Everton beendet Arsenals Traumserie

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108 Spiele und fünfeinhalb Jahre lang war Arsenal LFC, UEFA-Pokal-Sieger von 2007, in der heimischen Women’s Premier League ungeschlagen. Doch am Sonntag fand eine der längsten Siegesserien im Weltfußball ein jähes Ende, ausgerechnet gegen Everton LFC, das Team, das man im FA-Cup-Halbfinale eine Woche zuvor noch 3:1 geschlagen hatte.

Ohne die verletzte Kapitänin Faye White, die schwangere Stürmerin Julie Fleeting und das in die WPS abgewanderte Trio Kelly Smith, Alex Scott und Karen Carney lag Arsenal nach Treffern von Fara Williams und Michelle Hinnigan bereits nach 13 Minuten mit 0:2 im Rückstand.

Erste Liga-Niederlage seit 2002
Jill Scott sorgte nach der Pause mit dem dritten Treffer und dem 0:3 für Arsenals erste Liga-Pleite seit dem 7. November 2002. Beide Teams waren ungeschlagen in das Duell in Arsenals Heimstätte Borehamwood gegangen, die Londoner hatte im Saisonverlauf bisher 16 Siege, Everton 14 Siege auf dem Konto. Arsenal hatte zuletzt auf heimischem Boden im vergangenen Februar ebenfalls gegen Everton im Ligapokal verloren.

Evertons Assistenztrainer lobte die „ausgezeichnete Leistung und großartige Antwort“ seines Teams. „Jeder Rekord geht einmal zu Ende, wir sind froh, dass wir ihn beendet haben.“ Everton hat nun gute Karten, zum ersten Mal seit elf Jahren den Meistertitel zu erobern, doch noch ist auch für Arsenal nichts verloren, hat das Team im Rückspiel gegen Everton noch alle Möglichkeiten.

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laasee

Hi Marcus So we now see the effect that WPS have on football in Europe. Arsenal lose top players to America and lose their first league game in years. In the EUFA Cup both Lyon and Umea have bad results and they have also lost top players to WPS. It appears that the ‚old order‘ in Europe is in decline. Even Frankfurt are on the edge – if they lose at Potsdam on Wednesday then they might find qualifying for Champions League too much of a difficulty. The future in Europe now looks to be led by Duisburg, Potsdam and… Weiterlesen »

Max Diderot
Max Diderot

laasee, it’s like listening the song „Que sera, sera“ and I don’t share your opinion in all those aspects of developing women football in Europe. On the one hand (soccer-) history repeats itself. Ten years ago we had seen the same situation like now. Female players from many clubs in Europe went off to US-League and young talented players could grow up and replacing the migrated women. At the end of this situation european teams were stronger and won international titles. On the other hand it looks that we (people who want to support women football) need a special kind… Weiterlesen »

laasee
laasee

@ Max In Germany FF is better established than the rest of Europe. That is why the Americans are able to show no respect to the English or the French. The WPS takes the best English players and nobody in England cares. Arsenal FC are one of the richest clubs in the world and they just let Kelly Smith leave. That shows how little they care. It is a backward step for the league in England. Things are much better in Germany than in England but the DFB should make sure that the FF Buli is the best in the… Weiterlesen »

Smulan
Smulan

I personally don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing for „football“, just a bad thing for you or your club of choice if you happen to lose one or more of your favourite players. Similar arguments were advanced when Hingst (and then Angerer) moved to play in Sweden. But if you want to attract the best players, you have to offer them a way to make a living and/or „added value“. With a bit of exaggeration (though not much), just a year or two ago it was more a matter in the Swedish, German and English leagues of… Weiterlesen »

laasee
laasee

@ Smulan Sorry for not being clearer in my earlier post. I meant with Frankfurt and Umea as being the ‚established order‘. Now in the UEFA Cup both Duisburg and Zvezda have a good chance of making the final and the possibility of a creating a ’new order‘ in European competition. With both Frankfurt and Umea it is perhaps a situation of all successful clubs, that for a couple of years they decline and then rebuild to come back again. What is the worst scenario for FF in Europe is the case of Lyon, Arsenal or Bayern Munchen being the… Weiterlesen »

Smulan
Smulan

I don’t really see that there’s a direct correlation between average attendances and whether or not the women’s clubs have male counterparts. I’m also not entirely sure I agree with your conclusion that „For the development of FF it is vital that the top European clubs are independent and not ‘boyz’ clubs“. For one, I would say it depended very much on how much of a commitment the actual club made to the women’s and men’s sections respectively. The case of Charlton Athletic certainly made hordes of women’s football fans want to strangle the management (and then some), but I… Weiterlesen »

laasee
laasee

The ‚enemy‘ is the vested interests in boyz football – self protection, financial greed, insecurity etc. They are scared of FF but in this day and age they try and control the development of FF. In the past they just banned it. The DFB, FA and UEFA do not view FF as an equal. This is what I refer to as boyz. I am sure that there are males and females involved in the boyz organisations who are open minded and wish well for FF – but they are in a minority. In England, Mohammed al Fayed spent millions on… Weiterlesen »

Smulan
Smulan

„Mainly because it is a league being organised for the benefit of FF, played in proper stadiums with a TV contract – which has to help the profile and promotion of the game.“ I don’t think we should be too blue eyed and bushy tailed here. The WPS is a league being organised for the benefit of investors who see women’s football as a „product“. I watched the inaugural game last night and even the female commentator mentioned the quality of the „product“ at least 5 times during the match. Internet chat rooms and threads devoted to the new league… Weiterlesen »

laasee
laasee

I’d rather have WSL with 15,000 than Arsenal or FCB with 200 and 400.

I hope that FCR becomes the dominant team in Germany and Europe with crowds to match that of the WSL.

Smulan
Smulan

The WPS has set its target at 4-5000 on average per game and most observers agree that opening game attendance is not likely to be representative. If it’s merely increased attendance you’re after, then the only European teams that would have a chance to hit anywhere near those figures are teams in massive conurbations where there is no other competition for spectators from either other football teams or other sports. In my home town (pop. just under a million) on a good Sunday, you might get 3000 people out watching women’s football. But they’ll be watching 3 different teams and… Weiterlesen »

laasee
laasee

The Bundesliga averages 698 per game this season. I hope the Americans reach their target of 5000 because it will be good for the profile of FF. Germany must take the lead in Europe and one simple step to take is having matches on a Saturday at the same time as the boys. Also, playing in proper stadiums helps to attract fans. Not forgetting TV exposure. I hope that should a mega club emerge that it is an independent club – ideally Duisburg. That will be positive for FF and help to take the game to a far higher level.… Weiterlesen »

Max Diderot
Max Diderot

So many people in Germany are hoping for the same effect after the WC 2011 as we can regard by games of first and second football-league of men. Almost all matches are sold out. The attendance is top in Europe, stronger like in english Premier League. In women football it seems that we can do things better. After 95 matches in first league there is an average of 688 spectators. Take a look on this link: https://www.weltfussball.de/zuschauer/_96/1/ for further informations. When I’m right for remembering the budget from the Frankfurt ladies, it is nearby € 1 Million, they are in… Weiterlesen »

laasee
laasee

@ Max

I agree with you. The lead must come from Germany. Only then will UEFA, England and other countries start getting serious about FF. Germany has the advantage of hosting WM2011 and for the next two years there needs to be much stronger organisational development and financial development. Then the others will be forced to follow.

Smulan
Smulan

„I agree with you. The lead must come from Germany.“ laasee, I actually don’t see the previous poster saying that. I hope he’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like he’s saying that Germany is hoping for a World Cup effect, which is far from the conclusion that you’re drawing. Why are you so set on the idea that Germany must assume some kind of saviour status for women’s football in Europe? Do you think merely hosting the World Cup is enough? You mention England, but the one thing that got the English FA’s finger out (though too… Weiterlesen »

laasee
laasee

@Smulan I was agreeing with the previous posters general points. Beside a postive effect after the World Cup, I think there must also be impetus in the two years before the World Cup. Then there are even greater benefits after the World Cup. Germany is the leading nation in Europe. WM holders, EM winners (6 of 9), EUFA Cup winners (4 of 7). Only Damallsvenskan can compare with Bundesliga. If you look at it logically the driving force for FF progress must come from Germany. Sweden is only a small nation and for impact it has to be one of… Weiterlesen »

Max Diderot
Max Diderot

Guys, you’re both right. A big influence has to come from the great nations. Into this sense „great“ means a large population. Why this? In Germany, UK, France or Italy the teams could generate more money from TV-stations and sponsors. Also the federations (i.e. DFB) are big players for aiming at money and lead it away to the european federation UEFA. So this association is able for protecting small countries in developing women football. In my sight I stress countries like Turkey or Serbia and the former states of Yugoslavia. In younger past we have seen the influence of smaller… Weiterlesen »