Lisa Catherine Evans (born 21 May 1992) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Arsenal of England's FA WSL, and for the Scotland national team. She previously played club football for Glasgow City in her native country, and for Turbine Potsdam and FC Bayern Munich in Germany's Frauen-Bundesliga, winning the domestic league title in all three nations.
Evans in 2016
|Full name||Lisa Catherine Evans|
|Date of birth||21 May 1992|
|Place of birth||Perth, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Playing position||Winger, Forward, Wing-back, Full back|
|St Johnstone Girls|
|2015–2017||FC Bayern Munich||32||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2019
Born in Perth, Evans played as a youth with local team St Johnstone Girls (where she played alongside future international teammate Lana Clelland) before joining Scottish Women's Premier League (SWFL) powerhouse side Glasgow City from in August 2008. She originally started to play for Glasgow's reserve team which won the 2nd division with a 100% record, making her first team debut in 2009. During her time at Glasgow the club won the Scottish Women's Premier League four times, 2009–2012, the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup twice, 2009, 2012 and the Scottish Women's Cup three times, 2009, 2011–2012. Evans also won the Glasgow City 2011 Young Player of the Year award. She was part of a Glasgow side which went to the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League agains't Turbine Potsdam. Evans left Glasgow having scored 46 goals in 39 regular season games.
In February 2012, German Frauen-Bundesliga champions Turbine Potsdam invited Evans for a trial, after spotting her in their 17–0 UEFA Women's Champions League aggregate win over Glasgow City. On 12 June 2012, it was revealed that she had signed a professional contract with Potsdam. In December 2012 Evans's contract was extended by a further two years. Turbine's veteran coach Bernd Schröder at the time of the extension described being impressed by the start Evans had made: "It means we're able to secure the long-term services of a player who has developed a lot over the last few weeks and months. Lisa has fitted in really well to the philosophy of the club as a footballer and as a person, and is an enormous benefit to the team." During her first year at Potsdam, Evans was part of a team that was runner up both in the league and the DFB-Pokal Frauen in 2012–2013. Evans was again part of the runner up campaign for the Pokal in 2014–2015. She left Potsdam having played 41 regular season games, scoring 7 goals in the process.
In April 2015, Evans announced that she had signed a three-year contract with Turbine's Frauen-Bundesliga rivals FC Bayern Munich, to begin the following season. Evans went on to win the 2015–16 Frauen-Bundesliga and become 2016–17 runner ups with Bayern. She also competed with Bayern to the round 32 of the 2015–16 UEFA Women's Champions League and the quarter finals of the 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League. During her time at Bayern Evans made 32 regular season games, scoring twice.
On 29 June 2017, Evans signed for Arsenal. Due to injuries and competition for places in her usual playing position, coach Joe Montemurro sometimes deployed Evans as a full-back: "One week I find myself on the left wing and then the other I find myself at right-back but it's something I've really enjoyed. It's made me an all-around better player." She extended her contract with the FA WSL club in December 2018. During her first season with Arsenal 2017–18, Evans played 18 regular season games, scoring two goals, went on to win the WSL Cup and was runner up for Women's FA Cup. Her second season with the club saw her play another 18 regular season games and help Arsenal to a runner up position in the WSL Cup and finish first in the FA WSL.
Evans made her debut with the Scottish national team against Wales in October 2011. In February 2012 Evans scored her first international goal in a 5–1 friendly win over Northern Ireland in Belfast. She was part of the squad which narrowly failed to qualify for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 with a late defeat in the qualification play-off.
Evans scored three goals for Scotland during UEFA qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Scotland finished second in their qualifying group and advanced to the UEFA play-offs where they were eliminated by the Netherlands.
In 2017 Scotland qualified for the European Championships for the first time ever. Evans was named to the Scotland team for Euro 2017 and appeared in all three group games for Scotland. Evans and Scotland followed this with a direct qualificaton, after winning their group, to progress to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. She was selected for the Scottish world cup squad on 15 May 2019.
|1||5 February 2012||Solitude, Belfast||Northern Ireland||5–1||Friendly||1|
|2||9 May 2012||Stadion Kazimierza Deyny, Starogard Gdański||Poland||3–1||Friendly||1|
|3||8 March 2013||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca||England||4–4||2013 Cyprus Cup||1|
|4||22 September 2013||Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn||Faroe Islands||7–2||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification||1|
|5||26 September 2013||Fir Park, Motherwell||Bosnia and Herzegovina||7–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification||1|
|8||7 March 2013||GSP Stadium, Nicosia||Netherlands||4–3||2014 Cyprus Cup||3|
|9||10 March 2013||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca||Australia||4–2||2014 Cyprus Cup||1|
|10||5 April 2014||Fir Park, Motherwell||Poland||2–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification||1|
|11||23 October 2015||Fir Park, Motherwell||Belarus||7–0||2017 EURO qualification||1|
|12||29 November 2015||St Mirren Park, Paisley||North Macedonia||10–0||2017 EURO qualification||1|
|13||6 March 2017||Makario Stadium, Nicosia||Austria||3–1||2017 Cyprus Cup||1|
|14||6 March 2017||Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk||Romania||2–0||Friendly||1|
|15||24 October 2017||Paisley 2021 Stadium, Paisley||Albania||5–0||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification||1|
|16||6 March 2017||Pinatar Arena, Murcia||New Zealand||2–0||Friendly||1|
|17||12 June 2018||Kielce City Stadium, Kielce||Poland||3–2||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qual.||1|
Evans is one of UEFA's official ambassadors for #WePlayStrong, a social media and vlogging campaign which was launched in 2018. The campaign's "...aim is to promote women’s football as much as we can and to make people aware of women’s football, really,” Evans explains. “The ultimate goal is to make football the most played sport by females by 2020. So it’s a UEFA initiative to get more women and girls playing football, whether they want to be professional or not.” The series, which also originally included professional footballers Sarah Zadrazil, Eunice Beckmann, Laura Feiersinger and now also includes Petronella Ekroth and Shanice van de Sanden, follows the daily lives of female professional footballers.
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