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England International Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup 2018
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:02:28 PM »
One thing this does show is how many of our players are playing abroad, which is something I would love to see in the men’s game as well

As a Reading fan, I am a little surprise to see two Reading players dropped. Jade Moore has been out injured, but is now back and was short-listed for last year’s England player of the year, so I would have expected her to be in and Jo Potter has been bang in form this season and probably our star player! She has been playing in defence and has been calmness personified!

That’s the beauty of international football though – Squads are all about opinion and of course, only one opinion really counts and that is the opinion of Phillip Neville.

Fingers crossed for the girls in this tourny

I did think it was a bit curious that Jo Potter especially wasn't selected. In general though, I think Neville's selections were excellent! Think he should have played Izzy Christiansen more though, especially in the absence of Jordan Nobbs. Moore... yes maybe, I was pretty critical of Walsh's selection (and that of Abbie McManus).

Are England Lionesses the only national team in the history of men's or women's football, to knock THEMSELVES out of three competitions, in as many years?

2015: Laura Basset own goal knocks England out of WC semi-final
2017: Fara Williams back-header, AND Millie Bright own goal, knocks England out of EC semi-final
2018: Millie Bright own goal loses England an almost certain trophy in the SheBelieves Cup

Has any national team, ever, done this? Or is this a world record in the sport?

And I was a big fan of Millie Bright, but she has knocked England out of two consecutive international tournaments now. Has this ever happened before, or is Millie Bright the all-time mens and womens record-holder in the sport...

It's a really quite extraordinary feat, and in all my years of watching the mens game, I dont recall this level of self-sabotage consistency by a single team. Though Daley Blind for Manchester United has come very close at league level..

Aha! Righto.

Its likely that I overlook Dutch players, because I thought they were totally undeserving of winning the Championship. There's not a doubt in my mind that anywhere but at home, they wouldn't win anything. That said, I am glad to have another name to look into! Although Im not crazy about watching that disaster again, and think that the main reason we were knocked out was due to defensive errors - most of all Fara Williams' bizarre stray ball for the killer goal. England just weren't themselves.

Then again, the SheBelieves cup shambles yesterday was lost by a defensive error. And when they knocked themselves out of WC 2015! So maybe England were themselves afterall...

Dabritz, well you know your stats! You bring info from the Rio Olympics and the Frauen Bundesliga. I must say, I wasnt aware of those impressive feats :) And that is because I was only going from their performances in the Netherlands. A blank-slate evaluation if you like. And that also means I wasnt going on goals - though of course theyre a part of it. I think I was really going on how well they actually played. How skillful, precise and aware they were on the ball - thus Dabritz! 😊

If I was going on goals though, Jodie Taylor would certainly be at no. 1! As for Rose Lavelle, yes I only saw her in a few matches. Sad that shes injured, and Im hoping she is one of those who gets back her sense of the game and her skill.

After looking around my notes during the SheBelieves Cup, I found a study that I made to find the consistently best players that I saw throughout the tournament. The following players were those who didn't just do something very well, but did it consistently - for the most part, over multiple matches.

On the strength of their consistently quality performances during the tournament, the following players are who I would consider among the very best out there.

Top 9:
Stine Larsen - Danmark
Millie Bright - England
Ekaterina Sochneva - Russia
Andrea Pereira - Spain
Fanndis Fridriksdottir - Iceland
Jordan Nobbs - England
Sara Dabritz - Germany
Almuth Schult - GK, Germany
Hedvig Lindahl - GK, Sweden

The best of the rest of the best:
Jodie Taylor - England
Kristine Minde - Norway
Lena Goessling - Germany
Sanne Troelsgaard - Danmark
Isabel Kerschowski - Germany
Lina Magull - Germany
Babett Peter - Germany
Theresa Nielsen - Danmark
Toni Duggan - England
Fran Kirby - England

With honourable mentions for:

Holmfridur Magnusdottir - Iceland
Anna Kozhnikova - Russia
Steph Houghton - England

And of course, several other excellent players didn't make the list, either because I only saw them once, or didn't see them at all.

Who did you think were the most consistent individual players? Bear in mind that I didn't let the hype sway me. I only went for the best performances that I saw - not the ones that the media yaps on about. Some of the players in the tournament blew me away, and I look forward to seeing a name or two repeat in the SheBelieves Cup.

On that note, if I were to add a name from the US (the fourth nation in the tournament), on the basis of her 2017 performances, it would be the sublime Rose Lavelle. Izzy has done excellently as per usual, and Melissa Lawley looks to be England's best new player. If I were to sign a foreign player based on her 2017 international performances, it would be Spain's Andrea Pereira.

The FA WSL / Re: Where to watch the matches - please contribute!
« on: March 01, 2018, 07:43:42 PM »
Umm... you havent been At All helpful...

I am seriously starting to believe that there is some conspiracy to keep making it impossible to watch the womens' game. Football is something you Watch. Like music is something you listen to. If I cant see it, Im not gonna talk about it. It seems that everyone connected to or 'following' womens football is in a desperate struggle to keep it from being seen outside the football stadium.

At the same time you get presenters and footballers alike saying 'we want to grow the womens game and get a bigger audience'. If there are any, the marketing professionals and amatur enthusiasts  must be the worst marketers in the history and the future of the World. I have done investigations into the real perpetrators of 9/11, and have uncovered or found secrets from the military establishment for 17 years, but even I cant find a stream for an international Football match!! And when you ask socalled 'supporters' of the game, where you can find streams, they dont even write to you! Am I the only one who thinks this is retarded??

What the actual HELL is going on?!!

Announcements / Re: Future of the forum again
« on: January 07, 2018, 06:53:07 PM »
Hi David,

Im new here but I really like that there is a place like this.

What I would expect to happen is that former players, current players, and others involved in the womens game, would pitch in - and invite others. Also, dont girls who play football have any interest in it?

It seems very strange, but as usual, Im baffled by the sentiment 'we need to grow the popularity of womens football' when those who say that make seemingly no investment whatsoever in that cause themselves.

Due to the still niche nature of the sport, could you tell me why those involved in it havent been promoting this forum?

And I dont use Facebook either, but maybe people from here have surrendered to it. Why would be totally beyond me

The FA WSL / Re: Emma Hayes, Chelsea's other Special One
« on: January 07, 2018, 06:32:43 PM »
Dont know if this attatchment will work, and its a rubbish photo (iphone) but I like how a top manager in the womens game wears a fluffy pink scarf and bobble-hat to the London derby! After Mark Sampson and Nick Cushing, she's my favourite for the England job, of the England-based womens managers. Delighted that Aluko didnt play against Arsenal, otherwise I wouldnt have watched it. Chelsea have so much dynamism and good decision-making with Kirby, Davison, Ji and - as usual - Bachmann, who seems close to unplayable. I dont support Chelsea but Emma Hayes must be making a lot of good decisions.

The FA WSL / Re: The FA, kids & crowds
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:49:03 PM »
Looks like a while since the last post, but I couldnt agree more with the article. Whichever gender the players are, football Is a predominantly male sport and culture. To grow the game, the primary target market must be the same people who turn up to matches in the mens game. Thats who watches football. If young women also turn up, then, terrific!

The last womens match I was at, as a man I sort of really didnt want to be there. The kids made me uncomfortable, the mothers made me uncomfortable, and I realised why the lads dont want to go to matches (specifically going there as opposed to watching it on TV/online). We want to chant, swear, drink beer, whatever, like we do in the mens game. And the spectators werent football fans - it was quiet, and if you shouted encouragement it sounded almost out of place!

No proper football supporters want to be trapped in that environment. And when Lucia Bronze came on, she smiled at me, seeming to appreciate my encouragement/Bronzermania, cos I was the only one who cheered. If football supporters are going to attend, they need to feel as comfortable and unified as they do at male matches.

The FA WSL / Where to watch the matches - please contribute!
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:22:09 PM »
Hello Jadies and Lentilmen,

I live abroad, and even if I lived in England I would probably find it very hard to watch the games. Maybe you guys do too, or maybe Im just not in the loop. I dont have any TV subscriptions, and I would like to know what you do to watch the matches - where you go online i.e. websites, searches,  tricks you use, etc. Im not planning on buying a subscription, and pirate sites usually only show me male football.

In the past I have used online site ATDHE (rarely have the games), a reddit link to Bristol City's channel, another youtube link, and something linked to MCTV. This changes all the time, and for most part it seems it just isnt being filmed.

Right now, one of my favourite fixtures is starting. (Bristol City Women vs Everton). So timely help would be fantastic in telling me where/how you watch it. And where to watch other WSL fixtures in future.

Thank you for helping me follow womens football!


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