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Cristiane, Rosana and Fran announce early retirement following Brazil WNT controversial coaching staff change.

September 29, 2017 in Blogs, News

Cristiane, Rosana and Fran announce early retirement following Brazil WNT controversial coaching staff change.

Cristiane, Rosana and Fran announce early retirement following Brazil WNT controversial coaching staff change.

The last few days have been a nightmare for Brazilian women’s football. The Brazilian coach Emily Lima was dismissed after only 10 months in charge of Brazil women’s national team and without playing any official tournament, after bad results in friendly matches against countries better ranked.

In addition, some players decided to advance their retirement from the senior national team, for not agreeing with the change of coaching staff. Read the rest of this entry →

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We still need to talk about The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award

September 23, 2017 in Blogs

We still need to talk about The Best FIFA Women's Player Award

We still need to talk about The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award

A year has not yet passed, since the last The Best FIFA Football Awards, when I wrote about my huge surprise to not see Ada Hegerberg, UEFA Women’s Player of the Year for the 2015/16 season, included in the ten original nominees.

Then, to watch Carli Lloyd, who is a great player and that I admire deeply, to win the award over the Bayern Munich player, Melanie Behringer, and now, eight months later, we still need to talk about the lack of representatives among nominees of The Best FIFA Football Awards in terms to reward the best players for their respective achievements during the year.

Initially, I was stunned with the shortlist created by a panel of women’s football experts that have nominees ten players for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017 award. Read the rest of this entry →

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Women’s football in South America

July 24, 2017 in Blogs, News

Women's football in South America

Women’s football in South America

When people think about women’s football in South America, the first thoughts that come to their minds are Brazil’s women national team and names such as Formiga, Marta and Cristiane.

It is true that since the beginning of its trajectory, the Brazilian women’s football has dominated South America and has been its main representative in the international tournaments. Of the seven editions already held of the Copa America, Brazil was champion of almost all the editions, except in 2006, when it was runner-up against Argentina. Furthermore, the Brazilian women’s team participated in all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the tournament was created and was runner-up in the 2007 edition. Already in the Olympic Games, Brazil won Silver Medal in 2004 and 2008 editions. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sole Jaimes: The Argentine player who shines in Brazil

April 9, 2017 in Blogs, News

Sole Jaimes: The Argentine player who shines in Brazil

Sole Jaimes: The Argentine player who shines in Brazil

Brasileiro Feminino 2017, South America and more

The Brasileiro Feminino 2017 is heading into the seventh round and it is not a Brazilian that is standing out until now, but a hermana, an Argentine player, 28 years-old, called Florencia Soledad Jaimes, or just Sole Jaimes.

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Women’s football is a global village: Recent news about women’s football around the world

February 23, 2017 in Blogs, News

Women's football is a global village: recent news about women's football around the world

Women’s football is a global village: recent news about women’s football around the world

Whoever thought we would not experience great emotions in women’s football in 2017 was wrong.

We started the year with the announcements of big name player transfers, creations of new leagues and the strengthening of others, as well as the promise of great friendly matches at both club and international level.

Who, like me, can not wait for the matches of the UWCL, NWSL, Frauen Bundesliga, Dammalsvenskan, The FA WSL, D1 Féminine, Algarve Cup, 2017 SheBelieves Cup and for all other leagues and tournaments matches around the world? Raise your hand!

Women’s football has become increasingly global. The United States is no longer alone at the top, more and more nations are increasing the investments in women’s football and others that neither had a women’s football history, begin to develop their first female leagues. The women’s football world is becoming a global village. Of course it has much to do yet. Read the rest of this entry →

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We need to talk about The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award

January 9, 2017 in Blogs, News

We need to talk about The Best FIFA Women's Player Award

We need to talk about The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award

No, it is not April 1st. Carli Lloyd just won the The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award for 2016. It was already a huge surprise not to see Ada Hegerberg, UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award for 2015/16, included in the ten original candidates, imagine what was, for us, who follow women’s soccer, to watch Carli Lloyd, who is a great player and that I admire deeply, to win the award over the Bayern Munich player, Melanie Behringer. Read the rest of this entry →

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My 10 finalists for Best Women’s Player in 2016

January 8, 2017 in Blogs, News

My 10 finalists for Best Women's Player in 2016

My 10 finalists for Best Women’s Player in 2016

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 is approaching so I decided to share with you my 10 finalists for Best Women’s Player in 2016.

Since the defeat of Inka Grings in 2009, we have not seen such a controversial FIFA Women’s Player list such as the current one, which has left out the best European player of the season.

I will not order the players, except the number one, the best of the year, which all female football lovers know, that was Ada Hegerberg, this season. So hope you like it and share your opinion!

Ada Hegerberg

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The Best 23 Young Players In The World

December 13, 2016 in Blogs, News

The Best 23 Young Players In The World

The Best 23 Young Players In The World

The year is ending and 2016 was a year of much activity in women’s football. Rio 2016 Olympic Games, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, etc. So I decided to create a list with the 23 best footballers in the world under the age of 23. I hope you enjoy and comment!

Ada Hegerberg – 21 years old

Norway – Forward

Ada Hegerberg

Lyon and Norway’s Ada Hegerberg has won the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award for 2015/16. In January, she became the first woman in 20 years to win Norway’s Gold Ball award for the country’s best footballer. She won the 2015/16 UEFA Women’s Champions League and the 2015/16 Division 1 Féminine season with Olympique Lyonnais. She also finished the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2015/16 season as top scorer on 13 goals and Division 1 Féminine 2015/16 season on 33 goals. Lyon is the current best team in women’s football and Ada Hegerberg was the best player in the world this season. Read the rest of this entry →

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Brazil on the right path

November 3, 2016 in Blogs, News

Marta Vieira da Silva

Brazil on the right path.

The last couple of years were very disappointing for the Brazilian women’s football fans.

This is because, despite the large investment in the women’s team, as the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) invested more than ever before, the team had a poor performance in the main tournaments, well below what was expected of them, having been eliminated in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and in the Quarter-finals in the Olympic Games in Rio, where the team was one of the favourites, since Brazil was the host country.

However, this week might be a turning point in the Brazilian women’s football future. The CBF, aiming to follow the global tendency to empower women in football, decided to dismiss Vadão, the current coach with all his coaching staff, that were composed only by men, and to employ a female coach, for the first time in Brazilian history, to lead the senior Brazilian women’s team. Read the rest of this entry →

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Why it was not a surprise to see Germany and Sweden in the Rio 2016 Olympic Final…

August 25, 2016 in Blogs, News

Silvia Neid and Pia Sundhage

Why it was not a surprise to see Germany and Sweden in the Rio 2016 Olympic Final

For those of you who follow women’s football, it was not a surprise to see Sweden and Germany, who after both not impressed in the first matches, went on to become finalists of the Olympic games. What was also not a surprise, was to see Brazil being eliminated despite its “good” campaign beginning.

The main difference between the Brazilian team and the two European teams is the importance that their own football confederation give to them.

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) created the coaching staff of Brazilian women’s national team composed only by men and copying the same values and formats of male teams. Whereas Sweden and Germany, who both have great tradition in women’s football with strong and consolidated national leagues, preferred to invest in coaching staff made up with female former players with an enviable history of titles in their career.

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