Chelsea W Stars Jess Carter, Ann Katrin Berger Get Engaged As Emma Hayes Begins New Role

Chelsea W Stars Jess Carter, Ann Katrin Berger Get Engaged As Emma Hayes Begins New Role

Martin Moses
updated at May 27, 2024 at 6:17 AM
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  • Jess Carter has announced her engagement to longtime girlfriend Ann-Katrin Berger
  • The two were teammates at Chelsea before Berger moved to NJ/NY Gotham in the NWSL
  • Emma Hayes has previously ruffled feathers with her player-player relationship comments

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Chelsea Women's defender, Jess Carter, officially announced her engagement to longtime girlfriend, Ann-Katrin Berger. The two have known each other for over seven years and have now formalized their relationship.

The two players first met in 2016 while playing for Birmingham City before reuniting at Chelsea. They both played an important role in the Blues' dominance in the Women's Super League.

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Ann-Katrin Berger and Jess Carter during Chelsea W's game against Manchester United W on May 14, 2023. Photo by Marc Atkins.
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Who are Jess Carter and Ann-Katrin Berger?

Carter favours playing as a centre-back but has comfortably stepped into full-back positions over the years for Emma Hayes. The just-concluded season was arguably her best yet after she was crowned Chelsea Women's Players' Player of the Year.

Berger, meanwhile, is one of the top goalkeepers in the game. She started the season at Chelsea but made an April switch to NWSL side Gotham. The arrival of Three Lionesses goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and the presence of Swedish World Cup hero Zecira Musovic pushed the former Chelsea number one out of the club.

Their engagement comes a few months after Hayes stoked controversy by insisting that player-player relationships were inappropriate. She would later retract her statement after Carter liked a series of tweets condemning Hayes.

The legendary Chelsea coach has since left her role after 12 illustrious years that saw her win 16 major trophies. The 47-year-old has already assumed her new role as the United States Women's head coach ahead of the Paris Olympics.

Lyon Women's coach Sonia Bompastor is expected to be unveiled as Chelsea's new boss in the coming weeks.

Sam Kerr proposes to girlfriend

Carter's engagement follows Sam Kerr's proposal to Kristie Mewis last year, as reported by Sports Brief.

Kerr, who is one of the game's leading strikers, has been in a relationship with the fellow football player since around the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The Australian forward is currently out with a long-term ACL injury.

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