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Euro 2017 build-up
« on: May 20, 2017, 09:23:01 AM »
The thread for any pre-tournament international matches, news, opinions and bust-ups prior to Euro 2017 in the Netherlands. The finals begin on Sunday 16 July and will be the biggest Women's European Championship to date.

A reminder of the teams and their groups:

Group A: Netherlands (hosts), Norway, Denmark, Belgium
Group B: Germany (holders), Sweden, Italy, Russia
Group C: France, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland
Group D: England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal

England gather on 5 June for training camp, before their games begin in Switzerland with an away friendly. In July they'll face Denmark of Group A, a few weeks before England's tournament opener against Scotland on 19 July. For Anna Signeul's Scotland team, three opponents are lined up as Euro 2017 preparation – games at home to non-qualifiers Romania and Ireland, and away to Sweden.

Scotland v Romania - Fri 9 June, 7pm, Falkirk Stadium
Switzerland v England - Sat 10 June, 5.15pm BST, Tissot Arena in Biel
Sweden v Scotland - Tue 13 June, 5pm BST, Myresjöhus Arena in Växjö
Denmark v England - Sat 1 July, 6pm BST, Gladsaxe Stadium, Copenhagen
Scotland v Ireland - Fri 7 July, details TBC

Looking at how a few other countries will prepare for the championships, hosts the Netherlands are playing Japan and Austria, both in June. Germany are meeting in mid-June and have one game planned as it stands – against Brazil on 4 July at the Hardtwaldstadion in Sandhausen. France will start their warm-up games later, against Belgium (7 Jul) and Norway (11 Jul).



Switzerland and Sweden will test the home nations
(pic: Anders Henrikson, cc-by)
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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017, 11:36:49 AM »
Following up on England's friendly with Italy last month - we knew Alice Parisi was carried off with an injury, but perhaps not the consequences.

Reported by Italian sources to have a tibia/fibula fracture, she's had surgery back in Italy. Looks like a long recovery - two months on crutches, and she'll miss the Euros:

- https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mondosportivo.it%2F2017%2F04%2F14%2Ffiorentina-femminile-niente-europeo-alice-parisi%2F&edit-text=&act=url
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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 08:46:18 AM »
Another one for the sidelines, and it was bad news for Scotland this week. Kim Little will almost certainly miss the tournament and some of next season, with a cruciate ligament injury she sustained in training at Arsenal.

She had been on the bench in her club's last match after recovering from a hamstring tear, and she expected to be in the squad for Scotland's friendlies. But ACL injuries are common in women's football – Little is really unlucky for it to happen at this time too.

Anna Signeul named Scotland's squad (before Little's injury) to play in their upcoming friendlies on 9 & 13 June. It's an interesting insight into the team's preparations:

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The friendly opposition were chosen in part to try to mirror the type of opponents Scotland will face in the Netherlands.

Romania are ranked just two places higher than Portugal, who Scotland face in their second group match.

Sweden are comparable in quality to Scotland's first opponents, England, and Signeul believes it is helpful to warm up against such a strong side.


Sweden will also play the USA in that week (8 June). And Wales will travel to Portugal for two friendlies on 8 & 11 June:

- http://www.faw.cymru/en/news/wales-womens-squad-portugal-friendlies-announced/
- http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/uswnt-squad-v-sweden-norway/


Kim Little has 117 caps for Scotland
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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2017, 10:06:39 AM »
Thursday 8 June
Match previews:

Portugal v Wales (4pm) - Wales interviews with manager Jayne Ludlow and striker Natasha Harding
Ireland v Iceland (7.30pm)
Other games listed on WSC


More injury news for Scotland - Lizzie Arnot will miss Scotland's two friendlies this week with an ACL injury. Anna Signeul has talked about the pain of losing Kim Little for the tournament, but is upbeat for the team's test against Romania and Sweden in the coming days:

- http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/anna-signeul-friendly-fire-just-10548012
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40104591


For England Mary Earps has joined the squad as a fourth training goalkeeper, while Fara Williams has talked about England's Euro chances and arrogance :-\

The U.S. team are playing away to Sweden on Thursday night.
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Live Fri 7pm - Scotland friendly
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 01:28:54 PM »
Friday 9 June

Scotland v Romania, Falkirk Stadium, 7pm
Match live on
Scottish National Team channel - www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVpDiBtaaoA


Funny how they said "it will not be broadcast live" in an earlier message. What a ticketing ruse :D Elsewhere, Netherlands have a match with Japan tonight. The Dutch training camp is without Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, who has withdrawn with an injury.



Yesterday's highlights:

Hayley Ladd scored for Wales impressively in a 2-1 win in Portugal:

- http://www.faw.cymru/en/news/wales-secure-victory-over-womens-euro-2017-finalists-portugal/

Portugal 1 Wales 2: goals and Jayne Ludlow interview
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHAF4T2Tejc


The USA beat Sweden 1-0 away through Rose Lavelle's goal, and Ireland hosted Iceland in much worse weather:

- https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0608/881302-ireland-iceland/

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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2017, 06:55:07 AM »
Friday 9 June

Scotland v Romania, Falkirk Stadium, 7pm
Match live on
Scottish National Team channel - www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVpDiBtaaoA


Report here. A funny thing happened after the match – the team refused to talk to the media, due to a players' dispute with the Scottish FA:

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40230767

The dispute is something to do with the full-time funding that was granted in February. That only covers half of the team (the home-based players?) and must be a sore point for the ones that aren't being helped.

Manager Anna Signeul is distancing herself from the row.

Signeul will choose her final Scotland squad next week, after the Sweden friendly. She says there are no guarantees – "no one has a place", players earn their places. I took that as a barb at Mark Sampson, who says he doesn't look at players' form when picking England's squads. Until you realize that his selection policies have been much weirder, hers are fairly normal. So, maybe she didn't mean it like that?

No Anglo-Scottish antagonism in these comments – Jordan Nobbs, Jodie Taylor and Ellen White have paid tribute to Scotland's Kim Little after her injury. They would have been on opposing sides on 19 July, but sadly it's not to be.



Saturday 10 June

Switzerland v England, 5.15pm UK time
Match live on
England Women's Twitter page - twitter.com/lionesses


Alex Greenwood has suffered an injury for this match.

Other fixtures: England and Scotland's toughest Euro opponent Spain will host Brazil (Saturday 5.30pm UK time). On Sunday 11 June, it's the second match of Wales's doubleheader away to Portugal, who will also be in England and Scotland's group. And there's Norway v USA (Sunday 6pm).

On Friday, Japan beat their Dutch hosts 1-0 with an excellent goal by Kumi Yokoyama.
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Swi v Eng friendly
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2017, 10:26:50 PM »
Saturday 10 June

Switzerland v England, 5.15pm UK time

Match video is available here - https://www.pscp.tv/w/1gqxvbXvXVexB
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Sweden v Scotland, 5pm
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2017, 09:03:11 AM »
Tuesday 13 June

Sweden v Scotland, Växjö, 5pm UK time
Match on
BBC Alba (live)
- iPlayer www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08w9l8r

This is on in the evening, preview and team news here:

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Sweden, ranked sixth in the world, are a strong force in women’s football and were close to toppling giants USA just a few days ago but lost out 1-0.
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Anna Signeul has faced her home country five times during her reign as Scotland head coach, in three friendlies and two World Cup Qualifiers. The team have been unable to grind out a victory against them, as yet. The last time they played each other, Sweden ran out 6-0 winners in January, 2016. Their last visit to Scotland was a closer run thing though when Scotland lost out 3-1 at Fir Park in 2014.



Myresjöhus Arena will host tonight's game
(pic: Andreas Nilsson/bilderna.it, cc-by-sa)



To give some kind of background on Sweden, France, Germany and England, you could do worse than look at their national women's leagues. How do they compare to each other?

- http://dailycannon.com/2017/06/womens-football-analysis-a-comparison-of-five-major-leagues/

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From the top five leagues across the world (Sweden, France, USA, UK, Germany), the average age from 1,251 footballers was 24.1. ... As a result of developments and progression, more players are making moves from nation to nation and an average of 5.1 players per team were playing outside of their country of birth.


On an England note, Mark Sampson chose the squad months ago – before the clubs had taken part in the Spring Series. How does that decision look now?

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40159293



Switzerland and Sweden will test the home nations

"Test" not really the right word in Switzerland's case

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40234004

In an easy win, only a couple of worrying things for England – a miss on an open goal at 0-0 by Fran Kirby, who's recently returned from injury. Also, there was a yellow card for Nikita Parris for a dive in the area, which Swiss media called "an embarrassing swan", which is what they call a dive over there.

Euro opponent Spain were narrowly beaten by Brazil, but it seems the Spanish defence fell apart near the end:

Spain 1 Brazil 2, June 10
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKUobf_XOuw

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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 07:56:08 PM »
Wales lost their second friendly in Portugal:

- http://www.shekicks.net/news/view/14597
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnjJK-e6wNk

Norway hosted the USA – match is available in full - 1st half / 2nd half - or as very brief highlight(s?)



Future Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema scored in a Dutch win over Euro qualifiers Austria:

Netherlands 3 Austria 0

Belgium 1 Japan 1

Iceland 0 Brazil 1


Russia played two games against Serbia – game 1 (highlights / in full) and game 2 (highlights / in full)



As mentioned on that Switzerland-England 'commentary', for the Euro 2017 tournament we've got a Panini:

- https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/05/womens-euro-2017-panini-stickers

(World Cup had one too.)

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Forthcoming Fixtures
    30 June: Spain v Belgium (San Pedro del Pinatar)
    1 July: Denmark v England (Copenhagen)
    4 July: Germany v Brazil (Sandhausen)
    6 July: Austria v Denmark (Wiener Neustadt), Scotland v Republic of Ireland (Raith Rovers FC)
    7 July: France v Belgium (Montpelier)
    8 July: Sweden v Mexico (Falkenberg), Netherlands v Wales (Sparta Rotterdam)
    11 July: Belgium v Russia (Denderleeuv), France v Norway (Sedan)

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Scotland on 'strike'
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2017, 11:58:56 AM »
A funny thing happened after the match – the team refused to talk to the media, due to a players' dispute with the Scottish FA:
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40230767

The dispute is something to do with the full-time funding that was granted in February. That only covers half of the team (the home-based players?) and must be a sore point for the ones that aren't being helped.

So, the players are on a kind of strike - but are still playing and presumably training. According to this list they're just on strike from corporate BS:

- http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/scotlands-women-turmoil-run-up-10640965

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Their player reps, led by captain Gemma Fay, drafted in Fraser Wishart of PFA Scotland two months ago in a bid to end their stalemate with SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. ... Sources within the camp claim the dispute is less about money and more about respect.
(Daily Record)

It's easy to read the article as them 'demanding equal pay to men', which would be incredibly optimistic. Rather it seemed like the SFA were more interested in using the Euros to make themselves look good, not to create equality even within the women's squad itself.

This comes after team and FA disputes in Ireland and the USA.

Coach Signeul is remaining (officially) neutral. She's given a nice interview today, in which the subject of equality is never far away:

- http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/scotland/anna-signeul-leaves-lasting-legacy-with-scotland-1-4478934

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"It wasn’t until I was maybe 30 that I started to realise that’s not how it works actually. It doesn’t matter if you are very good or if you invest as much time in something as men, it doesn’t matter because you are a woman and you are a football player and you are not worth as much as a man. It was the same if you were a coach."
(Anna Signeul in the Scotsman)
(should be Scotsperson)

She says it in the past tense, but it's possible to read more into what she's talking about.

More on this situation as it develops! Will the SFA give the players their due? Will Uefa and Channel 4 get their photo ops?

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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2017, 09:28:48 AM »
So, the [Scotland] players are on a kind of strike - but are still playing and presumably training. According to this list they're just on strike from corporate BS:

- http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/scotlands-women-turmoil-run-up-10640965

A slightly better article about it here – basically we don't know for sure what they're discussing. It can't be equal match fees, as men's and women's teams don't get them anyway. It might be about qualification bonuses, or (my guess) the reimbursements that only the Scottish-based players get.

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40344365

Or maybe they'd rather not have to do interviews for Channel 4 :D The row has delayed Scotland's Euro squad announcement too.



Elsewhere! This is a rundown of how the 16 nations have all been preparing for the finals:

- http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/news/newsid=2478718.html

With four weeks to go, England are training at the National Football Centre and (Coey will groan) they're very fit! They have the fittest fitness. ??? Group D opponents Portugal have announced their squad.

In contrast to England, the 8-time champions Germany have had three weeks' break after the women's Bundesliga season ended. The Germans' final squad will be announced only on July 5 after their Brazil match:

- http://www.dfb.de/en/news/detail/dfb-women-prepare-to-defend-european-title-169354/



And here are a load of highlights from the internationals:


Switzerland v England, 10 Jun
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqrr3iy5Faw


Sweden v Scotland, 13 Jun
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYFJYtH6MxE


Netherlands v Austria, 13 Jun
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA2VqJZf5jc



Belgium v Japan, 13 Jun
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptkQxF-bgjQ


Iceland 0 Brazil 1, 13 Jun
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=XztDgFJ3DQY


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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2017, 05:57:40 AM »
A weird development in the England camp, as Marieanne Spacey has quit as assistant coach to Mark Sampson.

- http://www.football.co.uk/fa/marieanne-spacey-quits-england-role-to-take-up-new-job-at-fo/8873278/

She's also stepping down as the coach of the U23s team.

As stated in the OP, I'm hoping for an SFA style bust-up, but it's possible that this has been planned for a long time. Spacey has just received her UEFA Pro Licence, and will immediately start preparing her program to work with young England players from September.

All well and good, but the timing is the strange thing. Granted, they will desperately need new players for the seniors in a few years. But Sampson is reportedly seeking a new assistant coach now, before the Euros start, which might badly disrupt the squad's cohesion in this tournament. Is he really more focused on the 2019 World Cup already?

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The scheme [led by Spacey] will support a selected group of young English female players in maximising their development, helping them to effectively transition from youth teams into the senior women’s side. It will launch in September 2017, in line with the new women’s domestic season.

The players will be selected to be a part of the programme in consultation with FA WSL clubs and national coaches. They will receive individual developmental support across a wide range of areas with a particular focus on technical and educational work, with the aim of maximising their potential and building winning England teams.
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Spacey will support The FA’s head of women’s coach development, Audrey Cooper, working to develop both female coaches and coaches working in the women’s game, delivering bespoke courses and mentoring.

Other teams! Ones that might win. Well, we've got England and Scotland's opponents Spain, who have announced their squad. It doesn't contain Verónica Boquete or Sonia Bermúdez, but is predominantly drawn from Barca and Atletico, the top 2 in the recent Liga Iberdrola season.

Sylvain has analysis of the French squad here, and Sweden's 23 have also been announced.
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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2017, 11:13:38 AM »
A weird development in the England camp, as Marieanne Spacey has quit as assistant coach to Mark Sampson.

- http://www.football.co.uk/fa/marieanne-spacey-quits-england-role-to-take-up-new-job-at-fo/8873278/


It's not comparable to what Scotland's players are going through, but losing England's assistant manager can't be good for Sampson's "meticulous pre-tournament training plan". No word on a replacement yet. England have an away friendly coming up on Saturday 1 July in Denmark.

Still no announcement about the Scotland strike either. Earlier this week, the Herald's Alan Campbell talked about the SFA "playing it safe" in delaying the squad announcement, as they'd like players to be present at the press conference - also some observations on the Sweden game.

But the columns The Kicker and Susan Egelstaff are much less optimistic:

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To their great credit, the players have not gone public on their grievances but you can guess that one of them will be lack of respect from the blazers at Hampden Park. No matter what the problems are, they should have been resolved months ago. Instead there is apparently a crunch meeting later today [Thursday] and surely sense will prevail and there will be a resolution of some sort.
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What is so sad though, is that while this is a shocking state of affairs, it comes as little surprise to me. The SFA still, in 2017, do not have a woman on their board.

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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2017, 10:20:27 AM »

Scotland/SFA dispute is over:

- http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/scotland-womens-national-team-resolve-10682410
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40395004
- http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=1986&newsCategoryID=3&newsID=17042

It sounds like the players got their wish, to "ensure there is a full and proper commitment by the governing body to promoting the women’s game at grassroots and national level" and equal rewards for the men's and women's teams. But both sides are only speaking in generalities at the moment.

The Scotland squad should be announced in a couple of days.



Scotland women's team in Sweden, 2014
(pic: Anders Henrikson, cc-by)

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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2017, 03:07:56 PM »
Scotland's squad is announced, but the injury problems continue, as Jen Beattie is ruled out:

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40414660


Also squad announcements for Sweden, Norway, Russia, Ice Land, Denmark and Belgium.

Spain will host Belgium this evening (Friday) in Murcia. Then Denmark v England is on Saturday evening.

Scotland face Ireland on Fri 7 July - Ireland's squad will be without Sunderland's Stephanie Roche - and Wales have a friendly on Sat 8 July, away to the Netherlands.
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Den v Eng, live 6pm Sat
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2017, 11:45:48 AM »
Saturday 1 July

Denmark v England, 6pm, at the Gladsaxe Stadium in Copenhagen. And it's live... on the Channel 4 website :-[

- http://www.channel4.com/programmes/england-friendlies

Fun as it is to bash C4 for not showing it on any TV channel, they may not have had much notice. Every game, the coverage is only announced on the Lionesses Twitter the day before the game. It's the national team for goodness' sake.

In other news..

Hey! You know how England drew with Belgium that one time? You know how Belgium thrashed Scotland 5-0? You'd guess Belgium would do okay against England and Scotland's upcoming opponent, Spain, the Algarve Cup winners...

Spain (red) v Belgium, 30 Jun
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtiZ9Bpyg1E


(Match report here.)

Yikes! In other news, Germany have named their Euros squad a bit earlier than expected - but Alexandra Popp is out with a knee injury.

- http://www.dfb.de/en/news/detail/jones-announces-squad-popp-ruled-out-injured-170094/
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Re: Denmark v England
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2017, 08:52:55 AM »
Saturday 1 July

Denmark v England, 6pm, at the Gladsaxe Stadium in Copenhagen. And it's live... on the Channel 4 website :-[

- http://www.channel4.com/programmes/england-friendlies

Danish TV took the crazy step of actually televising the game and giving us a highlights video:

- http://www.dr.dk/sporten/fodbold/kvindelandsholdet/hoejdepunkter-harder-perle-ikke-nok-i-dansk-em-test-mod-england
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Re: Euro 2017 build-up
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2017, 08:38:53 AM »
A weird development in the England camp, as Marieanne Spacey has quit as assistant coach to Mark Sampson.

Gemma Grainger is joining the coaching staff temporarily for the Euros, but isn't touted as an assistant.

- http://www.shekicks.net/news/view/14684


England are in Valencia this week for warm-weather training in Spain. The France squad are in nearby Montpellier :) (it's kinda near) training before their friendly with Belgium on Friday 7 July.

Brazil have hit a snag. They have a friendly with Germany today (Tuesday 4.45pm BST), but clubs have refused to release eight players, including Marta, outside of the FIFA international window. Match is on ARD where available.

Anna Signeul has written about the upcoming tournament for Scotland. A Scotland international has made a transfer to the WSL this week: Lisa Evans (Bayern to Arsenal). Scotland play Ireland at Raith Rovers this Friday.
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Germany v Brazil
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2017, 06:55:15 AM »
Brazil have hit a snag. They have a friendly with Germany today (Tuesday 4.45pm BST), but clubs have refused to release eight players, including Marta, outside of the FIFA international window. Match is on ARD where available.

Here's the game - (German comms) http://mediathek.daserste.de/Sportschau/EM-Test-der-DFB-Frauen-gegen-Brasilien-/Video?bcastId=53524&documentId=44131654

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Sco v Ire, 7.30pm Fri
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2017, 10:54:25 AM »
Friday 7 July

Scotland v Ireland - Raith Rovers, 7.30pm
Match live on
BBC Alba
- available on iPlayer for a week


With an English ref. :) Scotland's last game before the Euros - it could be the 200th cap for goalkeeper Gemma Fay:

- http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986&newsCategoryID=6&newsID=17058
- http://www.fai.ie/ireland/match/55501/2017/999943446?tab=preview


Also tonight is France v Belgium (8pm UK time). France have dedicated the game to the late Montpellier club president Louis Nicollin.



Highlights from Tuesday:

Germany v Brazil, 4 Jul
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp1d6sR9dp0