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Two quickfire own goals cost Matildas dearly in defeat to Denmark

Denmark 3-2 AustraliaYallop and Arnold both turn ball into own netTen minutes of defensive disaster left the Matildas in disarray as they lost 3-2 to Denmark in another blowprior to the upcoming Olympic Games.Teenage substitute Mary Fowler rifled home …

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‘I never played midfield in me life’: Sam Kerr’s shock at WSL selection

Kerr gains midfield berth in Women’s Super League team of yearMatildas captain was WSL golden boot winner with 21 goalsSam Kerr is many things – a prodigiously talented footballer, a thoroughly decent human, one of Australia’s greatest sporting exports…

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Sam Kerr’s title double provides emphatic response to doubters | Samantha Lewis

The Australian striker’s voice holds a lot of weight but she has recently done all her talking on the pitch“There [were] a lot of critics talking about us but we’re back, so suck on that one!” It was the line spoken in the heat of victory that cemented…

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USWNT face rivals Sweden at Olympics as GB play hosts Japan

Swedes knocked US out on penalties at Rio 2016 OlympicsReigning champions Brazil face Germany in men’s drawThe US women’s national team will face Australia, Sweden and New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics, while in the men’s competition 2016 winners Brazi…

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Netherlands humbling a reminder of Matildas’ place in world pecking order | Samantha Lewis

The 5-0 loss, following Sunday’s 5-2 defeat by Germany, prove Australia must temper Tokyo expectationsA month before the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Australia played two pre-tournament friendlies. The first was against eventual champions, the United States…

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Adaptability proves its worth despite Matildas’ thrashing by Germany | Samantha Lewis

There were silver linings to the 5-2 defeat and to the circumstances that forced new coach Tony Gustavsson’s handIt is not often Sam Kerr’s number glows red on the substitute board during an international game – particularly not one in which the Matild…

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Germany v Australia: women’s international football friendly – live!

Updates from the Matildas’ first game in over a yearKick off time is 4:10pm in Wiesbaden, 12:10am Sunday AESTAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 2.55pm BST There has been much talk about the fact we are little more than 100 days out from the Olympi…

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Sam Kerr scores another hat-trick in Chelsea’s 6-0 rout of Birmingham City

Matildas captain now joint top of WSL golden boot raceHas now scored 10 and assisted two in last six matchesSam Kerr’s remarkable marksmanship for Chelsea has hit a fresh peak as she snaffled another hat-trick to power the Women’s Super League champion…

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Sam Kerr scores another hat-trick in Chelsea’s 6-0 rout of Birmingham City

Matildas captain now joint top of WSL golden boot raceHas now scored 10 and assisted two in last six matchesSam Kerr’s remarkable marksmanship for Chelsea has hit a fresh peak as she snaffled another hat-trick to power the Women’s Super League champion…

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Matildas lock in first game in over a year against Olympic champions Germany

Australia to meet European powerhouse on 11 AprilTony Gustavsson faces baptism of fire against world No 2 sideDebuts do not get much tougher than playing the two-time world and defending Olympic champions, but that is the challenge facing new Matildas …

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Champions League collision course vindicates Kerr, Carpenter’s W-League departures | Samantha Lewis

The Matildas duo could yet become the first Australian women to face each other in the final of Europe’s top club tournamentNikki Stanton raises her arm and pauses. The players of Perth Glory and Canberra United jostle around the top of the 18-yard box…

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W-League needs firmer foundations to plug the talent drain to Europe | Emma Kemp

With so many stars being lured away from Australia, the league looks to expand its calendar and professionaliseThe first thing that stuck out about Melbourne City’s W-League opener against Brisbane Roar was Teagan Micah’s superb performance in goal. Th…

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Lisa De Vanna: ‘Every player wants to have that heroic send-off’ | Samantha Lewis

She hasn’t yet had her fairytale Matildas farewell, but Covid-19 lockdown in Italy has given the veteran striker new perspectiveLisa De Vanna has never done things quietly. So it took many by surprise when, after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the Matilda…

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Lisa De Vanna: ‘Every player wants to have that heroic send-off’ | Samantha Lewis

She hasn’t yet had her fairytale Matildas farewell, but Covid-19 lockdown in Italy has given the veteran striker new perspectiveLisa De Vanna has never done things quietly. So it took many by surprise when, after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the Matilda…

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Caitlin Foord’s rise to global recognition a decade in the making | Samantha Lewis

The Australian has been included in the Guardian’s top 100 players for the first time after rediscovering a joie de vivre to her play in 2020Caitlin Foord is standing on the edge of a diving board. She glances down into the clear, bright water, estimat…

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Australian football study reveals Matildas’ alarming lack of squad depth | Samantha Lewis

Exclusive: Research by FFA paints a bleak outlook for the national team before the 2023 World CupEarlier this month, when Football Federation Australia denied Wellington Phoenix’s request to relax the W-League’s international player rules in order to f…

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Everton’s Hayley Raso: ‘I’ve learned not to take football for granted’

After fracturing three vertebrae in 2018, Hayley Raso had to learn to walk again but is now looking forward to Everton’s FA Cup final on Sunday“The girls didn’t even think I was real,” says Hayley Raso with a laugh when recounting her long-awaited meet…

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FFA scraps plans for Socceroos game against England at Wembley

Worsening Covid-19 crisis also does for game with USMatildas European training camp called off due to virusFootball Federation Australia has called off a training camp in Europe and scrapped plans for matches against England and the United States in Lo…

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Tony Gustavsson: Swede to be named Matildas coach by Football Federation Australia

Former USWNT assistant set to succeed Ante MilicicFour major tournaments in as many years await MatildasTony Gustavsson, the experienced former US women’s national team assistant coach, is set to lead the Matildas to a World Cup on home soil with Footb…

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FFA zero in on next Matildas coach but that is just one piece of puzzle | Samantha Lewis

The appointment of Rae Dower as women’s technical advisor is arguably as important as who will take the reins next monthAs October draws nearer, so too does the reported deadline for the appointment of the Matildas’ next head coach. Some regard it as t…