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 →
Bojan Krkic has exited the Premier League for the remainder of the season with his confirmed move from Stoke City to Mainz on a loan deal.
The 26-year old footballer agreed to a new deal last year but has moved on from the club as he struggled to make five starts in the Premier League this term.
When the winter window opened, there were numerous links to Premier League clubs like Middlesbrough but after Stoke acquired Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion Bojan moved to Mainz on loan.
The former Barcelona, who moved to Stoke in 2014, has featured for top clubs in the past like AS Roma, AC Milan and Ajax. Mainz, who are in the 11th spot in the German Bundesliga, want the player to bolster attacking options.
Bojan said he was excited with the move as he gets another chance to prove himself. Continue reading →
After Canada’s women soccer coach, John Herdeman expressed his dissatisfaction with the team’s slacking reputation. The Canadian women team seems to have bounced back against all odds and public criticisms.
Herdeman had said in an interview: “Let’s stop pretending we’re the old Canada that wins the odd game.”
With little expectation set for the team by fans, the coach said he was tired of showing up at tournaments and matches as the underdog, Herdeman wanted a new label. It should come as no surprise then that the women’s team was voted as postmedia’s 2016 team of the year.
No doubt, not a lot was expected from the team at the just concluded Olympic Games in Rio where the team had performed beautifully and won the bronze medal. Ironically, other Canadian teams like the Calgary stampeders, Toronto FC and the Toronto Blue Jays had garnered a lot of attention and expectations from fans and the general public, but unfortunately none of them won a cup or even qualified for the World Series tournament.
The women’s team had been written off about two months before the Olympic Games were they had lost at the BMO field in a sad 2-0 game to Brazil. Reflecting back on the attention their defeat had gathered, Herdeman said: Continue reading →
Manchester City Women managed to progress into the Continental Cup final after a win over Arsenal Ladies.
It was an extremely narrow result for the team and Manchester City Women only progressed after a late goal from defender Jennifer Beattie. The Scotland defender came in with an effort with 11 minutes of normal time remaining. As a result of this exit, Arsenal have failed to reach the final for the first time in the cup’s history. They have won the competition four times and were overwhelming favourites to reach the final. The joy of victory will be celebrated by City in front of their Academy Stadium as it will host to the final against Birmingham City.
Birmingham reached the final in a more comfortable way after having overcome London Bees 4-0 on Saturday. City goalkeeper Marie Hourihan had been busy early in the game and had to denyAsisatOshoala on numerous occasions. City seemed to have the luck of the moment after a freekick from Toni Duggan deflected straight into the path ofBeattie, who did not make any mistake from the ensuing finish. Ironically, this goal came just moments after the effort from Danielle Carter saw Arsenal rattle the goalpost. Despite the numerous chances, Arsenal saw City take the lead with an unlikely effort.
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Durham Ladies endured more disappointment after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers Belles.
The disappointment largely stems from the fact that the team has managed only one goal in the last four matches. In fact, in the opening eight matches of the season, they have scored only 10 league goals. This poor run of form is threatening to keep them near the foot of theWomen’s Super League Two table. Manager Lee Sanders, though, remains confident that the players will be able to regain their confidence in the coming weeks.
Despite this poor run of form,Sanders has tried to look at the positives and one of them is the number of chances that the team has been creating. It is the efficiency of converting those chances that has taken a beating in the last five matches. After having scored nine goals from the first four matches, one would have thought thatSanders will have no trouble in getting his team near the top of the table. However, the form has nosedived since the last international break andSanders has admitted to a lot of inconsistencies with regard to form. A quickfire solution will be to use the transfer window to improve the squad andSanders cannot wait for the mid-season window. Continue reading →