Vivianne Miedema
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Vivianne Miedema

Vivianne Miedema
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Personal information
Full name Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid Miedema[1]
Date of birth (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Hoogeveen, Netherlands
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
2001-2009 HZVV
2009-2011 VV de Weide
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011-2014 SC Heerenveen 69 (78)
2014-2017 Bayern Munich 61 (35)
2017- Arsenal 40 (40)
National team?
2010-2011 Netherlands U15 9 (10)
2010-2012 Netherlands U16 11 (4)
2011-2012 Netherlands U17 11 (22)
2013 Netherlands U19 10 (7)
2013- Netherlands 87 (69)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 July 2019 (UTC)
? National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2019 [2]

Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid Miedema (Dutch pronunciation: ['?na: m?r?a:'re:ta: ma:'rina: 'str?t 'mid?ma:]; born 15 July 1996), commonly known as Vivianne Miedema ([vivi'j?n?]), is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for FA WSL club Arsenal and the Netherlands women's national football team.[3] While at Bayern Munich she won the Bundesliga twice. With Arsenal she won the league title in 2019. With the Dutch national team she became European champion in 2017. She has scored more goals at international level for the Netherlands than any other player, across both the women's and men's teams.

Club career

Vivianne Miedema with Bayern

Miedema signed for SC Heerenveen at 14 and made her senior debut at 15, reportedly becoming the youngest ever player in the Eredivisie Vrouwen.[4] Her 39 goals for Heerenveen in the 2013-14 BeNe League won her the top-scorer award.[5]

Miedema signed a contract with Bayern Munich in June 2014.[6] In 2014-15, she was part of a young Bayern team that remained unbeaten in the Bundesliga and won the title for the first time since 1976.[7] She helped Bayern Munich defend the title the following season.[8]

In May 2017, Miedema went on to English club Arsenal.[9] On 29 October, Vivianne scored her first goal in England for Arsenal in the match with Everton on 23rd minute.

Miedema scored a hat-trick as Arsenal defeated Liverpool, 5-0, in the first match of the 2018-19 season.[10] She brought her goals tally into double-digits with a brace against Bristol City in a 4-0 Arsenal victory.[11] Miedema finished the season as the WSL top scorer with 22 goals and was named PFA Player of the Year.[12]

On 16 October 2019, Miedema scored four goals in Arsenal's 5-2 victory against Slavia Praha in the Women's Champion's League.[13]

On 21 October 2019, Miedema was shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or Féminin.[14]

Miedema was influential in the largest victory in the history of the WSL on 1 December 2019 -- with 11 goals scored by Arsenal, she scored six and set up four. The 11th was the only one she was not directly involved in; she wasn't on the pitch when the 11th goal was scored. [15]

International career

Vivianne Miedema during the European Championship

On 26 September 2013, coach Roger Reijners gave Miedema her debut for the senior Netherlands women's national football team, in a 4-0 win against Albania.[2] At the 2014 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship, she was vital for the Dutch success, her six goals in the tournament guided the Netherlands to the title.[16] She was the tournament top scorer by a margin of 4 goals and also collected the Golden Player awarded to the best player of the tournament.[17]

In October 2014, Miedema played a key role in the Netherlands' World Cup qualification play-off victory over Scotland. In the first leg at Tynecastle Stadium she stung the palms of Gemma Fay with a rasping drive which was prodded home by Lieke Martens. Then she casually shrugged off burly centre-half Jennifer Beattie only to be crudely upended by Frankie Brown inside the box. Manon Melis dispatched the resultant penalty to leave the Dutch firmly in the driving seat ahead of the second leg in Rotterdam.[18]

In the final qualification play-off versus Italy, Miedema scored all of the Dutch goals as the Netherlands won 3-2 on aggregate and advanced to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[1] She finished as the overall top-scorer in the qualification campaign with 16 goals.[16] Coach Reijners praised Miedema's "killer instinct".[4] Despite being still in her teens, she was widely proclaimed "the most gifted striker in Europe" ahead of the Netherlands' first ever FIFA Women's World Cup appearance.[19]

At the 2017 UEFA Women's European Championship she went on to prove her worth when it mattered the most, scoring a winning goal in the semi-final against England. Miedema also netted two goals in the final against Denmark of which was enough to secure the first ever Euro title for the Dutch.[20] After the tournament the whole team was honoured by the Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Sport Edith Schippers and made Knights of the Order of Orange-Nassau.[21]

Miedema was selected in the final squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[22]

On 15 June 2019, she became the all-time top scorer of the Netherlands women's national football team after scoring her 60th goal in a 3-1 win against Cameroon at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[23] She passed the record held by Manon Melis and moved even further ahead of the men's team leading scorer, Robin van Persie.[24] She scored both goals in the Netherlands' 2-0 quarter-final victory over Italy.[25] She helped to lead the Dutch team to the final, where they fell 2-0 to defending champions United States.

Style of play

Miedema grew up as a Feyenoord supporter and modelled her game on Robin van Persie. As she is Dutch and wore number 10 for Bayern Munich, she has been compared to Arjen Robben.[16] Journalist David Winner, author of a book about Dutch football, sees her style of play as a mix of Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp.[26]

Personal life

Miedema lives 30 minutes north of London with her girlfriend, Scottish player and Arsenal teammate Lisa Evans.[27][28][29][30][31]

Career statistics

Playing for Bayern Munich in 2015
As of 15 December 2019
Season Club Competition League Cups International Cups Total
Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals
2011-12 Netherlands SC Heerenveen Eredivisie 17 10 2 2 - 19 12
2012-13 BeNe League 26 27 2 2 - 28 29
2013-14 26 41 1 1 - 27 42
Club total 69 78 5 5 0 0 74 83
2014-15 Germany Bayern Munich Bundesliga 17 7 2 1 - 19 8
2015-16 22 14 4 4 2 0 28 18
2016-17 22 14 3 4 6 8 31 26
Club total 61 35 9 9 8 8 78 52
2017-18 England Arsenal Super League 11 4 8 4 - 19 8
2018-19 20 22 8 9 - 28 31
2019-20 9 14 4 2 4 10 17 26
Club total 40 40 20 15 4 10 64 65
Career total 170 153 34 29 12 18 216 200

International goals

Scores and results list the Netherlands goal tally first.[2]



Bayern Munich





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  2. ^ a b c "Profile". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017.
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  11. ^ "Women's Super League: Bristol City Women 0-4 Arsenal Women". BBC Sport. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
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  14. ^ "Seven Liverpool players on Ballon d'Or shortlist, Bronze and White nominated". The Guardian. PA Media. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Arsenal Women 11-1 Bristol City Women". BBC Sport. 1 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "Miedema: I play very differently to Robben". FIFA. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ " Golden Player 2014: Vivianne Miedema".
  18. ^ "Scotland 1-2 Netherlands: Little penalty gives Scots World Cup hope". STV. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ Taylor, Louise (5 June 2015). "Women's World Cup 2015: 10 players to watch". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Miedema fires Netherlands to Euro 2017 glory".
  21. ^ "Voetbalsters Oranje geridderd in Den Haag (in Dutch)".
  22. ^ "Sarina Wiegman names Netherlands Women's World Cup squad". KNVB. 10 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Recordhouder Miedema na dubbelslag: 'Blij dat ik dit aan het team kan geven' (in Dutch)".
  24. ^ van Warmerdam, Hidde; Reedijk, Tim (18 June 2019). "Miedema: Zonde dat Van Persie niet nog tien jaar voetbalt" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "Dutch head into World Cup semis after 2-0 win over Italy". Euronews. Retrieved 2019.
  26. ^ {[cite news|title=Oranje en Ajax worden weer bewonderd: 'Totaalvoetbal 5.0 of zoiets' |publisher=NOS|date= 31 December 2019|first=Jesse|last=Wieten|url=}}
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  28. ^ WePlayStrong (22 March 2019), Check out this Arsenal football star's apartment! #WhySoSerious, retrieved 2019
  29. ^ "Lisa Evans vriendin van Vivianne Miedema". (in Dutch). 29 April 2019. Retrieved 2019.
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  31. ^ Dodge, Sam (7 July 2019). "Lisa Evans, Vivianne Miedema's Girlfriend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ "The London Football Awards 2019 - Celebrating the very best of London Football". Retrieved 2019.
  33. ^ "The PFA". Retrieved 2019.
  34. ^ Evening Standard (28 April 2019), PFA Awards 2019 live stream | Van Dijk wins POTY, retrieved 2019

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