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Danish dynamite from Tyresö – Line Røddik Hansen

Line Røddik Hansen

In case you do not know the song: When the Danish men’s national team had their best days yet in the 1980′s they had a cheering song that went “We are red – we are white: We are Danish dynamite”.

That should explain the headline of this post about Tyresö FFs left and center back, 25-year-old Line Røddik Hansen  Line was born and raised in the Danish capital Copenhagen and is currently playing her fourth season in Sweden. She is a regular member of the Danish national team, has 80 caps until today and will most likely have an important role when Denmark takes on hosts Sweden, Finland and Italy in group A of the EURO 2013 that will start on the 10th of July. Read more

Assists Galore in a Masterclass Showing

On a weekend where many soccer fans around the world saw beautiful passing and great abilities to go forward during the UEFA Men’s Champions League Final, London was not the only place to see players of this quality. On a rainy Saturday night in a suburb of Boston, the National Women’s Soccer League learned one thing: Lianne Sanderson is a quality number 10 play maker and should be a number one primary concern when preparing to face the Breakers. Other major moments of Week Seven in NWSL regular season action saw a near-triumphant return of a USWNT starter only to be shadowed by a match-changing decision, quick responses to adversity and a defensive wall that still can’t be broken. Here is one last look at the weekend’s fixtures: Read more

Smash and Grab…and Then Some

The highlight of Week Six in the National Women’s Soccer League was the six point effort from Sky Blue FC on the west coast. There were people that were unsure if the New Jersey outfit could take their success on the road and back up their early presence on top of the league table. But a late winner on Thursday in Portland and a chippy, but professional win against Seattle on Sunday has given Sky Blue a share of first position with the Thorns, with a third of their schedule in the books. Plus there was high scoring action elsewhere as Washington got their forwards on board this week with a 4-2 win over Seattle and FC Kansas City eliminating the last undefeated team in NWSL play. Lets take a look at some of the key players and moments from Week Six: Read more

Wolfsburg also wins the DFB Cup Competition

by Olaf Goldbecker

One week after VfL Wolfsburg celebrated their first women’s soccer title they simply continued with the celebrations after winning the national cup final. Turbine Potsdam was the opponent in the final, which was played in Cologne in front of 14,269 in the attendance. The first half did not deliver too much entertainment. Yuki Ogimi with a header to the post had the best attempt for Potsdam, but when everybody was expecting the half time whistle Wolfsburg took the lead by Martina Müller. After the break Wolfsburg started with lots of energy, Müller (52) and Conny Pohlers (55) quickly increased for a 3-0 lead – the decision? No! Lisa Evans got Potsdam on the scoreboard (59) and Yuki Ogimi (62) converted a penalty kick to get her team back within one goal range. Read more

UWCL Final Should Be Filled With Firepower

by Rachael Caldwell

It can be argued that the upcoming UWCL final has all the makings of a David and Goliath story.  In this version, Goliath is Olympique Lyonnaise and David is VfL Wolfsburg.  While Lyon has been a giant in the world of European soccer for a while, its not like Wolfsburg is armed with a mere slingshot.  These are two teams with lots of firepower, and Stamford Bridge should be rocking on May 23. Read more

Common Themes Starting to Show

It took a few weeks of play in the National Women’s Soccer League, but there are some common trends that are coming full circle. The top teams are separating themselves from the table bottom dwellers, top USWNT strikers are hitting their expected form and the play is really starting to pick up. You would have figured that the first couple of weeks would have been rough because players were in and out of preseason camp. But now with teams training with full squads for the past few weeks, the play has started to evolve and we start to see some separation. Lets take a look back at Week Five of the NWSL regular season:

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Last Matchday: Potsdam moves Frankfurt out of the Champions League spots

by Olaf Goldbecker

The focus on the last matchday was on 2.5 games. Wolfsburg’s championship was 99.9% secure and the club moved the match v Bad Neuenahr to the big Volkswagen Arena for the festivities after the game. Only a Wolfsburg loss and a simultaneous win for Frankfurt that would make up for a difference of 24 goals could have changed this. The real focus was on the games Frankfurt v Munich and Gütersloh v Potsdam. The battle for the second spot was the battle for the lucrative Champions League qualification. The situation was easy: Potsdam needed one point more than Frankfurt, otherwise Frankfurt would qualify. Munich won the last three games against Frankfurt but two were in the cup, the other ones on neutral ground. In their last home games, Frankfurt always killed Munich with high scores. Read more

Damallsvenskan: Round 5 – Faith Ikidi feels at home in Piteå

Christen Press (left) and Faith Ikidi in Wednesday's match at Tyresö
Christen Press (left) and Faith Ikidi in Wednesday’s match at Tyresö

Nigerian international Faith Ikidi is currently playing her ninth season in the Damallsvenskan. She started out for QBIK in 2005, won the Swedish championship title with Linköping in 2009 and has now made the little northern town of Piteå her home since 2011. After Piteå lost 1-2 to champions Tyresö on Wednesday evening, I had the opportunity to talk to Faith. A couple of minutes before the match ended, she was lying on the pitch in pain and signalled to the bench that she had to be changed – then, after a short treatment she would carry on. Read more

Potsdam delays Wolfsburg’s official championship and stays in Champions League race

by Olaf Goldbecker

The top game of matchday 21 took place in Potsdam where Turbine hosted the designated champion VfL Wolfsburg. Unofficially the Wolves clinched the championship already last week due to their superior goal difference but one point was still missing for the official title. Potsdam desperately needed a win in the top game to keep the Champions League spot chances alive. A crowd of 3,720 saw Potsdam clinch a relatively easy 2-0 win.  Natasa Andonova and Pauline Bremer, two relatively unknown players, scored the goals in the first half. Read more

Toss The Hats

by JJ Duke

It’s been a running joke with one of my roommates at school for a few years now. He has an old Paul Rodriguez hat that he never wears anymore but has dubbed it his “hat-trick” hat. Reason why was when he was younger, he went to a hockey game at Madison Square Garden and wore that hat for the first time. A New York Ranger player scored a hat-trick that night but he was sitting too far away from the ice to throw it. So he dubbed the hat his “hat-trick” hat and wore it to every game that he went to since that point, hoping for a hat-trick so he could finally toss it. It’s been a few years since that night and he still has the hat and has opened the qualifications to wearing the hat for any sport where a player can score three goals in a game. Unfortunately for my roommate, he would not be anywhere close to Somerville, Mass on Saturday night where the first three-goal performance was ever recorded in NWSL history. Lets take a look back at Week Four of NWSL action: Read more