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Offline Samuel Vimes

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #120 on: November 28, 2012, 10:15:00 PM »
Good draw for Lyon. Should be a cracker of a semi-final between Arsenal & Wolfsburg, if both teams can keep up their autumn form.
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Lyon sign Rapinoe and Ohno
« Reply #121 on: January 08, 2013, 07:11:28 PM »
Olympique Lyonnais have signed United States winger Megan Rapinoe and Japan forward Shinobu Ohno to boost their bid for a third straight UEFA Women's Champions League title.

UEFA Women's Champions League holders Olympique Lyonnais have signed United States winger Megan Rapinoe and Japan striker Shinobu Ohno as they continue to aim for an unprecedented third straight European title.

Rapinoe, 27, joins on a six-month deal having spent last year with Seattle Sounders and won an Olympic gold medal with the US. The 28-year-old Ohno, a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup winner and 2012 Olympic silver medallist and capped more than 100 times, arrives after two Japanese championship successes with INAC Kobe Leonessa, having previously aided NTV Beleza to eight between 2000 and 2010. She links up with compatriot Ami Otaki.

Rapinoe, one of the highest-profile American players to move to Europe in recent years, said on her Facebook page: "I am pleased to say Lyon will be my home for the next six months! I am thrilled at the challenge of being part of one of the best football clubs in the world."

Ohno, a member of the INAC side beaten 2-1 by Lyon in the final of a friendly tournament in Saitama, Japan, in November, said: "I am very happy to join this great club and I can assure you that I will do my best to live up to the expectations of the club and the supporters."

Lyon have won all 17 of their fixtures this season, including 13 in the French league where they lead ambitious Paris Saint-Germain FC and fellow European quarter-finalists FCF Juvisy Essonne by 11 points as they chase a seventh straight domestic title. Lyon last lost competitively over 90 minutes in March 2010, representing a 102-match undefeated run.

Having already secured coach Patrice Lair and several key players on new contracts this winter, Lyon continue their European title defence against Swedish champions FC Malmö in mid-March.

http://www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague/news/newsid=1910741.html

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #122 on: January 22, 2013, 12:33:56 PM »
Tickets on sale for women's final at Chelsea

Tickets go on sale shortly for the UEFA Women's Champions League final on 23 May at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge priced at just £10 (€12) for adults and £5 (€6) for children.

Tickets go on sale at 15.00GMT (16.00CET) for the UEFA Women's Champions League final, which starts at 19.30 local time (20.30CET) on 23 May at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge in London.

For the annual showcase, held two days before the men's final in the same city, an affordable ticket price structure ensures all football fans, including families, will be able to attend. Tickets cost just £10 (roughly €12) for adults and £5 (€6) for those under 18 or over 65. Disabled supporters (wheelchair and ambulant) can buy tickets at £10 or £5 depending on their age, with an accompanying adult admitted free. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets can be bought from Chelsea's official website at www.chelseafc.com/uefawomensfinal.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino said: "The UEFA Women's Champions League final is the pinnacle of European women's club football and the final match is the culmination of the women's club football season. UEFA is proud to stage the prestigious event in London and at Stamford Bridge, giving fans the opportunity to watch and celebrate first-class football in a family friendly atmosphere."

The 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League final ambassador, Faye White, said: "Women's football is growing in popularity at an impressive rate. The UEFA Women's Champions League final is a fantastic opportunity for fans to come together to see top-quality football played in a prestigious stadium. I hope that it will help inspire a new generation of female footballers in England."

Kelly Simmons, director of national game and women's football for the English Football Association (FA), said: "After a wonderful 2012 for women's football, we are looking forward to another massive year for the game.

"It's a hugely exciting time ahead with season three of the WSL [FA Women's Super League], the England women's senior team taking part in UEFA Women's EURO 2013 and welcoming the UEFA Women's Champions League final back to London. Stamford Bridge is a fantastic setting for this year's final and will provide fans with a great opportunity to watch top-level European football in England."

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay added: "Having witnessed the final in Munich last year when Lyon won it for the second year in a row in front of over 50,000 fans, it was quite an event. It's great to have it here at Stamford Bridge, it's a fantastic showcase for us and women's football and it's a real highlight for the game in the UK."

White and Simmons were joined at Stamford Bridge today by Chelsea ambassador Graeme Le Saux to mark the opening of ticket sales.

Last May more than 50,000 people attended the 2012 final at Munich's Olympiastadion as Olympique Lyonnais beat 1. FFC Frankfurt to retain the trophy. A few months later at the 2012 Olympics, more than 210,000 fans flocked to the three women's fixtures at Wembley Stadium – only one of which involved hosts Great Britain.

Any information requests about the ticket sales process for the UEFA Women's Champions League final should be made to Chelsea:

By phone: 0871 9841905
By email: websales@chelseafc.com

http://www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague/news/newsid=1911794.html

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #123 on: January 23, 2013, 09:09:47 AM »
Really hope it's a success with a good crowd, to be on terrestrial TV in this country would be a boost.

Wonder why Germany can do things better? Better attitudes towards the game as a whole perhaps rather than the self centred, egotistical view we have here.

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #124 on: January 23, 2013, 10:08:31 AM »
There is a still a cultural problem towards women's football in UK that does not exist any more in Germany. Mentalities have evolved there.

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #125 on: January 23, 2013, 10:43:20 AM »
Understanding culture is a very difficult things to change and takes a very long time, any thoughts on what Germany did to get to the point they have with the game?

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #126 on: January 23, 2013, 11:11:28 AM »
I could tell you more on why it is changing in France at the moment, but I think the DFB invested a lot on promoting women's football properly to the masses.

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #127 on: January 23, 2013, 11:48:56 AM »
Agreed, found out that the Marketing Manager for Women's Football at the FA has only just joined twitter?!?!? Apparently according to Linkedin has been in the role since 2008. How have they kept their job?! lol  ::)

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #128 on: January 23, 2013, 12:49:30 PM »
Agreed, found out that the Marketing Manager for Women's Football at the FA has only just joined twitter?!?!? Apparently according to Linkedin has been in the role since 2008. How have they kept their job?! lol  ::)
Indeed, I always thought Leigh was doing all the marketing for women's football at the FA. 

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #129 on: January 23, 2013, 02:25:12 PM »
He was just Social Media for WSL as far as im aware. Don't know who does it now.

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #130 on: January 23, 2013, 02:27:58 PM »
He was just Social Media for WSL as far as im aware. Don't know who does it now.
He left the FA so that marketing women must have taken over everything.

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'Nothing can stop us' beams Lyon scorer Schelin
« Reply #131 on: March 25, 2013, 11:36:05 AM »
After scoring two goals in a 5-0 UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final victory against FC Malmö, Lotta Schelin said "nothing can stop" Olympique Lyonnais from completing a hat-trick of UEFA Women's Champions League triumphs, provided the French team maintain the level of performance they delivered in the first leg.
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Disappointment was the overriding feeling in the visitors' camp, meanwhile, with coach Jonas Eidevall identifying too many mistakes and the lack of a cutting edge as the reasons for his team's heavy defeat in eastern France.

Lotta Schelin, Lyon striker
We are very happy with the result and with the way we played. We focused on the game very seriously. The proof is that we won 5-0. We used space very well and scored goals at the right time. Malmö have good players and play well. We were stronger tonight. If we continue on this path, in good form and being as efficient as we were tonight, nothing can stop us.

Sonia Bompastor, Lyon defender
We focused very seriously on the match knowing that Malmö have good attacking quality in Anja Mittag and Manon Melis. We have made things easy for ourselves going into the second leg. We are in a good position to reach the semi-finals and to beat Göteborg or Juvisy. We have the skills to win the Champions League for the third time in a row.

Elin Rubensson, Malmö midfielder
It is not good at all to have conceded five goals. We did not think Lyon were that much better than we were. I don't know what to say because we are so disappointed. To qualify we have to score at least five goals, so it will be hard, but we can play better. It will be a different game next week in the second leg.

Jonas Eidevall, Malmö coach
We are very disappointed with the result – it is not what we hoped for. We made too many mistakes and were punished. At the same time, we were not able to convert our chances, especially during the first half. We could have reached half-time leading 1-0 − this would have made a big difference. Despite that, we started the second half in a positive way, but then Lyon scored again. Tonight was a good lesson. To go through will be very difficult. It is hard to think about winning 5-0 or 6-0 at the moment.
 
http://www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague/news/newsid=1932214.html

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Torres consider Arsenal task
« Reply #132 on: March 25, 2013, 11:37:33 AM »
Giulia Domenichetti told UEFA.com that ASD Torres CF "still believe" they can come back from 3-1 down to knock out Arsenal LFC, but Kim Little says the Gunners will go to Sardinia to win.

 
The last time ASD Torres CF hosted Arsenal LFC they won 2-0 and they must hope for a repeat in Sardinia if they are to make it to their first UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final.

   
Arsenal won the first leg 3-1 but Sandy Maendly's 71st-minute away goal gave Torres hope. The sides met in the 2004/05 quarter-finals and in the second leg Arsenal won 4-1 to overturn their away loss; now Torres midfielder Giulia Domenichetti, who played in that tie eight years ago, is hoping the Italian side can pull off the comeback this time to go through to meet FC Rossiyanka or VfL Wolfsburg.

"Arsenal are a great team and we knew that and tried to hold our own and keep up with their rhythm," Domenichetti told UEFA.com. "However, that's hard to do over 90 minutes and we paid for mistakes at the back and a lack of incisiveness up front at times."

"But it's not all negative – 3-1 is good, we got an away goal, so it's still open. We wanted a second goal and and we looked like getting it, but maybe it was too late. We played better after it went to 3-0 as we were maybe a bit more relaxed, but we still believe we can do it and we'll try to turn it around at home."

Torres were not in action this weekend and neither were Arsenal, whose FA Women's Cup last 16 tie at Nottingham Forest LFC was postponed for the second weekend running. Kelly Smith, who limped off early in the first leg after opening the scoring, was due to miss that trip and is a doubt on Wednesday, but her fellow forward Kim Little, who got the third goal, is optimistic.

"We need to go into it confident," she said. "We've got the 3-1 victory we needed so we'll go out there going to get another victory and get through to the semis."

Last week's match was the first competitive game in charge for new Arsenal manager Shelley Kerr. But while much of the squad were unfamiliar with her, Little knows Kerr well having played alongside her for Hibernian LFC and Scotland, where she was subsequently part of the coaching team until her Arsenal appointment last month.

"She's coached me before and I played with her at Hibs and with Scotland," Little said. "She's a very passionate person who knows her stuff. She's got her Pro licence so we look forward to the rest of the season with her."
 
http://www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000371/match=2010939/prematch/preview/index.html

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #133 on: March 27, 2013, 04:10:25 PM »
Semi-finals: 13/14 & 20/21 April
Arsenal v Wolfsburg
Lyon v Juvisy

Arsenal beat Torres 4-1 on aggregate
Juvisy beat Goteborg 4-1 on aggregate
Wofsburg beat Rossiyanka 4-1 on aggregate
Lyon beat Malmo 8-0 on aggregate and yet to concede in the competition I think  :o
« Last Edit: March 29, 2013, 10:22:46 AM by Sylvain »

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #134 on: April 21, 2013, 12:59:22 PM »

Well as the saying goes "Men against Boys."  That really was "Women against girls." Its actually frightening just how far behind our game is compared to the Germans.  Arsenal gave their all but it really was like a non league team raising their game against a premiership side. 

More questions than answers for me.

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #135 on: April 21, 2013, 04:45:21 PM »
in my opinion arsenal were trying to play from the back ,wolfsburg played loads of long stuff.
wolfsburg strikers stood on the defenders shoulders and beat them to the long ball most times, so the difference that made wolfsburg better was the off ball running.
some of the arsenal players did not seem to make good runs.
little had an excellent 2ndd half though.
the more we get into europe, the better though.

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #136 on: April 21, 2013, 10:19:30 PM »
any ideas on what the attendances were for these 2nd legs?

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #137 on: April 21, 2013, 11:51:33 PM »
8k in Germany and 11k in France. Overall 32k over two legs for the all French semiifinal.

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Re: Champions League 2012/13 the road to London
« Reply #138 on: April 22, 2013, 07:16:09 AM »
Any reasons why the crowds were so high in France, are general attitudes better towards women's football?