perfect role model to the class of young girls at Little Sutton Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, as she took questions on a wide range of subjects in the company of local media too.

After the classroom session, Eni took part in a coaching session outside organised by the Birmingham FA Football Development team - resulting in some damage to her shoes - before sitting down to have her photo taken and penning some autographs.

After the highs and lows of the World Cup in China, The Three Lions re-start their qualification attempts for the UEFA 2009 European Championship in Finland, and Eni knows that it won't be easy.

"We've had a chance to re-charge the batteries and we know now that after the World Cup, we'll be seen as a scalp" she told TheFA.com.

"After surpassing many peoples expectations in reaching the quarter finals it's been a nice feeling to have so many different people interested in when we're next playing.

"I moved flat last week and my Landlord was really happy that he had an England player as a tenant, and then last week a Security Guard in Uxbridge town centre wanted my autograph!

"It's nice for all of us to feel our efforts being recognised, but now we have to get back to matters on the pitch.

"It may be in these next two games that we'll have to be patient, as teams may come to try and get a draw and put players behind the ball, but for the Coaches and the players, new challenges are what spur you on, and hopefully we'll have a big crowd to cheer us on."

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/10/Enis_question_time.htm
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on March 14, 2008, 11:46:48 AM
Aluko returns to Addicks
by Tony Leighton
Friday, 14 March 2008.

Charlton Athletic v Chelsea
The FA Tesco Women's Premier League
Sunday 16 March 2008
Gravesend & Northfleet FC

Chelsea and England striker Eniola Aluko is aiming to kick-start her disrupted club season with a goalscoring return to her former team Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

Since leaving the Addicks to join Chelsea last summer, Aluko has had a number of interruptions to her new side’s FA Tesco Women’s Premier League campaign.

Along with her England colleagues she was forced to make a late start due to playing in September’s World Cup finals, since when the 21 year-old striker has missed a number of matches through injury and suspension.

Studying for a law degree has also affected her football, most recently when she had to withdraw from the squad for England’s Euro 2009 qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Sunday’s game will in fact be Aluko’s first Chelsea outing for eight weeks – and she can’t wait to get back into action.

“It’s been a frustrating season in many ways,” she says. “It was difficult to start with, not just for me but the other England girls as well, to re-focus on domestic football after the World Cup.

“Then I got injured playing for England against Spain in November, and in January I got suspended after being sent off against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

“Added to all that I’ve been studying for my finals at University, and when I got so busy with my dissertation I had to pull out of the England squad earlier this month.

“I have been anxious about missing so many games, but hopefully now I’ll get a clear run to the end of the season and I can help Chelsea to string together some good results and help England get closer to qualification for Euro 2009.”

Aluko is back in the national squad for next week’s Euro qualifier against the Czech Republic at Doncaster, meanwhile she is determined to make an impact on her return to match action at Charlton.

“I’m really happy to be getting back to playing,” she says, “but it will be strange going back to Charlton – the club is not the same one that I played for after they had to re-form last summer, but although I still feel very sad about what happened I wish them all the very best for the future.

“I’m sure they’ll bounce back after this very difficult season for them, but on Sunday there’ll be no emotion – I’ll be going all out to take three points off them.

“Our own season at Chelsea hasn’t gone as well as we’d have liked, but we’ve got seven games left and we can still finish in the top four or five if we get the results we want – starting at Charlton!

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/PremierLeague/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2008/03/FAWPL_EniolaCharltonPreview.htm

Nice to see the F.A. helping to promote their own Premier League by sending the Chelsea team and their supporters to Gravesend - we could do with the three points when they don't turn up at Dartford!!!
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on July 06, 2008, 06:02:56 PM
Faye White comments on our Eni prior to the F.A. Cup Final on Monday.

...her role has changed slightly, she is now involved in a lot of build-up play. She is creative as well as prolific."

Faye's a pretty solid scout on the basis of this summary. Eniola's great strength to the Charlton team is not just the goals - it's the work she now puts in to create the chances for others and to retain possession.

From an article about Eni from the Independent on Christmas Eve.

Eniola is frank about her skills and perceived shortcomings. "My speed is an asset and my goals-to-game ratio is getting better. I think I also have good passing ability, something a striker doesn't always have, but I take pride in setting other people up as well. One thing I need to work on is my heading, though I have quite a spring on me."

Eni is top scorer again for the Addicks this season with 26 League and Cup goals with one game to go. Just as impressive, more so in my opinion, is that if you look at match reports and do the American statistical thing, she has 14 assists - top of the list again. Just about the ideal strike partner.

I think she is an excellent passer and that side of her game is underappreciated, because people focus more on goalscoring chart and goal to chance ratio as she is a center forward. With her pace and passing skills she could be a superb winger?
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: twmcat on July 06, 2008, 11:14:39 PM
Reckon she's going to be a good strike force with Lianne Sanderson next season then?

Hope Powell never seemes to like them together in the England team  :-\
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on July 07, 2008, 03:02:46 AM
Reckon she's going to be a good strike force with Lianne Sanderson next season then?

Hope Powell never seemes to like them together in the England team  :-\
I think it will work well as their game complement each other.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: twmcat on July 07, 2008, 10:48:27 PM
If it comes off with them at Chelsea, maybe Ms Powell will have a rethink ;)
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on July 08, 2008, 07:17:29 AM
If it comes off with them at Chelsea, maybe Ms Powell will have a rethink ;)
I don't think so because she said in an interview that all the Negland team where strcutured the same way from the U15 to the seniors so changing to 4-4-2 would mean abandon that.
As they seem quite rigid about that and with the amount of time spent on defensive work on the structure
I don't see her changing system. To accomdate both on a 4-3-3 I would play Aluko on the wing.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Dr Gonzo on July 08, 2008, 11:10:07 AM
If it comes off with them at Chelsea, maybe Ms Powell will have a rethink ;)
I don't think so because she said in an interview that all the Negland team where strcutured the same way from the U15 to the seniors so changing to 4-4-2 would mean abandon that.
As they seem quite rigid about that and with the amount of time spent on defensive work on the structure
I don't see her changing system. To accomdate both on a 4-3-3 I would play Aluko on the wing.

I don't see why the whole set up has to be organised the same way, why should the senior side have the same set up as the U15s...mmmmm, strange.  If the system is so rigid it doesn't leave much scope for change if things start  going pear shaped..
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on July 08, 2008, 11:42:02 AM
I think it is to get the girls prepared when they get through age group.
I don't think it is a bad thing in itself, but the overdoing on the defensive side in training is the bad thing for me.
Don't get me wrong, it's a basic in any sport team to sort the defense out first, but it has not to be detrimental of the attacking side of the game.
A balance has to be found.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on July 08, 2008, 05:05:30 PM
From the fgmag article http://www.fgmag.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=5234

"We always knew it was going to be a tough game," Manager Mo Marley told Uefa.com. "Today we have to compliment Germany – they were a little bit smarter, a little bit cleverer with their play. We had a plan, but struggled to break them down. There was a lot of effort, a lot of application but I think we need to play a bit smarter.

"They were a bit cleverer about when to attack, when to defend, and I think that we had a Plan A but not a Plan B today – it's something we have to work on"

That what I meant, no plan B when plan A that has been worked on so hard fails, it does remind me of the USA game at the World Cup last summer. To be fair plan A worked well against Germany at the World Cup so it's not a bad plan at all but...
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Dr Gonzo on July 08, 2008, 08:15:08 PM
But as you say there should be options and if the system doesn't allow for it then you're going to be stuck....
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on July 17, 2008, 05:45:04 PM
From the Fair Game posting of the England team selection for the friendly against Germany.

"England are missing striker Eniola Aluko - as the fixture clashes with her graduation from Brunel University where she sealed a First Class Law Degree."

Maybe she wouldn't have been selected anyway for the game - her form suffered last year in a Chelsea team that always seemed disjointed. But major congratulations on the degree, Eni.  Can't be easy to balance study and sport at such a high level.



Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: twmcat on July 20, 2008, 12:38:17 AM
Well done to Eni on getting a first ;)
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on August 20, 2008, 09:55:52 AM
I have been told Eni is on fire with Chelsea at the moment and will benefit from the partnership with Lianne.
I wouldn't be surprised that she scores at least 20 this season, while Leanne should get at least 30, (Chelsea will play 32 games maximum this season ).
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on October 18, 2008, 01:13:57 PM
Tough Toffees
by Tony Leighton
Friday, 17 October 2008.

Chelsea Ladies v Everton Ladies
FA Tesco Women's Premier League
2pm, Sunday 19 October 2008
Metropolitan Police F.C., Imber Court, Thames Ditton

Chelsea are facing their biggest test of the season so far, says striker Eniola Aluko as the Blues prepare to face Everton in an FA Tesco Women’s Premier League clash on Sunday.

While Chelsea have won six and drawn the other one of their seven League games to date, Everton have a 100 per cent record from their five outings.

The Blues lie second in the table, two points behind leaders Arsenal and four points ahead of third-placed Everton, but with two games in hand the Toffees present a real threat.

England international Aluko says: "It’s going to be a tough game – Everton are a very good side, tenacious and tactically aware and they will make it really hard for us.

"It will be our most difficult game of the season so far, but we want to break up the Arsenal-Everton domination of the top two places so we’ll be aiming for three points.

"I’m confident we can get a result – we are now far more solid as a team than we were last season and we’ve got into the lovely habit of winning games consistently.

"The girls [Anita Asante and Lianne Sanderson] who joined us from Arsenal have helped bring in that winning mentality and there’s much more character about the team."

Aluko herself has blossomed this term – after scoring six League goals in the whole of last season she has hit eleven in seven outings in the current campaign.

"It’s been a fantastic start to the season for me," she says. "It’s gone better than I could possibly have imagined after the stop-start time I had last season.

"My team mates have been a great help and I could probably have score more goals, but I’m feeling very confident in myself and in the girls around me.

"The team spirit is tremendous and the bottom line is that we’ve not lost a game in League or Cup – and we aim to keep that record going on Sunday."

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/PremierLeague/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2008/10/FAWPL_Chelsea_Everton.htm
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: idh1 on March 09, 2009, 12:12:41 PM
Thought people might like to see this piece.

Not written by me, sadly, although it comes from the same paper.

****

Striker set to switch to States

By Simon Fitzjohn


Chelsea striker Eniola Aluko admits she needed little convincing to become part of the new American soccer revolution after being snapped up by St Louis Athletica.

Aluko will depart for the States this week to join up with her new teammates ahead of the launch of the Women’s Professional Soccer League later this Spring.

And the 22-year-old is relishing the challenge.

She said: “Everybody who plays football would love to go professional and I am no different.

“This is the type of thing I dreamed about when I was younger, but I never felt it would actually happen.

“They contacted me with their offer, and to be honest it was something I could not refuse.

“I’m really excited about going out there and being part of the new wave of women’s football.”

The England international was snaffled by St Louis as one of their draft picks, joining the cream of the crop in terms of women’s talent.

Athletica will be coached by Brazilian national boss Jorge Barcellos, and Aluko is itching to get started.

She added: “They flew me out there before Christmas to have a look around and the place was great.

“They told me they saw me play for England and said that I have all the attributes that they are looking for.

“They have sorted all my accomodation out there for me, and I cannot wait to get to test myself against the best players the world has to offer.”

Aluko’s final game for Chelsea was in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Everton, and she admits part of her is sad to go.

She added: “It was not an ideal situation having to leave before the end of the season.

“I came to Chelsea with targets to win something before I left, and that won’t happen.

“But everyone is really excited for me, and I had a great leaving party.

“Now it is on to the next chapter of my life.”

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea/4173342.Chelsea_star_in_shock_American_move/
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on March 09, 2009, 12:28:34 PM
I saw her against France yesterday and when she came on, she really unsettled our defence with her pace. If the St Louis coaches manage to improve her finishing, she really could be the solution of England center forward problem.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on March 24, 2009, 02:02:40 PM
Since Eni had already said all her goodbyes to her Chelsea and England team-mates and had arrived in St. Louis, there didn't seem much doubt that she had sorted everything out with the WPS team.

St. Louis have been rather slower than some of the other new WPS franchises in publicising the arrival of their players, but news of Eni's formal contract signing finally appeared yesterday, combined with news of Hope Solo's agreement with the club and that of several other new playing colleagues.

"Solo joins teammates Lori Chalupny, Angie Woznuk, Kia McNeill, Eniola Aluko, Melissa Tancredi, and Amanda Cinalli who have signed contracts with Athletica."




 
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on May 04, 2009, 12:36:03 AM
Eni has just scored her first goal for St Louis vs  Washington !
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: october74uk on May 04, 2009, 04:11:48 PM
Yeps congrats to her. It was a well taken goal. Hopefully that will give her confidence for the future games.

I have been given the oppertunity to ask Eniola questions. Her answres will be posted soon here & in http://womanssoccerinsider.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Roberts on May 04, 2009, 11:01:34 PM
That should boost her confidence! She still needs to work on her passing and her touch though, but looking prominsing for England.
Athletica looked really upset after they lost their 2 goal lead, it must be gutting.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on May 31, 2009, 01:11:45 AM
Aluko Stars on Athletica Frontline

by Abigail LePeilbet, womensprosoccer.com
San Francisco - 28th May 2009
 
After a sluggish start, Saint Louis Athletica are turning things around. Women’s Professional Soccer’s fifth-place team has gone unbeaten, with a 2-0-2 record, in their last four games.

Standing out among the Midwest side is one of the five English players in the league, Eniola Aluko. She made the drastic transition to the Gateway City from England and has played a tremendous role in the team’s recent success.

After the season’s first two matches, the Birmingham, England native found her team without a point and without a goal. Aluko said the poor start has made Saint Louis strive to get better, mentally tougher, and a harder team to beat.

Since the Athletica offense ignited in a 3-3 tie against the Washington Freedom on May 3, they have scored in every game with Aluko as the only forward on the team to contribute a goal thus far – she has two on the season, but has played a role in three. Saint Louis’s other goals have come from midfielders: Daniela, now out for the season, and captain Lori Chalupny.

Last Saturday in a 2-0 triumph over the Chicago Red Stars, Aluko forced Red Stars ‘keeper Caroline Jönsson to go one on one with her in the box. She then sent a cross towards the goalmouth, but saw it deflect off a Chicago defender and into the goal. The speedy forward later iced the game with a power shot from 10 yards out into the back of the net. Aluko also scored in the match against the Freedom.

“I am delighted to have scored twice especially as we were having problems scoring in the beginning,” said Aluko. “My game has developed so much in such a short space of time in every way. Tactically, technically and physically I am better because I have to be.”

Aluko’s growth will prove important this weekend as Jorge Barcellos’s team will meet league-leading Los Angeles Sol, who doubled their lead to six points in the WPS standings last week. In Week Five, the two played to a 0-0 tie.

“It will take hard work and certainly belief that we can beat them [Los Angeles],” said Aluko. “Barcellos is always telling us to mark tight and win our individual battles so we have to do that to have a chance of winning. We also need to take our chances if they occur because Los Angeles is a tough team so we probably won't get too many opportunities to score.”
 
Not only is Aluko looking to secure an upset against the Sol this weekend, but she also knows her play in WPS will impact her selections to the English Women’s National Team.

“It feels good to be representing England on the scoresheets of WPS,” she said. “With the European championships coming up, it is key that I perform well and stake my claim in the national team. I am happy that the other English players are doing well too. It certainly says a lot about the progression of English women's soccer.”

In a league that has presented the opportunity for new stars to take the stage, the English Internationals are definitely reaping the benefits. Aluko has made a name for herself the past few weeks as an impact forward for Saint Louis and is in good company throughout the league with fellow English teammates Kelly Smith and Alex Scott making waves in Boston, Anita Asante playing tough defense for Sky Blue FC, and Karen Carney shining for the Chicago Red Stars.

How well Aluko continues to play will be a determining factor in how far up the standings Athletica climbs.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/spotlight/090528-aluko
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on May 31, 2009, 09:48:12 AM
It can only benefit England if Eni can improve her weakest point by training everyday.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Roberts on June 01, 2009, 09:57:21 PM
She is starting to shine ;D
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on June 15, 2009, 08:10:40 AM
Breakers lose again, 1-0 to St Louis Athletica, Aluko scoring, using her pace to run onto a through ball and nutmeg the keeper, nice.
If Eni can keep that kind of accuracy dring the Euros she is going to be a huge asset for England
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Rach_83 on June 15, 2009, 11:00:20 AM
She still needs to work on her passing and her touch though, but looking prominsing for England.

I was really impressed with her passing in last night's match, simple but effective. Great finish on the goal too. I'd expect her to start for England if she keeps playing with the confidence she has now; well done Eni!
Title: Eniola Aluko - WPS's Player of the Week for Week 12
Post by: Rach_83 on June 17, 2009, 04:05:17 PM
Saint Louis forward Eniola Aluko has been selected WPS's Player of the Week for Week 12 after scoring just before halftime to lead visiting Athletica to a 1-0 triumph over the Boston Breakers. The Englishwoman finished a through ball from Kendall Fletcher, the only goal in three WPS matches this week and her third of the season – as Saint Louis vaulted into second place in the standings.

Aluko is the third Athletica player to receive Player of the Week honors, joining Lori Chalupny (Week 7) and Jillian Loyden (Week 9). The WPS Player of the Week is selected by a panel of writers from the North American Soccer Reporters.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/general/090616-aluko-pow.aspx (http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/general/090616-aluko-pow.aspx)

Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Roberts on June 17, 2009, 10:48:12 PM
Well done Aluko  :)
Title: The fashionistas of futbol - Eniola Aluko
Post by: Rach_83 on June 30, 2009, 05:11:05 PM
The fashionistas of futbol
By Mary Buckheit

Ladies have style too, go on brush your shoulders off.

Much is made every year about the fine threads and three-piece suits seen at the NBA draft. The WPS (Women's Professional Soccer) is in its first season of operation -- so it's only had one real draft -- but that doesn't mean they're behind the times. These soccer stars bring the sass and set their own trends; but you don't have to take my word for it.

ENIOLA ALUKO
Team: Saint Louis Athletica
Style: Classy/preppy/bold/rich colors

Your hometown is Birmingham, England. You've played for Chelsea and lived in the UK's poshest corners. What fashion tips would you offer Americans?

Well, I think that British style is a lot more polished than the American style of dress. A lot of fashionable clothing in England is fitted. People who enjoy fashion in England really go all-out and sometimes over the top, whereas I feel the American style is much more laid-back. So maybe a tip would be for people to celebrate their body shapes by wearing clothes that are fitted.

What are you most comfortable in on days off?


Back home in England, I like to wear a nice pair of fitted jeans with a smart cardigan or long T-shirt. However, my everyday wear has changed substantially since I have been in St. Louis, because I can't cope with the heat! Now you will catch me in a lot of summer dresses, or simple shorts and a T-shirt with sunglasses and my red Cardinals hat.

Tell me about the styles of your teammates.

I have to say that we are all pretty stylish in our own way. I'm the prep. The pretty award goes to my good friend Sheree Gray. She has great style. Sporty, I would say Hope Solo. And I would say Melissa Tancredi is sassy -- Tanc can rock the sporty old-school trainers, a dress and heels, and everything in between.

How does the style of American women stack up to the English sporty spice?

The style in the States is laid-back and relaxed. I like that everybody wears college merchandise here. I think it is cool that people celebrate their educational institutions through clothing. I see a lot of Notre Dame T-shirts, since we have four players who schooled there. In England the style of female soccer players ranges from very cool to pretty shocking!

full article, inc. Osbourne, Mitts & Kai here: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=buckheit/090626 (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=buckheit/090626)
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on July 09, 2009, 04:48:02 PM
Another assist from Eni - Saint Louis beat the Sol on their own Carson turf.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on August 02, 2009, 08:01:00 AM
Saint Louis Athletica clinch second spot in the WPS with yet another Aluko winning goal. Our Eni has been one of the season's top performers in the new league. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on August 02, 2009, 10:32:52 AM
Training every day has definitely improved her.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: october74uk on August 02, 2009, 01:35:37 PM
yep she has done well...looked really sharp. Lets hope she transfers this to the national team.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on August 07, 2009, 03:25:33 PM
Brum, Charlton, Chelsea and Brunel's finest made the WPS All Star XI for the League's inaugural season along with the ex-Arsenal duo Kelly and Alex.

Amongst the WPS coaches, Eni was rated amongst the top three players.
 
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: footiechicksotherhalf on August 09, 2009, 09:48:34 PM
Well done Eni. She has her critics but i have to say i'm not one. She always gives her all when i've seen her play and hopefully she's going to be an asset out in Finland.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Roberts on August 10, 2009, 12:53:09 PM
I admit I was a critic  ;) And am pleasantly shocked at the amount of praise she has received in the WPS  :)
Title: Aluko all out for England victory
Post by: Rach_83 on September 02, 2009, 09:30:42 PM
Aluko all out for England victory

Wednesday 2 September 2009 by Trevor Haylett from Turku Stadium



She has a first-class law degree and once scored the only goal in a FA Women's Cup final but Eniola Aluko still gets excited when big things happen to her – and Thursday's quarter-final against Finland definitely comes into that category.

Warm memories
The teams faced each other in their opening fixture of the UEFA European Women's Championship that England hosted four years ago and Aluko still has warm memories of the occasion. She hopes the game in Turku will recapture the euphoria she felt when England edged a thrilling encounter with a last-minute winner.

'Ecstatic' feeling
"It's a great memory for me as there were 30,000 people in the stadium and it was a very tough game," Aluko recalled. "We went 2-0 up before Finland came back and then Karen Carney scored a great winning goal. I was ecstatic, as if I had scored the goal myself, and I hope to have the same feelings tomorrow. It's exciting to be in the quarter-final against the host nation and it's going to be a great occasion. I'm sure every player will give 100 per cent because it's one of the biggest games of our careers."

'Great confidence'
Aluko, who scored the equaliser against Russia in a Group C game that England went on to win 3-2, says her experience of playing in the United States for Saint Louis Athletica has helped her in this tournament. "I see myself as a girl from Birmingham who is fortunate to play in a great league and to play alongside someone like Marta gives me great confidence," she added. "I've scored some important goals through the season and it was a great honour to be voted into the Women's Professional Soccer All-Star XI.

'No fear'
"I've improved in every way and have become a stronger player. Every game there is a big occasion and playing in a tournament like this is no longer a fear for me." She scored the winner for Charlton Athletic WFC in the 2005 FA Women's Cup final against Everton LFC and naturally would like to add to her tally in another high-profile fixture. "Of course the object for every striker is to score goals but the main thing is that the team wins. If we win and I score then that's even better."

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/woco/news/kind=1/newsid=881431.html (http://www.uefa.com/competitions/woco/news/kind=1/newsid=881431.html)
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on September 04, 2009, 02:34:50 AM
Aluko all out for England victory

"Of course the object for every striker is to score goals but the main thing is that the team wins. If we win and I score then that's even better."

Even better indeed - cracking performance in the 3-2 win over Finland and her second goal was a stormer.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: leanne on September 19, 2009, 10:54:09 AM
I only saw 2 of the euro's games the england semi and england final but was really impressed by eni.  She seemed to have been scoring for fun in the USA.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: shlj on October 03, 2009, 09:40:47 AM
I think Eni has settled the who should be England number 9 debate with perofrmances at the Euros.
If you look at the WC2007 and even the qualifiers games she is a different player now. 
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: John on October 06, 2009, 11:58:26 PM
I think Eni has settled the who should be England number 9 debate with perofrmances at the Euros.
If you look at the WC2007 and even the qualifiers games she is a different player now. 


She certainly has improved a lot since her move to America.

I wonder how Lianne will progress should she decide to move across the atlantic
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on November 09, 2009, 03:00:17 PM
Catching Up with Eniola Aluko

Saint Louis Athletica
5th November 2009
 
Eniola Aluko has not had much time to catch her breath since her first season with Saint Louis Athletica ended. Aluko had to depart St. Louis before the season was even finished since she was required to report to England’s training camp in preparation for the 2009 Women’s European Championships. In fact, her last game with Athletica was on August 9 in San Jose, California. 48 hours later she was back across the Atlantic.

The European Championships turned out to be a coming out party for Aluko on the international stage. She was able to continue her fine play from the WPS season as she carried her scoring touch straight into the tournament in Finland.

“Personally, I think I had a successful tournament and was pleased to score such a memorable winning goal against Finland,” said Aluko from London. “It was very important for me to have a good tournament to continue the momentum I gained in St. Louis. I feel that getting to the Euro final made up for the disappointment I felt after missing the playoff game against Sky Blue FC.”

Aluko’s England survived the group stage of the tournament, and eventually advanced to the championship where Germany beat them 6-2. Aluko’s fine goals, including a 50-yard run and score, capped off a terrific 2009 season for her. She would score three times while in Finland and add one assist.

Aluko has been busy with her other career, law, since returning from Finland. But she did get to enjoy a holiday in Egypt with her family where she was able to watch her brother, Sone Aluko, represent the family’s native Nigeria in the U-20 World Cup. Sone Aluko plays professionally for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.

“Unfortunately, the Nigerian boys did not do very well and only reached the play off stages, but I am sure there is more to come from them in the future,” exclaimed Aluko. “Nigeria definitely has bundles of talent in the team.”

In Egypt Aluko and her family took a Nile cruise, and got to ride on camels around the pyramids.

“My family socialized with the players and managers from all the World Cup teams,” said Aluko. “It was a lot of fun!”

Aluko is currently working as a paralegal at the law firm of SC Andrew in London. Her work there will conclude in February when she returns to St. Louis to begin Athletica’s pre-season camp. Aluko has also begun work on her New York bar legal course, which she describes as “quite intense.” Her daily duties at SC Andrew keep her extremely busy for now.

“My main role is to assist the solicitors (attorneys) in their legal research. The research I do is used either to advise the client or to build a case that is going to court. Because SC Andrew is dedicated to litigation, I also get to do fun things like take documents to court, and sometimes I actually attend live court cases with the clients.”

An offseason in London for a soccer fanatic like Aluko should bring plenty of chances to see big matches, yet Aluko has been so busy she has not been able to attend one. Although, she will be in the stands at the November 9 Chelsea v. Manchester United match at Stamford Bridge, which should make up for not being able to see any games thus far. Aluko also recently went to a stage production of the American film The Shawshank Redemption. Leaving London would seem tough but Aluko is eager to get back to St. Louis.

“I am looking forward to the forthcoming WPS season. It has been exciting to see the movement of all the players. It is a sign that all the teams are going to be even stronger for the new season,” stated Aluko. “I have missed seeing my teammates in St. Louis everyday at practice, but it has been nice getting updates from them about how their offseason is going.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/stlouis/news/general/091105-catching-up-with-aluko.aspx

Good to see Eni got her priorities right yesterday. She was watching the Chelsea/Arsenal game at the Met. ;D
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on November 09, 2009, 09:16:03 PM
She's become a fan favorite in St. Louis, and her scoring was truly missed in the game against SBFC.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: redrobin on February 25, 2010, 02:19:43 PM
Eni appointed Ambassador to Charity

Women's Soccer Scene
25 Feb 2010
 
Footballing siblings Eniola and Sone Aluko have joined forces with Soccer AM's Rocket Long to help Kenya's street children.
 
The trio have been appointed as Ambassadors for Glad's House, a UK charity which is working to lift the street children of Mombasa, Kenya out of a life of horrendous poverty by providing them with a place to live, education and training for the future.
 
For a number of years, Glad's House has given the children a taste of a normal childhood by running sports sessions and Soccer AM's viewers have generously donated thousands of football shirts. Rocket has already seen their work first hand, having visited Kenya in 2008.
 
The charity will start work this year on a permanent refuge which will house up to 60 children at a time.
 
England International Eniola Aluko moved to the UK from Nigeria when she was one year old but maintains strong links with Africa. Her brother Sone plays in the Scottish Premier League with Aberdeen and is a member of the Nigerian international squad. Both of them are delighted to be supporting Glad's House.
 
Eni comments: "My brother and I have both gained so much from having sport in our lives and also having a supportive family and many opportunities. We want to help those children who have no opportunities and no hope.
 
Sone adds: "Growing up with a supportive family around and coming through a professional football set up, I realise the great opportunity and platform it gave me in life to achieve some of my dreams. My sister and I are honoured to be made ambassadors of Glad's House, an effective charity dedicated to giving the street children their own opportunity to a live meaningful life.
 
Work on the Glad's House Refuge will begin this summer. It will be built from scratch and will be designed to provide a safe launching pad for the rest of the child's life.
 
Children will stay at the refuge for up to six months at a time and, ideally, will then return to their parents. Where this is not possible, the children will be placed with foster families and attend local schools. Children who have missed too much school to return to the system will be helped to learn a trade or find an apprenticeship.
 
Rocket Long says: "Everyone at Soccer AM - viewers, presenters and producers - has been very impressed by the work of Glad's House. When you see for yourself what can be done by a few determined people, it makes you want to do more. So I am thrilled to have been made an Ambassador for their work."

http://www.womenssoccerscene.co.uk/index.htm
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Sylvain on April 13, 2010, 09:51:29 PM
A double for Eni for the opening of the season. The WPS has made her a different player from the one that left Chelsea last year.  She is now leading the goalscoring chart.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Rach_83 on April 14, 2010, 12:10:11 AM
She is the first player of the week in the new WPS season:

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/general/100413-Aluko-Award.aspx (http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/general/100413-Aluko-Award.aspx)
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: pat51 on June 02, 2010, 11:47:41 AM
With Saint Louis Athletica folding mid season, Eni has moved to Atlanta Beat for the rest of the WPS season 
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Alan on July 25, 2010, 01:01:28 PM
A good goal for Eni in the Marta XI v Abby XI All-Star match on June 30:
WPS videos: http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/bayarea/video/index.aspx
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Samuel Baudrier on July 01, 2011, 02:31:11 PM
From the guardian I have highlighted some funny passages :

England's Eniola Aluko hits back at Twitter abuse for World Cup misses

The England striker Eniola Aluko has hit back at her critics after receiving "intrusive and poisonous" Twitter messages in the wake of the 1-1 draw with Mexico.

The 24-year-old missed three presentable chances during England's opening game of the Women's World Cup in Wolfsburg, the most glaring of which ended with an air-shot inside the six-yard box. But, after a number of abusive tweets directed at her after the match, Aluko was in no mood to take the criticism lying down.

"Comment all you like on me, but when people '@' me and write directly to me, I don't appreciate it," she said. "It's intrusive and it's poisonous. If you're an England fan and you want me to improve for the next game, and write 'You're shit', I don't appreciate it and I don't need it. You can't lace my boots, you're sitting on your sofa behind your keyboard, the next game you'll ask me for my autograph. So don't write shit about me when I'm a good player and I can go into the next game and perform really well."
 :o : ::)

Twitter and footballers have not always made easy bedfellows —– Manchester United's Darron Gibson's foray into the world of social media lasted only a couple of hours before abusive messages brought an end to his involvement. Others, like Aluko, have fought fire with fire.

"I could ignore them, and I do ignore many people," she said. "There's a few people that you let it ride, but there are others where you have to let them know. A lot of the time I realise that they want a rise out of you and they probably want a response, and sometimes you give it to them. I'm not a human being that's completely void of all feeling, I'm a very passionate person and if you're going to write negativity about me I'm going to say something back."

After the former Liverpool player Ryan Babel tweeted pictures of the referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt in January the FA warned players that "any comments which are deemed improper, bring the game into disrepute, or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action". But Aluko does not appear to have fallen foul of that directive. "hahaha! who are you? you've probably never kicked a ball in your life. Save ur comments for someone else," was about as strongly-worded as her replies got.

In one sense the unwanted attention can be construed as a positive development for the women's game. Similar profligacy – Aluko admitted her first miss was "a bit of a sitter", but the subsequent opportunities were by no means Ronnie Rosenthal-esque and might have passed without comment in previous tournaments.

"I think we all got a taste of what it's like for the men," said Aluko. "It wasn't just about me, people were talking about the team, about wearing the shirt with pride. It comes with the expectation that we now have. But sometimes bad press is good press, and I think that it was surprising to see the amount of people talking about the game. and I think that Twitter is the most powerful social media tool around. So tut you'd like to be spoken about for all the right reasons."

Aluko is likely to have the chance to atone for her wastefulness in front of goal against New Zealand on Friday evening. Anything other than a win would leave Hope Powell's team scrambling for a place in the quarter-finals and in need of a victory over the top seeds in the group, Japan, in their final group game. But Aluko feels that the team's recent experiences – England lost their first game at Euro 2009 and went 2-0 down in the second match before recovering to reach the final – will stand the squad in good stead.

"Hope does a good job in relaxing us," she said. "The experiences that we've had in major tournaments, we have that in our back pockets. We've shown we're good at bouncing back – we just need to go out there and perform. We're positive, we're confident. It was a disappointing result on Monday because we could have won the game, but it's not world war three."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jun/30/england-eniola-aluko-womens-world-cup

Well I am not an England fan, won't ask her for an autograph and I did not abuse her lol still 0% conversion rate in 4 world cup game is poor for the number of easy/open chances she had.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Billy Hunt on July 01, 2011, 08:04:57 PM
Eni whilst I don't condone personal abuse you certainly didn't pull up any tree's and you didn't perform today either IMHO as for Twitter if you can stand the heat get outta the kitchen i.e. close your account
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Dr Gonzo on July 01, 2011, 08:32:09 PM
Eni whilst I don't condone personal abuse you certainly didn't pull up any tree's and you didn't perform today either IMHO as for Twitter if you can stand the heat get outta the kitchen i.e. close your account

Its not fair for people to get abuse... if your not keen on a player or anyone else for that matter they should just leave them alone....I don't know why Eni has been picked so much however in her career she has had one half decent championships which isn't a great deal considering the number of caps she has...
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Billy Hunt on July 02, 2011, 01:46:52 AM
Eni whilst I don't condone personal abuse you certainly didn't pull up any tree's and you didn't perform today either IMHO as for Twitter if you can stand the heat get outta the kitchen i.e. close your account


Its not fair for people to get abuse... if your not keen on a player or anyone else for that matter they should just leave them alone....I don't know why Eni has been picked so much however in her career she has had one half decent championships which isn't a great deal considering the number of caps she has...
That's my point she is becoming starstruck/deluded if she puts herself in the public domain (twitter) then it is by rationality not all be positive feedback, I for one would like to expect people to embrace criticism to make them, maybe better players, not for Eni though it seems..



Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Samuel Baudrier on July 02, 2011, 08:36:35 AM
Indeed, considering England scored two goals when she left the pitch. Her record now says 5 world cup game played scored none. At least England won that one, but she did not make a good case to start against japan.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: EliteImp on July 03, 2011, 12:22:58 PM
Eni whilst I don't condone personal abuse you certainly didn't pull up any tree's and you didn't perform today either IMHO as for Twitter if you can stand the heat get outta the kitchen i.e. close your account


Its not fair for people to get abuse... if your not keen on a player or anyone else for that matter they should just leave them alone....I don't know why Eni has been picked so much however in her career she has had one half decent championships which isn't a great deal considering the number of caps she has...
That's my point she is becoming starstruck/deluded if she puts herself in the public domain (twitter) then it is by rationality not all be positive feedback, I for one would like to expect people to embrace criticism to make them, maybe better players, not for Eni though it seems..

Part of the problem is probably that Eni is accustomed to a "why are you so brilliant?" line of questioning. Obviously with her first class degrees, being a lawyer and professional footballer, England's number nine, etc. that's understandable to a point.

But I agree that she should dry her eyes. Instead of whimpering in the Guardian about being a "human being" with "feelings," she should simply bang in a couple against Japan. That's the best way to ram it back down their throats!
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Samuel Baudrier on July 06, 2011, 11:10:13 PM
Well she has not scored against Japan....6 world cup games in a row and still no goals.
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Samuel Baudrier on July 10, 2011, 09:19:53 AM
It is getting funnier and funnier :

@liannesanderson yesterday
Sorry 4 the girls today regardless of my situation still have great friends there xx



@EniAlu today
@liannesanderson oh so now u wanna tweet about us wen we're out??!! Bit of a joke.Where was the gud luck messages to any of us before?
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Billy Hunt on July 10, 2011, 09:45:20 AM
It is getting funnier and funnier :

@liannesanderson yesterday
Sorry 4 the girls today regardless of my situation still have great friends there xx



@EniAlu today
@liannesanderson oh so now u wanna tweet about us wen we're out??!! Bit of a joke.Where was the gud luck messages to any of us before?
She is getting more precious by the day if that is possible lol

Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: sbahnhof on August 17, 2017, 03:13:22 AM

Regardless of your previous opinions of Eni, these are serious allegations against the England staff and FA (bullying). The FA are looking very arrogant and out-of-touch by not addressing this issue.

- see http://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php/topic,8404.0.html
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Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Dr Gonzo on August 17, 2017, 04:38:28 PM
This thread is almost 6 years old now boy how time flies but it is interesting how an organisation that pushes the 'Kick it Out' banner at every opportunity should be trying to 'bury it' when its taking place in its own back yard
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: sbahnhof on August 18, 2017, 10:53:20 AM

You seem to be keen on the "Lazybones" narrative.

Why do you think the FA chose to give an 80,000+ payout? More laziness?
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: sbahnhof on August 18, 2017, 12:24:53 PM

Feel free to use evidence at some point.


(Edit) Lol, now it looks like I'm talking to myself.. Just like every thread then ???
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: David on August 18, 2017, 01:50:51 PM
I have removed a couple of posts I didn't feel were very helpful to the discussion.

Please remember you are responsible for what you post. Thanks
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: Dr Gonzo on August 18, 2017, 03:24:59 PM
Oh dear looks like I missed some fun...
Title: Re: Eniola Aluko
Post by: sbahnhof on August 18, 2017, 08:36:17 PM

Tragic fun..