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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

Norwegian
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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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The players we will miss at the 2016 Olympic Games women’s football tournament

April 29, 2016 in Blogs, News, rio2016

Players who will be missed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The players we will miss at the 2016 Olympic Games

Less than 100 days before the Olympic Games, Rio 2016. Unfortunately, great teams were left out of the competition, since only 12 countries will compete in the women’s football tournament.

So many talented players, who deserved to be there, will miss the competition. I wrote down a short list of players that I will miss most in the Olympics, of course there are many others, but to mention all of them I would need a whole day to write. So, that’s my short list. What is yours? Read the rest of this entry →

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Sexism, politics and women’s football in Brazil

April 22, 2016 in Blogs

Sexism, politics and women’s football in Brazil

Football is the most popular sport in Brazil. It is no wonder that the country has won an unprecedented five World Cups and is considered the land of football. However, Brazil is also known to be an extremely conservative and sexist country in which the rights of gender equality need to progress further still. So, it’s not surprising that sexism is also reflected in women’s football in Brazil, where a strong patriarchal hierarchy keeps women’s football marginalized.

Although football was introduced to Brazil in 1894, the country is belated when it comes to embracing the women’s game. In Brazil, women were prohibited from playing football in 1941, and only in 1979 were they allowed to play. Even now, female Brazilian players still have to deal with prejudice. There is a very common thought in the country that football is something that only men can do. Read the rest of this entry →

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Questions I would like to ask Vadão

January 6, 2016 in Blogs

Brazil Women's National Football team

Questions I would like to ask Vadão

2016 is an Olympic year and I have already secured my ticket to the great final match at the Maracanã stadium. I am very excited with this big event, but on the other hand I am also disappointed with the paths the Brazil Women’s National Team (WNT) have been taking.

Last Monday, Brazil WNT head coach Vadão has named 21 players for the first training camp of 2016.
[1- Bárbara, 2- Luciana, 3- Letícia, 4- Fabiana, 5- Tamires, 6- Poliana, 7- Camila, 8- Rilany, 9- Tayla, 10- Bruna Benites, 11- Géssica, 12- Mônica, 13- Formiga, 14- Beatriz Vaz e Silva, 15- Andressa, 16- Thaísa, 17- Maurine, 18- Juliete, 19-Rafaela Travalão, 20- Débora, 21- Gabriela Zanotti]

After I read the list I thought, really, Vadão? Really? Read the rest of this entry →

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Retrospective 2015: The most important events in women’s football this year

December 22, 2015 in Blogs, News

 

Retrospective 2015: The most important events in women’s football this year.

The year 2015 is not over yet, but it is already letting the fans of women’s football nostalgic and this fact did not happen by chance.

It was a very important year for women’s football. It was a year of many emotions, of joy for some, but also of sadness for others. A year in which great legends hung up their boots, but also in which new star players emerged for women’s football. It was a typical year of a Women’s World Cup!

I would like to invite everyone to come with me on this trip to the tunnel of time so we can see together the most remarkable events in women’s football that happened in 2015. Read the rest of this entry →