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Title: Karen Carney
Post by: David on December 09, 2006, 10:47:39 AM
England and Arsenal tinytot winger and scorer of that goal against Finland in Euro 2005 and the now legendary "squarking like a loon" goal celebration that followed :)

Her official website can be found here:-

http://www.karen-carney.co.uk/
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on January 18, 2007, 12:45:35 AM
Kaz was languishing at the bottom of the players thread so I was looking for an excuse to bump her back to the top a bit....and then I saw this pic she had posted on her Myspace that made me smile.....

(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.image-hosts.net%2Fimages%2Fimage.php%3Ftype%3D2%26amp%3Buser%3Ddavybuk%26amp%3Bimage%3D18f7ec4ee1a9.jpg&hash=7bb7fc95d7d22eda567e0b187ad6abf1)

Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: tilda#1 on February 27, 2007, 06:53:51 PM
awww karen carney i think she is a mint player ....my role model by far ......thers summit bwt her aswell hmmmm fit as  ;) haha x x x
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on February 27, 2007, 09:16:20 PM
Welcome to the forum Tilda :) Yes Kaz has been playing well recently it sounds like....
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on May 30, 2007, 03:27:00 PM
Want to quiz Carney?


Midlands members of englandfans will be joined by Birmingham born Karen Carney tomorrow night at a fans forum, where they will get the chance to quiz the England and Arsenal winger about her season.

Karen has just completed an amazing club season at Arsenal, where The Gunners won an unprecedented quadruple: The FA Women's Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.

Karen will also be hoping to be part of Hope Powell's 21 player England squad that will compete in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, where Japan, Germany and Argentina await in the group stages.

Karen has been capped 28 times and scored five goals at senior international level, and will no doubt be hoping - should she be on the plane to China - to score another goal like her iconic match-winner in the opening game of Euro 2005 at the City of Manchester Stadium.

The forum in Birmingham on 31 May will take place at the Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30 start.

If members of the public are interested in attending, they should first email:  neil@midlandsenglandfans.com

As always there are a couple of ground rules set by the venue. England shirts are allowed but the bar asks that no club colours are worn. Also, due to licensing laws the venue unfortunately cannot allow children into the building.

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/05/Want_to_quiz_Carney.htm
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on August 16, 2007, 08:34:54 PM
Karen's official website appears to be down...in case anyone reading this wonders why the link doesn't work !

I'll keep an eye on it and see if it reappears.....
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on August 16, 2007, 10:31:59 PM
Apparently it is going to reappear at some point....So watch this space !
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on August 18, 2007, 01:19:17 AM
Kaz coaches the kids
Thursday, 16 August 2007.

On Wednesday 15 August, a one-day girls’ football festival took place at New Mills FC in High Peak to celebrate England Women qualifying for the Women’s World Cup taking place in China this September.

The event was planned and delivered in partnership with the High Peak Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer, the School Sports Partnership, St. Philip Howard School’s Community Sports Development Officer, Buxton Juniors FC, New Mills Juniors FC and Derbyshire County FA.

Near on forty girls participated in the event that incorporated football coaching, skill drills and a mini World Cup tournament delivered by FA Qualified coaches from the two local FA Charter Standard Clubs involved, Buxton Juniors FC and New Mills Juniors FC who have supported the event and been instrumental in the planning stages.

The event also involved a visit from BBC’s Newsround programme. They were producing a news report following a letter that they had received from a budding female player in Derby. Natasha Cogings who plays for Woodlands FC wrote into the programme about the amount of media coverage that England Women receive in comparison to their male counterparts.

Natasha took part in the day’s coaching and she along with the other participants were delighted to hear that they would be receiving a visit from an England Women’s Football International and they were all thoroughly delighted when Karen Carney arrived and spent time answering questions and offering advice to the inspired participants.

Karen presented prizes and giveaways to all of the girls and finished by signing posters, postcards and posing for photos with the players.

The event was extremely successful and all involved thoroughly enjoyed the coaching and tournament, but it was the visit of Karen that capped off a fine event.

Keely Brown, Girls and Women’s Football Development Officer for Derbyshire County Football Association said: “This event is one of many we are supporting in Derbyshire to celebrate England Women qualifying for the World Cup.

"It was a fantastic event and the attendance of Karen was the highlight for the girls attending. The girls were overwhelmed and delighted to meet a Women’s International player and I would like to thank Karen for taking the time to support girls’ football in Derbyshire. We would like to wish Karen and the whole squad the very best of luck for the tournament”.

http://www.thefa.com/WorldCup2007/EnglandNews/Postings/2007/08/Kaz_coachesthe_Kids.htm

Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on August 20, 2007, 09:40:43 PM
Exclusive Interview: Karen Carney
Shows Football Is For Girl's Too

Footballer Karen Carney was 18 when she became the youngest woman to debut in the England team for more than six years and now having just turned 20 she's preparing to head to China for the Women's Football World Cup proving that the sport is definitely no longer a man's game.

International forward and Puma player Karen is described as a 'super sub' by coach Hope Powell and has a natural ability on the ball and plenty of tricks up her sleeve to get past even the toughest marker.

She was voted the Nationwide Young Player of the Year in 2005 and is sure to wow fans even more as she heads to what promises to be a nail-biting World Cup.

Karen took some time out from packing for China to talk to Female First about her love of the game and her hopes for the future of women's football.

How are you feeling about the World Cup in China?
I'm excited. Just packing at the moment because we leave tomorrow. I think I'll be more excited when I get there and get over the jet lag.

What do you think the team's chances are?
I think we have a pretty good chance. We've got a good team at the moment and we're going over there optimistic. We have Japan in our first match and they're a good team and Germany and Sweden are obviously going to be big opponents too.

Do you think it's getting any easier for women to get into football?
Well it keeps getting bigger and bigger which is fantastic. It just needs to keep going really. We need more support at the higher level so the younger girls can follow through and go all the way to the top. But it is getting easier and hopefully it will continue to get bigger and better.

How did you first get into football?
Just playing with the lads in school really and having a kick around and I ended up at a Sunday club just for girls and there was only about 15- 20 girls there and I just moved onto a club from there. Then I moved onto a club at county level then centre of excellences and it just went on from there really.

Did you have any problems along the way making a career from football?
Well we're only semi-pro at the moment- but not particularly really. I was just there at the right time so not particularly any problems. It was all good for me and I think I've been very fortunate in the way I've come along the track really.

And what do you think needs to be done to encourage more girls into football?
I think obviously the media need to help promote the game and make it bigger so the younger girls have women role models to look up to and try and aspire to instead of just male footballers. And they need to make the game bigger and give it the respect that it deserves.

Do you think there will be a time in the near future where women's football will be as big as men's football?
I don't think in this country it will ever be as big as the men's but as long as it's still growing then that's good for the women's game. The men's game is so big and has so much money it's a business and in theory we're not gonna beat a man's business but as long as the women's game is rising- and it's on the rise at the moment then that's good enough for us.

Do you follow any men's England team at all?
Yes of course I support England- and I follow Birmingham- I am an avid football fan and obviously I have a connection with Arsenal so I like to watch them too. I think anyone who is English follows the men's team and wants them to do well and I'm an avid follower of any football really.

And how do you think the men's team are going to cope without Wayne Rooney over the next few months?
Well they've got a lot of good players. Obviously he brings a lot to the team but there re other players who can play too. And as long as he's back soon they will be ok. But it's not just Rooney who is injured. There are about 12 or 13 top players who can't play. They might struggle but it might also give the younger players the opportunity to come in and show what they're about and that might work in England's favour for this month. And then they will just have to wait for the big stars to come back and they can follow up and take them team through to the final hopefully.

Are there any women coming through the lower levels at the moment who we should be watching out for?
Yes there's a striker called Ellen White, a few defenders Sophie Bradley and Fern Wheelan- there's a lot of good players who have just come back from the under 19s European finals, where they came second so there are a lot of players who will come through in the next 3 years that can make it

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/entertainment/Karen+Carney-39311.html
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: carney_fan2007 on August 23, 2007, 05:21:14 PM
 :)
Hey, thanks for the article link. I always find some good stuff on here.
cheers
Jodie
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on September 10, 2007, 10:46:38 PM
From The Times
September 10, 2007

We don’t want Rolexes just more recognition

As the England women’s team begin their quest for the World Cup in China, Karen Carney hopes that a good showing will lead to strangers knowing who she is again

by Peter Lansley in Shanghai

It was an iconic moment for women’s football. Karen Carney, England’s 17-year-old wunderkind, scored the winning goal in the last minute of the opening match of the European Championship, in front of 30,000 at the City of Manchester Stadium, and then mouthed a celebratory obscenity live on BBC Television.

As introductions to the football public go, it was not such a bad career move - just ask Micah Richards. But while the Manchester City defender has earned a £20 million price tag after his faux pas as a teenager followed an FA Cup equaliser against Aston Villa last year, Carney’s 15 minutes of fame have rippled to the edge of football’s consciousness.

Now, however, as England’s women prepare to take part in their first World Cup finals in 12 years, starting in China today, the Arsenal winger has gained a perspective that will allow any ephemeral glory, any gut-wrenching first-round exit, to form part of a larger picture.

Football is the most popular female sport played in the UK. Arsenal are the European champions and England face Japan, Germany and Argentina over the next week bristling with hope that they can reach the last eight and take the sport’s profile up another notch. The matches will be televised live on BBC Two and there is much to celebrate. But nothing will turn the Birmingham girl’s head.

“I went into the Euros [in 2005] unknown and then I’d scored a goal and it all blew up,” she said. “It took me by surprise. It’s difficult, but I wouldn’t change anything. I’d be walking down the streets and people would recognise me. Afterwards [when England had missed qualification for the quarter-finals by one goal], I was preparing for the under19s’ Euros and I was running round the roads, getting all these cars hooting their horns, people shouting out, ‘We saw you play.’ I started wearing my iPod so I could keep my head down.

“It was nice, and you are striving for recognition, but it was also quite funny. Then it all finished. The next season I was fighting relegation with Birmingham City and the media attention dropped away.

“It really hit home when, having played in the biggest [women’s] tournament this country’s ever seen, I didn’t have a team to play for because my home team folded [when Birmingham’s men were relegated from the top flight] when they couldn’t raise the £75,000 needed.

“It was hard to motivate yourself. You think, ‘What’s it all for?’ Then I moved to Arsenal and we went an entire season unbeaten in every competition. When we got to the Uefa Cup final, we got a keyring. The Arsenal men got a Rolex watch when they got to their Champions League final. We don’t want Rolexes, but we do want more recognition.

“It’s not about wanting fame; we want to be successful. That way we can raise the profile of the game and give the next generation more of a chance. If we can be successful in this World Cup, it’ll mean more than just one England team doing well.”

Carney, an aspiring coach who is studying sports science at Loughborough University, has her personal reasons to do well in Shanghai. “In the Euros my mum was going through cancer. Although my family were supporting me, I had to support them, too,” she said. “I’m always conscious I want to give them something back. When I scored that goal, it was more for them than anything. They’re paying loads of money to come out to China, so I feel I want to succeed for them. Mum’s fine now. She’s been on the up ever since the Euros.”

Carney is confident England can improve on their efforts from two years ago. “We’re so much stronger, the fitness has improved so much,” she said. “In the Euros, I think we were a good side but we didn’t have any experience. We had a lot of good young players who’d never been involved in anything so high-profile before.

“I think our World Cup will depend on our first game. You can’t go into the Germany game thinking we’ve got to beat the world champions to stay alive – although I don’t think there’s any doubt we could – but you don’t want that added pressure, so I think we’ve got to get a result out of Japan.

“You’ve got to go into it looking at each game as it comes along. Every team in this World Cup has the capability of winning the tournament, so we’ve got to go into every game with that attitude and hopefully we’ll do well. Beat Japan and it’s game on.”

The report also has a short three to watch item featuring Marta, Birgit Prinz and Abby Wambach.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article2419898.ece
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on September 16, 2007, 07:07:45 PM
No sign of Karen's website reappearing yet....

I'm not sure if it's just me but I can't quite grasp the logic of taking your site down when the Women's World Cup is on...Now should be the time when more people are searching for "Karen Carney" on the internet than any other I would have thought with the extra publicity and TV coverage....
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: becky09 on September 16, 2007, 08:40:26 PM
she seems a very down to earth girl, nice to see.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on September 24, 2007, 09:47:06 PM
Better late than never there seems to be some life on the old website front  :)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on September 24, 2007, 10:01:07 PM
If you heard her in interview she sounds like a young  teenager  !
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: hevding on September 26, 2007, 09:16:00 PM
I think I played for the same team as her, but not at the same time, I don't think, but my friend played with her!
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on October 23, 2007, 06:33:11 PM
Carney's China spur
By Stuart Mawhinney. Tuesday, 23 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

After the incredible World Cup journey that began two years ago in Amstetten, the first qualifier away to Austria, and ended against the Americans in Tianjin, Karen Carney is determined that England embark on another journey all the way to Finland and the European Championship in 2009.

Still only 20, Carney is a veteran of two major tournaments having made the headlines early on at Euro 2005 with her dramatic injury time winner against Finland, and she is keen to make it a hat-trick in two years time.

"I think on the back of the World Cup we've got to be looking to do something big and special at the next major tournament. First job is qualifying, and if we can do that then we have to look to go one step further than we have done before.

"We've proved against Germany that we can compete with the best, and our players are a good age so as we get a little older and add the experience we're gaining all the time we can only get better.

"We have to be professional again, we did it after the Euros, we came back disappointed but we knew we had to lift ourselves for a World Cup qualifier. Now we have to do the same for this game, we're trying to go forward all the time and progress but we'll take qualification one game at a time and this is the most important one right now.

"2009 will be where a lot of our players will peak, so hopefully that will be when we can make a big impression and go far."

Walsall holds good memories for Carney, and as a local girl she'll be eager to perform for her watching family and friends.

"I was involved for England in the last game at Walsall, I came on as sub in the second half.

"But it's going to be more special this time around as I'm more senior now and I have a bit more experience. More of my family have taken notice of the England games now, whereas when I played there last time I was just breaking through.

"Now all my family are behind me wherever we play, and everyone asks 'Karen, will you get me tickets?'. My family will all be coming down to watch the game so that will make it special playing in front of them."

http://womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=26.0;num_replies=15
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: carney_fan2007 on November 26, 2007, 04:43:39 PM
Thought I would get Kaz pushed up the players table a bit in light of her winning goal against Spain. Great Player, great skill, great goal...

Super super super Kaz
Super Kaz
Super Kaz
Super super super Kaz
Karen Carney


Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: KIPAX on November 26, 2007, 04:57:53 PM
great celebration as well with the acrobats.. shame she ran to the other side of the pitch to do it.. my pics are a bit small of that... but got loads of other good ones of her. inc player of the match and press conference.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on November 27, 2007, 11:05:31 AM
Nice to score - Karen

Women's Football News 27 Nov 2007
 
Karen Carney paid a generous tribute to Spain whilst savouring her winning goal in England's 1-0 victory in the UEFA Championship qualifying group in Shrewsbury.
 
The winger's second half strike settled the match in England's favour and she said afterwards: "Spain were really good, to be fair, and looked like they could get a goal as well.
 
"It was all about keeping our discipline and taking our chances. I don't think we had as many chances as we would have liked but we got the three points and that is the main thing."
 
The goal was Karen's sixth for England and kept up her welcome habit of scoring important ones for her country. "It's nice to score, I haven't scored one in a while and was getting quite worried," she quipped.
 
"It's always important for me to score as well as deliver them for others and it was good to get on the scoresheet, especially in a 1-0 win."

http://www.womenssoccerscene.co.uk/
 
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on March 16, 2008, 10:49:16 PM
Karen's official website seems to have died...Anyone know if it's gone for good ?
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on May 08, 2008, 10:54:49 AM
Carney keeps focus
by Stuart Mawhinney in Minsk
Wednesday, 07 May 2008.

Belarus v England

UEFA Women's European Championship
Qualifying Round, Group One
5pm (local time), Thursday 8 May 2008
Minsk

After lifting The FA Women's Cup with Arsenal on Monday, Karen Carney and her England team-mates had little time to celebrate as they joined up later that evening ahead of a crucial Euro 2009 qualifier away to Belarus.

With three games remaining, all away from home, it is vital that Hope Powell's side get three points from their trip to Minsk, with closest rivals Czech Republic and Spain playing each other on the same day.

Despite the hectic schedule, Carney is confident that the players can achieve the result they want and finish the season on a real high with England.

Carney told TheFA.com: "We definitely need three points in this fixture to keep our advantage at the top of the group. We're down to the final three games and every point counts.

"We're working hard in training and listening to Hope and her staff, so hopefully we can get the result we want.

"The Cup Final went pretty quickly, and then we were straight into England so it was a little manic and we didn't really have time to celebrate - but I guess we'll have all summer to do that.

"It has been really busy and everyone is tired, but we've really got to concentrate on the game."

The summer, and a break from football, is something that Carney admits has been a long time coming - but she has enjoyed every minute of the last two years.

"Everyone is looking forward to the summer, we're all eager to get a couple of weeks off and get a good rest.

"We've been playing and training for pretty much 18 months to two years, when you take into account qualification for the World Cup and then the actual tournament.

"It has been mad, but I don't think anyone would have it any other way."

Having played her part in a vibrant display by England at the World Cup in China last year, Carney says it is crucial that the success is built upon with constant qualification for major finals.

"It's massively important. For me, I've been to two major championships now - the European Championship in 2005 and the World Cup last year - and I think everyone will be reaching their peak next year and really we have to be looking to go and do something there.

"We've put England on the map but now we have to go and do something even more special, perhaps get to a final - but that's a long way away, and we don't want to look too far ahead of ourselves.

"We definitely want to be there again and be part of a major tournament, it was such an amazing feeling taking part; the build up, the training sessions everything about it is incredible."

As for Belarus, Carney is expecting a similar proposition to that which she faces regularly when on domestic duty with Arsenal, but admits that respect will be given to the home side on Thursday evening.

"When I play for Arsenal in the league a lot of teams tend to stand off us a bit. They hold out as long as possible and I think Belarus will do the same.

"We've faced that before and it is important that we keep our discipline and do our jobs. We'll have to be patient in breaking them down and pay them respect as opponents, but everyone will be looking to give 110% as our last game of the season. We want the result and we're going to put everything in to get it."

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2008/05/EngBelarus_PreviewCarney.htm
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Carli_Lloyd_Fan11 on May 09, 2008, 06:17:38 PM
How bout Carney coming to the USA to play in the new WUSA league?
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Roberts on May 20, 2008, 09:48:42 PM
I reckon WUSA would love her, but I don't want to see her go, she's a quality player.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Fleetings Feet on May 21, 2008, 11:09:43 AM
I would like to see her stay....but money talks eh.......if she is still at Loughboro, she wont wanna go for good, eh?
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Roberts on August 08, 2008, 11:14:37 AM
I'd hate to see Carney go to WUSA, she's a great player.
Last night she had the ball taken off of her whilst on an attack and she clattered into the Everton player taking her to the ground with her, the ref blew for a free kick and Carney was in shock that it was against her, classic  ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on August 08, 2008, 11:20:00 AM
she didnt quite look as sharp as usual last night, which is understandable as it's pre-season....but after Kelly, she was my pick of the Arsenal players last night..........
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: cardy on August 08, 2008, 11:27:19 AM
Shes a great player with tremendous energy. 
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on August 08, 2008, 12:01:02 PM
Very skillfull and may be the main Arsenal player in the very near future with the weight  of the team on her shoulders
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on August 08, 2008, 12:03:22 PM
nah ;D ;D...Kelly is da main man ...... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on August 10, 2008, 01:29:59 AM
Very skillfull and may be the main Arsenal player in the very near future with the weight  of the team on her shoulders
Kaz has small shoulders  ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on August 10, 2008, 06:24:39 AM
Very skillfull and may be the main Arsenal player in the very near future with the weight  of the team on her shoulders
Kaz has small shoulders  ;D
She may need bigger ones soon.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on August 10, 2008, 07:23:54 PM
...kelly will need 'em if thursday is anything to go by..
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on August 13, 2008, 02:37:22 AM
Faye and Jayne can teach her what shoulders are for  ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on August 14, 2008, 01:14:06 AM
Actually it would make sense for her to go WPS; she finished her studies and the chance to be a professional player cannot be missed.
It would be bad to loose her and the others at the same time.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on August 14, 2008, 02:21:20 AM
Actually it would make sense for her to go WPS; she finished her studies and the chance to be a professional player cannot be missed.
It would be bad to loose her and the others at the same time.
Please don't encourage them to leave  :'(
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on October 02, 2008, 05:42:19 PM
'It's massive'
by Stuart Mawhinney
Thursday, 02 October 2008.

Spain v England
UEFA 2009 European Women's Championship Qualifier
7.30pm, Thursday 2 October 2008
Ruta de la Plata, Zamora, Spain
Live on Setanta

England forward Karen Carney says that the decisive qualifier with Spain on Thursday evening is a 'massive' game for the Three Lions, who will be doing everything they can to seal their place in the Finland next summer.

After scoring in England's 5-1 win in Prague on Sunday, Carney believes that the team will have to show their character and fighting qualities to earn a place at the European Championship Finals.

"It's massive," Carney admits when asked about Spain. "We don't want to mess up on the last game. We've got to go to Spain and really graft and work hard."

Reflecting on the victory over Czech Republic, Carney feels that England will have to be a lot sharper if they are to get the right result in Zamora.

While the result was comfortable in the end, England trailed until the 61st minute when Everton midfielder Emily Westwood crashed a shot home from 25 yards.

"The first half was very frustrating but in the second half Woody [Emily Westwood] came on and scored a fantastic goal that really settled the nerves.

"We just played our football from then on. I think we worked harder and played better in the second half. It was a great result really.

"We pushed on and got four goals in the last seven minutes and that shows that we're fit and strong. We did our fitness tests in the week building up to the game and everyone did really well.

"We're up for it, so let's hope that our fitness stands us in good stead for Spain."

Having missed a headed chance early on, Carney was pleased to notch from an almost identical opening as England rained in four goals in seven minutes late on.

"I was a bit gutted in the first half to miss the chance, but I couldn't believe I'd got up for a header to be honest. My goal was a great ball in and I couldn't really miss with the ball that Kel [Kelly Smith] put in.

"All the goals were great. Kelly's two, Jill's was a great finish and Woody's especially. Everyone did really well in the second half and we'll learn from the first half, because that can't happen against Spain. If we play like that on Thursday, they will definitely punish us.

"(At half-time) We went in and said there was no fire in our bellies, no fight, and they wanted it more. I don't think we were disciplined enough, but in the second half we got control of the ball and we worked harder.

"We chased down balls and we did what England are all about."

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2008/10/EnglandSpain_Carney.htm

Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on October 02, 2008, 10:10:40 PM
Well - she did her bit with a goal in Spain ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 03, 2008, 01:02:07 PM
superb strike imo......want another one on Sunday please.. ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on October 07, 2008, 02:55:31 PM
superb strike imo......want another one on Sunday please.. ;)

Well, she got one for you, even if it was just a pen. ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 07, 2008, 02:56:36 PM
..they all count, and from what I heard, it was a superb strike.....gotta be to beat Englands' top goalie, eh... ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on October 07, 2008, 02:57:23 PM
superb strike imo......want another one on Sunday please.. ;)

Well, she got one for you, even if it was just a pen. ;)

It looked to me that couple of players bottled it actually, no one seemed to be in a hurry to take it. Well done to Kaz.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 07, 2008, 03:18:44 PM
as Kelly was  eating a hot dog, I'd have sent Bella on to slot the ball home tbh....
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on October 10, 2008, 12:59:46 PM
From http://www.football-england.com/womens_football.html comments on the Arsenal-Everton League Cup game (Sunday 5th October) - Arsenal 3 Everton 1

"I would also like to mention an incident late on when Karen Carney went hell for leather after a ball that was skidding out of play on the left wing and managed to trap it perfectly with her left foot after a luge style slide and was then actually up and racing towards goal in one magical movement.

This was an incidental piece of action in the grand scheme of things but it was genius nonetheless and something I felt privileged to have seen."

 
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on October 10, 2008, 02:33:57 PM
I read that comment on the site and thought it was a nice touch, good to see reviews picking up on the desire and skill in women's football; particularly IMO one of the best players in the game.
Title: Fair game
Post by: shlj on October 28, 2008, 11:21:56 AM
In Issue 31 we are interviewing wing wizard, Kaz Carney. And because we love you all so much we want to give you the chance to suggest some questions and find out the answers to things that you really want to know about the young star's career so far*

So, if you have a question to ask England and Arsenal (and formerly Brimingham City) attacking midfielder, Karen Carney, then please send it through to this email address before Wednesday, 5pm.

http://www.fgmag.com/features/index.php?int_id=133

I have sent one, I guess it won't be published same as the one with Hope Powell.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 28, 2008, 12:15:21 PM
I sent 1 for Jill scott, but not seen her interview yet...has it been published?
Title: Re: Fair game
Post by: Dr Gonzo on October 28, 2008, 12:53:04 PM
In Issue 31 we are interviewing wing wizard, Kaz Carney. And because we love you all so much we want to give you the chance to suggest some questions and find out the answers to things that you really want to know about the young star's career so far*

So, if you have a question to ask England and Arsenal (and formerly Brimingham City) attacking midfielder, Karen Carney, then please send it through to this email address before Wednesday, 5pm.

http://www.fgmag.com/features/index.php?int_id=133

I have sent one, I guess it won't be published same as the one with Hope Powell.

What did you ask...?
Title: Re: Fair game
Post by: shlj on October 28, 2008, 01:20:14 PM
What did you ask...?
It was about the "negative" tactical mindset implied by the 4-5-1 used by all the England teams from U17 to seniors that was stifling the players creativity with the over-defensive emphasis  ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 28, 2008, 01:37:16 PM
my team I coach used the 4-5-1 system this week and we scored 6 goals.....thats not negative, eh... ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Oldship30 on October 28, 2008, 01:47:18 PM
I sent 1 for Jill scott, but not seen her interview yet...has it been published?
I've seen it somewhere but can't remember if it was on website or in mag  :-\
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 28, 2008, 01:51:42 PM
I've asked FG to let me know today, but so response so far....they must be too busy with the birthday party...it's outragous.... ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 28, 2008, 04:35:21 PM
my 'insider' at FG says that they still have not heard back from Jill Scott yet but hope to get her answers soon. I said that 'our' Kaz would be more obliging as I would threaten her with one of the 'woods finest burgers if she didnt....and I guess that Jill is very pre-occupied keeping up with the Go Go Gunnerrs at the moment... ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on October 28, 2008, 06:13:09 PM
They have to hurry otherwise Karen will be gone to the US if they wait like 3 months
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 03, 2009, 07:11:23 PM
News Flash: Arsenal Ladies boss Vic Akers has today confirmed the club will be losing the services of Karen Carney.  She will be joining up again with her former coach Emma Hayes at Chicago Red Stars.  More to follow…
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on January 03, 2009, 07:42:04 PM
Annoying but not the biggest surprise. Playing professional football is too good an opportunity.
Well done to her. Can we get Danii Bird back asap.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: dowiefan on January 03, 2009, 08:20:16 PM
she flew d nest and maybe its 1 way this time
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on January 03, 2009, 08:23:58 PM
We got lander it's ok now :)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 03, 2009, 08:58:53 PM
We got lander it's ok now :)

...you may also have an international player from Norway soon :)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on January 03, 2009, 09:20:12 PM
We got lander it's ok now :)

...you may also have an international player from Norway soon :)
It's more than OK then, it will be good. Hopefully a center back to play alongside Basset.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on January 03, 2009, 09:24:42 PM
Sorry to see Kaz go, but it was always a possibility.
Best of luck to her in the future  :)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 03, 2009, 09:33:18 PM
We got lander it's ok now :)

...you may also have an international player from Norway soon :)
It's more than OK then, it will be good. Hopefully a center back to play alongside Basset.

The player is a midfielder who was born on the 3rd August 1981 ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on January 03, 2009, 09:44:34 PM
We got lander it's ok now :)

...you may also have an international player from Norway soon :)
It's more than OK then, it will be good. Hopefully a center back to play alongside Basset.

The player is a midfielder who was born on the 3rd August 1981 ;D

The only Norwegian midfiled international born on that date has signed to Lyon a few days ago  ???

http://fr.fifa.com/womensolympic/teams/team=1882882/squadlist.html
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 03, 2009, 09:52:28 PM
We got lander it's ok now :)

...you may also have an international player from Norway soon :)
It's more than OK then, it will be good. Hopefully a center back to play alongside Basset.

The player is a midfielder who was born on the 3rd August 1981 ;D

The only Norwegian midfiled international born on that date has signed to Lyon a few days ago  ???

http://fr.fifa.com/womensolympic/teams/team=1882882/squadlist.html

Vic: "Obviously she (Julie Fleeting) will be a big miss and we might have to look at countering the loss of a few attacking players by entering the transfer market. Things have been active on that front - over Christmas and before. We've looked closely at one foreign-based player, Ingvild Stensland from Norway. Like Kelly, she's one of the top ten players in the world rankings. She came over before Christmas and spent a few days with us, we're still in coversation with her but at this moment in time it might cost us too much to bring her in. It's still a possibility that we may be able to arrange something though - she's a really nice girl and we'll see what happens."
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on January 03, 2009, 09:59:20 PM
I think Lyon pays their player very well indeed, it's a shame because they don't really need her as they already have two international player in her position. Still Lander is a great signing and will score bucketload, I would say at least 15 goals in all competition till May  starting with a hat trick tomorrow  :)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 03, 2009, 10:07:10 PM
I think Lyon pays their player very well indeed, it's a shame because they don't really need her as they already have two international player in her position.

That is something Chelsea men team have done in the past.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on January 04, 2009, 12:57:59 AM
I think Lyon pays their player very well indeed, it's a shame because they don't really need her as they already have two international player in her position.

That is something Chelsea men team have done in the past.
And it doesn't always work - as Chelsea men have shown  ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on January 04, 2009, 03:24:19 PM
Does anyone know if Carney is going immediately? would have been nice to see her play a final game for Arsenal, if I could get down for a game.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 04, 2009, 04:01:05 PM
Does anyone know if Carney is going immediately? would have been nice to see her play a final game for Arsenal, if I could get down for a game.

Vic mentioned in a previous interview about the timescales.  I've re-posted the relevant parts below. I assume Kaz is contracted to Arsenal until the end of our domestic season but she might have a get out clause or something.

September's issue of The Official Arsenal Magazine.

Arsenal Ladies enter the 2008/09 season in buoyant mood after securing a fifth consecutive title win and their ninth FA Cup success last time around - but with a sense that this season may be the toughest, and closest, Women's Premier League campaign for serveral years.  It will inevitably hold a certain poignancy too, with Vic Akers set to step down as manager of the side next May after 22 remarkable seasons at the helm. We caught up with Vic to reflect on a close-season of notable incomings and departures - as well as some of the very real challenges facing the Women's game.


Obviously there've been departures too - Anita Asante and Lianne Sanderson have left for Chelsea.  What impact will this have?

Obviously losing two big players like these is a major problem - but I think our bigger difficulties could come from the new American League starts up in the New Year.  A couple of clubs there are intrested in six or seven of our players and it could be a problem for us - hopefully I'll know by September if we are losing any, and I'll then have to get my scouting boots on and find us some reinforcements.  We need to come up with a way of dealing with it, to avoid future problems for women's football.

So the English game will have to react to the lure of the States?

The American League kicks off officially in April - while a revamped Premier League would probably start in 2010/11.  So somewhere along the line we have to do something that makes sure we retain our players over that period, and that all the big players are here when our new league starts.  People won't want to support a league in which the best players aren't present so hopefully we'll come up with a solution between now and Christmas which will allow us to keep players here.

It's a financial thing at this moment in time - we need to make sure that we're in a position to keep our players here, and if we're not then the FA have got to try and look to find means of making sure they do stay.  It would probably mean professionalising the league to some degree - pehaps centralising the contracts as they do in cricket.

One thing's for sure - over the last couple of years we've won in Europe and the international side has done well too, so this is bad timing for us.  It's a big problem for me and will equally be one for the FA.  Our club can only do what we're doing and that is to try and be the best, and I think we've set the standards for women's football over the last decade at least and possibly longer.  So it really is now time for the FA to step up and ensure that the game can continue to thrive here.

Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: byrnefan on January 04, 2009, 04:36:22 PM
Good Luck to karen, I can see why players do want to go but selfishly I hope she's the only one who does

I also hope she stays until the end of the season
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 04, 2009, 04:49:24 PM
I wonder what the FA think about her moving as I thought one of the major reasons for the summer league was to ensure we keep the best English talent in this country. It makes the league less attractive if the best talents from this country play elsewhere.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on January 04, 2009, 05:12:04 PM
I assume Kaz is contracted to Arsenal until the end of our domestic season but she might have a get out clause or something.

Ok thanks John, I think with the way delayed fixtures are going I think she'll need that get out clause if she wants to make its to the States before it will be time to come back for pre-Finland training.

Should be good for her though and maybe she'll get a chance at the no. 10 slot she mentioned in her FG interview.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on January 04, 2009, 05:21:30 PM
According theirwebsite WPS pre-season begins TBA but they have 01/03/09 as a provisional date, so krane leaving straight after the League Cup final would make sense. It does depend actually of the opening date of the transfer window set by the USA soccer association.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/EventAll.aspx?team=chicago
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 04, 2009, 10:28:38 PM
Arsenal to lose forwards Carney and Fleeting


Yesterday's postponement of Arsenal's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Colchester United was the least of the manager Vic Akers' problems as the Gunners entered the new year with the confirmation they are to lose the services of two key players, the England right-winger Karen Carney and the Scotland striker Julie Fleeting.

Carney is to join the Chicago Red Stars and is the first of what could become a significant flow of Arsenal players to the United States' newly formed Women's Professional Soccer league. The prolific scorer Fleeting is expecting her first child in July.

Akers has replaced Fleeting by signing the Watford and Wales striker Helen Lander but he is concerned about losing other players because the striker Kelly Smith, the right-back Alex Scott and the goalkeeper Emma Byrne are also wanted by WPS clubs.

"I could have done without this in my last season as manager," said Akers, who is to step down after 22 years in charge. "I was hoping to persuade the girls who are thinking about America to stay with us, so it was a blow when Kaz told me she's going and then it was a double whammy to hear Julie's news."


Source: Tony Leighton, Guardian

www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/jan/04/football-womens-arsenal-chicago-red-stars-karen-carney-julie-fleeting
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Little Miss Soccer on January 05, 2009, 10:30:57 AM
It is a shame we are losing good players but can understand why they would want to go and play in the states.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: OOH Fayefan on January 05, 2009, 11:51:40 AM
it's always disappointing to lose good players, but Arsenal have done pretty good since we lost Asante, Philip and Sanderson and will continue to do well. Vic is astute enough to bring in decent replacements as he has done already. Lander is a good player who scores loads of goals and although she is a different player to Fleeting, will score loads more with Arsenal.

No one can blame Carney for going, she's achieved it all with Arsenal and is young enough to relish a fresh challenge, the consolation is that ahe has not gone to one of our  rivals in England to take up that challenge.

Vic cant be too surprised about Fleeting, disappointed maybe, but I gues she didnt plan it to happen during the season. But she will be back just like Chapman came back and she has been playing some good stuff recently.

Whether Vic will get in a replacement for Carney or work with Davison and Yankey remains to be seen.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on January 06, 2009, 01:06:24 AM
Fleets would be out for a while whenever it happened ;)

At least she saved it until we were out of Uefa  ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 06, 2009, 01:21:30 AM
Fleets would have missed the Euro's had Scotland made it pass Russia. They were so close to doing it as well.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on January 07, 2009, 12:17:38 AM
Fleets would have missed the Euro's had Scotland made it pass Russia. They were so close to doing it as well.
I'd not thought of that, sorry  :-[
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 11, 2009, 11:05:03 AM
These notes were written ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League encounter with Bolton Wanderers at the Emiartes on Saturday, January 10, 2009.

In each matchday programme a different member of the Arsenal Ladies squad or coaching staff will be guest writing for us.  This week, flying winger Karen Carney tells us about her much-mooted move to the United States...

There has been much talk about my future lately and I have to emphasise that I haven't actually signed anything yet regarding a switch to America - I've been talking to Chicago Red Stars but we're still at that stage really and the Christmas break meant that things have not yet moved on definitively.  But with there not being a transfer window or deadline as stringent as that in the men's game, the rush to settle things has not been as intense.

As I say, we're still talking  - and Vic knows that I am very interested in going there.  I would like to experience America - it would be a completely new challenge for a young player, and person, like me and not a financially motivated move.  In a way, I've done everything with Arsenal now - and won everything there is to win in my first season here.  I'd say things are looking positive about the move but I've not signed on the dotted line and as things stand I am committed to training and playing for Arsenal.

People ask whether the transfer speculation in recent months has got to myself or the other players - it's been a bit hard, of course, with people frequently asking whether I'm leaving, but the fact remains that I am an Arsenal player.  Every time I step out onto the pitch I just want to win and beat whoever is put in front of me - I've got too much respect for my club to let the America situation weigh on my mind when I'm playing for them.  Until the situation changes, I'll give everything here and there is plenty to aim for this season.

Of course, the American league will be a brand new one and it looks as if there'll be a summer league here next year as well, which is a very positive move.  If that was in place now I don't think I'd be considering leaving home, but they're understandably taking their time in making sure they get the setup right and hopefully that will pay off in the long run.

The domestic scene has actually been more competitive this season with some challenging games against the like of Everton, who still have a 100 per cent league record like we do, and Chelsea.  You thrive on those games, and these are the sides I really can't wait to play - as well as matches like our upcoming League Cup Final against Doncaster Rovers Belles.  You know you need to put in 150 per cent during these matches and this is what we play for.

Perhaps the improving standard is down largely to what is happening at younger levels of the England setup, with teams playing to a good standard at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-18 levels and the like.  Youngsters are coming through in better shape than they were ten years or so ago, so hopefully teams' levels are evening out a little bit and this should continue to improve when the league is finalised.

Weather permitting, we'll be playing our FA Cup tie against Colchester tomorrow after it was postponed last week.  We really appreciate the support we get so it would be great to see you at Boreham Wood FC for this one.


Source: Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers matchday programme.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on January 28, 2009, 01:50:59 AM
Chicago Red Stars Sign England's Karen Carney
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bridgeview, Illinois – The Chicago Red Stars and Karen Carney have agreed to a contract to play for the club in 2009, General Manager Marcia McDermott announced today. The dynamic English forward, the third pick of the Red Stars in last September’s WPS International Draft, becomes the first player to officially sign with the team for 2009.

A burgeoning talent on the English National Team, Carney, 21, exploded onto the scene in 2005, scoring in her first-ever call up to the senior National Team. She has earned 41 caps with England and was honored with the FA National Young Player of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006.

“I am delighted to be joining the Chicago Red Stars,” said Carney. “The set-up is fantastic; great stadium and training facilities and, of course, teaming up with Emma Hayes was a major factor in my decision. PS represents a new era for the women’s game and I am extremely excited about the prospect of playing with and against the best players on the planet.“

Carney joins Chicago from Arsenal Ladies F.C. of London, where Red Stars coach Emma Hayes trained her in 2006 and 2007. She played a vital role in Arsenal’s successful 2006/2007 campaign, in which the club won four major trophies, including the FA Women’s Premier league title, the FA Women’s Cup, The FA Women’s Premier League Cup and the UEFA Women’s Cup.

“Karen is the best, young, attacking player in England,” praised Chicago Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes, “and I truly believe that playing in WPS will provide her a platform to develop into one of the best players in the world.”

The opportunity to develop as a player and to test herself against the top players in the world was a determining factor in Carney’s decision to come to the United States.

“Of course it has been a very difficult decision to leave such a successful club like Arsenal and it will be a real wrench to leave the team but I just felt that the time was right for a new challenge,” she explained. “In the long run I feel that the standard of football in WPS and the opportunity to concentrate full time on improving my game at the Red Stars will accelerate my football development. I remain extremely committed to the England team and firmly believe that my goal to become a more accomplished footballer at Chicago can only benefit my international career and ultimately help England’s continued rise up the world rankings.”

The Red Stars kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th on the road against St. Louis Athletica at Ralph Korte Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Following a second road game against the Washington Freedom on April 11th, the Red Stars will play their home-opener at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on Sunday April 19th against Sky Blue FC of New Jersey.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid8270.aspx?team=chicago
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on January 28, 2009, 10:34:09 AM
I remain extremely committed to the England team and firmly believe that my goal to become a more accomplished footballer at Chicago can only benefit my international career and ultimately help England’s continued rise up the world rankings.”

This is good to read and a true and honest assessment of the situation I think. Wise head on young shoulders, congrats Kaz.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on January 28, 2009, 11:53:38 AM
Arsenal Football Club can today confirm that England midfielder Karen Carney has signed a contract with Chicago Red Stars and will join the Women’s Professional Soccer League in the USA as of February 23rd 2009, ready for the start of the new League in April 2009.

21-year old Carney joined Arsenal Ladies from Birmingham City Ladies FC in the summer of 2006, having been a long-term target of manager Vic Akers.

Arsenal Ladies Manager Vic Akers said: “I wish Karen well for her move to Chicago Red Stars. I know that the experience on offer for her in the States is great for her as she is still young.  She knows that the door is always open for her here however, should she ever wish to return to Arsenal Ladies; it would be a pleasure to have one of my best signings return.”

In her time with the Gunners, Karen played a vital role in the Ladies most successful 2006/2007 season, in which the Club won four major trophies including the FA Women’s Premier League title, the FA Women’s Cup, FA Women’s League Cup and the UEFA Women’s Cup.

Making an instant impact in the team, Karen has also played a significant role in maintaining the Ladies current unbeaten run in the FA Women’s Premier League which currently stands at 105 matches, their last defeat in the League was way back in October 2003.

Having made 91 appearances for Arsenal Ladies, and scoring 41 goals it is no surprise that Karen also has a firm place on that national team, and currently has 41 caps to her name for England. Karen started all but one of England's games at the 2007 FIFA World Cup, showing tremendous work ethic and positive running; she set up England's first goal of the tournament against Japan.

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to wish Karen the very best for her move to Chicago Red Stars and thank her for her outstanding contribution during her three seasons with Arsenal Ladies.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/ladies-news/carney-agrees-move-to-chicago-red-stars
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: cardy on January 28, 2009, 10:12:14 PM
what a great experience for her.  Hope she enjoys herself and does well.  In fact its brilliant for anita asante too and any other young players who go to US.  Great experience for them.  Unfortunately, if the pro league does well, I can see a number of others wanting to go too.  Let's see what happens in the summer and who goes to the W league.  Some pro clubs look as though theyve got connections with W league clubs.  They might invite players to look at for next year.   :( :-\
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: John on January 29, 2009, 06:53:24 AM
Hopefully the future English pro league will help stop other players leaving in the future. Remember Carney's comments: "Of course, the American league will be a brand new one and it looks as if there'll be a summer league here next year as well, which is a very positive move.  If that was in place now I don't think I'd be considering leaving home, but they're understandably taking their time in making sure they get the setup right and hopefully that will pay off in the long run."
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on January 29, 2009, 11:42:08 PM
Hopefully the future English pro league will help stop other players leaving in the future. Remember Carney's comments: "Of course, the American league will be a brand new one and it looks as if there'll be a summer league here next year as well, which is a very positive move.  If that was in place now I don't think I'd be considering leaving home, but they're understandably taking their time in making sure they get the setup right and hopefully that will pay off in the long run."
Do you think she'll be back in a year then?
The way the season's going here, this one won't have finished by the time the summer league starts in 2010  ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on January 30, 2009, 05:26:30 AM
Hopefully the future English pro league will help stop other players leaving in the future. Remember Carney's comments: "Of course, the American league will be a brand new one and it looks as if there'll be a summer league here next year as well, which is a very positive move.  If that was in place now I don't think I'd be considering leaving home, but they're understandably taking their time in making sure they get the setup right and hopefully that will pay off in the long run."
Do you think she'll be back in a year then?
The way the season's going here, this one won't have finished by the time the summer league starts in 2010  ;D


Karen signed a three-year deal with Red Stars.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on January 30, 2009, 11:47:14 PM
Hopefully the future English pro league will help stop other players leaving in the future. Remember Carney's comments: "Of course, the American league will be a brand new one and it looks as if there'll be a summer league here next year as well, which is a very positive move.  If that was in place now I don't think I'd be considering leaving home, but they're understandably taking their time in making sure they get the setup right and hopefully that will pay off in the long run."
Do you think she'll be back in a year then?
The way the season's going here, this one won't have finished by the time the summer league starts in 2010  ;D


Karen signed a three-year deal with Red Stars.
She isn't bothered about returning for the first summer season here in 2010 then - so is that a load of crap she was saying there?
I mean - she insinuated that if the new summer league was set up here, she'd have stayed.
USA have beaten England to it by just a year, yet she signs a 3 year contract  :-\
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: cardy on January 31, 2009, 10:23:58 AM
the politics of womens footie!  :o 
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on January 31, 2009, 10:52:45 AM
She isn't bothered about returning for the first summer season here in 2010 then - so is that a load of crap she was saying there?
I mean - she insinuated that if the new summer league was set up here, she'd have stayed.
USA have beaten England to it by just a year, yet she signs a 3 year contract  :-\
I think there would have been no point really going for one year only, she could have well stayed here in that case.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on February 03, 2009, 12:22:17 AM
She isn't bothered about returning for the first summer season here in 2010 then - so is that a load of crap she was saying there?
I mean - she insinuated that if the new summer league was set up here, she'd have stayed.
USA have beaten England to it by just a year, yet she signs a 3 year contract  :-\
I think there would have been no point really going for one year only, she could have well stayed here in that case.
That's what I was getting at really  :-\
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: cardy on February 03, 2009, 08:27:09 PM
I dont really think the fa will stop players going to the US if the pro league succeeds.  The chance to play with top international players from different countries is a great opportunity, together with the facilities out there and the enthusiastic and positive approach to life will appeal to a lot of young players. 
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on February 03, 2009, 10:37:53 PM
I dont really think the fa will stop players going to the US if the pro league succeeds.  The chance to play with top international players from different countries is a great opportunity, together with the facilities out there and the enthusiastic and positive approach to life will appeal to a lot of young players. 
I don't think they can stop them.

It will be a bit like men from all over the world wanting to play in the Premiership in England.

But - in the last WC in 2006, every member of the Italian squad (and Italy were eventual winners) played for a team in their home country ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on February 05, 2009, 06:50:39 AM
I dont really think the fa will stop players going to the US if the pro league succeeds.  The chance to play with top international players from different countries is a great opportunity, together with the facilities out there and the enthusiastic and positive approach to life will appeal to a lot of young players. 
I don't think they can stop them.

It will be a bit like men from all over the world wanting to play in the Premiership in England.

But - in the last WC in 2006, every member of the Italian squad (and Italy were eventual winners) played for a team in their home country ;)


That's an understandable thought. Sooo...does that mean that the US will hoist the Cup in Germany?? If so, then I am even more excited for the new league to get rolling!!! We might not be the best in the men's competition, but darn it, we have TWO World Cups for our women, and will snatch another one in 2011!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on February 05, 2009, 10:29:44 PM
I dont really think the fa will stop players going to the US if the pro league succeeds.  The chance to play with top international players from different countries is a great opportunity, together with the facilities out there and the enthusiastic and positive approach to life will appeal to a lot of young players. 
I don't think they can stop them.

It will be a bit like men from all over the world wanting to play in the Premiership in England.

But - in the last WC in 2006, every member of the Italian squad (and Italy were eventual winners) played for a team in their home country ;)


That's an understandable thought. Sooo...does that mean that the US will hoist the Cup in Germany?? If so, then I am even more excited for the new league to get rolling!!! We might not be the best in the men's competition, but darn it, we have TWO World Cups for our women, and will snatch another one in 2011!!!  ;D
Hope Powell mike have a hissy fit with those leaving and just select players playing in England - so England may win it ;)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on February 05, 2009, 10:36:05 PM
Hope Powell mike have a hissy fit with those leaving and just select players playing in England - so England may win it ;)
Hopefully she won't be around
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: twmcat on February 05, 2009, 11:08:27 PM
Hope Powell mike have a hissy fit with those leaving and just select players playing in England - so England may win it ;)
Hopefully she won't be around
But it's the FA that will decide :(
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on February 09, 2009, 05:13:14 AM
Hope Powell mike have a hissy fit with those leaving and just select players playing in England - so England may win it ;)
Hopefully she won't be around
But it's the FA that will decide :(

Thank goodness Pia is liked here. Everyone saw what happened to Greg Ryan, and nobody really hated the guy...US Soccer just thought he was a bone head for playing Scurry instead of Solo. I'm sure after the Olympic final he was kicking himself, too.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on February 09, 2009, 08:22:24 AM
Thank goodness Pia is liked here. Everyone saw what happened to Greg Ryan, and nobody really hated the guy...US Soccer just thought he was a bone head for playing Scurry instead of Solo. I'm sure after the Olympic final he was kicking himself, too.
Greg Ryan had a good record to be fair, but his decision to drop Solo cost him his job and righly so IMO. Taking such a gamble for a WC semi-final is  ???
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on February 09, 2009, 09:21:46 PM
Thank goodness Pia is liked here. Everyone saw what happened to Greg Ryan, and nobody really hated the guy...US Soccer just thought he was a bone head for playing Scurry instead of Solo. I'm sure after the Olympic final he was kicking himself, too.
Greg Ryan had a good record to be fair, but his decision to drop Solo cost him his job and righly so IMO. Taking such a gamble for a WC semi-final is  ???

I absolutely agree with you. I was stunned when it was announced, to say the very least. Brianna Scurry is a really good keeper, but there's a HUGE difference between the Chinese squad from the '99 World Cup and the Brazilians of late. This past Olympics was not the first time Hope Solo has not only been in the net against Brazil, but shut them out. In a three game stretch, they were lucky to get one past her, if any at all.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Gooner on March 09, 2009, 01:07:30 PM
It’s sometimes easy to forget that Karen Carney is only 21 years of age. An England international, twice FA Young National Player of the Year and a collection of winners’ medals is a resume you would expect from a player beyond her years.

Now after seven years of playing at the top level of women’s football in England (Carney made her debut for Birmingham City aged just 14) the former Gunner has joined a number of England stars in crossing the Atlantic to play in the Women’s Professional Soccer League. A challenge she is relishing.

‘‘I am very excited about joining Women’s Professional Soccer. The opportunity to play in front of big crowds on big pitches against the best players in world is something I have only dreamed about,’’ confessed Carney.

Indeed Carney will be in good company, with the league already attracting a host of world-class players from around the globe including three-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Marta. But when considering who she is most eager to face, the results are a little closer to home.

She said: ‘‘I’m looking forward to playing against Kelly Smith and Alex Scott as they have been my team mates at Arsenal. It will be really weird to play against them as I haven’t really done that before and especially with so much at stake.

‘‘We have chatted about it and joked about playing against each other but they are two top players so I’m sure we will all enjoy the challenge. I am also excited at teaming up with all the Chicago Red Star players in particular Carli Lloyd and Cristiane. They are both top players who I can’t wait to learn off.’’

Along with Smith and Scott, Carney is leaving behind Arsenal where she was wasn’t short of silverware as The Gunners dominated the English domestic game as well as winning a historic UEFA Women’s Cup. But with their dominance looking set to continue, Carney felt the time was right to move on.

‘‘It was very difficult to leave Arsenal as the club is so friendly and I loved everyone. We achieved so much and I’m sure they will continue to do so,’’ admitted Carney.

‘‘But for me personally when the WPS opportunity arose it was something I couldn't turn down and I felt this was a new challenge that I would regret for the rest of my life if I didn’t take. I think it has come at a good stage in my life and I can’t wait to go now,’’ she added.

One person Carney will be familiar with at Chicago is former Arsenal assistant coach Emma Hayes, who is now manager at the Red Stars and someone who played a big part in Carney’s decision to join Illinois based side.

She said: ‘‘Emma being the Red Star coach was a huge factor in me joining the team. If I had another offer from a different team I’m sure I would have joined the WPS anyway but I was so happy when I was drafted by Emma.

‘‘At Arsenal she really took me under her wing and gave me confidence, believed in me, gave me goals for each game and really helped me improve so when I got drafted by her I was over the moon.’’

While there is little doubt that playing in the WPS is going to be beneficial to new recruits such as Carney, the exodus of England internationals to the States has raised issues over the state of the women’s game in this country.. The FA’s plan to implement central contracts for internationals has appeared to come too late while the details of the proposed 2010 summer Super League are still hazy.

But Carney is quick to defend the progression of the women’s game in England, believing the sport is heading in the right direction and that England players participating in the WPS should be seen in a positive, not negative, light.

‘‘You need to look at the fact that five English players have been drafted. That is a credit to how far England has come as a nation in women’s football and to all the work that has been put into the game over the last few years,’’ she said.

‘‘The Super League that has been proposed sounds great and the league can only learn from the WPS. From what I’ve heard about the new league the set up seems to be right and the way they are taking their time shows they are keen to get it right and make it sustainable,’’ Carney added.

While the calibre of player’s adds to the attractive challenge presented by the WPS, the financial incentives have not gone unnoticed. The FA’s central contracts for England internationals have been reported of offering salaries of £16,000, at the same time the WPS is set to offer on average nearly double that figure. Despite this, Carney insists money was not the major issue in her decision.

‘‘The money was not a factor to me. I’m young so I’m not at a point where it’s all about money. I have no ties in England so for me it’s the experience,’’ Carney stated.

‘‘I will be living in a foreign country travelling all over the States, playing and doing what I love the most as a job and trying to improve at something I have been devoted to for so many years. That is the main factor.’’

And if Carney’s short but successful career so far is anything to go by, she could to become one of the finest exports of our women’s game and show the WPS and its fans the progression being made on this side of the Atlantic.

http://www.fgmag.com
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on March 12, 2009, 04:05:27 PM
FYI, Kaz Carney's website is back online; http://www.caseshop.com/karen_carney/ (http://www.caseshop.com/karen_carney/)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on March 12, 2009, 04:07:07 PM
The WPS effect ?
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: october74uk on March 18, 2009, 11:32:06 PM
Karen scored in her first match with Chicago v Boston Breakers.

Check out the blog that will be following all the british girls in the WPS.

http://womanssoccerinsider.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on March 19, 2009, 12:03:59 PM
Good to see she has settled in well and scored in her first game; wouldn't bet against her scoring on the first official game either.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: redrobin on March 23, 2009, 02:37:25 AM
Red Stars’ Carney ready for challenge in the U.S.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
by Scott Hobro, womensprosoccer.com

It’s sometimes easy to forget that Karen Carney is only 21 years of age.  An England international, twice English FA Young National Player of the Year and a collection of winners’ medals is a resume you would expect from a player beyond her years. 
 
Now after seven years of playing at the top level of women’s football in England (Carney made her debut for Birmingham City at just 14) the former Gunner has joined a number of England stars in crossing the Atlantic to play in Women’s Professional Soccer.  It’s a challenge she is relishing.

“I am very excited about joining Women’s Professional Soccer,” Carney said.  “The opportunity to play in front of big crowds on big pitches against the best players in world is something I have only dreamed about.”
 
Indeed Carney will be in good company, with the league already attracting a host of world-class players from around the globe including three-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Marta.  But when considering who she is most eager to face, the results are a little closer to home.
 
“I’m looking forward to playing against Kelly Smith and Alex Scott as they have been my teammates at Arsenal,” she said.  “It will be really weird to play against them as I haven’t really done that before and especially with so much at stake.
 
“We have chatted about it and joked about playing against each other but they are two top players so I’m sure we will all enjoy the challenge.  I am also excited at teaming up with all the Chicago Red Star players in particular Carli Lloyd and Cristiane.  They are both top players who I can’t wait to learn off.”
 
Along with Smith and Scott, Carney is leaving behind Arsenal where she wasn’t short of silverware as The Gunners dominated the English domestic game as well as winning a historic UEFA Women’s Cup.  But with their dominance looking set to continue, Carney felt the time was right to move on.
 
“It was very difficult to leave Arsenal as the club is so friendly and I loved everyone,” Carney said. “We achieved so much and I’m sure they will continue to do so.
 
“But for me personally when the WPS opportunity arose it was something I couldn't turn down and I felt this was a new challenge that I would regret for the rest of my life if I didn’t take. I think it has come at a good stage in my life.”
 
One person Carney will be familiar with at Chicago is former Arsenal assistant coach Emma Hayes, who is now head coach at the Red Stars and someone who played a big part in Carney’s decision to join the Illinois based side.
 
“Emma being the Red Star coach was a huge factor in me joining the team,” Carney said. “If I had another offer from a different team I’m sure I would have joined the WPS anyway but I was so happy when I was drafted by Emma. 

“At Arsenal she really took me under her wing and gave me confidence, believed in me, gave me goals for each game and really helped me improve so when I got drafted by her I was over the moon.”
While there is little doubt that playing in WPS is going to be beneficial to new recruits such as Carney, the exodus of English internationals to the States has raised issues over the state of the women’s game in England. The Football Association, who overseas the game in England, composed a plan to implement central contracts for internationals, but it has appeared to come too late while the details of the FA’s proposed 2010 summer Super League are still hazy. 

But Carney is quick to defend the progression of the women’s game in England, believing the sport is heading in the right direction and that England players participating in WPS should be seen in a positive, not negative, light.
 
“You need to look at the fact that five English players have been drafted (by WPS),” Carney said.  “That is a credit to how far England has come as a nation in women’s football and to all the work that has been put into the game over the last few years.
 
“The Super League that has been proposed sounds great and the league can only learn from WPS. From what I’ve heard about the new league the set up seems to be right and the way they are taking their time shows  they are keen to get it right and make it sustainable.”
 
For now, Carney is focused on her new adventure with the Red Stars.
 
“I will be living in a foreign country travelling all over the States, playing and doing what I love the most as a job and trying to improve at something I have been devoted to for so many years.”
 
And if Carney’s short but successful career so far is anything to go by, she could become one of the finest exports of the English women’s game and show WPS and its fans just how far the sport has come in her homeland.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10272.aspx
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: october74uk on April 28, 2009, 12:43:44 AM
This is big news...haha

Karen got her 1st goal in WPS. A great goal it was.

http://womanssoccerinsider.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on April 28, 2009, 11:30:03 PM
The Daily Mail journalist Ashley Gray who writes the womens' football column, today leads with Carney and there is also video highlights from the match at the weekend against the Breakers.

Carney off the mark as Chicago Red Star gets one over on her former Arsenal team-mates http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1173924/VIDEO-Carney-mark-Chicago-Red-Star-gets-Arsenal-team-mates.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1173924/VIDEO-Carney-mark-Chicago-Red-Star-gets-Arsenal-team-mates.html)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: cardy on April 29, 2009, 08:56:54 AM
Our Karen seems to be doing well in the US.  I think she will be popular out there a polite girl friendly girl.  She has a lovely smile now which will go down well.   :)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: october74uk on May 07, 2009, 08:59:36 PM
http://womanssoccerinsider.blogspot.com/ has Just done an interview with Karen. It will be posted over the weekend. A great insight into her life in USA now.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: october74uk on May 09, 2009, 02:16:18 PM
karen's Q&A up now.

http://womanssoccerinsider.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on May 09, 2009, 10:18:32 PM
Excellent interview!
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on June 04, 2009, 10:23:12 AM
Get to Know Your Red Stars: 15 Questions with Karen Carney

1.If you didn’t have the chance to become a professional soccer player what would you be doing now?
I would be looking for a job as I have recently just come out university.

2.What was your most interesting and fun soccer trip and non-soccer trip?
The 2007 world cup in China was interesting and fun, the girls were great and the experience was second to none. A non soccer trip would be a holiday i took to Greece with my 2 friends we had such a good laugh.

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you want to go and why?

Australia as everyone always talks about it and I know a lot of people who have been and have recommended it so I would like to go there

3.What player(s) did you most admire growing up, and why?
Kelly Smith and David Beckham. I enjoyed watching Kelly because she was and is the best English player to be produced and I always wanted to play in the USA and play for England. David Beckham when he played for Manchester united he couldn't do wrong in my eyes.


4. What do you feel has been the greatest accomplishment of your lifetime?
Playing for the England National Team.

5. If you could be another professional athlete, who would it be and why?
Christaino Ronaldo because hes the best player in world and who wouldnt want to be that?

6. Who would you most like to meet in Chicago?

Barack Obama

7. Name a sports team other than the Red Stars that you can’t live without. What was the first concert you ever attended?
Birmingham City (if you have ever heard of them ) i think my first concert was the spice girls lol.

8. When you’re not training and playing, what are you doing?

On my computer, out with friends or watching 24.

9. Did you have a childhood pet? What was its name?
I had the odd fish in my pond but never gave them names.

10.Who’s your favorite band you’ve never seen live?

UB40

11. What three historical figures would you like to go to dinner with?
Jesus, Martin Luther King and Mr. Obama

12. Growing up (younger than 13), what was your favorite TV show, movie, and music group?
The Simpsons, The Goonies and Spice Girls

13. If you could only eat one food item/meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken and mushroom pie and chips from my local chippy!!

14. When going through school and playing soccer at the same time, I'm sure you had many stressful days. How did you deal with the stress?

Yes it was really hard. I found doing my degree and playing difficult, you just have to make sure you have a good people network that will help you and have good time management

15.Was there ever a point in your life where you wanted to give up and quit something? What advice could you give kids about working hard and overcoming moments like this?
I did want to quit football when i was about 13 as i had lost the fun element and it was getting too serious too quickly for me. But people around me helped me and i got a lucky break that changed my mind. I think you will alwasy have ups and downs in what you want to do, but you got to take the rought with the smooth and if you want something that bad and you really want it you will keep going regardless.

http://fancorner.womensprosoccer.com/profiles/blogs/get-to-know-your-red-stars-15 (http://fancorner.womensprosoccer.com/profiles/blogs/get-to-know-your-red-stars-15)
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Hanna Ljungberg Fan on June 13, 2009, 11:00:35 PM
Just got a red card in game against Freedom
(The one Abby she have got against Athletica ;D)

dud Dont know more
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: shlj on June 15, 2009, 08:22:55 AM
I have seen Karen's sending off.
Quite funny she did not like Wambach's going at full speed at her and retaliated, she has balls.
Saying that she might get a few games suspension.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Roberts on June 16, 2009, 09:52:56 AM
I didn't think it was a straight red, it was reckless though, proper Rooney or Beckham style retaliation!
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on June 17, 2009, 03:19:58 PM
Can't decide having watched the video a 2nd time whether its a straight red or not, I think Wambach reaction goes some way to making it a red; maybe they'll give her a WPS Oscar at the end of the season.

I think Wambach should have received a yellow for her tackle on Carney, she'd lost control of the ball, Carney is clearly going to collect the ball, Wambach sees that and goes diving in. If anything Carney does well to jump/pull out of it.
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Gooner on July 30, 2009, 04:49:50 PM
Catch up with Kaz ‘the Carnage’ Carney

By: fgame

We caught up with England’s former Birmingham City and Arsenal winger, Karen Carney, a month back, to check how she was finding life in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league in the USA, with her new club Chicago Red Stars….Kaz replied super quick [on her way back from training] presumably on her favourite new ‘toy’…read on to find out more…

1. Have your first few months in the US and in the WPS been what you expected?
The first few months have been really good. When I got here initially I think it was a shock to the system in new team mates, city, coaches and the weather..but now I thoroughly enjoying my time here. I honestly don't know what I expected but I'm definitely glad to be here.

2. Do you feel that your game has changed/improved over the last 2 months of training full time?
I have definitely learned something new every day, whether it be on the field or off it. Already, it has been the biggest learning curve yet to date for me. Perhaps it’s best to ask others to see if I have improved but I definitely feel stronger, the league is so physical, so adapting to that has been hard.

3. How have you found the life of a professional footballer?
Life as a pro has been great. Like I previously said, you learn something new everyday, whether it be a new technique or run or even different strategies other players use to perform.
You have to always be prepared and are expected to turn up in the best physical condition.

4. The pace of the games seems to be so fast and frenetic. How does that compare to domestic games back home?
The pace of the game is a lot faster here than back home. The U.S. players have always been renowned for their speed and strength and that is definitely the way of the league.

5. It’s only been one trip back and one game but how was the travel and quick turnaround before being expected to train and play?
It was actually fine. We were advised on our travelling, of when and when not to sleep, and I think that really helped. The England staff were really good and didn't rush us straight in, so, I felt relatively fresh.

6. Again, only one game to use as evidence but was it easier to step from the pace of a WPS game into an international than from the FAWPL, or just different again?
Yes, I think it was slightly easier. I was able to hold my own a bit more. Norway were a physical team and I felt due to the WPS being so physical, I could cope with that much better. But internationals, WPS and FAWPL are all so very different.

7. Who has been your toughest opponent in the WPS, so far, and why?
The toughest player I have come up against is Formiga of Brazil. She is amazing. I call her the ‘silent assassin’. She makes FC Gold Pride tick going forward and in defence, but remarkably she might go unnoticed. Until you play with or against her, I guess you might not appreciate her role. For me, she is the best midfielder in the world.

8. How are you settling in – do you like life in Chicago?
Chicago is beautiful. When I first got here it was so cold, I couldn't cope! Emma [Hayes, Chicago Red Stars Head Coach and former Arsenal Asst. Coach] was like, ‘The warmer weather is on its way.’ 3 months down and the weather is here, lol. But I live in a great location and every thing is so accessible. :-) I really like it in Chicago and am glad I am in this city.

9. Are people always commenting on your accent? (Or does it help having Emma Hayes and Ifeoma Dieke (Scottish) there too?)
People really can't understand me at all. But thankfully Emma knows what I am rabbiting on about and also the Aussie girls appear to be on the same page as me. But when I have done appearances [for the club] the kids have had to ask their mums to translate and even then they don't get me, so I find it easier to talk their soccer terminology, lol.

10. What are your team like to hang with? Do you spend quite a lot of time together?
My team are amazing. Emma did a lot of work to get the right players, both off and on the field, and I truly get on with everyone and think they are great! She did a great job! I share with one of my team mates who is really cool and we get on like a house of fire. But in our block there are 12 of us. So it’s kind of like a hotel, you just nip in and out of everyone’s rooms for visits.

11. Has anyone been out from home to visit you?
Yeah, mum and dad came out a few weeks ago, that was great. I loved having them here, it made such a difference. Hopefully, I will get some more visits from other family members and friends too.

12. A shout out to Birmingham City – it was a pretty historic and proud day for that club to have helped produce the first two English players to take to the field in the WPS. Did you think about that or did anyone get in touch to wish you luck?
Yes it was great. Me and Eni [Aluko, of St. Louis Athletica] both said, ‘Oh my god, how far have we come since we met at 11 years old?’ And, yes, I had a few messages, so that was nice. Birmingham is a great club and I speak to my old coaches: Marcus Bignot, Michael Moore and Laura Harvey, all the time. I call them my ‘footballing’ family.

13. Are you addicted to ‘twitter’ yet? (I think we know the answer!)
Ha ha. I'm not addicted to ‘twitter’. I bought a Blackberry Curve here and I'm obsessed with that and ‘twitter’ is on my previous page, so I just update it. But I mainly go on it to have some banter between Alex and Kelly, although they need some work on their jokes! I didn't realise our conversations were being followed and were been written about in the press...I find it very funny!

Next up, to be bored by our banal questions, in our 'catch-up' series is Kelly Smith, of the Boston Breakers...

http://www.fgmag.com/features/
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: Rach_83 on September 30, 2009, 03:03:35 PM
Although we went to the European Championships with the emphasis on winning it, to get to the final and get a medal was just as good to us.

When we went 2-0 down in that second game I did think for about five seconds “oh God, I’m going home.” But after that initial blow of conceding I realised we had plenty of time and I was confident we could come back. For spectators it must have been a great game to watch too because both teams were going for it.

In the end we got beaten by the best team in the world and if you’re going to get beaten by anyone you’re going to get beaten by the Germans. But for about 60 minutes we were there or there abouts and at half time we were definitely still in. At that point we were narrowing the gap, but the difference between us and them is their two forwards. They’re very experienced, have won everything and ended up the top goal-scorers.

Now we need to find that 60 to 90 minutes where we stay in it because if we could’ve kept it at 3-2 we could’ve got a set piece or broken them down.

I got my 50th cap at the championships and I’ve surpassed that now which is great. I guess I can’t use the “I’m young and inexperienced” excuse anymore! I’m a little bit older and more mature in the way I play but I still have a lot to learn and even though I have that experience I need to keep developing.

I have high expectations of myself and I think other people have high expectations too now so I just need to keep striving to reach that level.

It’s important that we keep getting to the finals of these tournaments, not just for the development of the England team, but for grassroots in general. When we get more media coverage and exposure then that can only good for women’s football in this country.

That said, I am disappointed that we haven’t had a lot more coverage now the tournament has passed and we’ve come back with a medal. We’re the second best team in Europe and that’s a massive achievement so of course that aspect is a bit disappointing. But if we can just keep taking small steps forward at least we’re going in the right direction no matter how small those steps are.

http://www.thetalkofsport.com/karen1.html (http://www.thetalkofsport.com/karen1.html)

little out of date but thought i'd pass it on  :)
Title: Carney out 6-8 weeks with knee injury
Post by: Rach_83 on January 30, 2010, 12:34:53 AM
Carney out 6-8 weeks with knee injury
 

January 28, 2010 - BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Red Stars midfielder Karen Carney recently had knee surgery to repair a cartilage tear, but it is expected that the Birmingham, England, native will be ready to go for the start of the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season.

source: Chicago Red Stars on Facebook
Title: Re: Karen Carney
Post by: David on December 30, 2016, 10:44:48 PM
According to the Birmingham Mail Karen Carney has been made an MBE in the New Years Honours

Karen Carney, former player with Birmingham City Ladies FC and current England team winger, for services to football

Congratulations to her :-)