Kim Alison Little (born 29 June 1990) is a Scottish female international football midfielder. She plays her club football for FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies and has represented Scotlandat senior international level. She was born in AberdeenScotland. Little was one of two Scots selected in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.

Club career [edit]Edit

Little began her career with Buchan Girls FC before moving onto Hibernian Ladies. She left to join Arsenal Ladies in March 2008 and scored her first goal for the club in April, in a 4–1 win over Chelsea before 5,000 fans at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal manager Vic Akers told reporters: "Make a note of this kid, she's going to be a big player." Little played in every league match during the 2008–09 season bar one, scoring 24 goals.

The following season Little's prolific goalscoring from midfield helped Arsenal overcome the departure of Kelly Smith. After 47 goals in all competitions, she was named Players' Player of the Year in June 2010.

At the 2011 FA Women's Cup Final, Little was named Player of the Match and scored the opening goal in Arsenal's 2–0 win over Bristol Academy. After the game Arsenal manager Laura Harvey described Little as "world class."

Little was voted women's player of the year for 2012–13 by the Professional Footballers' Association, in the first year that the award had been made.

International career [edit]Edit

Scotland [edit]Edit

Little made her debut for the senior Scotland side in February 2007, against Japan as a second-half substitute for Megan Sneddon. She scored her first international goal as Scotland lost to Russia in March 2008.

On the occasion of her 50th cap, Little scored one of the goals in Scotland's 2–0 victory against England in March 2011. It was only the second time Scotland had ever beaten their rivals, and the first time since 1977 – 13 years before Little was born.

Great Britain Olympic [edit]Edit

In contrast to Arsenal and Scotland teammate Julie Fleeting, Little was strongly in favour of participating in the Great Britain team at the 2012 London Olympics: "I don't see why anyone would want to stop a player from playing at a massive tournament like the Olympics, it's the biggest sporting event ever. If I get the opportunity I'll grab it with both hands – I would definitely play."

Little was called up to the 18–player squad, one of only two non English players in Hope Powell's panel, the other being fellow Scot Ifeoma Dieke. Little chose not to sing the national anthem of the United Kingdom before the team's first competitive game, a 1–0 win against New Zealand. The Daily Mail newspaper claimed that the British Olympic Association were angered by this. Little provided two assists in the team's second match, a 3–0 win against Cameroon.[

International goals [edit]Edit

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 12 March 2008 GSP StadiumNicosia Russia 2–3 2008 Cyprus Cup 1
2 17 September 2008 McDiarmid ParkPerth Switzerland 4–0 Friendly 1
3 28 September 2008 McDiarmid ParkPerth Slovakia 6–0 2009 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
4 29 October 2009 Tynecastle StadiumEdinburgh Georgia 3–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
5 3 March 2010 GSZ StadiumLarnaca South Africa 2–1 2010 Cyprus Cup 1
7 1 April 2010 Falkirk StadiumFalkirk Bulgaria 8–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 2
8 23 May 2010 Strathclyde Homes StadiumDumbarton Northern Ireland 2–0 Friendly 1
10 5 June 2010 Stadion NiedermattenWohlen Switzerland 3–3 Friendly 2
11 19 June 2010 Georgi Asparuhov StadiumSofia Bulgaria 5–0 Friendly 1
13 23 June 2010 Proszowianka Proszowice, Proszowice Poland 2–1 Friendly 2
14 4 March 2011 GSP StadiumNicosia England 2–0 2011 Cyprus Cup 1
15 21 August 2011 Falkirk StadiumFalkirk Switzerland 5–0 Friendly 1
17 12 October 2011 Ness Ziona StadiumNess Ziona Israel 6–1 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 2
19 6 March 2012 Paralimni StadiumParalimni South Africa 2–0 2012 Cyprus Cup 2
20 26 May 2012 Stark's ParkKirkcaldy Sweden 1–4 Friendly 1
23 16 June 2012 Tynecastle StadiumEdinburgh Israel 8–0 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 3
24 15 September 2012 Parc y ScarletsLlanelli Wales 2–1 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
25 20 October 2012 Hampden ParkGlasgow Spain 1–1 2013 UEFA Women's Euro Play-off 1
26 24 October 2012 La Ciudad del FútbolLas Rozas Spain 2–3 2013 UEFA Women's Euro Play-off 1
27 9 February 2013 EverBank FieldJacksonville United States 1–4 Friendly 1
28 8 March 2013 GSZ StadiumLarnaca England 4–4 2013 Cyprus Cup 1
29 13 March 2013 GSP StadiumNicosia Netherlands 1–0 2013 Cyprus Cup 1

Playing style [edit]Edit

Little typically plays as the advanced midfielder in Arsenal's 4–3–3 formation, but occupies a deeper role when playing for Scotland. In an interview with in July 2012, Little said: "Nearly all my goals come from midfield. That’s my natural position. But I’m a player who always tries to make forward runs, be positive and to create and score goals.

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