Tag Archives: Hope Powell

2015 WWC: Women Just Want To Coach

30 Jun

1826f907-389e-4bc5-b461-59c8fee9ccc2-2060x1236The semi-finals are upon us and there are two interesting match-ups about to happen. On the one side, you have two female coaches going head-to-head in the USA vs Germany match. On the other, you have two male coaches going head-to-head in the England vs Japan game. When it comes to women’s football you’d expect all head coaches to be female, given that when it comes to men’s football all head coaches are indeed male. But as the following article from The Guardian by Anna Kessel shows we’re just not there yet. Continue reading

The Daily Drool: Women’s World Cup Week: Hope Powell

28 Jun

Hope Powell is hella cool. She’s been the coach of the England Women’s National Team since 1998 (the first ever full time coach). As a player, she earned 66 caps for England (1983-1998) as an attacking midfielder, scoring 35 goals. She made her national team debut at 16 playing on England’s first ever Women’s World Cup squad in 1995. On the club level she played for Millwall Lionesses (for 9 years), Fulham and Croydon. She won the FA Cup Women’s Cup 3 times (including a league and Cup double while captaining Croydon in 1996).

As a coach, check out this: She “has led England to the 2001 European Championship, the quarter-finals of the 2005 European Championship, the 2007 World Cup Finals and the final of the 2009 European Championship. As well as managing the England Senior team, she oversees the whole set-up from Under-15s to the Under-21s, a coach mentoring scheme and The FA’s National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.”  She is a fully qualified “A” license coach. She became the first woman to earn a UEFA Pro License (the highest coaching award available) in 2003.  That same year, she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.  Hope, an out lesbian, was appointed an OBE (2002) and a CBE (2010) by Queen Elizabeth II. As if she didn’t have enough awesome cred, her brother Gary Powell was the drummer for The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things! Hope rocks my frigging world!

Depressing and Worrisome: Homophobia & The Women’s World Cup

22 Jun

Eucharia Uche, Coach of the Nigerian Women’s National Team continues her quest to repress the right of others to live freely. Read all about her latest bullshit in the New York Times: In African Women’s Soccer, Homophobia Remains an Obstacle

One of the many worrying quotes from the article: “Uche said she had never witnessed her own players participating in homosexual activity. Instead, she said that she had relied on rumors, speculation and news media accounts to form her belief that lesbian behavior had been common in the Nigerian team.” Can you say witch hunt?

It’s depressing to see coaches like this but it does my heart good to see out and proud coaches like Hope Powell (England) and Pia Sundhage (USA) rocking for equality. Players such as Natasha Kai (US) along with Swedes Victoria Svensson and Jessica Landström are doing the same.

Reading that article just breaks my heart a thousand times.