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Author Archive for Suzanne Wrack

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Chelsea’s Emma Hayes: ‘Lyon are the best but football isn’t that simple’

The Blues’ manager has no illusions about her team’s task in Champions League semi-final but looks to Tottenham’s men, and Arsenal’s quadruple-winning women’s side, for inspiration“It was like we were climbing against gravity in that game and I was jus…

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Lucy Bronze: ‘When England play in the World Cup I’m going to feel at home’

Lucy Bronze’s Lyon play Chelsea in a Champions League semi-final on Sunday but the full-back, who could win four trophies, is already preparing for her summer with EnglandLucy Bronze sent a message to her Lyon teammates last weekend: “If you want to wa…

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Manchester United win to secure promotion to Women’s Super League

• Casey Stoney’s team beat Aston Villa 5-0• Promotion to top flight achieved in club’s first seasonManchester United have earned promotion to the Women’s Super League in their maiden season after beating Aston Villa 5-0.Goals from Millie Turner, Alex G…

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Feelgood glow in women’s football does not extend to finances | Suzanne Wrack

Despite new commercial deals being struck, Women’s Super League clubs are struggling to be profitableWomen’s football has a feelgood glow to it. There is a buzz as the World Cup approaches, record league attendances are being set across Europe, and, fr…

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West Ham’s Gilly Flaherty: ‘Chelsea in the FA Cup final would be special’

The Hammers’ captain would love to meet her old side at Wembley in May but first comes the semi-final with ReadingWest Ham have had a rollercoaster season, from piecing together a team in a matter of weeks and launching themselves into the top tier to …

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‘A totally different fit’: how female footballers finally got their own kits | Suzanne Wrack

Gone are the hand-me-downs and adapted men’s kits – women have been calling the shots before this summer’s World Cup“When we work with the men, they say a tight fit made them feel like a superhero, but for women it’s different. They want to feel comfor…

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‘A totally different fit’: how female footballers finally got their own kits | Suzanne Wrack

Gone are the hand-me-downs and adapted men’s kits – women have been calling the shots before this summer’s World Cup“When we work with the men, they say a tight fit made them feel like a superhero, but for women it’s different. They want to feel comfor…

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Nikita Parris: ‘Women’s football needs to build from the ground up to flourish’

• Forward cautions against rush to move into giant stadiums• Phil Neville’s side out to atone for Canada loss against SpainNikita Parris tempered Phil Neville’s midweek cry for clubs to open their main stadiums to their women’s teams by calling for wom…

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Women’s Super League teams want games in main club stadiums

• Huge crowds in Madrid and Turin have shown way forward• Sue Campbell: ‘Women’s game growing at incredible speed’Women’s Super League clubs are making plans to hold matches in main club stadiums after Atlético Madrid and Juventus drew record crowds of…

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Maren Mjelde strikes late to put Chelsea into Champions League semi-finals

• PSG 2-1 Chelsea • Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate to set up tie with holders LyonMaren Mjelde’s injury-time goal against Paris Saint-Germain spared the blushes of Chelsea keeper Ann-Katrin Berger and handed the Blues a Champions League semi-final agains…

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As women’s football skyrockets, Spurs miss a trick at stadium test event | Suzanne Wrack

While Italian and Spanish clubs draw huge attendances, British clubs need to throw off the shackles and get people excitedJuventus women welcomed a sellout crowd of 39,000 to the Allianz stadium to watch them take on their title rivals Fiorentina on Su…

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Barclays deal shows women’s game now big-bucks business | Suzanne Wrack

Contract shatters idea that sponsoring women’s sport is the cheap option that makes your brand look goodGamechanger can be a little overused, but in the case of Barclays’ eight-figure sponsorship deal over three years of the FA Women’s Super League tha…

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Barclays unveiled as Women’s Super League sponsor in groundbreaking deal

• Multimillion-pound deal the ‘biggest for women’s sport in UK’• All three major competitions in England now sponsoredThe Football Association has unveiled Barclays as the first sponsor of the newly professional Women’s Super League in what has been de…

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Wanda Metropolitano’s record crowd shows English football the way

The 60,739 gate for Atlético Madrid’s match with Barcelona showed that, if you build it, fans of women’s football will comeWhen 60,739 fans filed into the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday to watch Atlético Madrid take on their title rivals Barcelona, a 99…

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Vivianne Miedema: ‘There’s a big difference playing with boys and with girls’

Arsenal’s striker on a sporting childhood, Netherlands’ World Cup hopes and why her club deserve to win the WSLArsenal, decimated by injuries that have left a stellar seven-a-side team in the stands lately, are struggling to maintain their early-season…

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Toni Duggan: ‘England are good enough to win the World Cup’

In an exclusive interview, the Barcelona forward talks about the tournament and her responsibility for the next generation‘When I look back to being a 10-year-old girl I never could have dreamt of having this pathway. I feel very fortunate and proud, b…

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Phil Neville sticks to his guns as Lionesses head to USA for major test

Decision not to take Beth England or Aoife Mannion to SheBelieves Cup could prove crucial in the World Cup dress-rehearsal Friendly tournaments do not always inspire but the SheBelieves Cup has gone beyond the standard fare. Now in its fourth year, the…

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Vero Boquete: the Spaniard so good she has a stadium named after her

Spain’s record scorer on revolutionising football in her home city and her petition to get female players on computer gamesTowards the end of 2018 Vero Boquete, Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer who has won a Champions League and domestic titles in t…

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Refereeing of women’s football needs work. Here is the plan to tackle it | Suzanne Wrack

Full-time officials for Women’s Super League and a fast-track pathway for female referees are among the ideasConsider these three incidents: the Chelsea midfielder Drew Spence cynically scything down Arsenal’s Kim Little, breaking one of Little’s legs,…

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Everton’s Willie Kirk: ‘Next year we want to be a top-six WSL team’

Blues new manager has had a whirlwind 12 months, with the lure of being his own man at Finch Farm proving too much to keep him at Manchester UnitedEverton’s manager, Willie Kirk, has had a rocket-fuelled 12 months. “If I look at where I was at the star…