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Author Archive for Suzanne Wrack

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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…

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Chelsea’s Ji So-yun hits double to rescue dramatic draw at Manchester City

A second-half double from Ji So-yun cancelled out Tessa Wullaert and Georgia Stanway goals to help Chelsea salvage a point against their bitter rivals Manchester City – who move two points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Women’s Super League, albeit…

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Macarena Sánchez: the Argentinian who is suing her club and federation | Suzanne Wrack

The 27-year-old is taking legal action to highlight the inequality between the men’s and women’s games“We are in an environment that excludes us daily and despises us. A large part of society believes that women are not capable of playing football and…

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Manchester City’s joint approach against Chelsea aims to draw in fans | Suzanne Wrack

City hope playing their women’s and men’s teams against Chelsea on the same day will prove a double delightThis time last year Nick Cushing’s Manchester City looked an unstoppable force. They were unbeaten in the league, in the final of the League Cup …

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Megan Rapinoe: ‘Maybe men should just take a few hundred years off’

The US midfielder talks about why women are at the forefront of fighting injustices and whether she feared for her football career after taking a knee during the national anthem“As I’ve grown older I’ve really got to understand how powerful one voice c…

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Marc Skinner: ‘Orlando Pride are mesmerising. It’s a different level’

After leaving his beloved Birmingham, the young manager is relishing working with global stars such as Marta and Morgan“I asked the guys if I could just spend a little bit of time in the middle of the pitch to visualise what the players go through.”Sta…

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‘Football has no gender or religion’: Annie Zaidi’s journey into coaching | Suzanne Wrack

Solihull Moors Ladies’ head coach on how years of abuse could not quash her love for the game and how she owes her career to that fearlesness and Les Ferdinand‘I still have to pinch myself. Head coach. Ladies’ first team. At a club with so much credibi…

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USA’s Julie Ertz: ‘We feel it’s coming together. We’re excited for 2019’ | Suzanne Wrack

Midfielder is looking towards the World Cup in France while her husband, Zach, has his eyes on a repeat Super BowlAlmost a year ago the United States women’s team kicked off what would become an undefeated year with a 5-1 win over the Euro 2017 runners…

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‘No idea where money goes’: Fifa urged to help Somalia’s women footballers

Fifa funds for women’s football are alleged not to be reaching their target, with fear of extremists said to be the reasonThe head of women’s football in Somalia has urged Fifa to take action after claiming money made available by the world governing b…

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Afghanistan FA president denies allegations of sexual and physical abuse

• Keramuudin Karim says allegations are ‘a conspiracy’• Three female national team players have alleged abuseThe Afghanistan Football Federation president, Keramuudin Karim, has denied allegations he sexually and physically abused members of the women’…

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Kelly Cates and Kenny Dalglish: a relationship forged in football | Suzanne Wrack

The broadcaster and her father discuss their lives in the game and their push to get more girls and women playing football“I can’t remember the first time I fell in love with football because it’s always been there. It’s a bit like asking when was the …

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Regular female-led football coverage ‘generations’ away, says Jacqui Oatley

• Broadcaster supports Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign• Fewer than a third of 2018 major sport roles filled by womenThe sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley has said it will take “a couple of generations” before women working in football as reporters,…

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Sponsorship milestone shows women’s football is now big business | Suzanne Wrack

Backing by Visa indicates women’s game has value and is the biggest sign of its potential to be self-sustaining to dateSponsorship deals are routinely mocked, from Manchester United’s mattress partners to Everton’s Angry Birds sleeves, with some compan…

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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…