In the first of a series of blogs, we look at the Scottish players plying their trade abroad.
The 24-year-old Lisa Evans has had a highly successful debut season with FC Bayern München as they won the 2015-16 Frauen-Bundesliga.
The Perth-born forward began her career at the SWPL club Glasgow City. During her time at the club, she won numerous titles as she developed as a player that saw her recognised internationally, making her senior debut in Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Wales on the 27th October 2011 in the 2013 Euro Qualification Campaign.
Lisa’s greatest asset is her lightning pace. When she runs at defenders she just leaves them for dead. She works really hard on her finishing as well and when she’s on a run of goals she’s virtually unplayable. She’s not like Julie, who’s big and strong and plays through the middle, Lisa plays wide in our front three and I’d say her style’s more like Thierry Henry than a central striker.
Eddie Wolecki-Black, the then Glasgow City Head Coach. October 2011
During the 2011-12 UEFA Women’s Champions League, Glasgow City played the German side Turbine Potsdam in the Round of 16. Although they lost 17-0 on aggregate, Evans impressed enough that Potsdam offered her a professional contract to join the 2011-12 Frauen-Bundesliga Champions in June 2012.
In her first season with Potsdam, they finished runners-up in the league and despite scoring in the final, they finished runners-up in the DFB-Pokal – both times for VfL Wolfsburg. Whilst in the Champions League, they lost out to Arsenal in the Round of 16.
Her second season with Potsdam saw the club take a step backwards in the league, as they finished third, outside the Champions League places, whilst in the DFB-Pokal, they were knocked out in the second round by eventual runners-up SGS Essen. In Europe, they reached the Semi-Finals, only to lose to the eventual champions Wolfsburg.
Lisa’s final season with the club saw Potsdam finish in fourth, once again outside the Champions League places and they lost in the DFB-Pokal final to Wolfsburg – although she was an unused substitute. During the time at Potsdam, she scored 7 goals in 41 appearances.
In 2015, she made the move from Potsdam to the 2014-15 Frauen-Bundesliga Champions FC Bayern München, signing a three-year contract until 2018.
Upon joining, she said:
I look forward to the new challenge with Bayern Munich. The development of this team and the philosophy of coach Thomas Wörle impressed me and convinced me to sign. I would like to take the opportunity and take the next step to go in my development.
Lisa Evans. 2 April 2015
Taken from http://www.dfb.de/news/detail/bayern-verpflichtet-lisa-evans-von-potsdam-119952/ and translated from German to English.
In her debut season with Bayern, they reached the Semi-Final of the DFB-Pokal, where they lost 2-1 to SC Sand. Whilst in the Champions League, Bayern was knocked out on away goals by Twente.
But the crowning glory saw her help Bayern storm to the Frauen-Bundesliga title, winning it by ten points.
Evans has gone on to win 48 senior caps, scoring 12 goals. Her first goal came on the 5th February 2012, as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 5-1 in a friendly match. During this Euro qualification campaign, she scored twice. In the 2014 Cyprus Cup, her four goals (including a hat-trick against the Netherlands) saw her named as the tournament’s top scorer.