Sam Kerr’s claim to fame as women’s football’s greatest player is easy to make.
Kerr scored 21 goals in 22 games during Chelsea’s 2020/21 WSL championship season, earning her the golden boot award;
She scored three goals in the Champions League, helping Chelsea advance all the way to the final; and she is currently causing a stir in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
S. Kerr Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:
To kick off the Matildas’ season, Kerr scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over New Zealand. She later scored twice in a 4-2 loss to the dominant Swedish team.
With their 4-2 quarter-final victory over Great Britain, the Australian men’s and women’s teams both advanced to the tournament’s semifinals for the first time in their history.
Fans of the Matildas have a lot to look forward to from their legendary leader, as she has already scored 47 goals in 97 appearances for Australia.
Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson was asked at a pre-Olympic press conference how much his team relies on the play of star striker Sam Kerr. He didn’t think much of the inquiry.
The Swede Insisted, “It is a Team.”
“The success of our endeavour depends on the contributions of each and every one of us. To fill in the picture, Sam is essential.
With a strong team effort against New Zealand on a steamy Wednesday night in Tokyo, the Matildas got their Olympic campaign off to a great start.
Australia scored two goals against the Football Ferns thanks to their fluid attacking style, with Kerr playing a key but not primary role. Despite a late defensive lapse, Gustavssonn smiled confidently on the sidelines, adamant in his belief that his team is more than the sum of its parts.
Sam Kerr, in 2019, in Nice, would never forget the weight of the silence that stretched and bent the world around her as she stared at the ball she had just fired over the crossbar.
After being relentlessly attacked by Norway, the Matildas found themselves in a penalty shootout for all they were worth in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.
Kerr, in her First Major Tournament as Captain,
Took the penalty that Norway’s star player Caroline Graham Hansen coolly buried. A close-up revealed a face creased in intense thought, as though running through the myriad of calculations that characterise the current approach to football analysis.
Kerr, a newcomer to Chelsea and the captain of Australia’s women’s national team (which just qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday), hopes to show European soccer fans what they’ve been missing and lead the Matildas to their first Olympic medal after coming so close in previous competitions.
Kerr spoke with the-AFC.com in Vietnam, where she scored the game-winning goal in her team’s 2-1 victory that sealed their qualification for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup last week, about how things have changed since Rio 2016, how she’s adjusting to life as a Chelsea player, and which of her famous Asian teammates she admires the most.