Jennifer Beattie

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Jennifer Beattie
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Beattie with Montpellier HSC in 2013
Personal information
Full nameJennifer Patricia Beattie [1]
Date of birth (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
Hamilton Academical
Queen's Park
Senior career*
2006–2008 Queen's Park
2008–2009 Celtic Ladies
2009–2013 Arsenal 24 (7)
2013–2015 Montpellier HSC 29 (5)
2015–2019 Manchester City 68 (6)
2015–2016Melbourne City (loan) 12 (2)
2019– Arsenal 0 (0)
National team
2007–2010 Scotland U19
2008– Scotland 125 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 5 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2019

Jennifer Patricia Beattie (born 13 May 1991) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Arsenal of the FA WSL and the Scotland national team. Beattie is a tall, strong, right-footed player. [2] Although typically a defender or midfielder, [3] she is also an accomplished goalscorer. [4] She is the daughter of former Scotland and British Lions rugby union player, John Beattie.

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Arsenal W.F.C. womens football club from London, England

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Early life

Beattie began playing football with her brother Johnnie and his friends, while at primary school. She was eventually selected to the Glasgow Primary School select team, as the only girl, and was named captain. [5] Beattie then played with Hamilton Academical's boys' teams. [6]

Johnnie Beattie Scottish rugby union player

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Hamilton Academical F.C. association football club

Hamilton Academical Football Club, often known as Hamilton Accies, or The Accies, are a Scottish football club from Hamilton in South Lanarkshire who currently compete in the Scottish Premiership, having been promoted from the 2013–14 Scottish Championship. They were established in 1874 from the school football team at Hamilton Academy and remain the only professional club in British football to have originated from a school team. Hamilton have won the Scottish Challenge Cup twice and have finished runners-up in the Scottish Cup twice. The club currently play their home games at New Douglas Park.

Club career

Queen's Park

Beattie began her senior career in the Scottish Women's Premier League with Queen's Park F.C. Ladies as a 15-year-old. [6] She helped the club reach the final of the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup in November 2007; Queen's Park lost 4–0 to a Hibernian Ladies team containing Beattie's future Arsenal teammate Kim Little. [7]

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Queens Park F.C. association football club

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Kim Little association football midfielder, 2014 NWSL Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player

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In January 2008 Beattie moved to Celtic Ladies. [8] She spent a year and a half with the club before leaving to join Arsenal Ladies.


Beattie joined Arsenal in July 2009; [4] [9] her first goals for Arsenal came on 8 November 2009 where she scored a stunning treble to seal a comeback against Chelsea after being 2–0 down at half-time. [10] In March 2010, Beattie played in attack during Arsenal's 2–0 defeat by FCR 2001 Duisburg in the quarter-final of the UEFA Women's Champions League. [11] While at Arsenal, she won the 2009 Women's Premier League, the 2011 and 2012 FA Women's League Cup, now called the Continental Cup, and the 2011 and 2013 FA Cups.

FCR 2001 Duisburg was a German women's football club from Duisburg. The first team played in the Bundesliga. They originate from a women's team formed in 1977 under the umbrella of FC Rumeln-Kaldenhausen and have existed as an independent club since 8 June 2001. The colors of the 400-member-strong club are green and white. The first team of FCR 2001 Duisburg, who carry the nickname of "Die Löwinnen" (lionesses), have played in the Bundesliga since gaining promotion in 1993. Winning the UEFA Women's Cup in 2009 and with past success in the German championship (2000) and the cup (twice), FCR Duisburg was one of the top teams in German women's football. In 2013 the club filed for insolvency and players joined and formed a new women's section at MSV Duisburg.

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FA Womens League Cup

The FA Women's League Cup is a league cup competition in English women's association football. The competition was originally open to the eight teams in the FA WSL, but since the WSL's restructuring to two divisions, it has featured 22 teams. Prior to this it was known as the FA WSL Cup. The sponsor Continental AG was announced on 19 August 2011, meaning the competition is referred to as the FA Women's Continental League Cup for sponsorship reasons.


Beattie left Arsenal in July 2013 to join French Division 1 Féminine side Montpellier HSC on a two-year contract. [12] [13] [14] While at Montpellier, she made 25 regular season appearances with the side, scoring 5 goals in the process. [15] [16]

The Championnat de France de Football Féminin, primarily referred to as the Division 1 Féminine and shortened as D1F, is the highest division of women's football in France. The league is the female equivalent to the men's Ligue 1 and is contested by 12 clubs. Seasons run from September to June, with teams playing 22 games each totaling 132 games in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. Play is regularly suspended after the second week in December before returning in the third week of January. The Division 1 Féminine is ranked the best women's league in Europe according to UEFA 2018-2019 women’s association club coefficients.

Manchester City

Beattie returned to England with Manchester City Women for the 2015 season. [17] [18] In November 2018, she became the fifth player to reach 100 appearances for the club. She played a role in City's victories in the 2016 FA WSL, the 2016–17 and 2018–19 editions of the Women's FA Cup, and the 2018–19 FA Women's League Cup.

Melbourne City (loan)

Beattie joined Manchester City's sister club Melbourne City during Manchester City's offseason, before the 3rd round of the 2015–16 W-League season. [19] While at Melbourne City, she helped the club during its double W-League and Grand Final wins, as well as their 100% record season. [20]

Return to Arsenal

Beattie rejoined Arsenal in June 2019. [21]

International career

Beattie represented Scotland at under-17 level, [22] and made her debut for the under-19s at the age of 14.

Beattie made her debut for the senior Scotland side in March 2008, against the United States in Cyprus, as second-half substitute for Leanne Ross. [23] She went on to establish herself in the national side during the 2009 European Championships qualifying campaign. She scored her first international goal as Scotland beat Portugal 4–1 in a European Championship qualifying game in May 2008. [24] Beattie played in both legs of the qualifying play-off defeat to Russia in October and November 2008. [3] After the first leg, Beattie and Kim Little were identified by football writer Graham Spiers as talented youngsters. [25]

In March 2011, Beattie played as a striker and scored in Scotland's 2–0 win over England, the first time Scotland had beaten England since 1977. [26] Beattie became a regular with the Scotland national team. While she was instrumental in helping Scotland reach its first major tournament, the 2017 UEFA Women's Euro Championship, she missed out on the tournament due to injury. [27] She continued her contribution helping Scotland qualify for its first FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2019 tournament in France. On 15 May 2019 Beattie was named to the Scotland's 2019 Women's World Cup squad. [28] [29] At 2019 World Cup, she scored in the 3–3 tie with Argentina. [30]

Personal life

Beattie is the daughter of former Scotland and British Lions rugby union player, John Beattie and the sister of current Scottish rugby union international Johnnie Beattie. [2] She attended Jordanhill School in Glasgow [2] and on signing for Arsenal enrolled at Hertfordshire University.

International goals

Results list Scotland's goal tally first. [24]
13 May 2008 Municipal Stadium, Póvoa de Varzim Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 4–1 2009 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
228 September 2008 McDiarmid Park, Perth Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 6–0 2009 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
330 October 2008 Spartak Stadium, Nalchik Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2–1 2009 UEFA Women's Championship play-off 1
424 October 2009 Yiannis Pathiakakis Stadium, Ano Liossia Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
527 March 2010 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 3–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
619 June 2010 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 5–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
721 August 2010 Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 4–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
84 March 2011 GSP Stadium, Nicosia Flag of England.svg  England 2–0 2011 Cyprus Cup 1
921 August 2011 Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 5–0 Friendly 1
1121 September 2011 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 7–2 Friendly 2
1212 October 2011 Ness Ziona Stadium, Ness Ziona Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 6–1 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
1327 October 2011 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2–2 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
175 February 2012 Solitude, Belfast Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 5–1 Friendly 4
1826 September 2013 Fir Park, Motherwell Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 7–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
1926 October 2013 Fir Park, Motherwell Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 2–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
207 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 4–3 2014 Cyprus Cup 1
2113 September 2014 Fir Park, Motherwell Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 9–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
2229 November 2015 St Mirren Park, Paisley Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 10–0 2017 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1

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