Barcelona Femini skipper Alexia Putellas has been named the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year for this year after a stellar season for his club. The Spaniard showed why she’s one of the best players in womens soccer at Barcelona Femeni last season after he bagged the Golden Boot in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL).
England are through to the semifinals at the ongoing UEFA European Women’s Championship after Georgia Stanway scored a stunner in extra time to help her team secure a 2-1 comeback win over Spain. Bayern Munich forward Stanway scored the winner in the first half of extra time at the expense of Spain to ensure that hosts England stay alive in their quest to rule womens soccer in Europe for the first time.
As far as the UEFA European Women’s Championship is concerned,England have never been champions though they have lost two finals. In the maiden addition in 1984, they were beaten by Sweden on penalties after the two teams played an aggregate scoreline of 1-1 in two games. The Swedish team won thanks to a 4-3 victory during penalty shootout at the end of the second game. At the 2009 edition in Finland, Germany won their fourth title in a row by beating England 6-2 in the final. The Germans then won two more titles to make it six in a row before their reign over womens soccer in Europe ended at the 2017 edition in the Netherlands. Hosts Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in the final to rule womens soccer in Europe for the first time. Continue reading →
Arsenal have qualified for the 2022/23 Champions League thanks to their runners-up place in the FA WSL and will enter the competition in the Qualifying Round 2. Under the new format that was implemented last season, there is now a Group Stage with 16 teams, with four teams qualifying directly to the Group Stage and 12 teams coming through the qualifications. Seven come from the Champions’ path and five come from the League path. The four teams that qualified directly are Lyon (holders), Wolfsburg, Chelsea and Barcelona.
The Spanish team was slated to start in Qualifying Round 2, but because Lyon won the WCL and the French League, they left a slot open that is filled by the fourth ranked association champion, the Spanish Champions. The Danish Champions Køge were also promoted from Round 1 to Round 2, taking the place vacated by Barcelona. Continue reading →
Chelsea Women are the team to beat in womens soccer in England after winning the Women’s Super League (WSL) for the third straight season. The Blues came into the final day of the season with a one-point lead over London rivals Arsenal. The Gunners had been their closest rivals in the race to rule womens soccer in England. Chelsea Women came into their home game with Manchester United Women knowing that a win will seal a third successive league title.
Emma Hayes and her players had to achieve their quest to rule womens soccer in England the hard way after they came from behind to beat Manchester United Women 4-2 at home. Chelsea conceded twice in the first half to go into the half-time break with a 2-1 scoreline thereby needing at least two more goals to clinch the title without conceding. Continue reading →
Chelsea Women showed that they are still the undisputed queens of womens soccer in England after they beat London rivals Arsenal 2-0 in their FA Cup semifinal clash to setup a final meeting with Manchester City next month.
Arsenal Women are the only British representative left in this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign which is at the quarterfinal stage. There’s no doubt that the North Londoners are one of the best womens soccer teams in England, but they have struggled to hold their own on the European football stage. However, it is important to point out that Arsenal Women have shown themselves to be one of the best eight womens soccer teams in Europe this season and the next target is to be one of the best four womens soccer teams on the European football scene, but German Bundesliga giants VFL Wolfsburg stand in their way.
VFL Wolfsburg stand in the way of Arsenal Women and a place in the semifinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League this season that would confirm their status as one of the top four teams as far as womens soccer in Europe is concerned. Continue reading →