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Fran Kirby named Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the Year

• 24-year-old former Reading player picks up inaugural award• ‘To be the first recipient of this honour and award is so special’The Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby has won the inaugural Women’s Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writ…

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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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Lara Dickenmann’s strike for Wolfsburg leaves Chelsea with mountain to climb

• Chelsea 1-3 Wolfsburg• German champions firmly in control after being a goal downChelsea have a mountain to climb if they are to reach their first Women’s Champions League final after Wolfsburg came from behind to register an impressive 3-1 victory o…

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Manchester City Women keep clean sheet in Champions League semi-final

• Manchester City 0 Lyon 0• Nick Cushing’s side give themselves good chance for second legManchester City may not have found a way past the formidable Wendie Renard at the heart of Lyon’s defence but they denied the reigning European champions an away …

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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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Magdalena Eriksson and Pernille Harder set for personal Champions League battle

Chelsea’s defender will face her long-standing partner when her team face Wolfsburg in the Champions League semi-finalsPersonal and professional worlds will collide during Sunday’s Champions League semi-finals as old friends are reunited and punishing …

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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 win Everton maintain three-point WSL lead

Eriksson scores only goal as Chelsea survive late scareStanway nets twice in Manchester City victoryChelsea maintained their three-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Women’s Super League thanks to a 1-0 win at Everton. The leaders held t…

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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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Arsenal book Women’s FA Cup final place as Quinn breaks Everton hearts

• Louise Quinn’s injury-time header seals 2-1 victory• 14-time winners will play Chelsea or Manchester City in finalLouise Quinn’s injury-time header helped Arsenal edge past Everton and reach the Women’s FA Cup final after a dramatic semi-final at Ros…

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Matildas secure Women’s World Cup place with draw against Japan

Japan 1-1 Australia in AmmanSam Kerr equalises before both sides settle for drawMatildas forward Sam Kerr lifted her star power yet another level by scoring the goal which booked Australia’s spot in next year’s Women’s World Cup in France.An underperfo…

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Matildas put eight past Vietnam in first win at Asian Cup

Vietnam 0-8 AustraliaSam Kerr scores twice in routAustralia’s Women’s Asian Cup campaign is well and truly back on track following an 8-0 win over an outclassed Vietnam in Jordan.An opening scoreless draw against South Korea left little margin for erro…

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England Women overcome Alex Greenwood red card to see off Bosnia

• Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-2 England (Duggan 56, Taylor 90pen)• Alex Greenwood sent off 47mins; Amira Spahic sent off 59minsToni Duggan and Jodie Taylor brightened Phil Neville’s horizon by returning England to the top of their 2019 World Cup qualifying gr…

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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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Phil Neville says Champions League success can inspire England’s women

• Chelsea and Manchester City face semi-finals in April• Lionesses need to beat Bosnia in World Cup qualifierPhil Neville wants England’s Lionesses to dominate Europe during his reign and is keen for Chelsea Ladies and Manchester City to start by showi…

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Matildas held to goalless draw by South Korea in Asian Cup opener

Australia’s free-flowing attack blunted in JordanJust one clear-cut chance falls to Kyah SimonAustralia coach Alen Stajcic remains confident the Matildas’ Women’s World Cup campaign remains on track despite being held to a scoreless draw by South Korea…

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England rue missed chances as Wales’ Laura O’Sullivan puts in superb display

• England Women 0-0 Wales Women• Keeper keeps Lionesses at bay in 2019 World Cup qualifierWith Wales topping 2019 World Cup qualifying Group 1 and England a point behind having played a game fewer, this match offered Phil Neville’s side a strong compet…

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Phil Neville wants England Women to play with ‘arrogance, swagger and style’

• Manager staying focused before World Cup qualifier against Wales• SheBelieves Cup experience will prove valuable, says NevillePhil Neville wants his England Women team to play with “arrogance, swagger and style” as they face Wales in their first Worl…

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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…