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Who is Mary Fowler? Matildas star

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 16, 2023. 02:27 pm UPDATED: Aug 16, 2023. 02:27 pm

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Mary Fowler, a star for Matildas, has been dubbed the “next big thing” in Australian women’s football.

Everything you need to know about her, from her success on the field to the significance of her glove choice, is provided.

Mary Fowler: Who is she?

Mary Fowler, an Australian professional football player, was born on February 14, 2003. The athlete, who primarily plays as a forward, can also play in the midfield.

A football-loving family, Fowler is the daughter of an Irish father and a Papua New Guinean mother. Her older siblings Caoimhin and Ciara both played for the Republic of Ireland’s youth teams, and Ciara also represented Australia at the Under-20 level.

Fowler began competing for the Queensland State U12 team at the age of 10. After her family moved to the Netherlands, Fowler signed a contract with BVV Barendrecht.

Fowler described this time in her life, saying, “At that time, my dad had work over there and everyone in my family was playing football.

“Going to Holland and being able to participate in that culture, as well as growing up in a family with five kids who play football almost every day, and being able to play on the streets every day after school, are all things I look forward to.

“Playing in all these different environments and observing the types of laws from league to league because they are different from each other has been crucial to me.”

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At the age of 14, Fowler and her family returned to Australia after living abroad for three years. She later played in the NSW Women’s National Premier League before joining Adelaide United in the W-League.

Prior to returning to her travels, she played one season in the W-League, making seven appearances and scoring three goals.

She was a month away from turning 17 this time, and she was taking a plane to the warm south coast of France to play for Montpellier.

Today, Fowler competes in the English WSL and has a flourishing international career.

In an effort to encourage women and young girls to play the game, Fowler fronted Adidas’ 2023 World Cup campaign alongside Lionel Messi, David Beckham, and actress Jenna Ortega.

What team does Mary Fowler represent?

The professional footballer splits her time between Australia’s women’s national team and English Women’s Super League club Manchester City. She made her debut for Australia against Brazil at the 2018 Tournament of Nations when she was just 15 years old.

Fowler made such an impression that she was chosen for both the Tokyo 2020 Olympics team and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 squad.

She was also chosen to join the Matildas team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

Manchester City announced the signing of the Australian international star on a four-year deal in June 2022, a year earlier.

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Why does Mary Fowler wear gloves?

It is understandable that curious football fans would want to learn everything they can about the Matildas given the amount of attention they are receiving, including the reason behind Fowler’s glove use.

During a conversation about the recognizable gloves, Fowler revealed that she keeps them on because she is a self-admitted fidget.

“I honestly just wear gloves because I get really fidgety,” she said. Since I can’t wear a ring during a match, I typically wear gloves during training even though I usually train with one on.

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