Malta international duo Rachel Cuschieri and Emma Lipman are set to continue their career with Italian Serie B side Lazio Women. The club reported that Cuschieri had agreed a two-year deal while Lipman signed a one-year deal.
While for Rachel Cuschieri, this will be her first experience in Italy, Emma Lipman spent the last three years in Italy.
Thirty one year old England-born Emma Lipman started her career with Coventry City, Leeds City Vixens, Leeds Carnegie (Leeds United), Manchester City and Sheffield FC before moving to Italy in 2017 to join AGSM Verona. The following season, she moved to Roma and last year played for Florentia San Gimignano.
On the other hand, twenty-eight year old Rachel Cuschieri started playing with the San Gwann nursery, signing for Birkirkara in 2005. With the Stripes, she won all the major honours in domestic competitions. In 2014, Cuschieri moved to Cyprus to join Apollon Ladies where she won three championships in three years. In 2017, she signed for Anderlecht. They won the Super League 2017/18 but she missed the last part of the season due to an injury. The following year, she joined PSV Vrouwen in the Netherlands where she spent the last two years.
Before football was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lazio Women were second in the Serie B table on 34 points, two behind Napoli and two ahead of San Marino Academy.
The FIGC handed the two promotion berths to Napoli and San Marino as the algorithm used by the Italian federation penalised Lazio for having played a game more than their rivals.
Therefore this coming season, Lazio Women are expected to be all out to secure promotion to the Serie A.