It’s been another big week in Women’s football as the transfer window continues, Josh Bunting looks at the latest news in the game.
Beth England Wins Player of the Year
Champions Chelsea have picked up the top two honours at the FA Women’s Super League awards. Emma Hayes was named manager of the season, while striker Beth England won player of the season.
England hit 14 goals in 15 appearances, while Hayes oversaw an undefeated campaign as the Blues won the league. Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema won the Golden Boot for her 16 league goals and Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck the Golden Glove.
She kept 10 clean sheets for City, who finished second on a points-per-game formula when the Women’s Super League season was brought to an early conclusion by the coronavirus pandemic.
Chelsea also won the League Cup, with England scoring a last-minute winner.
Hayes said of her award: “This trophy is about the whole group, so a big thank you to the players for stepping up another level and thanks once again to our fans for being the best in the world.”
England added: “It is greatly appreciated and means a lot to me. I would like to dedicate the award to my team-mates. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to have the season I have had.”
Taylor Hinds Checks In At Liverpool
Liverpool have completed the signing of 21 year old defender Taylor Hinds from Women’s Super League club Everton.
Before her time at the Blue half of Merseyside Hinds spent eight years at Arsenal. Hinds made her debut for the Gunners during a 7–0 win over London Bees during the 2017 FA WSL Cup. She was subbed on in the 46th minute of the match for Emma Mitchell.
The defender then made her move to Everton in January 2018 and was part of the Blues squad which reached the FA Cup semi-finals that year.
Hinds is an England youth international and was a member of the U20 team that won bronze at the World Cup in 2018. She also featured in the run to the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup in 2016.
She is a full-back that is also comfortable operating in midfield as she has skill, athleticism and versatility. The defender joined up with her team-mates this week as the squad continue pre-season preparations in phased stages to comply with Covid-19 regulations.
Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson told the club website “Taylor is a great signing for our club, she’s an England youth international with many years of WSL experience.
“Taylor will certainly add many qualities to our backline, being able to play off both feet and her pace on the flanks going forward will certainly contribute to building and creating attacks.
“I’m excited to work with Taylor and push her to develop further. She’s already trained really well this week as a Red and has fitted in well with the squad. I’m sure all Reds fans will join me welcoming Taylor to the LFC family.”
On signing for Liverpool Hinds explained “I’m so happy to be here, I’m happy to be a Red and already it’s been overwhelming, everyone has been so welcoming.
“I just can’t wait for the season to get started. I love Liverpool as a place and I know the fans here are brilliant so I can’t wait to make myself proud, my family proud and the fans proud. When I first got talking to Vicky I got a great vibe off her. She wants to get all my confidence out. It’s an important season for the team as well as myself. We want to be back in the WSL and I want to help get the team promoted.
“I’m excited to be a part of it. There’s a lot of talent here, there’s quite a few youngsters and we just need to thrive off that. Hopefully we do get promoted, that’s everyone’s aim, that’s what everyone wants so that should help the motivation of everyone in the team.”
Manchester United Complete Fuso Deal
Manchester United have completed the signing of Ivana Fuso on a two year deal with an option to extend for a further year. Fuso becomes the third signing at the club this summer as she follows Lucy Staniforth and Ona Batlle to the Red Devils.
Fuso signs from Swiss club FC Basel on the expiration of her contract and has also previously played for SC Freiburg in the Frauen-Bundesliga.
Fuso has represented the German national team at various age groups and is currently Under-19 captain.
On signing for the club Fuso said “I’m so happy to be here, it’s a dream to sign for a club like Manchester United. Casey is a great coach and I’m looking forward to working with her and the staff, as well as meeting my new team-mates”.
“It will be my first time playing in England, the league is very competitive and I know that being a part of this team will help me develop further as a player. I’m ready to start training and really put the hard work in ahead of the new season.”
Casey Stoney said: “Ivana is a talented young attacking player with a lot of potential and I’m delighted she has signed for the club.
“She is an intelligent player who is fantastic in possession and will add so much to our attacking play. I’ve also been impressed with the leadership skills she possesses at such a young age and I know she will fit in well with the squad. I’d like to welcome Ivana to the team; we are all looking forward to working with her.”
West Ham Bring In Czech Republic International
West Ham United Women have completed the signing of Czech Republic International Kateřina Svitková from Slavia Prague.
Svitková has won the Czech Republic player of the year award on three occasions as she netted 188 goals in just 177 appearances for Slavia Prague, ending the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns as the top scorer in the Czech First Division.
The first of Svitková’s Czech Footballer of the Year awards came in 2015 before the midfielder won the honour in back-to-back seasons – 2018 and 2019 – to take her total tally to three.
At international level, Svitková made her full senior debut as a 17-year-old for the Czech Republic in February 2014, featuring in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Italy. So far she has 31 caps to her name, with 17 goals scored for her country.
‘I’m very excited to join West Ham,” the 24-year-old told whufc.com. “It’s a very big club, with a big history and in a very nice city. I hope I can help the club to achieve their goals and I hope we will be successful.”
Hammers boss Matt Beard is delighted to secure her signature as he explained I’m really excited to work with Katerina. She is a player I’ve been tracking for some time now and her record at Slavia Prague and at international level speaks for itself.
“She proved herself a key player for club and country from a young age and, from my perspective, she’s going to be a great addition to our team. She creates and scores goals, and she’s got a fantastic work-ethic. I’m really excited to see what she brings to the table for us.”
During her time in her homeland Svitková has helped Slavia Prague to win five league titles during her time at the club – in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and in 2020.
The team would also lift two Czech Women’s Cups – in 2014 and 2016 – completing a domestic double in those campaigns. She has also played against English opposition before as she featured in Slavia Prague’s Champions league tie with Arsenal during the 2019-20 season.
She becomes West Ham’s third summer signing as she follows Maz Pacheco and Mackenzie Arnold to east London.
Arsenal Sign Noelle Maritz
Arsenal Women have announced the signing of Noelle Maritz from VFL Wolfsburg. Maritz is a Switzerland International and has won 74 caps for her country joining up with international teammates Lia Wälti and Malin Gut in north London.
She is the fourth player to sign for the club this summer alongside Gut, Steph Catley and Lydia Williams.
The defender started her career Zürich before signing for VfL Wolfsburg in 2013 and went on to make 150 appearances for the club before scoring nine goals. She leaves the German giants after winning the the league and cup double, Maritz won league five times and the cup six times in total during her spell at the club.
“We’re ecstatic to have a player of Noelle’s calibre at the club,” Joe Montemurro told Arsenal.com. “She’s been on our radar for the last six months because she’s very proactive going forward, but again, she’s another player that’s played in Champions League finals and big games. She really suits the kind of player that we want at this club.”
“I’m really excited and so happy that I can play for such a huge club,” said Maritz. “I honestly can’t wait to just get started now and meet all of my new teammates. This is a whole new challenge for me and I feel like it’s a great step in my career and development.”
She will fill the void in the defence with Emma Mitchell and Katrine Veje having left the club this summer. Maritz has been handed the number 16 shirt at Meadow Park.
Manchester United Make Ona Batlle A Red Devil
Manchester United have made their second summer signing as Spanish full-back Ona Batlle joins from Levante. Batlle who has spent the past two seasons with Levante has signed a two year deal with Casey Stoney’s Red Devils.
Batlle spent her youth career at Barcelona and has also played for Madrid Club de Fútbol. Batlle has been part of the senior Spain national team since 2019 and has five senior international caps to her name.
She becomes the clubs second signing after they announced Lucy Staniforth last week as Manchester United prepare for the 2020-21 season.
On signing for the club she told the club website “It’s an honour and a pleasure to sign for Manchester United; to work with Casey Stoney and be a part of this team is a fantastic opportunity. To have the chance to come over to play in England and really push myself as a player is very exciting. I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates and help to contribute to as much success as I can.”
Stoney was delighted to secure her target as she explained “Ona is an exciting young full-back with fantastic pace and a real attacking mindset, her style of play fits perfectly with the philosophy we have at the club. She is a hard worker and broke into the senior Spain side last year which shows the talent she possesses and I know she will have a great impact for us. It’s fantastic to have Ona join the club and we’re looking forward to working with her.”
Reading Bring In Danielle Carter
Reading Women have announced the signing of striker Danielle Carter from Arsenal. Carter joined the Gunners from the Leyton Orient Centre of Excellence in 2009 and went on to make 184 appearances for the club.
She helped Arsenal win five Continental Cups and four FA Cups – scoring the winner in the 2016 final against Chelsea – as well as three Women’s Super League titles and one FA Premier League trophy.
Carter scored the only goal at Wembley to earn the Gunners the FA Women’s Cup at Chelsea’s expense in 2016. Long-term injury meant she wasn’t available for selection by Phil Neville when England flew to France for last summer’s Women’s World Cup and injury hindered her career progression again this season.
She also made a significant impact off the field and was awarded the PFA Community Champion Award in 2019 to mark her inspiring work supporting Arsenal in the Community. Royals manager Kelly Chambers told the club website “I am extremely excited to bring Dan to the club. I have watched her career for many years and have always loved the way she plays.”
“She is an exciting, explosive player who is definitely one to get the fans on their feet. Dan is a great addition to the team and also a great person to have in the group. I cannot wait to work with her and get her back to what she does best, which can be world class.”
On signing for the Royals Carter said “I’m happy to announce that my new chapter will be with Reading Women, I’m grateful for this opportunity and I will give my all for the club and the fans. This is just the beginning, I’m ready, let’s go”.
During her time in north London Carter scored 60 goals for the Gunners.
Aston Villa Bring In Portugese International
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Diana Silva from Sporting CP. She has won 58 international caps and was in the Portugal team that lost 2-1 to England at Euro 2017.
Villa boss Gemma Davies said: “We’re very excited about Diana. She’s a young, energetic forward who’s very technical and likes to drive at players 1v1″.
“We’ve picked up a young talent who’s been doing very well with her national team and scoring goals. We’ve been monitoring her progress since before lockdown and we’re really excited that she’s finally an Aston Villa player.”
On completing her move to England Silva explained “I wanted to take a new step in my career and do something different.
“I want to be better as a player and as a person, and Villa seemed like a very good opportunity. I’ve never been out of Portugal, so it’s a big step for me. I achieved a couple of championships with Sporting and I hope to conquer more here.”
“I hope to score goals, to be happy here and to help Villa stay in the Super League as it’s the first season in the top league,” she said.
“It’s very encouraging [the signings Villa have made] and I think we will have a very good, very competitive team. I’m just super excited for the season to start and happy with the team I’m joining.”
The 25-year-old follows Birmingham City’s Chloe Arthur and Chelsea’s Anita Asante in moving to Villa, who won promotion to the WSL last season.
Brighton Bring In Finnish Star
Brighton & Hove Albion Women have signed 25-year-old former AC Milan midfielder Nora Heroum on a one-year contract.
The Finnish international started her senior career aged 16 with HJK, going on to play for FC Honka and Haland United before two years in Denmark with Fortuna Hjorring.
She moved to Brescia in 2017 and the club was later acquired by AC Milan, with whom Heroum made40 appearances.
Heroum has over 70 caps for her country and has won domestic honours in all three countries where she has played.
Head coach Hope Powell told brightonandhovealbion.com: “We’re really delighted to have brought in a player of Nora’s experience and ability.
“She has played at the top level in what is a really strong domestic set-up in Italy for three seasons and has vast experience of international football as well.
“She is very composed on the ball, has lots of energy and she can get forward and score goals as well. We’re looking forward to working with Nora and we believe she will be a great addition to our squad on and off the pitch.”
Bridget Galloway Moves To Durham
Bridget Galloway has signed for FA Women’s Championship club Durham moving to the club from Sunderland.
The 20 year old scored 21 times in 23 league games in the FA Women’s National League for the Black Cats last season before the season was ended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Durham finished third in the league last season on 32 points behind Sheffield United and Champions Aston Villa.
Galloway joined Sunderland Girls Centre of Excellence at 12 years of age before making her first-team debut in October 2016, coming on as a late substitute for Beth Mead in a 0-0 draw with Notts County.
She made over 60 appearances and scored more than 40 goals for Mel Copeland’s side. Speaking after putting pen to paper on the Durham website she said: “I’m excited to get started and hit the ground running.
“After hearing what Durham’s ambitions were in terms of wanting to go on and succeed, I thought I could play a part in that and could play a vital role.”
“I’ve had a little bit of experience in the WSL, but that was obviously coming on off the bench. I managed to get six goals though, and that gives me a bit of confidence. I’m just ready to step-up my game.”
Manager Lee Sanders added: “I’d like to welcome Bridget to the club and I’m delighted she’s signed for us. We’ve not hidden the fact that we need to build our squad and acquire the best young talent we can in the local area – including what we already have within the club and inevitably some players from outside the club as well – as we look to move forward.
“She’ll add real competition for places in the first-team squad and comes with a great track record in the National League.
“She’s a striker, she scores goals – that’s what we’ve brought her in to do. We’re really excited to see what she can bring to our forward line and if she can contribute to our goal tally then I’m sure we’ll have another really successful season”.
Galloway has also represented England at Under-19 level, She received her first call-up in January 2018 before making her debut against Ireland. She scored her first goal for the Young Lionesses in March 2018 in a 4-3 win over the Czech Republic.
The striker is the fourth player to leave Wearside this summer as Charlotte Potts, Mollie Lambert, Katie Barker and Rachel Woolston have all moved on to new clubs.
Everton Sign Nicoline Sorensen
Everton have completed the signing of Norwegian forward Nicoline Sorensen on a two-year contract. Sorensen aged 22 arrives at Everton from Danish side Brondby IF.
Sorensen has won four league titles in her career, two in Denmark with Brondby and two in Sweden with Rosengard and Linkopings.
“I’m really excited about Nico’s signing,” said manager Willie Kirk on the clubs website “I’ve been tracking her for a couple of years now, seeing her develop with Brondby, and becoming a key member of the Denmark team.
“We both felt this was the right time for her to move to England and we will now look to take her game to another level. Nico gives us a lot of options. Her attributes and tactical know-how will allow us to play her in a number of attacking positions and she’ll be a big asset to our squad.
“She has the right character and drive to continue getting better and will fit well into our ambitious group.”
She becomes the Toffees third summer signing as they bright in Poppy Pattinson and Ingrid Moe Wold earlier this month.
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West Ham Sign Maz Pacheco
West Ham United Women have made their second summer signing as defender Maz Pacheco joins the Hammers from Reading.
Matt Beard knows her very well as he gave her a senior debut whilst at he was manager of Liverpool in 2015. The left-back has spent the last two seasons at Reading where she played 20 times in her debut season before adding a further 16 appearances during the curtailed 2019-20 season.
She follows Australian international Mackenzie Arnold into the east London club as the goalkeeper confirmed on Thursday.
“I’m very excited to join West Ham,” Pacheco told whufc.com. “West Ham is a brand-new team that is still very much at the start of their journey, and I think that’s like I am as well.
“I really like the idea of growing together with the Club and giving everything I can for this shirt. With the players already here, it’s going to be a great group to be around and I can’t wait to get started.”
At international level, Pacheco has represented England up to Under-21s level and help the young Lionesses to a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
She played in England women’s Under-21s most recent fixture, playing 62 minutes in the 2-0 victory over France at St George’s Park in March.
On sealing the deal Matt Beard was delighted as he explained “Maz is, first of all, a great person with a fantastic personality. When I was at Liverpool, I gave Maz her debut at 16-years-old, and she was good enough then to play at the top level. She is a great attacking full-back and I’m looking forward to continuing her development as a player here. She’s a great talent already and there is a lot more to come from her as well”.
“She’s young and comes with a lot of WSL experience. We’ve got ourselves a young, English, elite player. The ambition for her now is to get into this West Ham team, play regularly, and hopefully we can help her fulfil her international ambitions too.”
West Ham stepped up their preparations for the 2020-21 season on Tuesday as they returned to pre-season at their new state of the art Chadwell Heath training ground.
Crystal Palace Make Morgan Signing
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of goalkeeper Chloe Morgan from Tottenham Hotspur. Morgan made over 60 appearances in all competitions during two spells at the club – 22 of which came in the 2018/19 season as Spurs secured promotion from the FA Women’s Championship.
She found gametime hard to come by in the Lilywhites debut season in the Women’s Super League due to the form of Rebecca Spencer. The Eagles finished on the championship in 2019-20 as they picked up ten points from fourteen games.
Upon moving from north to south London, the ‘keeper said: “I’m so excited to be joining Crystal Palace Women. Palace have always been a team I have a lot of respect for and I’m looking forward to building on their past success and hopefully making history with the team going forward.”
Manager Dean Davenport made a goalkeeper his priority this summer following Lucy Gillett’s departure from the club after one season. Following confirmation of Morgan’s arrival, Davenport said: “Chloe is a major coup for the club. In bringing her to Palace, we have signed someone with valuable experience who knows exactly what is required to get promoted from this league.
“We returned to training on Thursday this week, and I can already tell Chloe will fit in with the squad well.
Reading Seal Emma Mitchell Deal
Reading Women have signed Emma Mitchell from Arsenal. The Scottish International was announced on Wednesday afternoon by the Royals. She joined the Gunners from German side SGS Essen in 2013,
Mitchell played in an FA Women’s Cup Final win over Everton in 2014 and lifted WSL Cups either side of that Wembley win. She was back at Wembley to beat Chelsea in 2016 during her time at Arsenal.
The Scottish International still had a year left on her contract but as she was seeking regular gametime felt that she needed to move on from the Gunners.
She spent the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan at Arsenal’s north London rival’s Tottenham Hotspur.
“Emma is a great addition to the squad and is someone who knows what it takes to win and be successful,” Reading boss Kelly Chambers said.
“Personality and character is something i look for in players and Emma’s will definitely add to and fit with the group I have already.”I am extremely excited to work with Emma, not only because of her ability but she is a very honest, hard working player who will add that competitive edge to everything we do.”
Mitchell made 119 appearances across all competitions with eight goals to her name for Arsenal.
Charlotte Potts Makes Edinburgh Move
Hibernian Women have completed the signing of Charlotte Potts from Sunderland. Potts who helped Sunderland top the table unbeaten in 2019/20 before the season was ended with immediate effect due to the coronavirus becomes the clubs first summer signing.
The Black Cats had led the division by 11 points and a game in hand on second-placed Derby County but now face a third season in the third tier with the campaign ending early.
Potts signs on an 18 month contract at Easter Road and has also played in North America. She announced last week that she would be moving on from Wearside as Hibernian acted quickly to secure her signature.
It is believed that she rejected interest from a top division club in Italy to link up with Hibs manager Dean Gibson.
On signing for the club, 25-year-old Potts said: “I’m delighted to be joining Hibernian. I felt it was the right move for me when I looked at what the club was all about.
“Hibs have had a lot of success over the years and that really appealed to me. I’ve always believed losers quit when they fail; winners fail until they succeed. Myself and Hibs have a lot in common and I can’t wait to get started.”
Gibson was delighted to get the deal over the line as he added “I am delighted to finally make Charlotte a Hibernian player.
“We have been speaking and trying to make it happen for a good few weeks now. She is a versatile player who can play in both midfield and defence. She will bring both athleticism and a physical presence to our squad.
“I can’t wait to get back to some form of normality and see Charlotte and the rest of the squad in action. I’m excited by this signing. I really feel this will push us towards hitting our targets for the upcoming season.”
Glasgow City Announce Major Coup
Glasgow City have announced the signing of South African captain Janine Van Wyk ahead of their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign restarting next month.
Van Wyk who captained her country at last summers FIFA Women’s World Cup in France which was South Africa’s first ever appearance at a World Cup becomes one of the biggest signings in Scottish Women’s football history.
She is the most capped player in South Africa’s history as she has made 170 appearances for her country. Van Wyk founded her own club, JVW, in South Africa eight years ago to help identify and develop women’s talent. Her last club was Fortuna Hjorring but she had to leave the club in January due to injury.
She becomes the third new addition at Petershill Park as the club have already brought in Krystyna Freda and Zaneta Wyne.
Speaking on the club website about putting pen to paper at City Van Wyk said “I am extremely excited to start this new chapter in my football career with a football club that is known to be the best team in the Scottish top League. I look forward to playing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, win titles and most importantly continue to learn as much as I can about the insights of the game and hopefully add value to the squad with the experience I carry.”
City manager Scott Booth added “We are absolutely delighted to bring Janine van Wyk to our club. She has incredible experience and I feel this will be key for us this season. Janine captained her nation at the 2019 World Cup and is their record cap holder. I know that she will 100% lead by example and fit in to our already talented squad.”
Glasgow City club manager Laura Montgomery added: “If we are talking about players who are known across the world, Janine is in that category. Her record is incredible on and off the pitch in what she has done for girls and women’s sport in her own country as well as in her promotion of equality. Her jersey is on display at the FIFA Museum next to the other top female players in the world, this is the calibre of player and individual that she is. At Glasgow City, we are all about championing women and girls and Janine very much fits into that mould. Her footballing CV is very impressive and we are delighted she has chosen to continue her journey with our club.
City take on German Champions VFL Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Friday August 21st at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian.
Crystal Palace Bring In Natkiel
Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Kate Natkiel from Women’s Super League club Brighton & Hove Albion. Natkiel becomes the Eagles second signing of the summer as they brought in goalkeeper Chloe Morgan from Tottenham Hotspur.
Natkiel who can play as a centre-forward or as a winger has also represented Watford and Portsmouth. She started her career at Arsenal’s youth academy under-10s and progressed through the age-groups at the North London club.She also represented Hoddesdon Owls at youth level.
During her time at Brighton she was part of the squad to win The FA Women’s Premier League, gaining promotion to The FA Women’s Super League.
Upon signing for Crystal Palace she explained “I’m excited for a new challenge with a club that shares my ambitions; I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to enjoying my football again.”
Manager Dean Davenport was keen to strengthen in the final third with Réa Laudat and Madga Mosengo departing at different points during the 2019/20 season and be added “Kate’s a proven goalscorer at this level,” he said. “With Ashlee Hincks’ recovery from her long-term injury going well, plus Amber Stobbs’ good goalscoring start here, I’m looking forward to Kate linking up with the squad, as she will offer an excellent alternative in the final third.”
Glasgow City Bring In Krystyna Freda
Glasgow City have announced the signing of American born striker Krystyna Freda on loan from Cypriot Champions Apollon Ladies.
Freda has netted 245 goals in the past three seasons for the Cypriot champions and links to with City ahead of the UEFA Women’s Champions League clash with German Champions VFL Wolfsburg. Last month the forward was also named to the NCAA Division 1 Big South Conference Team of the Decade after excelling during her time at Winthrop University.
The striker has played against Glasgow City before scoring against them in the process for Somatio Barcelona in 2018 in the Champions League at Petershill Park in the last 32 of the competition.
City manager Scott Booth said “Krystyna is a stand out striker. We’re all looking forward to having her in our squad for the loan period. She is a player we’ve competed against previously so we all know how dangerous she can be. It’s great news that this time she’ll be playing in Glasgow City’s colours.”
On signing for the Scottish Champions Freda explained “I am so excited to be joining Glasgow City to help them in the UEFA Women’s champions league finals tournament. Glasgow is a strong, amazing team that has proven that they are one of the best teams in Europe and I feel honoured to be a part of this next challenge with them.”
She is City’s second signing of the summer, joining full-back Zaneta Wyne, who arrived from Norwegian side Klepp.
Everton Sign Danish Defender
Everton Women have signed Denmark defender Rikke Sevecke on a two-year deal. The 24-year-old moves to Merseyside after her contract with French club FC Fleury 91 came to an end. Toffees boss Willie Kirk said he “tracked her closely” in her one season in France.
“I firmly believe that if she continues to develop, she can be one of the best centre-backs in Europe in the next few seasons,” he added.
Kirk said watching Sevecke with Denmark at the Algarve Cup – an invitational tournament in Portugal held just before football across Europe was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic – convinced him to him to sign the former Brondby defender.
“She is already a very talented defender,” Kirk said. “In addition to her technical qualities, she brings leadership, she is humble and is hungry to work hard and learn.”
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