- NAME: Michelle Akers
- OCCUPATION: Soccer Player
- BIRTH DATE: February 01, 1966 (Age: 47)
- Did You Know?: Michelle Akers kicked a 52-yard field goal during a tryout with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys in 1988.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Santa Clara, California
- Full Name: Michelle Anne Akers
- AKA: Michelle Akers
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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American soccer star Michelle Akers overcame her battles with chronic fatigue syndrome and led the U.S. to victories in the 1991 and 1999 World cups.
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Akers's place among soccer's all-time greats was confirmed with a number of accolades after her retirement. She was named FIFA Female Co-Player of the Century in 2000, and was voted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004. In addition, she joined Hamm as the only two women named to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living soccer players selected by Brazilian legend Pelé.
In recent years,
she has devoted her time to conducting soccer clinics and running the Michelle Akers Horse Rescue & Outreach, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to caring for abandoned horses and other animals on her farm in Powder Springs, Georgia.
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