27 Facts About Anita Asante


Anita Amma Ankyewah Asante was born on 27 April 1985 and is an English football coach and former player who is the first-team coach at Bristol City.


At club level, Asante has played for English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa, whilst having played for Saint Louis Athletica, Chicago Red Stars, Washington Freedom and Sky Blue FC of the American Women's Professional Soccer.


Anita Asante spent six seasons playing in Sweden, two with Goteborg and then four with FC Rosengard.


Anita Asante studied politics and English BA at the Business School of Brunel University in London, whilst benefiting from the UK "Government's Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme", which helps athletes in full-time education.


Anita Asante started a PhD in the United States looking at the governorship of women's football and plans to complete after her professional playing career ends.


Anita Asante joined her first club Arsenal as a junior in 1998.


Anita Asante was part of the Arsenal team that made history by being the first team outside Germany or Scandinavia to win the UEFA Women's Cup.


Anita Asante is reported to have played exceptionally well in the final.


Anita Asante helped the club win the inaugural WPS championship.


On 6 May 2010 Anita Asante was traded to the Saint Louis Athletica in return for India Trotter.


Anita Asante was traded to the Washington Freedom on 6 August 2010.


In December 2010 Anita Asante returned for a second spell at Sky Blue FC, after Jim Gabarra, her coach at Washington Freedom, took the reins at Sky Blue.


Anita Asante played 41 league games for Goteborg over the two seasons, scoring nine goals.


Anita Asante won the Swedish Cup and the Swedish Super Cup with KGFC, before she signed for national champions LdB FC Malmo in October 2013.


Anita Asante, won several titles at FC Rosengard including the Damallsvenskan league 2014,2015, the Swedish Cup 2016 and the Swedish Super Cup 2016,2017 and runners up in 2015.


Anita Asante has reached the quarter finals of Champions League three seasons with FCR.


On 26 April 2022, Anita Asante announced her intention to retire from playing at the end of that season.


Anita Asante was a member and captain of the England Under 19s and played in the inaugural FIFA World Under 19 Championship in Canada in 2002.


Anita Asante won 11 international caps in all at this level.


Anita Asante was in the first call up for the England Under 21s in 2004, a month after her senior international debut.


Anita Asante made her senior international debut as a substitute against Iceland in May 2004.


Anita Asante scored her first international goal in only her second full international which was against Norway in April 2005.


In 2015, the politically vocal Anita Asante was "a glaring omission" from England's squad for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.


Anita Asante had been the only English player to sign a petition against the controversial artificial turf used at the tournament.


Anita Asante criticised the head coach Mark Sampson for the manner in which he informed her of her non selection, and his unwillingness to enter into further correspondence on the matter.


In June 2012 Anita Asante was named in the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.


Anita Asante is openly lesbian and is in a relationship with ITV News Sports reporter and presenter Beth Fisher.