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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #80 on: March 21, 2012, 04:05:17 PM »
Frankfurt through to the semi final by 3-1 aggregate over Malmo

Will play the winners of Arsenal-Goteborg tie.

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #81 on: March 21, 2012, 04:05:38 PM »
Frankfurt into the semis with a 3-1 (0-1, 3-0) win over LdB FC.

LdB didn't look very good for the last half hour I watched. Stunning dribble by Maroszán to set up the third (practically pointless) goal.
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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #82 on: March 21, 2012, 04:09:19 PM »
Let's hope our girls don't do anything stupid tonight and qualify. It is also an easy away to game to go to.

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #83 on: March 21, 2012, 08:31:29 PM »
Arsenal loses 1-0 and qualifies 3-2 on aggregate.

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #84 on: March 21, 2012, 08:39:52 PM »
a very watchable game, i enjoyed it a lot.

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #85 on: March 23, 2012, 11:35:10 AM »
Current ranking according to footofeminin.fr


1 Olympique Lyonnais FRA : 115,245
2 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam ALL : 87,785
3 FCR Duisburg ALL: 83,785
4 Arsenal Ladies FC ANG : 69,355
5 Umeå IK SUE : 64,130
6 Zvezda 2005 RUS : 62,800
7 1. FFC Frankfurt ALL : 60,785
8 WFC Rossiyanka RUS : 58,800
9 Brøndby IF DAN : 50,045
10 ASD Torres Calcio ITA : 45,035
11 Linköpings FC SUE : 44,130
12 Montpellier HSC FRA : 38,245
13 A.S.D. C.F. Bardolino Verona ITA : 38,035
14 FCF Juvisy FRA : 37,245
15 SV Neulengbach AUT : 37,240
16 FC Bayern München ALL : 35,785
17 Everton LFC ANG : 35,355
18 Paris Saint-Germain FC FRA : 35,245


1 Allemagne 81,166
2 France 76,500
3 Suède 61,000
4 Russie 60,000
5 Angleterre 43,500
6 Italie 39,500
7 Danemark 36,500
8 Autriche 28,000
9 Espagne 27,500
10 Rép. Tchèque 26,000

http://www.footofeminin.fr/Ligue-des-Champions-L-OL-largement-en-tete-au-coefficient-UEFA_b4029973.html

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #86 on: March 23, 2012, 12:00:12 PM »
does anyone know why British Eurosport screened the Lyon game instead of the Arsenal game?

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #87 on: April 01, 2012, 07:08:45 PM »
according to the Arsenal ladies website, their CL semi final is on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April.......at least they both kick off at 3:00pm.....

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #88 on: April 02, 2012, 12:20:08 PM »
all sorted now and website shows the match is definately Sunday 15 April 2012 with a 3:00pm kick - off.... ;D

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #89 on: April 16, 2012, 08:31:02 AM »
Arsenal 1 Frankfurt 2. OL 5 Potsdam 1.
Glad Arsenal got the easy draw and didn't get Lyon again...

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Lyon and Frankfurt vie for title
« Reply #90 on: May 01, 2012, 09:54:05 AM »
Holders Olympique Lyonnais aim to become only the second team to successfully defend the European title as they face sole three-time winners 1. FFC Frankfurt in Munich.

UEFA Women's Champions League holders Olympique Lyonnais aim to become only the second team to successfully defend the European title as they face sole three-time winners 1. FFC Frankfurt at Munich's Olympiastadion.

Previous meetings
• These side's paths have never crossed in UEFA competition. In 2007/08, Lyon's debut European season, only a semi-final loss to Umeå IK cost them a two-legged decider against Frankfurt.

Match background
• Last year's win was a first title for both Lyon and France, turning the tables  on 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam after their defeat against the German side in the inaugural UEFA Women's Champions League final 12 months previously. Goals from Wendie Renard and Lara Dickenmann secured a 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage in London.

• Lyon are only the second team to reach three straight finals. Umeå IK played in the first three showpieces, in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In the first and last of those they played Frankfurt, who have now equalled the Swedish team's mark of five finals.

• Frankfurt's victories in 2002, 2006 and 2008 make them the only three-time champions, and in all Germany have produced six of the ten winners. Three different German clubs – Frankfurt, Potsdam and FCR 2001 Duisburg – have taken the title, with only one each from the other successful nations: Sweden's Umeå (2003, 2004), England's Arsenal LFC (2007) and last year France's Lyon.

• Lyon made the semi-finals for a record fifth year running this season – every single one of their entries – though Frankfurt have made the last four on a joint record six occasions.

• All 13 Lyon players who took part in last year's final remain at the club. Among the Potsdam side was Fatmire Bajramaj, now at Frankfurt, while goalkeeper Desirée Schumann was an unused substitute prior to her own move west.

• Seven Lyon players could take part in their third straight final: Sarah Bouhaddi, Wendie Renard, Laura Georges, Shirley Cruz Traña, Amandine Henry, Louisa Necib and Lara Dickenmann.

• None of Frankfurt's 2002 winners remain in the squad but Kerstin Garefrekes, Sandra Smisek, Meike Weber and Saskia Bartusiak all were involved in the 2006 and 2008 victories. They would equal the record of three wins achieved by former Frankfurt team-mates Katrin Kliehm, Tina Wunderlich and Birgit Prinz.

• Bajramaj could complete a unique treble having won with Duisburg in 2008 and Potsdam a year later; she would also be the first player to feature in four consecutive finals. Schumann was an unused Potsdam substitute in 2010 having featured on their road to the final.

• This is the seventh final to feature at least one match in Germany. Frankfurt staged the one-off 2002 decider at the old Waldstadion and German clubs were involved in the two-legged finals of 2004 (Frankfurt), 2005 (Potsdam), 2006 (Frankfurt and Potsdam), 2008 (Frankfurt) and 2009 (Duisburg). The last two of those games attracted the competition's two highest crowds, 28,112 watching Duisburg draw 1-1 with Zvezda-2005 to complete a 7-1 aggregate win in 2009 a year after 27,640 saw Frankfurt defeat Umeå 3-2 for a 4-3 overall success.

• Patrice Lair, appointed Lyon coach after the 2010 final, was in charge of Montpellier Hérault SC for their run to the 2005/06 semi-finals in which Sonia Bompastor, Camille Abily and Élodie Thomis all featured. Frankfurt knocked out Montpellier on away goals, losing 1-0 at home but winning 3-2 in France with Smisek scoring twice.

• Frankfurt also played French opposition in their first semi-final of 2002, beating Toulouse FC 2-1 away and drawing 0-0 at home. After the Montpellier game their third tie with a French club came in the round of 16 this season, beating Paris Saint-Germain FC 3-0 at home and losing 2-1 away.

• Prior to their two finals against Potsdam, Lyon's only experience against German opposition was their 2008/09 semi-final against Duisburg, drawing 1-1 at home and losing 3-1 away. Bajramaj played in both legs as well as Lyon's two finals with Potsdam.

http://www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague/news/newsid=1789250.html

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Final does not daunt Lyon women
« Reply #91 on: May 01, 2012, 09:55:56 AM »
Their men's team are feeling the pinch, but as UEFA.com discovers, there is no sign of panic as holders Olympique Lyonnais prepare for the UEFA Women's Champions League final.

The cars in the car park are smaller and the changing rooms are not quite so luxurious, but the Olympique Lyonnais women have little else to envy their male counterparts on this frisky spring morning.

Training at La Plaine des Jeux, across the road from the men's Tola Vologe facility, the European champions are on course for the treble this season and the light-hearted mood in the camp reflects the team's tremendous results.

The atmosphere contrasts with the tension around 100 metres away, however. Rémi Garde's charges are in danger of failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time this century. They lost the Coupe de la Ligue final a fortnight ago, and Garde has decided to train his squad behind closed doors to ensure total focus just 72 hours before the French Cup showpiece against third-division US Quevilly.

A cluster of disappointed supporters denied the opportunity to see Lisandro and Michel Bastos wander across the Avenue Jean Jaurès to have a look at the team that has been brushing aside all comers.

The 'OL Angelles', a group of fans that have followed Patrice Lair's tyros throughout Europe this term, are already in place, their banner attached to the fence behind Sarah Bouhaddi's goal. "Merci, thanks, danke, tack, gracias, obrigado," it reads, expressing the supporters' appreciation for Lyon's multinational team.

"We follow them everywhere and will be in Munich for the final against [1. FFC] Frankfurt," explains David, who helped to make the banner. "There are going to be a lot of Germans so we're going to have to make as much noise as possible to be heard."

Once training is over, several players stay behind for lunch at the canteen where all club employees – from secretaries, to youth-team players and even the president – mix on a regular basis. "OL is like a big family," captain Sonia Bompastor says. "We know the boys well now and often take part in chat shows with them on the club TV channel."

Bompastor is keen to help herself to the pasta and chicken on offer – she has a busy afternoon ahead of her with a visit to a local school followed by another training session – but the man ahead of her in the queue is having trouble deciding what he wants. No one is going to hurry him along, though. It happens to be Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon's president since 1987 and the driving force behind both the men's and women's sections.

Aulas' eyes light up when he spots Bompastor. He offers the experienced French international a couple of pecks on the cheek before asking her how preparations are coming along for Saturday's French Cup semi-final against Arras FC. Bompastor reassures the boss that Les Fenottes will be ready. "The boys are often jealous of us," the left-back later laughs. "Monsieur Aulas loves us so much. We're definitely his favourites. He watches all our games and is really supportive."

http://www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague/news/newsid=1790726.html

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Frankfurt thriving amid sense of calm
« Reply #92 on: May 01, 2012, 09:56:57 AM »
1. FFC Frankfurt will be chasing a fourth European title against Olympique Lyonnais on 17 May, but UEFA.com found Sven Kahlert and his players impressively relaxed on a recent visit.

Our taxi driver furrows his brow, checks the address again and enters it into his satnav. The Sportanlage Rebstock may be the training ground of three-time European champions 1. FFC Frankfurt – and hub of their preparations for next month's UEFA Women's Champions League final – but on this drizzly afternoon it betrays little sense of continental grandeur.

Located about 15 minutes west of the city centre in Frankfurt-Bockenheim, the training complex is instead a picture of serenity, cast against the skyscrapers of downtown Frankfurt looming on the horizon. Birds chirp overhead as the players gather to be put through their paces, and although many are established internationals – former world champions even – there is no crowd of fans flocking to get autographs.

A group of teenage girls rollerblading close to the training pitches take little interest in the football activities unfolding nearby, nor in the camera crew setting up to film, yet it is easy to imagine this relaxed setting being ideal for Frankfurt's players as they prepare for the crucial games ahead.

These are exciting times for the club, with the UEFA Women's Champions League showpiece against Olympique Lyonnais on 17 May one of several big tests to come, along with the German Cup final against FC Bayern München five days beforehand and a number of vital Bundesliga fixtures.

As we meet with Sven Kahlert's charges, they are undergoing their final training session ahead of a league meeting with SC Freiburg, but thoughts of the Munich showdown with Lyon are hardly far from their minds.

"I have met Lyon twice in the Champions League final, but I was sitting on the bench," recalls goalkeeper Desirée Schumann, having played back-up to Anna-Felicitas Sarholz during 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam's runs to the final in 2010 and 2011.

Schumann watched from the sidelines as Sarholz helped clinch the first of those deciders during a penalty shoot-out in Getafe, but, with Frankfurt No1 Nadine Angerer missing through injury, Schumann is now ready to seize her chance. "This year's final will be something very special for me, because I will play," she added with a broad grin. "I'm really looking forward to it – just look at my face!"

As for captain Sandra Smisek, back in training after suffering a bruised pelvis, she too is in buoyant mood, running through brief descriptions of all her team-mates for our benefit. Only Swiss forward Ana Maria Crnogorčević seems to give her pause – and that for reasons of pronunciation. "Can I just say our new player Ana from Hamburg?" the experienced midfielder pleads with a laugh.

The prevailing sense of calm goes right to the top, in fact, with coach Kahlert impressively composed as we start our interview. While a group of youngsters use the running track to improve their times, the noise from a helicopter overhead forces us to interrupt the chat, but he is far from concerned that he may have to rejoin his players later than anticipated. "I told them before what they need to do and also wrote it down," he smiles. "We're safe."

For now, the team's fans clearly prefer letting Kahlert and his players perfect their routines in peace, but there is little doubt that many of them will make the trip to Munich on 17 May. "It's easier for us to bring our fans to Munich than to a city outside of Germany, and we are going to organise fan coaches," says Kahlert. Come the big day, it is probably safe to assume that those coach drivers will be able to find their way to the Olympiastadion – with or without satnav.

http://www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague/news/newsid=1791725.html

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Re: Champions League 2011/12 : The road to Munchen
« Reply #93 on: May 23, 2012, 08:41:45 AM »
Frankfurt thriving amid sense of calm

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