Republic of Ireland v Sweden, FIFAWWC Qualification

Improving Ireland edged out by Sweden

After their first game against Georgia was postponed in September, Ireland opened their long-awaited FIFAWWC qualification campaign to Sweden on a chilly October night in Tallaght, Dublin. The home side put on a strong defensive display against the Olympic silver medallists and second ranked team in the world, but ultimately fell to a 1-0 defeat due to an unfortunate own goal from Louise Quinn.

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Luxembourg v England

Lionesses seal perfect 10 to lay foundations for more to come

­­“What we have been trying to do is switch fields very quickly, and then find spaces and have crosses also, and be relentless. I think that was ok. When you score 10, it’s pretty good.

These were the words of a satisfied Sarina Wiegman as England wrapped up a successful first camp, securing an emphatic victory over Luxembourg without having to move out of second gear.

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Ella Toone, England v North Macedonia, FIFAWWC Qualifier

Lionesses hit 8 as new era begins

Sarina Wiegman’s England era got off to a high-scoring start on a balmy September evening in Southampton. On a night that saw glimpses of the present and the future, the Lionesses eased past North Macedonia, left with only the feeling that it should have been more emphatic.

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Sarina Wiegman at Wembley

Words from Wiegman as her Lionesses era begins

A new era begins this week as England’s Lionesses start life under their new manager, Sarina Wiegman. A renowned name in the women’s game, the Dutch national brings with her plenty of prestige and experience. Her arrival also brings hope that she will oversee a change in fortunes for the Lionesses side that has won just four of their last 12 matches since the completion of the World Cup in 2019.

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CARDIFF, WALES - MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021: Wales' Manager Gemma Grainger during training ahead of the friendly against Canada at The Vale Resort. (Pic by Kunjan Malde/FAW)

Grainger ready to begin new era of Welsh football

It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been a really positive whirlwind.”

This was how Gemma Grainger described the three weeks since she was revealed as the new Welsh Women’s National Team Manager. It is hardly an understatement as the new coach attempts to hit the ground running, getting used to new surroundings, building relationships with a new set of players and even learning a new national anthem.

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