Thursday, 24 April 2014

Meet Eva Carneiro, the Chelsea medic (and Real Madrid fan) who is the busiest doctor in football.

Who is the woman who came on to help Petr Cech?
Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro. Born in Gibraltar to a Spanish father and English mother, Eva studied medicine at Nottingham University before working in emergency surgery in the Highlands. She studied in Australia, did an MSc in London and a thesis at West Ham.
Sore point: medic Eva Carneiro helps Petr Cech off the pitch in Madrid 
 Sore point: medic Eva Carneiro helps Petr Cech off the pitch in Madrid
Keep warm! The Blues stopper is swathed in a blanket as he leaves the field
Keep warm! The Blues stopper is swathed in a blanket as he leaves the field
Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech leaves the pitch with an injury with club doctor Eva Carneiro and manager Jose Mourinho 
Happy snap: Carniero poses for a picture in the Madrid sun with a travelling Chelsea fan 
Happy snap: Carniero poses for a picture in the Madrid sun with a travelling Chelsea fan
When did she join Chelsea?
After working at the British Olympic Medical Institute, helping athletes at the Beijing Olympics, and with the England Women’s football team. She joined the Blues in 2009 as reserve-team doctor.
Andre Villas-Boas brought her into the first-team fold in 2011.
How did she get into football?
Carneiro fell in love with the game while travelling in Mexico. She watched a match between Mexico and Brazil during the 1998 France World Cup and was hooked.
Growing up she loved sport but struggled with injuries.
‘It made me think there had to be more than rest to treatment of injuries and this sparked my evolving fascination with sports medicine,’ she said in 2009.
Upbeat: Terry gives a thumbs up but he will miss second leg against Atletico Madrid
Does she support a team?
Real Madrid. Which could get awkward if they and Chelsea both make it to the Champions League final.
Anything else we need to know?
As a teenager Carneiro enjoyed ballet and riding, she loves to travel — handy, given her line of work — plus salsa and samba. She also likes to surf, something she learnt in Australia.
‘Those moments on the surf in the early mornings and evenings I can honestly count among the happiest in my life,’ she said.
Agony: Petr Cech of Chelsea receives treatment during the Champions League semi final


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