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Author Archive for Suzanne Wrack

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Leading Afghan football official banned by Fifa in relation to sexual abuse

• Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada banned for five years• Aghazada failed to ‘report and prevent’ abuse of female playersThe former general secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation and current Asian Football Confederation executive committee member Saye…

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Don’t applaud Iran for letting some women watch football – it is not enough

Around 3,500 women will see the World Cup qualifier against Cambodia but a complete end to the ban and other important steps are neededEven the faintest praise for the Iranian Football Association as the clock has ticked towards Thursday’s World Cup qu…

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Phil Neville says he can handle the criticism – but he can’t | Suzanne Wrack

On Tuesday night the England manager accused one reporter of wanting him sacked when that was not the case and at this rate he is talking himself out of the jobSometimes it can feel like Phil Neville is speaking a different language. Following a gritty…

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Portugal game a reminder how close England came to losing Lucy Bronze

Lucy Bronze could have chosen to play for Portugal because of her father but England came calling just in time“They got in touch when I was 16. I turned round and said to my mum: ‘If I don’t make the England team before my 22nd birthday, I’m off to pla…

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Portugal game a reminder how close England came to losing Lucy Bronze

Lucy Bronze could have chosen to play for Portugal because of her father but England came calling just in time“They got in touch when I was 16. I turned round and said to my mum: ‘If I don’t make the England team before my 22nd birthday, I’m off to pla…

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World-beating women inspiring England’s footballers, says Phil Neville

• Manager praises sense of solidarity among women athletes• ‘The gold medal that KJT won … they’re fighting together’Phil Neville has praised the solidarity that exists between women athletes after seeing his England squad watch the heroics of Dina A…

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Jordan Nobbs to make her England return on familiar territory | Suzanne Wrack

Arsenal midfielder who missed the World Cup through injury is back on international duty at the club where her career beganThe Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs is buzzing to be back in England kit after a lengthy spell out of action with an anterior cru…

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Carly Telford surprised by reaction after England ‘messed up’ World Cup

• Goalkeeper says praise felt strange after semi-final exit• Lionesses face friendlies against Brazil and PortugalThe England goalkeeper Carly Telford has spoken of her surprise at the response from the public to their World Cup “failure” as the team p…

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Lionesses set to break attendance record for women’s match in England

• Over 75,000 tickets sold for game against Germany at Wembley• Current record stands at 70,584, set during 2012 OlympicsThe Lionesses are set to break the attendance record for a women’s match in England with over 75,000 tickets sold for their game ag…

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Women’s football welcomes fans but must prevent offensive chanting | Suzy Wrack

The WSL wants better atmosphere at games but must make sure that what happened at United v Liverpool is not repeatedGrowth brings change. It is inevitable. Women’s football is growing at an impressive rate. Attendances are starting to climb. The showpi…

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Vicky Jepson: ‘Liverpool had drifted away from being one club’

Manager has helped revive the women’s team after a decline in interest and is working to make them competitive once againOnly five years ago Liverpool were at the top of the women’s game having won back-to-back titles but since then they have steadily …

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Jill Ellis can be proud of legacy as she steps down as USA manager

As well as winning two World Cups, Ellis leaves the women’s game in a stronger place tactically, technically and financiallyThe manager of the US women’s national team, two time World Cup winner Jill Ellis, has talked about her legacy. Having announced…

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Neglect of player welfare is something women’s football must address fast | Suzanne Wrack

Basics such as medical care and insurance are being left behind and players are paying with their careers in a growing gameWhen Crystal Palace forward Gemma Bryan took to social media last week out of exasperation at having been left “in limbo” by the …

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Arsenal’s Lia Wälti: ‘The summer showed us what we had to work on’

The Arsenal midfielder is eager for a return to action after a painful spell in which she suffered serious injuryLia Wälti is no stranger to pain. The small tattoo behind her ear, the earth with a Saturn-style ring around it, was the result of a bit of…

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Gemma Bryan accuses Crystal Palace Women of leaving her in limbo

• Club have given no medical support for ACL injury, striker says• ‘I didn’t even have a meeting to say if I was getting a new contract’Crystal Palace’s Gemma Bryan has publicly attacked the club for a lack of support and having been “left in limbo” af…

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Leah Williamson goes back to the future with Arsenal in Champions League | Suzanne Wrack

The defender made a brief debut as a 17-year-old in Europe in 2014 but has had a long wait to return and is aiming to make up for lost time against Fiorentina on ThursdayOn 30 March 2014 Leah Williamson, one day after her 17th birthday, made her debut …

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Big-stadium experiments give Women’s Super League a chance to learn | Suzanne Wrack

Paid-for tickets brought a larger attendance to the Etihad than free ones did to Stamford Bridge but there is no right or wrongThe paid-for versus free ticket debate was put to the test in the Women’s Super League last weekend. On Saturday Manchester C…

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Spurs’ Gemma Davison thrilled by big crowd prospect in Chelsea derby date

Hopes for big Stamford Bridge attendance at Women’s Super League match excites Tottenham winger – a Double winner when with ChelseaGemma Davison perhaps has more invested than most in Tottenham’s Women’s Super League debut at Stamford Bridge on Sunday,…

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Women’s football must be played in more big stadiums

Record crowds at this weekend’s WSL derbies proves the value of hosting matches at large venues – even if they are half-emptyWomen’s football is having a lightbulb moment. With Manchester City hosting Manchester United at the Etihad stadium in the Wome…

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‘It’s all we‘ve talked about’: Manchester giants gear up for WSL derby | Suzanne Wrack

City’s Janine Beckie and United’s Jackie Groenen look forward to locking horns in front of 20,000-plus fans at the Etihad“It is going to be a massive start isn’t it?” grins Jackie Groenen. It would be fair to say that Manchester United’s charismatic sh…