LISA DE VANNA
Born: Nov. 14, 1984, in Perth, Australia
Clubs played for: AIK (Sweden), Perth Glory (Australia), Washington Freedom (U.S.A.), Brisbane Roar (Australia), magicJack (U.S.A.)
International career: De Vanna has been a regular for Australia ever since making her debut in a 2-0 win over New Zealand in 2004. That same year, the talented forward competed at the Athens Olympics, scoring against Sweden in the quarter-finals. She made a name for herself on the international stage at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, scoring four goals and helping Australia reach the quarter-finals. For her efforts, De Vanna was named to the tournament's all-star team.
Why is she so special? De Vanna is one of the most dangerous goal-scorers in the women's game today, combining clinical finishing, lightning speed and acceleration, and sublime dribbling ability. She's earned a reputation as a "super sub," scoring most of her goals coming off the bench — including a 25-yard screamer in a 1-1 tie against Norway at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China.
Her most famous moment: She scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Ghana at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
She said it: "I actually don't think I'd be too effective starting."
What they're saying about her: "With her sensational speed and great goal scoring ability, she proved herself ... to be one of best forwards in the world." — Bjarne Berntsen, former coach of Norway's national team
Here's an interesting fact: After returning home following the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, De Vanna returned to her job at a gas station.