Alex Scott MBE Profile
|Name||Alex Scott MBE|
|Born||Oct 14, 1984|
An England centurion and Arsenal star, Alex Scott's glittering career has extended past playing and she is now one of the game's most prominent pundits.
Alex Scott MBE is an English television presenter and soccer pundit. Previously, she played as a right-back for Arsenal Ladies in the FA Women's Super League (FA WSL). She also played for Birmingham City and Boston Breakers at club level, as well as the England National Women's Team and the Great Britain Olympic team.
With Arsenal, Scott won the FA Women's Premier League in 2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, and 2008/09. She also lifted the FA WSL title with them in 2012 and the UEFA Women's Cup in 2006/07 among other honours in a glittering career.
Scott was part of the England squad which finished second at the UEFA European Women's Championship in 2009 and third at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.
Scott enjoyed plenty of success at Arsenal over the course of three spells at the north London club. She began her love affair with them in 1992, when she joined Arsenal at the age of eight. After breaking into the first team as a striker/winger, she was then converted to a right-back.
Scott initially stayed with Arsenal until the 2004/05 season, when she left for Birmingham City. She rejoined Arsenal for the 2005/06 campaign while Birmingham struggled with financial difficulties.
Her second spell in north London started well as Arsenal won the FA Women's Premier League and FA Women's Cup double. The following campaign proved even more fruitful as Arsenal won the quadruple - the Premier League, FA Women's Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Women's Cup (the precursor to the UEFA Women's Champions League).
Scott scored the only goal of the two-legged tie against Umea IK in the final of the UEFA Women's Cup as Arsenal went on to lift the trophy. In all competitions, Scott played 40 matches and scored four goals in 2006/07.
She continued to play a crucial role in the Arsenal team which dominated English women's soccer over the next few years, winning the league in each of her next two seasons before she left to join the Boston Breakers in the US.
Following the collapse the collapse of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) in the United States, Scott rejoined Arsenal.
With Scott back in the team, Arsenal won the 2012 FA WSL as well as the 2012, 2013 and 2015 FA WSL Cup. They also lifted the FA Women's Cup in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2015/16.
Scott was made captain of the team for the 2014/15 campaign. She played her last home game for the club on May 12, 2018 in a 2-1 win over Manchester City and received a guard of honour.
"The guard of honour really set me off and I'm going to struggle now if I keep talking! It's the end of an era. I've been at this club since I was eight and it means a lot to me, but I've got a new chapter ahead of me now," she told Arsenal's official website.
Asked what the highlight of her time at the club was, she said: "I think it has to be the quadruple season. Vic Akers, who's leaving the club as well this year, it was his 20th anniversary of starting the women's team, so to win the quadruple that season was truly special."
Stint at the Boston Breakers
On September 25, 2008, it was announced that Scott's WPS trading rights had been assigned to Emma Hayes' Chicago Red Stars. They were then traded to the Boston Breakers early in 2009 and she went on to feature regularly in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
The WPS folded ahead of the 2012 season, necessitating Scott's move back to Arsenal, with whom she had spent time on loan in December 2011.
Becoming a Lioness - England Women's National Team
Scott played for England Women at U-19 and U-21 level. She featured at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada.
She made her full senior debut in 2004 against the Netherlands and went on to play in four European Championships and three FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments.
Scott was the second-most capped England women's player at the time of her retirement on September 2, 2017 with 140 caps. She has since dropped to fourth place in the all-time standings.
Punditry and media career
Scott's media career started while she was still a player. She is one of the most recognisable women in soccer punditry in the UK. She gained widespread attention for an on-air exchange of words with Graeme Souness which many perceived as an example of sexism from the Liverpool legend.
Speaking at the launch of the BBC's #ChangeTheGame initiative which is set to see greater coverage for the women's game, she said: "Every time I'm on with Graeme, I get more comments than when I'm working with another pundit. I think it's highlighted because people see me as female - but Graeme Souness is like that with every pundit he sits alongside.
"If he's got a strong opinion and he disagrees with you, I actually respect that, and that's how I want people to be with me.
"I don't ever want people on Twitter to say I'm just ticking a box. I'm there because I've done the work, I've done my research and I deserve to be there."
Souness had reportedly interrupted her when she used the term "low block" and then scoffed "OK - defending deep," when she explained its meaning.
When Scott covered the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the BBC, she became the broadcaster's first female soccer pundit at a World Cup.
Scott is set to take over from Dan Walker as the host of Football Focus. Scott will be the first full-time female host in the show's history.
In September 2019, Scott appeared on Strictly Come Dancing alongside professional dancer Neil Jones.
"I'm a huge fan of Strictly and have dreamt of being on it for years, so I've loved every minute," she told HELLO! Magazine.
"From the start, I told my friends I wanted to be with Neil. The first time we met, we really got on and when we sat down and talked we had a real connection."
In the same interview from November 2019, Scott opened up on the status of her romantic life.
"I'm single but it's not like I need to find someone," she said.
"I like things to happen organically and if someone comes into my life and we get on, then great. It's not like I need to go searching for it."
Alex Scott's net worth
In September 2020, The Sun reported that Scott had earned £600,000 for her TV work and for her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.