The 2019 Women’s World Cup: America, As Expected

Many apologies for the late delivery of this. As some of you may be aware, I am a de facto single parent at weekends, and whilst it was possible for me to get myself in front of a television set to watch the 2019 Women's World Cup final, freeing up the...

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A Brief History Of The Women’s World Cup Final

This evening in Lyon the United States of America seek to defend their title as the women's world champions when they play the Netherlands in the eighth official FIFA Women's World Cup final.  The story of the tournament, however, goes back quite a way...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup: Schrodingers Match

Oftentimes, the third-fourth place play-off match can be a surprisingly entertaining match. With the pressure largely off but a potentially large audience still likely for the match, the penultimate game of the tournament is an opportunity to...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup: Canada vs Sweden

Canada 0-1 SwedenOh, Canada. Whilst the Canadian men's national team have pretty a wretched record on the international stage - one appearance in the World Cup finals on 1986 which ended with elimination on the group stages, although the team's...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup: France vs Brazil

France 2-1 Brazil (After Extra Time)The hosts, then, continue to edge their way towards the final without really impressing. Following the unedifying spectacle on display in Valenciennes earlier in the day it rather felt as though this summer's Women's...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup: England vs Cameroon

England 3-0 CameroonWell, there's a lot to unpack here, but where do we start? This afternoon in Valenciennes England beat Cameroon this afternoon to progress to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Women's Cup, but that rather feels like the least important...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup: Norway vs Australia

Australia 1-1 Norway (Norway win 4-1 on penalty kicks)With disallowed goals, penalty claims being turned away, a red card and eventually a penalty shootout, this evening saw what might well turn out to be the most incident-filled match of the second round...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup: Germany vs Nigeria

Germany 3-0 NigeriaOnward and upward, then, to the start of the knockout stage of the 2019 Women's World Cup finals, and there couldn't have been a more visually arresting place to start this phase of the tournament than the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, a...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group E: Cameroon’s Day

Netherland, Canada, Cameroon, New ZealandAjara Nchout is quite the traveller. At twenty-six years of age her club career has already taken her to Russia, the USA, Sweden and Norway. Now, upon landing in France for the Women's World Cup finals, her career...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group D: Scotland Denied

England, Japan, Argentina, Scotland The Scotland men's national team has qualified for the World Cup finals on eight separate occasions, but has never got beyond the group stages of the competition. The Scotland women's team qualifies for the Women's World...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group C: Tight At The Top

Italy, Australia, Brazil, JamaicaAll three are through, of course, after a taut group ended with the underdogs adrift at the bottom but Italy, Australia and Brazil all claiming six points after a round robin in which Italy beat Australia, Australia beat...

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Podcast 165: The Women’s World Cup, Continued

Edward is out of service this week on the 200% podcast but Ian is still with us, and he can at least have a go at trying to get us through the first week and a bit of the competition, featuring lovely, lovely VAR, stupid, stupid laws of the...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group F: Hearts & Minds

Sweden 5-1 ThailandGood news stories come in all manner of shapes and sizes, and they don't always involve the teams who will feature in the latter stages of a tournament such as this. It seems unlikely that either Thailand or Chile will be gracing the...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group A: Mountains To Climb

Nigeria 2-0 South Korea If no-one else, fans of wordplay will have been pleased that this afternoon's match between Nigeria and South Korea took place in Grenoble, because at least we can say without a shadow of doubt that the Korean team has a mountain to...

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The 2019: Women’s World Cup: Thailand, The Morning After

Thailand's 13-0 drubbing at the hands of the USA in the Women's World Cup last night might have been a record for the competition, but it wasn't the first time that a huge margin of victory has been recorded in it. In 2007 in Shanghai, Germany defeated...

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Podcast 164: Hashtag WWC 2019

Its upon us, and it's bigger than it ever has been before. There are many people hoping that 2019 will finally be the year when the Women's World Cup finally breaks through, and the standard of football has been undoubtedly an improvement on anything seen...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group F: Storms A-Risin’

Chile 0-2 SwedenThere is a degree of irony to the fact that the Atacama Desert, parts of which haven't seen a single drop of rain in five hundred years, should be situated in Chile, considering the events in Rennes late this afternoon. With about an hour...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group D: The Setting Sun?

Argentina 0-0 JapanOn the 20th September 2003 in Columbus, Argentina finally made their debut in the Women's World Cup against Japan. They lost by six goals to nil. It doesn't seem unreasonable to say that they've come a long way since then. It's been a...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group E: Oh Canada

Canada 1-0 CameroonThe absolute thrashing is a staple of any sport that is still developing, but there has been little evidence of this happening at the Women's World Cup so far apart from the magnificent French performance against South Korea in the...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group D: Auld Enemies

It runs deep, does this. And for those of us who grew up during the 1980s, deep doesn't necessarily have to mean good. It seems odd to criticise the women's game at any time, but especially during the build-up to an England vs Scotland match....

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup, Group B: Fine Margins

Germany 1-0 ChinaWell, that was tighter than Germany probably either expected or wanted. It took a sixty-sixth minute goal from Giulia Gwinn to eventually edge this match, for much of which they were frustrated by resilient - and occasionally desperate -...

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup: Jamaica Rise Again

The 2019 Women's World Cup kicks off on Friday evening at Parc des Princes in Paris, when the host nation France take on South Korea in their opening group match. Over the next few days, we'll be bringing you a little bit of build-up to the...

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