Canberra United is deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of former head coach Liesbeth “Lizz” Migchelsen, who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning (27 May 2020).
After a short battle with cancer, Migchelsen (49) passed away in her home country the Netherlands, surrounded by her loved ones and her beautiful dog Marró.
Between 1990 and 2008, Migchelsen represented the Netherlands women’s national team 95 times in a stellar football career.
In 2013, Migchelsen was appointed as head coach of Canberra United in the Westfield W-League, helping the club secure the Premier’s Plate in her first season in charge.
The following season, Migchelsen coached United to the Championship, defeating Perth Glory 3-1 away from home to claim the W-League crown for the second time in their history.
Migchelsen also held assistant coaching roles with the South African WNT at the 2016 Olympics and was the chief analyst and scout for the Thailand WNT at the 2019 FIFA WWC.
Capital Football CEO Phil Brown expressed his condolences to Migchelsen’s family and friends.
“The thoughts of everyone in our local football community are with Lizz’s nearest and dearest during this sad time,” Mr Brown said. “Lizz left an enduring mark on Canberra United and is fondly remembered by the club and the people who worked closely with her.
“She will be greatly missed.”
Rest in Peace Lizz.