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Elena Linari

Elena Linari

Which player most inspired you and why? My favourite player is Thiago Silva because he is able to overcome any situation during a match. He makes simple what is difficult for many other players. He is a leader but also really humble and ambitious.

Which coach most inspired you? I have two coaches that I really like. The first is Milena Bertolini, my coach at Brescia, and the other is Enrico Sbardella, who was my coach with Italy Under-17s.

What was the best advice they gave you? They both told me to be myself in every walk of life, to stay humble but at the same time to be ambitious and to try everyday to improve and become a better player.

Best player you've played with? The best player I've played with is Roberta D'Adda, a really good defender who has become my idol.

Toughest opponent? Alexia Putellas

What are your memories of your first club as a child? I started with a men's club before playing with girls. It was a very good period and playing with men was really important for me because I improved a lot.

What tip would you give a young player hoping to succeed? Enjoy training and have fun. But the most important thing is to never give up and fight for your dreams.

What was the experience of playing in a youth final tournament? It is an incredible and unbelievable experience. I wish all players could do it, even if only one time, because it is something that remains forever in your mind.

Last updated: 03/09/14 17.40CET

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Elena Linari
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 15/04/1994 (22)
  • Country: Italy
  • Club: Brescia ( ITA)

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Women's EURO 2015/17

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Women's Champions League (Round of 32)
    09/10/14: Brescia 0-5 Lyon
  • National team: UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship (First qualifying round)
    16/10/09: Italy 7-0 Faroe Islands

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Italy WOCO30
Italy WU-19160
Italy WU-17100

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Women's Champions League
Last updated: 08/06/2016 01:17 CET