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Author Archive for Suzanne Wrack

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Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations

• Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the …

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Aga Hegerberg: ‘The Ballon d’Or was an amazing night for women’

The footballer named the world’s best female player this week tells of her pride – and why the furore over the compere’s sexist remark ‘got out of hand’Ada Hegerberg says she wants to be remembered as the first woman to win the Ballon d’Or, after the m…

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Pernille Harder: ‘I always dreamed of being one of the biggest players’

The Wolfsburg and Denmark forward on being voted the Guardian’s best female footballer in the world, second in the Ballon d’Or, but missing out on next year’s World CupPernille Harder, the first player to be announced as No 1 on the Guardian’s list of …

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‘What she says goes’: meet the woman in charge of a men’s team | Suzanne Wrack

Arlesey Town started the season with manager Natasha Orchard-Smith and want others to follow suitYou see men going into women’s football; the door should be open for women to come into men’s. It sounds sort of obvious. So why is it so rare?Two former s…

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Ada Hegerberg stepped forward for women’s football, but sexism kicked her back | Suzanne Wrack

Martin Solveig’s twerking comments to the Ballon d’Or winner aren’t unusual for women in sport, but are hugely disappointingIt should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration.Becaus…

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Joe Montemurro smoothes bumps on road to steer Arsenal to WSL summit | Suzanne Wrack

Arsenal’s Australian coach fixed a leaky defence then introduced ‘balance and management’ to startling effectHow do you build a buccaneering team who sweep away all before them? A team who suffer a 3-1 cup final defeat by invincible double winners but …

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Overseas trip puts USA in right mood for defending World Cup in France | Suzanne Wrack

USA spent much of the year on home soil but recent trip to Europe provided valuable experience on and off the pitchSince the United States lifted the World Cup in Canada in 2015 their journey towards next summer’s title defence has been littered with p…

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The next goal for women’s football is to help clubs balance the books | Suzanne Wrack

A first professional league has changed the women’s game but how stable are the foundations of the pyramid?The first fully professional women’s league in the world, with a semi-professional second tier, is a huge step forward. For the first time, girls…

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Moving the Goalposts changing lives of 9,000 Kenyan girls through football | Suzanne Wrack

In coastal Kenya a football organisation is revolutionising society by putting women in public spaces previously reserved for men“We are pushing the boundaries that have been placed there for women and we were going beyond that. We have seen a lot of t…

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Jessica Sigsworth scores twice as Manchester United swat aside Spurs

Manchester United 4-1 Tottenham LadiesVisitors’ perfect start ended by ominous United displayFollowing their 12-0 drubbing of Aston Villa on the opening day, Casey Stoney’s Manchester United side have continued to fly in the Women’s Championship, their…

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In the Women’s Super League, look down for the tensest action | Suzanne Wrack

With relegation back, the basement battle is fierce and Yeovil, part-crowdfunded, hope to defy the odds against clubs with Premier League backingIt has been two years since relegation from the Women’s Super League was determined by results. Now it is b…

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Play women’s football matches in main stadiums to boost attendances | Suzanne Wrack

Cracking crowds is the key to growing the game and bringing teams in from satellite grounds will attract more fansBelow the line on every women’s football article, you see the same comments time and time again, regardless of context. And sometimes, ben…

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Glasgow City dream of Champions League upset against Barcelona | Suzanne Wrack

The Scottish champions face a grandstand finish to their domestic season but first visit Spain in search of a last-16 shockThis is a season-defining week for the Scottish champions, Glasgow City. A 2-1 defeat by their title rivals, Hibernian, in the Sc…

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From Ellie Roebuck to Ebony Salmon: 10 young English footballers to watch | Suzanne Wrack

Women’s football in this country has never been able to draw from such a vast talent pool; here we profile some of the most promising, with the Manchester clubs dominantAt a time when English women’s football can call upon its biggest-ever pool of tale…

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From ‘party girl’ to the Belgian top flight: Emma Coolen’s remarkable rise | Suzanne Wrack

Less than five years after deciding she wanted to make it at the top, the Dutch player has risen from tier eight to realise her dreamTwenty-year-old Emma Coolen cared little about the game. She knew nothing about the teams. But she was there, in Stockh…

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From ‘party girl’ to the Belgian top flight: Emma Coolen’s remarkable rise | Suzanne Wrack

Less than five years after deciding she wanted to make it at the top, the Dutch player has risen from tier eight to realise her dreamTwenty-year-old Emma Coolen cared little about the game. She knew nothing about the teams. But she was there, in Stockh…

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Nilla Fischer: ‘Being a gay woman playing soccer provokes a lot of hate’

The Wolfsburg player and Sweden captain is an outspoken advocate of women’s football and LGBT rights who sees her profession in perspective“We take one step in the right direction and two back if we don’t keep up the fight.” Wolfsburg’s Nilla Fischer h…

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The Celtic diehards helping football tackle the taboo around periods

Few would expect football clubs to be at the forefront of an effort to break the taboo around periods. Yet here we are“Sorry to spoil your breakfasts with talk of periods,” tweeted one supporter of the On the Ball campaign, “but as a teenager who sudde…

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Kim Little: ‘It’s been an unbelievable few days with Scotland and Arsenal’

Injury cost the midfielder her place in the Euro 2017 squad and though she is conscious of getting another before next year’s World Cup in France, she is not going to be inhibitedWhen Scotland qualified for their first Women’s World Cup last week, the …

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Manchester City stifle Ji So Yun to earn draw with Chelsea in WSL opener

• Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City• High intensity but no goals in meeting of last season’s top twoChelsea’s manager Emma Hayes was critical of this possibly title-defining league opener against Manchester City coming so soon after an important round of int…