Anne O’Brien was born on January 25, 1956, and died on August 29, 2016.
She was an Irish association football coach and player.
Anne played has a midfielder.
O’Brien played for the Republic of Ireland women’s national football team and was the first Irish female to play professional football outside of Ireland.
O’Brien started her professional career in France, with Stade de Reims, then settled in Italy where she found success with Serie A teams including Lazio and Trani.
Following her qualification as a coach at the Coverciano centre, O’Brien worked for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and served Lazio as manager.
She had to endure a relatively inauspicious international career.
Because of travel and accommodation costs, the poorly performing Irish national team only called her up for their most important fixtures after she had emigrated.
During 1987 she spent a period out of football to give birth to her son, Andrea.
After her retirement from playing, she settled in Rome.
But, she stayed in football, serving Lazio as manager in the mid-2000s (trained Lazio in 2005-06 and Women Civitavecchia in 2007-08) and later working for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as a coach.
During 1999, her son Andrea was playing in A.S. Roma’s youth team.
She died in Rome, Italy after a short illness.
Anne O’Brien passed away at 60 years old.