As the German Bundesliga is taking a two-week break for national team duties, it is time to take another look at the situation. Six of 22 matches were played by all teams, yet the picture is only a little clearer: Read more
With a bit of a delay you can find the results of the Champions League Round of 32 rematches below. There barely are comments necessary, however a few results are remarkable. Austrian SV Neulengbach indeed held half-NWSL based Apollon Limassol to a draw and got them out of the competition. Also, Konak Belediyesi, a Turkish team, is a surprise find in the Round of 16 after beating Polish Racziborcz. One of these teams will even make it to the quarter final as the draw wants them to face one another in the next round. A real thriller happened in Copenhagen where one of the permanent top eight contenders, Brondby IF had to leave the competition early against FC Barcelona. After a scoreless draw in Spain, Barca held the hosts to a 2-2 draw and advanced on the away goals rule. Read more
After a six week (or so) hiatus, and since the USWNT is back in camp, the time was ripe to catch up on the NWSL happenings.
“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”
— John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
As the saying goes, before you can recognize where you are and be confident in where you are going, you must first understand where you’ve been. And for that reason, I have decided to extend my introduction a little bit. You see, the truth is that we’re all self-made; I guess it’s just a lot easier for those who consider themselves happy and successful to admit it. You might think from my first column that I am an eternal optimist who confidently embraces adversity with a smile and a relentlessly positive attitude, but that’s just not the truth. The truth is, I do try to make the best of my circumstances, but in the past year, I have let my circumstances take the best and leave the worst of me. I became self-made and self-destructed by my circumstances and I was full of fear and discontent. Read more
by Olaf Goldbecker
Traditionally the first leg of the knockout stage has very few surprises. The quality differences between the teams is usually too big, only a few strong match-ups are drawn. In one of those, Tyresö from Sweden had to face France’s Paris St Germain. Christen Press was the game winner for the Swedes as she scored both goals in a 2-1 win. Still, the margin is small before heading into the rematch next week. Read more