Katie Zelem: ‘My agent said Juventus are interested. I just thought: Wow’

The 21-year-old midfielder is not afraid of a challenge and hopes her move from Liverpool to Serie A can help springboard promotion to the England squad

Katie Zelem never dreamed of playing for Juventus. You would need a pretty active imagination to foresee a future with a team that does not exist. She watched along with the rest of the world as the Italian club squared off against Real Madrid in the men’s Champions League final this June. But it was not until a month later that the Old Lady’s ladies’ team was born.

Although Juventus previously ran youth programmes for female players, they had never fielded a senior side. Under a scheme launched by the Italian Football Federation to encourage investment in the women’s game, they bought out the licence of an existing team, Cuneo Calcio, last summer and set about building a new squad from scratch.

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The 21-year-old midfielder is not afraid of a challenge and hopes her move from Liverpool to Serie A can help springboard promotion to the England squadKatie Zelem never dreamed of playing for Juventus. You would need a pretty active imagination to foresee a future with a team that does not exist. She watched along with the rest of the world as the Italian club squared off against Real Madrid in the men’s Champions League final this June. But it was not until a month later that the Old Lady’s ladies’ team was born.Although Juventus previously ran youth programmes for female players, they had never fielded a senior side. Under a scheme launched by the Italian Football Federation to encourage investment in the women’s game, they bought out the licence of an existing team, Cuneo Calcio, last summer and set about building a new squad from scratch. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/09/katie-zelem-oldham-liverpool-juventus

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