Liverpool defeats Chelsea in UEFA Supercup Final – Biggest Draw for me? The Referees!


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❝ A team of female officials taking charge of the European Super Cup will change the way women are perceived in the game…There are few arenas in football that provide the visual challenge to the way society views female involvement in “a man’s game” more than the sight of a female referee.

Here’s the tale of the match from the GUARDIAN. I watched it live on the telly and it was a fair, hard-fought match, evenly-matched and well played. And very well officiated. Another step into a better future.

Oh yeah…double overtime and PKs down to the last kick to resolve the score.

Mexico wins CONCACAF Gold Cup

Here are the winners


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Bravo, Mexico! this was a hard-fought match between two North American teams. Both have been in re-building mode for appropriate reasons. They were very evenly matched. Personally, I have as about as much expertise as the average fan – who never played the game.

I have only two things to say about the match: 1. The difference to my mind was that Mexico played a better match at defense. 2. I went looking through the pages of GOOGLE for an appropriate photo of the Mexican team celebrating this match – and GOOGLE has done their usual crappy job of showing us anything outside the realm of screaming USA/USA. So, I used the online scoreboard.

I found a photo this morning more representative of the match result and added it to the post.

International Women’s Day saw U.S. Women’s Soccer Team file landmark lawsuit

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❝ While some sporting brands used International Women’s Day to launch their Women’s World Cup team kits, lawyers representing the world-champion U.S. team were on their way to a California courthouse to file a landmark lawsuit that would rock the sport.

Instructed by the 28 members of the women’s national team, they filed a suit accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation of gender discrimination, alleging that it pays them less than their male counterparts…

“They sacrifice their whole lives to play for their country, they’re together and play more games than the men’s team and they’ve been more successful,” Ireland striker Stephanie Roche told Reuters.

“They are more like a club team in some ways, they play that many games. I think they have proven that they are equal, they have brought success and therefore have every right to demand equality,” she added…

Winners of four Olympic gold medals and three of the seven World Cups that have been held to date, the U.S. women’s team are ranked first in the world and have never been lower than second, while the American men are currently 25th.

Keep on rocking in the Free World!