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Author Archive for Suzanne Wrack

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Manchester United appointing Casey Stoney would be a very smart move | Suzanne Wrack

With her standing in the game and experience, the former England captain would be the ideal candidate to lead United’s relaunched women’s sideAfter weeks of quiet rumblings, it is now being widely reported that the announcement that former England capt…

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Chelsea reclaim the high ground thanks to inspirational Emma Hayes

Victory at Bristol City on Tuesday sealed the WSL title for Chelsea, and while their manager now has other priorities this was another double she was very much the mastermind behindChelsea travelled to Bristol City on Tuesday needing a point to clinch …

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How Chelsea left Manchester City trailing to stand on brink of WSL title | Suzanne Wrack

Chelsea can win the Women’s Super League on Tuesday to crown a season in which their experience, squad depth and goalscoring powers have given them the edgeThe final Women’s Super League One season before the autumn rebrand and restructure draws to a c…

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Afghanistan captain Shabnam Mobarez on a footballing mission in Denmark

Mobarez, a former refugee playing in Aalborg, coaches and spreads the word of the women’s game at a camp in DenmarkIn many countries women who play football have to battle against negative attitudes but in arguably one of the most oppressive nations fo…

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Arsenal moving forward as Joe Montemurro goes back to basics | Suzanne Wrack

Leah Williamson discusses Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and how her manager inspired a turnaround by making her and her fellow defenders focus on their responsibilitiesWhen Arsenal dismissed their manager of three years, Pedro Martínez Losa, …

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Lieke Martens: ‘Ronaldinho was my idol. Long hair, great dribbles … I loved him’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Netherlands midfielder, the reigning Fifa and Uefa player of the year, on life at Barcelona and the pressures of being a role modelThe unusual girl playing football in the small Dutch town of Bergen in the late 90s does not know there is a women’s …

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Matildas’ Asian Cup defeat a setback that could prove a World Cup boon

Australia’s women’s national football team would have preferred silverware in Amman, but defeat could aid greater aspirations next year in FranceThere has been a swagger about the Australian women’s national team in recent months. And with a 13-game un…

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Matildas’ Asian Cup defeat a setback that could prove a World Cup boon

Australia’s women’s national football team would have preferred silverware in Amman, but defeat could aid greater aspirations next year in FranceThere has been a swagger about the Australian women’s national team in recent months. And with a 13-game un…

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Matildas left to rue missed chances after Japan win Asian Cup final with late goal

Japan 1-0 Australia (Yokoyama 84)Elise Kellond-Knight misses penalty for MatildasThe Matildas were left ruing numerous missed chances after losing the Asian Cup final 1-0 to Japan. After dominating for the majority of the match, Australia were left sha…

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Chelsea and Manchester City could be victims of their own success | Suzanne Wrack

The clubs head into their Champions League semis hampered by the demands moving from a summer to winter seasonChelsea’s manager, Emma Hayes, is no stranger to pressure. She led the club to the WSL1 and FA Cup double in 2015 and won the 2017 Spring Seri…

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Jordan’s female footballers take on attitudes and altitude records | Suzanne Wrack

A match in Kilimanjaro’s crater has been followed by one on the shores of the Dead Sea, as Haneen Khateeb and Yasmeen Shabsough seek to tear down barriers and get girls playingIt started as a joke. After a five-hour climb and 90 minutes of footbal…

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FA’s Gameplan for Growth showing progress after fruitful first year | Suzanne Wrack

The female teams and WSL viewing figures are on the increase, but falling attendances are a cause for concernOne year ago the Football Association gathered the media at Wembley with little detail on what would be discussed beyond “women’s football”. Th…

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Mavis Appiah ploughs lonely furrow for female coaches in Ghana

Former university footballer now managing a second division men’s club is determined to take herself even higher up the ladderThe Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana is not unused to producing sporting talent. It boasts Ghana captain and former Sunderland reco…

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Manchester United’s women’s football move is better late than never | Suzanne Wrack

Whatever you may think about their late arrival, one of the game’s global superpowers entering the arena is a welcome oneFinally. The announcement that Manchester United are to launch a professional women’s team and have bid for a place in a newly rest…

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Lyon the favourites as Women’s Champions League reaches last eight | Suzanne Wrack

Man City are searching for form but should still reach the semis while Wolfsburg and Chelsea are likely to complete the line-up(21 March, Academy Stadium, and 28 March, Linköping Arena) Continue reading…

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It is time for female footballers to be treated as equals | Suzanne Wrack

A survey showed that 88% of Women’s Super League players earn less than £18,000 a year and Phil Neville is right to want England’s women to fly in the same comfort as the menInternational Women’s Day saw clubs putting their women’s teams front and cent…

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Karen Bardsley: ‘You have to stand up and fight for what you believe’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Manchester City and England goalkeeper has her eye on a tight title race but is also keen to encourage girls to pursue their dreams of becoming footballersIn 2014 the Women’s Super League expanded into two tiers comprising 18 teams and Manchester C…

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Lizzie Durack: from economics at Harvard to Everton goalkeeper | Suzanne Wrack

Durack turned down a job at Goldman Sachs to play football and an unconventional career path has also seen her represent both Australia and EnglandIntellectual footballers are considered a rarity. As teams scoop primary school-age talent into their gli…

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London Leopards project to put 100 women coaches into girls’ football | Suzanne Wrack

New coaches backed by seven professional clubs, including Arsenal, to deliver introductory football sessions for 1,000 girls aged five to eight in the cityThe FA launched its women’s football Gameplan for Growth 11 months ago with three bold aims: to d…

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Pernille Harder: ‘I was the only girl in the team but they wanted to play with me’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Denmark and Wolfsburg striker, widely regarded as one of the best three female players in the world, has stood out from a young age and Champions League success is her next target“I started playing when I was five or six years old. I played with bo…