Tag Archives: Scotland Women’s National Team

Scottish Heartbreak

21 Jun

HopeChaser told me this was quite the match and she wasn’t kidding. Both Argentina and Scotland had everything to play for and both of them left it all on the field to the bitter end. And the morale of the story is – don’t let up until the final whistle blows. Scotland was up by 3 and gave it away in the last thirty minutes of the match. Even five minutes of extra time could not help Scotland in their must win situation. Continue reading

The Daily Drool – WWC 2019 Group D – Scotland: Joanne Love

17 Jun

Midfielder Jo has represented Scotland at the senior level since 2002. Going into this World Cup, she had been capped 191 times!  She currently plays for Glasgow City.

Japan back on track while Scotland have a déjà vu result

15 Jun

Now THAT’s the Japan we know and love! Japan came into this match, disappointed with their scoreless draw with Argentina but it may have sparked a fire in their bellies as they were energetic and strong right from the start. Scotland, while losing their match against England, did not have the same fuel they had in their first match and looked somewhat sluggish in comparison. Continue reading

The English Lionesses Win against their Scottish Rivals

11 Jun

What’s more exciting than an ancient rivalry playing out on the pitch? Yes, England was the heavy favorite and yes, when it comes to Olympic play, players are often on the same team but this match up was anticipated by many for the drama of an old grudge playing out in front of the world audience. Continue reading

2019 Women’s World Cup: Group D Preview

25 May

If there’s a hotter team on the planet right now than the Lionesses, I don’t want to know about them. I just don’t; my brain will melt. I’ve heard people say the trophy is theirs to lose and to those people I say – slow your roll. Japan has been here as perceived underdogs before and then snatched certain victory from an over-confident German team, Sweden team, and finally, US team. At your peril, people. At your peril. Continue reading

Play Like a Girl: SheBelieves, Algarve, and Cyprus Cups

10 Feb

1471474930699It’s almost March which means it is time to get ready for the Triwizard’s Cup of women’s football once more. But, not really. Over a 9-day period in March, three (3) tournaments are taking place in Cyprus, Portugal, and the USA for 28 national women’s football teams. Which is sorta like a Triwizard-esque event. But, again, not really. :^)

Cyprus Cup
Officially, the Cyprus Cup runs February 27 – March 9 though matches are taking place March 1 – 8 only. Unlike its companion tournaments, this Cup holds a group stage to determine group positions based on points followed by one day of classification matches to determine final rankings.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups. The participating teams are as follows, along with their current FIFA ranking:

Group A
Belgium, 25; Italy, 16; Korea DPR, 10; Switzerland, 17

Group B
Austria, 24 (current champions); Korea Rep, 18; New Zealand, 19; Scotland, 21

Group C
Czech Rep, 33; Rep.of Ireland, 34; Hungary, 40; Wales, 36

There are no announced broadcasts at the moment, though there was one stream available last year for the final.

4197lAlgarve Cup
Taking place March 1 – 8 in Portugal, the Algarve Cup is in its 24th year of operation. This year’s tournament should be a hotly contested one, with top EU teams gearing up for UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in Netherlands in July.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups for a round-robin tournament with the winner determined based on the standard points systems. The participating teams are as follows, including their FIFA ranking:

Group A
Canada, 4 (current champions); Denmark, 15; Russia, 23; Portugal, 38

Group Two
Iceland, 20; Japan, 7; Norway, 11; Spain, 14

Group Three
Australia, 6; Sweden, 8; Netherlands, 12; China PR, 13

Eurosport has broadcast this tournament in the past; a search for this year’s schedule has proven fruitless thus far.

canadavencealgarvecupSheBelieves Cup
Is the unofficial slogan for this year’s SheBelieves Cup, “she persisted”? If not, it really, really should be. Timely and extremely relevant when it comes to women’s football. I highly encourage anyone able to attend any of these games to consider some signage.

Four of the top 5 FIFA-ranked teams are involved again this year: France (3), England (5), Germany (2), and the USA (1). This tournament is also a round robin, with the winner determined based on the standard points system.

Games are taking place in Chester, PA (March 1); Harrison, NJ (March 4); and Washington DC (March 7). Tickets for all the games are available through USSoccer.com.

It looks like Fox Sports will be airing the USA games only. French broadcasters D17 and Canal + Sport along with the BBC picked up all or some of the other games last year. Hopefully they will do the same this year.

160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery21If anyone is going to any of these tournament, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment below or connect on Twitter @hbandsandhbreak.

-hopechaser

2015 WWC: Interview With Vera Pauw

1 Jul

776022_w2Keeping with the female coach theme, FIFA Weekly interview South African head coach Vera Pauw in early June. Pauw previously headed the Scottish WNT (1998-2004), Netherlands WNT (2004-2010), Russian WNT (2011-2013). She also played for the Netherlands WNT, earning 89 caps during her career.

She is the first woman to have the highest trainer degree in Dutch football. Continue reading