It’s been another busy week in the world of women’s football Josh Bunting talks about whats happened in the last 7 days.
Liga Iberdola Finishes.
FC Barcelona Femini has been declared as champions and despite not winning a game all season Espanyol will not be relegated. Atletico Madrid who was denied a fourth consecutive title victory will also enter next seasons UEFA Women’s Champions League finishing 2nd in the table, 9 points behind champions Barcelona. It’s Barcelona’s 5th Liga Iberdrola winning it in 2012,2013, 2014, 2015, and now 2020 ending a four-year gap without winning the league.
Barcelona also becomes the fifth team to win the First Division without losing a match, equalling the records only held by Añorga KKE, Athletic Club Bilbao, Levante, and Atletico Madrid. The Catalan giants end the season as the highest scoring team netting an incredible 86 goals boasting the best defence as they conceded just 6 goals.
Barca’s Jennifer Hermoso has ended up as the top goal scorer for the league for the second consecutive season netting on 20 occasions.
There will be 18 clubs in the first division for 2020/21 as it was announced that Eibar and CD Santa Teresa have been promoted into the top-flight.
The RFEF announced that the two semi-finals and the final of this season’s Copa de la Reina will be played at the beginning of the 2020/21 season if permitted.
Vivianne Miedema Wins BBC Player and Young Player of the Season Award.
Vivianne Miedema is celebrating double success as she picked up the BBC’s Young player and player of the season on Thursday afternoon. The Netherlands striker has netted 16 times for Arsenal in the Women’s Super League this season leading the way in the Golden Boot race. Miedema has had another spectacular season and one moment that will never be forgotten is her six goals and four assists against Bristol City back in December in a famous 11-1 victory.
Before that game, the record for goal involvements in a Women’s Super League match was five a record also held by the Dutch striker as she scored three and claimed two assists against Liverpool in a 5-0 win in 2018. She scooped the WSL Player of the Season with 21% of the votes and young player of the season with 18%. Miedema beat Chelsea striker Bethany England to the player of the year prize beating the English International by 2% of the votes
Arsenal’s Danielle Van De Donk came thrid with 15% of the vote in the player of the year category, its testament to the work being done by Joe Montemurro and his Arsenal staff that two players make the top three.
Leah Williamson was runner up in the young player of the season award as she collected 14% of the votes in that category.
Lauren James who picked up the Athletic’s Young player of the season finished behind the Arsenal duo in third.
The Gunners also have six representatives in the BBC Women’s Super League team of the season,Leah Williamson, Lisa Evans, Kim Little, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle Van De Donk and Beth Mead have been voted into the eleven alongside Manchester City duo Ellie Roebuck and Jill Scott and Chelsea’s Bethany England, Millie Bright and Magdalena Eriksson.
It was revealed that Williamson, Evans and Miedema were the three most voted for players in the team of the year. Chelsea boss Emma Hayes scooped the WSL manager of the year award after guiding Chelsea to an unbeaten season in the league so far and leading them to the Continental Cup title before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus crises.
Arsenal’s Joe Montemurro was named as runner up just 2% of the votes behind Hayes as Manchester United manager Casey Stoney finished third after leading the Red Devils to 4th in the table in their debut WSL season.
Team of the Year
Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City) , Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Millie Bright (Chelsea) Magdalena Erikssen (Chelsea) Lisa Evans (Arsenal), Kim Little (Arsenal), Danielle van de donk (Arsenal) , Jill Scott (Manchester City), Bethany England (Chelsea), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Beth Mead (Arsenal).
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Paris Saint-Germain Announces Contract Extensions.
Paris Saint-Germain has announced Nadia Nadim has extended her stay at the club until 2021.
There had been intense speculation that the Denmark international was set to leave the Parc des Princes. Since signing for PSG in January 2019 Nadim has played 30 games and scored 15 goals.
Speaking about her decision to stay in France she said “I think I have a responsibility to the club, the supporters and the city of Paris. ready to relinquish that responsibility. So the choice is obvious for me to stay in Paris and Paris Saint-Germain. So I made a conscious decision to extend my contract with the club”.
In a video posted on her social media channels, she said, “Dear Paris, since I was a child Paris has always been a symbol for something beautiful, elegant and spiritual”.
“Therefore it was a dream come true for me when in January 2019 I signed for Paris Saint-Germain, I got the chance of living in the beautiful city of Paris and representing one of the best clubs in the World”.
“Everything in my daily life has been amazing since moving to Paris, I’ve been living my dream for the past one and a half years”.
“From when I wake up in the morning until I go to bed in the evening I spend every day with a smile on my face in a way I’ve never experienced before, finally I’m enjoying life to the fullest”.
Kadidiatou Diani has also extended her contract at the club until 2023, two days after Nadia Nadim also put pen to paper in the French capital.
Speaking to the club’s website she said “When you’ve grown up in the Paris region like me, PSG is an institution. It’s the dream of every kid who plays football to join this club. It really gives you a warm feeling inside when the club you love shows just how much they want to keep you. I also must add that we have the best fans in Paris. They support us from the first to last minute of every single game. I have got a lot of messages from them and would like to thank them. I love hearing them shout ‘Paris est Magique’ or ‘Ici c’est Paris’. I am looking forward to seeing them again. I would also like to thank the club hierarchy for their support.”
Speaking about the current Coronavirus situation Diani said “I’m really looking forward to getting back to training, but we have to be careful and follow the advice, because our region has been severely affected. I spare a thought for the health professionals who are on the front line, and – for their sakes – we must stay at home. I’m keeping myself in shape, and I call my family and loved ones every day.”
Talking about her objectives at the Parc des Princes Diani added “We started something three years ago with my teammates by winning the Coupe de France. I’d like to have the chance to win other trophies with Paris. I think my individual goals are tied in with team success. Above all, I want to score more goals year on year.”
She had been a target for Portland Throns and French rivals Lyon but has now committed her future in Paris for a further three years.
The French club have also announced that 42-year-old Brazilian midfielder Formiga has extended her contract alongside Paulina Dudek In the French capital.
Scotland Women’s National Team Donate To NHS.
The Scotland Women’s National team who have teamed up with their men’s squad to donate to the NHS it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The donation is made up of personal contributions and commercial appearance fees that were due to the respective squads but all players were unanimous in ensuring the money should instead be focused on supporting the efforts of NHS staff amid the coronavirus crisis.
Rachel Corsie, Scotland Women’s National Team captain told the National team website : “While I have been in lockdown across the Atlantic in Utah, and despite the essential social distancing measures in place across the world, COVID-19 has made us connect with our friends, family and team-mates. In those daily conversations back home, the heroism of the NHS is a constant theme and it should not be taken for granted.
“Like Andy and the men’s team, we realised that any money that was due to us through the privilege of playing for our country would be better put together and used to help the country’s fight against COVID-19 and especially to support the incredible efforts of our NHS staff at the front line and those supporting them. On behalf of the women’s national team we are proud to contribute in our own small way and proud of our NHS in Scotland.”
Jane Ferguson, Director of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation and Trustee of NHS Charities Together: “NHS Charities Together is extremely grateful to the Men’s and Women’s National Teams for their generous donation. It makes a huge difference to NHS staff and volunteers, who are working tirelessly to save lives, to know that everyone is behind them. The donation will help NHS Charities across the country provide essential support for the health and emotional wellbeing of NHS staff, volunteers and patients during these challenging times, in ways above and beyond that which NHS funding provides. Thank you.”
Andy Robertson, Scotland Men’s National Team captain added: “We have all been at home, taking the advice of medical advisers and watching the news that highlights the heroic efforts of our NHS. We have all been inspired by the selflessness of nurses, doctors and all healthcare workers on the frontline – it only reinforces how vital the NHS is to our country and how we must cherish and protect this institution.
“Throughout the squad we have players with friends and family members involved in the NHS, so when the idea was floated around the WhatsApp group chat, it was a no-brainer and unanimously the right thing to do. Rachel and the women’s national team were having similar conversations and I am proud that we can demonstrate our solidarity with the wonderful NHS staff in Scotland and across the UK. On behalf of the men’s national team, I say ‘thank you’ to you all.”
Katie McCabe and Katie Zelem Donate Boots To The Boot the Virus Campaign.
Arsenal Women’s star Katie McCabe has donated a pair of her boots to the Boot the Virus campaign.
The boots are match worn and signed by the Republic of Ireland star and are being auctioned off to raise funds for the NHS.
Manchester United Women’s star Katie Zelem has also donated to the Boot the Virus campaign as well as some of the top Premier League stars including Manchester City’s David Silva.
Lifelong Preston North End supporter Kenny Marland and his partner Joanne Dalton have created the campaign to unite the football community across the UK in a bid to raise funds for the incredible NHS heroes.
All of the donated boots will be auctioned off with all funds going to NHS Charities. The auction went live on Friday, May 1st and to get your hands on a pair you will need to create an account in order to place a bid, and you can do that now by heading to www.bootthevirus.com.
Speaking about his idea to launch the campaign Marland said: ” I was pondering how I could combine my passion for football and help out, then the idea of Boot the Virus came to me in a chat with Joanne”.
“I then put the idea into the notes section on my phone and sent a copy to Tom Clarke to see his thoughts. Tom said it was a good idea and that he would back the campaign”.
“That then gave us the confidence and belief to give it a go! So, we are asking
professional footballers from all the leagues in England to donate a pair of their signed matchday boots.”
“I know times are difficult right now, but the plan is for all donated items to go to an online auction via our website, giving fans the opportunity to own a piece of sporting memorabilia with 100 percent of the monies raised going directly to the NHS”. “It helps the heroes in the NHS and brings some joy to football fans by owning such an item.” “We have also included a section of the website for retired professionals who can also help us Boot the Virus if they want to donate any signed items.”
So far Boot the Virus campaign has raised £25, 692 for the NHS.
Article by Josh Bunting – @Buntingfootball
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