Lisa Marie De Vanna (born 14 November 1984) is an Australian football (soccer) forward. She is currently playing for Melbourne Victory in the W League and is a member of the Australian national team. She is a striker with lightning pace and world-class dribbling skills. Throughout her career with the Matildas.  Football analyst and former Socceroo Craig Foster stated that she ran on jet-fuel — burning up twice as fast, but with incredible impact.

 

Early years & playing style

De Vanna was born in Perth, Australia. She was raised in the small port city of Fremantle, located about 30 minutes southwest of Perth.De Vanna developed her love for the game of football at a young age and has said that she slept with her soccer ball and spent much of her time as a youth playing soccer in the street with her brother.

Club career

Club

Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C., 2006–07

In October 2006 De Vanna signed for Doncaster Rovers Belles, departing the English Premier League club in March 2007.

AIK Fotboll Dam, 2008

De Vanna played for Swedish club AIK for the 2008 Damallsvenskan season. De Vanna had a very successful season, being the 5th highest goalscorer with 15 goals, helping AIK to their most successful season.

Perth Glory, 2008–09

In November 2008, De Vanna was signed to Perth Glory in the Australian W-League and made her first appearance for the club on 8 November 2008 against the Melbourne Victory.

Washington Freedom / magicJack, 2009–11

In September 2008, De Vanna was selected by Washington Freedom in Women’s Professional Soccer. She was the 18th overall selection in the 2008 WPS International Draft.She officially signed for the Freedom in late March 2009.  Through the next three years, she played for Washington Freedom and its successor magicJack in the WPS as well as Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets in the W-League in Australia.

Linköping FC, 2012

After the WPS suspended operations, De Vanna signed for Damallsvenskan club Linköping FC. She scored five goals in her first eight games including a hat trick against Piteå IF on 3 June 2012.  During a match against Kopparberg/Göteborg FC on 14 October 2012, she scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute helping her team win 3-2.  Linköping finished third during the regular season with a 11-6-5 record. De Vanna finished the 2012 season having started in 18 of the 22 matches in which she played and scored seven goals.

Sky Blue FC, 2013

On 1 February 2013, it was announced that De Vanna signed with Sky Blue FC for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League, the top division in the United States.  In June 2013, De Vanna scored a bicycle kick goal and was named the league’s Player of the Week.  Her goal garnered international attention and went viral on websites like YouTube and soccer-related websites.She was also voted NWSL Fans’ Choice MVP for Week 8.During a game against the Western New York Flash on July 21, 2013, De Vanna was sidelined with a hamstring injury.De Vanna started in 16 of the 17 games in which she played and scored five goals. Sky Blue finished in fourth during the regular season with a 10–6–6 record.

Melbourne Victory, 2013–2014

In October 2013, it was confirmed that De Vanna had signed for Melbourne Victory for the 2013–14 W League season. Lisa returned to Melbourne for the 2014/5 season

Washington Spirit

After initially traded to Boston Breakers for the first part of the 2014 NWSL season Lisa joined Washington Spirit for the remainder of the season.

Melbourne City, 2015-2016

In July 2015, it was confirmed that De Vanna had signed for Melbourne City for the 2015-6 W League season.

International career

De Vanna is one of Matilda’s highest ever scorers with 38 goals in 108 appearances and was appointed co-captain of The Matilda’s for the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olypmpics

De Vanna played four games at the 2004 Olympic Football Tournament.

She scored four goals for Australia in the 2007 World Cup — one in a 1–1 draw against Norway, two in a 4–1 victory against Ghana, and one against Brazil in her team’s 2–3 loss in the quarterfinals. Each goal she scored at the World Cup was dedicated to her father, who died three months before the tournament began.

On 1 October 2007 Lisa was named in the FIFA’s Women’s World Cup All Star Team and she was also nominated for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year award. She was named Western Australian Sportswoman of the Year in 2007

World Cup and Olympic tournaments

Lisa De Vanna competed in three FIFA Women’s World Cup: China 2007 , Germany 2011; and Canada 2015, one Olympics: Athens 2004; altogether played 12 matches and scored 6 goals at those three global tournaments.

In the opening Matildas game of the 2015 World Cup. De Vanna scored in a 3-1 defeat to the U.S.A

Lisa will co-captain the Matildas in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil

Honours

Team

With Australia
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup Winners: 2010
With Brisbane Roar
  • Westfield W-League Winners: 2010-11

With Melbourne Victory

  • Westfield W-League Winners: 2014-15

With Melbourne City

  • Westfield W-League Winners: 2015-16

Individual

  • Australian Football Awards: Female Footballer of the Year 2013

 

 

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  1. The bicycle kick goal from Saturday’s game against Boston was magnificent. You deserve everyone’s respect while you are on the field, including from the officials. Best of luck this season Lisa!

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