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Julie Fleeting

In early November, she celebrated her 100th match (a 1-0 defeat by Denmark) in Perth, Scotland, at the end of October her 100th goal in a 5-1 win over Slovenia, and just before Christmas her 27th birthday. Scotland’s Julie Fleeting, a striker for Arsenal in London, could not stop celebrating or partying. Coached by her father, Jim, she was already a feature in the senior national team at the age of 15. In celebration of her achievements, her sponsor presented her with a special 100-match jersey and golden shoes. While she works as a sports teacher in her birthplace, Kilwinning, Scotland’s no. 10 jets backwards and forwards to London at weekends for Arsenal’s matches. Seven other women footballers in addition to Fleeting have collected 100 caps: Mia Hamm (USA, 1 58 goals), Kristine Lilly (USA, 129), Birgit Prinz (Germany, 116), Elisabetta Vignotto (Italy, 107), Michelle Akers (USA, 105), Carolina Morace (Italy, 104) and Tiffany Millbrett (USA, 100).