Emery says Arsenal and Koscielny ‘need to speak’ as Martinelli scores on debut

Unai Emery has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the captain refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour The Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the Original Article : HERE ;

‘They’re icons’: US women’s champion team take victory parade in New York

World Cup winners, who beat Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday to capture their second straight title, receive traditional ticker-tape parade Amid confetti and chants of equal pay New York honored the U.S. womens soccer team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes, celebrating its World Cup triumph and paying tribute to the players emergence as icons of womens rights. The squads 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences and unprecedented public interest. Wednesdays parade down Broadway in New Yorks financial district also cast a light on the teams fight for equal pay with their counterparts on the U.S. mens national team, and by extension, …

Women’s World Cup the best shots by female photographers | Picture essay

Our picture editor Jonny Weeks looks back at a captivating tournament in France through the work of six exceptional female photographers While the 2019 Womens World Cup brought global attention to the talents of the worlds best female footballers, it also shone a light on the skills of the many female photographers who cover the beautiful game. From their positions on the sidelines, theyve captured the joy and despair not to mention the many VAR controversies during the past month in France. Here are our favourite pictures from six outstanding photographers: Naomi Baker, Hannah Peters, Charlotte Wilson, Catherine Ivill, Maja Hitij and Marianna Massey. Click on the images for caption info.

USA 94 25 years on: footballs evolution captivates the world

Italys heartbreak and Brazils mastery are memorable moments of an event that proved a catalyst for the games global expansion A quarter of a century ago on Saturday millions of people all over the planet stopped what they might normally be doing to watch the World Cup semi-finals. Both games were played on the same day. First up Italy v Bulgaria at the Giants Stadium, New Jersey. Roberto Baggio was one of those players blessed with a style and personality that always felt singular. He arrived at USA 94 as the reigning World Player of the Year, was at the peak of his powers, and had elevated himself from an underwhelming group stage to inspire his nation through the knockouts …

PSG anger after Neymar fails to turn up for pre-season training

PSG have announced that Brazil forward Neymar did not report for pre-season training on Monday, and have said they will take appropriate action Neymar faces disciplinary action from Paris Saint-Germain after failing to attend Mondays opening day of pre-season training, in what may be a significant move in his desire to force a return to Barcelona. The 27-year-old joined PSG from Bara in a world-record 200m transfer during the summer of 2017. Yet despite winning Ligue 1 in each of his two seasons in the French capital, he has become unsettled. The noshow may be Neymars first public act in a bid to force PSG to sell him back. A statement from the French champions said: On Monday 8 July …

‘We’re crazy, that’s what makes us special,’ says Megan Rapinoe

(CNN)Outspoken off the pitch, but always delivering on it, this has been some World Cup tournament for US star Megan Rapinoe. READ: US Women’s team crowned world champion after 2-0 win over the Netherlands READ: Jill Ellis — The shy girl from England who became US Soccer’s record-breaking head coach The Golden Ball award is awarded to the tournament’s best player, while Rapinoe picked up the Golden Boot award as she had a better goal to playing time average than Alex Morgan, who had also scored six goals. It was Rapinoe’s second-half penalty that set the USWNT on the path to a 2-0 victory, with Rose Lavelle making the game safe with a fine solo goal. “That was what she’s …

Womens World Cup captured publics imagination despite Fifas worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set the tournament up to fail but players such as Megan Rapinoe used their platform to highlight how the governing body has let them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally that the Fifa president announced: Its very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics. Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Womens World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that ones working out for him. So much of …

How does Rose Lavelle’s goal compare to other World Cup final classics?

The USA midfielder sealed her teams fourth title with a wonderful strike. Here are a few other classics from down the years Rose Lavelle, the diminutive USA midfielder, the game-sealing goal with a marvelous effort. She meandered down the pitch and, with two Dutch defenders closing in, thumped the ball past Sari Van Veenendaal.

Women’s World Cup: As champions for equality, USWNT to be admired in its fight for lasting change

(CNN)It has been impossible to ignore the US Women’s National Team in this World Cup, but so too impossible not to admire them. “It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all.” It was an act which arguably emphasized that that not only was this World Cup win a victory for the US, but for everyone striving for equality and social justice too. The Netherlands, of course, will perhaps think differently as they lick their wounds. The US has seen off the best teams in the world in France. In England and France, it has beaten the sides ranked No.3 and No.4 respectively and, to secure its country’s fourth world title, swept aside the Netherlands, …

USA vs. Netherlands: Dutch World Cup success was decades in the making

Lyon, France (CNN)As a child growing up in Amsterdam, Vera Pauw would run up and down the sidelines of a football pitch following the ball, pretending to be playing on the same team as her two brothers whose games she would always watch. With no girls team around to join, she had to indulge in make-believe. Until her late teenage years, she would join them for a kickabout on the streets and take part in impromptu matches with their friends. Follow @cnnsport “Step-by-step we developed a structure in which girls and women could find their own place so it’s not true that this success is coming out of the clouds,” Pauw, named Knight of the Royal Dutch Football Association in …

After years in the wilderness, can Barcelona save the House of Neymar? | Barney Ronay

The Brazil forward is still racking up the goals but he feels less relevant and more of a co-opted corporate machine than a footballer these days For English nobles during the reign of Henry VIII the news that the king was coming to visit was a sure sign of impending ruin. In return for the honour of his company you could expect to see your house, farmland and local sewerage system trashed, pillaged and fatally bunged up, the royal party only moving on once all in its sights had been safely devastated. During one nationwide procession in 1541 Henry stopped briefly at Hatfield and in the course of a spectacular hunt murdered 200 deer, a company of swans, two boats-full …

USAs Megan Rapinoe says equal pay talk must move to the next step

Megan Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped the USA to retain the World Cup Megan Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

USA scrape past world No 79 Curacao and into Gold Cup semi-finals

Weston McKennies first-half goal gave the United States a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia to put the defending champions into the Gold Cup semi-finals The United States were outplayed during the second-half by 79th-ranked Curacao but managed to advance to the Gold Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win on Sunday night behind Weston McKennies 25th-minute goal. The defending champions extended their Gold Cup winning streak to nine and will play Jamaica in Wednesdays semi-final in Nashville. The US reached the semi-finals for the 10th straight Gold Cup. Mexico and Haiti play in the other semi-final. Christian Pulisic captained the US for the second time and provided an exquisite pass for McKennies goal. The 20-year-old cut in from the flank …

Peru set up Brazil clash in Copa Amrica final after resounding win over Chile

Peru advanced to the final of the Copa Amrica and a date with hosts Brazil after beating double defending champions Chile 3-0 Peru advanced to the final of the Copa Amrica and a date with hosts Brazil after beating double defending champions Chile 3-0. Chile were outclassed by a quick and eager Peru side, who looked a different outfit from the one that scored just three goals in four games on their way to the semi-finals and lost 5-0 to Brazil earlier in the tournament. Peru took the lead 20 minutes into the match when a corner from the right was nodded on to Edison Flores, who volleyed home at the back post. They made it 2-0 17 minutes later …

FA furious after US officials are caught in Englands World Cup hotel

The Football Association is furious after US team officials were caught in private rooms in Englands hotel two days before the teams meet in the Womens World Cup semi-final An extraordinary spygate row has broken out at the Womens World Cup after undercover US team officials were caught wandering into private rooms at Englands hotel while Phil Nevilles side were out training. The Football Association is furious over the incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, two days before the teams meet in Tuesdays semi-final. It claimed that it would never scope out another teams hotel let alone enter their inner sanctum while they were still in the tournament. It is understood the US officials were not wearing official team uniforms …

Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Womens World Cup final

England are out of the Womens World Cup after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to USA, who remain on course to defend the title they won four years ago They have won new friends and influenced plenty of opinions during a transformative month in France but the Rhne was swelled by English tears as Phil Nevilles Lionesses proved second best to the defending champions. England head to Nice for Saturdays third-place playoff after yet more semi-final disappointment but with heads held high having played their part in a wonderful game featuring some particularly harsh luck. Foremost among it was the marginal offside which saw an Ellen White goal disallowed and, later, a penalty miss by Steph Houghton. Granted, the @guardian_sport Facebook: …