Lieke Martens

Lieke Elisabeth Petronella Martens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlikə ʔeːˈlisaːbɛt peːtroːˈnɛlaː ˈmɑrtəns]; born 16 December 1992) is a Dutch footballer who plays for FC Barcelona. She is a member of the Netherlands national football team. In 2017, she was named UEFA Women's Player of the Year and FIFA Women's Player of The Year.[3]

Lieke Martens
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Martens in 2019
Personal information
Full name Lieke Elisabeth Petronella Martens[1]
Date of birth 16 December 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Bergen, Netherlands
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Heerenveen 18 (2)
2010–2011 VVV-Venlo 20 (9)
2011–2012 Standard Liège 25 (17)
2012–2014 Duisburg 30 (7)
2014–2015 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 37 (12)
2016–2017 Rosengård 29 (20)
2017– Barcelona 52 (22)
National team
2010–2011 Netherlands U-19 27 (8)
2011– Netherlands 108 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 April 2019[2]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:55, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

Early life

Lieke Elisabeth Petronella Martens was born on 16 December 1992 in Bergen in the north of the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands.[4]

Club career

Martens represented SC Heerenveen (2009–2010) and VVV-Venlo (2010–2011) in the Vrouwen Eredivisie and Standard Liège (2011–2012) in the Belgian First Division. In her first official match with Standard she scored two goals to help win her first major title, the newly founded BeNe Super Cup.[5]

She played for German Bundesliga club FCR 2001 Duisburg from 2012 to 2014.[6]

Signing for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC ahead of the 2014 Damallsvenskan season, Martens made her debut against Vittsjö GIK. Although right-footed, she played on the left wing. Coach Stefan Rehn praised Martens' technique and her understanding with compatriot centre forward Manon Melis.[7]

In November 2015 it was announced that Martens had left Göteborg, transferring to Damallsvenskan champions FC Rosengård on a one-year contract.[8]

In July 2017 Martens signed for FC Barcelona.[9] She made her debut for the club as a substitute in a 9–0 win against Zaragoza CCF.[10] She scored her first goal in a 10–0 win over Santa Teresa.[11]

Martens helped FC Barcelona reach the final of the UEFA Women's Champions League In her second season. They lost the final 4–1 against Olympique Lyonnais on the 18th May in Budapest.[12]

International career

Lieke Martens training with Netherlands in 2018
Lieke Martens training with the Netherlands on November 6, 2018.
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Martens playing in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017

Martens was the top scorer of the 2010 U-19 Euro, tied at four goals with Turid Knaak. In August 2011 she played her first game for the senior national team, in a friendly match against China.[13]

In June 2013, national team coach Roger Reijners selected Martens in the Netherlands squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[14] She scored the Netherlands' first ever World Cup goal at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[15]

Martens scored three goals in The Netherlands victorious 2017 UEFA Women's Euro campaign. For her performances in the tournament, Martens was included in the 2017 UEFA Team of the Tournament and won the Bronze Boot (third top scorer) and the Golden Ball (best player of the tournament).[16]

Martens was selected in the final squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France,[17] despite her large toe was injured.[18] She scored both Dutch goals in a 2–1 victory over Japan in the round of 16, the second from a controversial VAR-awarded penalty.[19]

International goals

Scores and results list the Netherlands goal tally first.[20]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 February 2012 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Italy 2–1 2–1 2012 Cyprus Cup
(2.)* 1 June 2012 Woezik, Wijchen, Netherlands  North Korea 1–1 4–1 Friendly
2. 5 June 2012 Golden Tulip Victoria, Hoenderloo, Netherlands  North Korea 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3. 20 June 2012 Stadion Srem Jakovo, Jakovo, Serbia  Serbia 3–0 4–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
4. 9 February 2013 Regenboogstadion, Waregem, Belgium  Belgium 2–1 3–2 Friendly
5. 8 March 2013 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Switzerland 1–0 1–1 2013 Cyprus Cup
6. 29 June 2013 Telstar Stadion, Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands  Australia 1–0 3–1 Friendly
7. 2–1
8. 26 October 2013 Estádio José de Carvalho, Maia, Portugal  Portugal 4–0 7–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
9. 23 November 2013 Stadion Woudestein, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Greece 1–0 7–0
10. 5–0
11. 7 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Scotland 2–3 3–4 2014 Cyprus Cup
12. 12 March 2014 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Switzerland 2–1 4–1
13. 3–1
14. 10 April 2014 Stadion De Braak, Helmond, Netherlands  Albania 6–1 10–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
15. 8–1
16. 25 October 2014 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland  Scotland 1–0 2–1
17. 30 October 2014 Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Scotland 1–0 2–0
18. 7 February 2015 Polman Stadion, Almelo, Netherlands  Thailand 4–0 7–0 Friendly
19. 8 April 2015 Strømmen Stadion, Strømmen, Norway  Norway 1–1 3–2
20. 3–2
21. 6 June 2015 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  New Zealand 1–0 1–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
22. 17 September 2015 De Vijverberg, Doetinchem, Netherlands  Belarus 1–0 8–0 Friendly
23. 8–0
24. 29 November 2015 Kras Stadion, Volendam, Netherlands  Japan 1–0 3–1
25. 22 January 2016 Limak Arcadia Atlantis Football Center, Belek, Turkey  Denmark 1–0 2–0
26. 8 March 2017 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal  Japan 2–0 3–2 2017 Algarve Cup
27. 7 April 2017 Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht, Netherlands  France 1–2 1–2 Friendly
28. 11 April 2017 Stadion De Vijverberg, Doetinchem, Netherlands  Iceland 3–0 4–0
29. 13 June 2017 De Adelaarshorst, Deventer, Netherlands  Austria 3–0 3–0
30. 8 July 2017 Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Wales 1–0 5–0
31. 24 July 2017 Koning Willem II Stadion, Tilburg, Netherlands  Belgium 2–1 2–1 UEFA Women's Euro 2017
32. 29 July 2017 De Vijverberg, Doetinchem, Netherlands  Sweden 1–0 2–0
33. 6 August 2017 De Grolsch Veste, Enschede, Netherlands  Denmark 2–1 4–2
34. 28 February 2018 Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal, Portugal  Japan 1–0 6–2 2018 Algarve Cup
35. 6–1
36. 3 March 2018 VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  Denmark 2–2 3–2
37. 6 April 2018 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Northern Ireland 1–0 7–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
38. 2–0
39. 12 June 2018 Abe Lenstra Stadion, Heerenveen, Netherlands  Slovakia 1–0 1–0
40. 9 November 2018 Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht, Netherlands   Switzerland 2–0 3–0
41. 5 April 2019 GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands  Mexico 2–0 2–0 Friendly
42. 9 April 2019 AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar, Netherlands  Chile 2–0 7–0
43. 25 June 2019 Roazhon Park, Rennes, France  Japan 1–0 2–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
44. 2–1

* Note: Match not considered as an official friendly.[21]



Standard Liège
FC Rosengård
FC Barcelona





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  25. ^ Lieke Martens named player of the tournament
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External links

2010 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship

The UEFA Women's U-19 Championship 2010 Final Tournament was held in Macedonia between 24 May and 5 June 2010. Players born after 1 January 1991 were eligible to participate in this competition.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of hosts Canada, China, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Matches were played from 6 to 15 June 2015.

2016 Damallsvenskan

The 2016 Damallsvenskan is the 28th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. FC Rosengård were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2015.Linköpings FC is the champion of the season.

2017 Damallsvenskan

The 2017 Damallsvenskan was the 29th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. It began on 16 April 2017, and ended on 12 November. Linköpings FC were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2016.On 29 October, the winner of Damallsvenskan was settled, when Linköpings FC, in a goalless game against Kvarnsvedens IK, netted one point in the league table and gained an impregnable lead with two remaining rounds against main rival and closest competitor FC Rosengård. Thus Linköping successfully defended their title from last year.

2018 Algarve Cup

The 2018 Algarve Cup was the 25th edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place from 28 February to 7 March 2018.Because the final between the Netherlands and Sweden was cancelled, the trophy was awarded to both teams.

2018 Ballon d'Or

The 2018 Ballon d'Or was the 63rd annual award ceremony recognizing the best footballer in the world for 2018. The winners were announced on 3 December 2018, and for the first time in its history, the Ballon d'Or Féminin and Kopa Trophy were awarded to the best female footballer and male under-21 footballer, respectively.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match which determined the winner of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was the eighth final of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the women's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The match was played on 7 July 2019 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon, France.

The final was contested by the United States, the defending champion, and the Netherlands, in their first final. The United States won 2–0, earning their second consecutive and fourth overall Women's World Cup title, with second-half goals scored by co-captain Megan Rapinoe from the penalty spot and Rose Lavelle. With the win, the U.S. became the second team to win consecutive titles after Germany's victories in 2003 and 2007. The team's coach, Jill Ellis, became the first manager to win two Women's World Cup titles.

Each finalist was the reigning champion of its respective confederation, with the United States having won the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the Netherlands having won UEFA Women's Euro 2017.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group E

Group E of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 10 to 20 June 2019. The group consisted of Cameroon, Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The top two teams, the Netherlands and Canada, along with the third-placed team, Cameroon (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

Benjamin van Leer

Benjamin van Leer (born 9 April 1992) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ajax in the Eredivisie. He formerly played for Jong PSV and Roda JC Kerkrade.


Lieke is a feminine Dutch given name. It is a pet form of Angelique. Notable people with the name include:

Lieke Klaus (born 1989), Dutch BMX racer

Lieke van Lexmond (born 1982), Dutch actress, model, presenter and singer

Lieke Martens (born 1992), Dutch football player

Netherlands at the FIFA Women's World Cup

Netherlands have participated two times at the FIFA Women's World Cup: in 2015, in 2019. The have reached the 2nd round in 2015 and the final in 2019.

Netherlands women's national football team

The Netherlands women's national football team (Dutch: Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal) is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017. They have played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, and reached thirteenth place. They have also played at the final tournament in the 2019 edition, losing 2-0 the final against the United States.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Sarina Wiegman has been head coach since January 2017. As of July 2019, the team is ranked number 3 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 were held on 23 October 2017 in London, England. The ceremony was held at the London Palladium and was hosted by Idris Elba and Layla Anna-Lee. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lieke Martens, Gianluigi Buffon, Zinedine Zidane and Sarina Wiegman were among the award-winners.

The Best FIFA Women's Player

The Best FIFA Women's Player is an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA. From 2001 to 2015, the award was known as the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group B

Group B of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of Germany, the reigning champions, Iceland, Netherlands and Norway. Matches were staged in Kalmar and Växjö from 11–17 July 2013.

Norway won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Germany. Iceland progressed as one of the best third-placed teams while the Netherlands failed to advance.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017

The 2017 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Women's Euro 2017, was the 12th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. The competition was expanded to 16 teams (from 12 teams in the previous edition).The Netherlands were declared as hosts by the UEFA Executive Committee on 4 December 2014.Germany's 22-year reign as champions of Europe was ended after losing 1–2 to Denmark in the quarter-finals. In addition it was only Germany's second loss in the finals since 1993. Another former winner, Norway, lost to both finalists, the Netherlands and Denmark, and ended without goals or points.

The Netherlands won their first ever title by beating fellow first time finalists, Denmark, 4–2 in the final.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Group A

Group A of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 contained Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Norway. The matches were played from 16 to 24 July 2017.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 knockout stage

The knockout phase of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 began on 29 July 2017 and ended on 6 August 2017 with the final.All times local (UTC+2).

UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award

The UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award (previously known as the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award) is an association football award given to the female footballer that is considered the best player playing for a football club in Europe during the previous season. The award was announced in 2013, two years after the creation of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, the equivalent award for male footballers.Nadine Angerer, Lena Goeßling, and Lotta Schelin made the shortlist for the inaugural year, with Nadine Angerer being selected as the winner on 5 September 2013 during the round of 32 and 16 draws for the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League.

FC Barcelona Femení – current squad
Netherlands squads


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