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Aston Villa FC Names Nigerian's Own Eniola Aluko As Sports Director

Eniola Aluko

Aston Villa Football Club has named Nigerian and International football professional, Eni Aluko (Eniola Aluko) as their Women FC Sporting Director. 

Eniola confirmed the appointment on her tweet:

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I am delighted to announce my new role as sporting director of @AVWFCOfficial The clubs commitment, investment & ambition towards building a leading womens program of excellence is exciting and I am proud of this opportunity to lead within the historic Villa family. https://t.co/D3pFTQVU60

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Aluko moved with her family to Birmingham in the West Midlands region of England when she was just a year old. She grew up playing football with her brother Sone Aluko and his friends. She also played other sports, including tennis.

Aluko started her career at Leafield Athletic Ladies and subsequently played for Birmingham City Ladies' youth team under manager Marcus Bignot with future England teammate, Karen Carney. 
Though she nationalized in England, she made 102 appearances for the England national team from 2004–2016 and competed at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, 2009 UEFA Women's Euro, 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, 2013 UEFA Women's Euro, and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she represented Great Britain.

She has a blistering career as she previously played for Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic, and Chelsea in England's FA Women's Premier League. She also played for Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat, and Sky Blue FC in the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) from 2009–2011. After a short stint with Birmingham City in England's new top-division league, FA WSL, she signed with Chelsea where she played from 2012 to 2018. 

In January 2020 she retired from professional football and has now been rewarded as a Sporting Director in Aston Villa WFC

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