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Yesterday in the Women's EURO in Finland, the Germans were 1-0 up on Norway in the 90th minute and four short minutes of extra time later ended the game 4-0 victors.

Day 1

Holland 2 - 0 Ukraine

Finland 1 - 0 Denmark

Day 2

France 3 - 1 Iceland

Germany 4 - 0 Norway

Day 3

Italy 2 - 1 England

Sweden 3 - 0 Russia

Huge win for the Italians and a crushing blow for England. 34yr old Patrizia Panico scores the tying goal and Alessia Tuttino drives in a bomb for the win on 10-player England (after a 28th minute through ball from Panico led to a profesional foul).

Things are always getting added or lost in translation. I would really like to learn what she means by this:

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/woco/news/kind=1/newsid=876861.html

'Naughtier'

Italy bowed out at the group stage in England four years ago with zero points, a disappointing return which prompted the Italian Football Federation to appoint Ghedin in place of Carolina Morace. Since then, Italy's fortunes have improved and Panico is confident of continuing that form in Finland. "Ghedin changed our mentality: I could say we're naughtier in a way..."

I have no idea what that means, but it sure sounds interesting.

UEFA has world class Women's EURO coverage here:

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/woco/index.html

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When does Canada's national women's team get to play next? No one seems to be inviting us to their tournaments. Are there enough funds available for the team to play at all? Does anyone know?

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Apparently funding is a major issue right now, and because of it there won't be any camps this year let alone games, from what I have heard. Someone needs to overthrow the CSA before we find ourselves battling against Vietnam and Surinam in the rankings. Everyone is improving while we continue to lie stagnant. Its sad.

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There are only a couple of thing which can save us from Surinam:

- naturalizing 11 Germans.

- becoming the 52nd state.

- a federal government decision to transform (and fund/invest) into a sporting nation.

- an intelligent body of people or person(s) reforming either the CSA, the national teams, or the women's program into a slick well-run machine that can generate the capital required.

Barring something that major the forecast is a long slow ride to the insignificance of our men's program.

Oh Canada.

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One has to wonder what was the purpose in hiring a well paid coach like Carolina Morace plus a whole bunch of assistants to run a program that the CSA has cut financial support and left to fend by themselves. What happened with all the hoopla and promises of reform and player revamp. The only thing accomplished so far was a frolicking vacation in Italy and some embarrassment in front of the U.S. Maybe it would be better if the women program became an independent corporation run and funded by private interests.

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"Maybe it would be better if the women program became an independent corporation run and funded by private interests."

Ref I think you have hit the nail on the head here. That being said, the corporation should have no other interests besides generating income to make the women's team successful and having the necessary camps and player development camps across the country at all levels to make that happen. It blows my mind that with over 350,000 girls playing soccer in this country they can't come up with any money for regular camps for the teams at all levels. I'm sure its been asked before but where does all the player registration money go? Is there any breakdown of the CSA funds and where they go? Don't they by law as a publicly funded organization get audited and have to show something for it? Anyone have any information with that?

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Doesn't Sport Canada give the CSA funds that are ear marked for the women's program? Doesn't the IOC provide funds committed solely for the women's program? Where does the sponsors' money (Winners Cominteck) go? Who is looking after the women's interests at the Board level? Why do we have high paid coaches and office staff if there is no program?

Haven't we heard all these questions before? Where is the women's program in the strategic plan for year 2?

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UEFA Euro 2009

Quarter Finals

Finland 2-3 England

Sjölund 66, Sällström 79 - Aluko 15,67 , Williams 49

Netherlands 0-0 France AET 5-4 Pens

Germany 2-1 Italy

Grings 4, 47 - Panico 67

Sweden 1-3 Norway

Sandell Svensson 80 - Segerström (OG) 39 , Giske 45, Pedersen 60

Semi Finals

England v Netherlands

Germany v Norway

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UEFA Euro 2009

Semi Finals

England 1 - 1 Netherlands 2 - 1 AET

K.Smith 61 - Pieëte 64

J.Scott 116

Germany 3 - 1 Norway

Laudehr 59

Bajramaj 61, 90

Final

England v Germany

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quote:Originally posted by Vic

It was close at the hour, still a 3-2 game before England pressed ahead and Germany punished them.

Even when it was 4-2 there was still half an hour to go and you could sense there were more goals to come. It would have been very interesting to see how Germany would have reacted had England scored a third. Having a team constantly pegging them back is not a situation they would have been familiar with. As you might expect the match fizzled out at 5-2.

Germany's second was an incredible shot. Behrigner hit an absolute screamer from at least 40 yards into the top corner. Even England supporters (where I was watching it) applauded that one. Rachel Brown was only a couple yards off her line and could only get a finger tip to it.

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Wales beat the Czech Republic 2-0 a few days back in a WCQ played at Llanelli. A poor results for the Czechs, who are the 2nd seeds in the group.

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Seems a bit of a surprise, but Wales have a few Arsenal and Everton players and a couple of others who play in the English league. Their loss to Belgium last weekend came with 15 seconds left, and that's a team played Sweden to 1-2. It will be interesting to see how things turn out when Wales travel to Prague next month, that would be a must-win game for the Czechs as only one team comes out of each pool group, and you won't see Sweden throw away many points.

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Interesting and progressive approach to developing a national U17 team:

Action resumes Down Under

After a one year hiatus for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, New Zealand's national women's league will return next month, and will include a New Zealand U-17 team for the first time. Teams from five of New Zealand Football's seven regional federations will compete alongside the Young Football Ferns for the national title currently held by Auckland.

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Given that players at this age spend a considerable amount of money funding their club experiences in the Spring/Summer (and training with lower caliber competition), could/should we pool that money and funnel it into our NTC/RTC programs and turn them into year-round programs?

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It seemed that Santos FC always scored at will, no matter who the opponent was. Cristiane was the top scorer in the Cup with 15 goals. She got ejected on one game for celebrating after having received a yellow earlier. I think that Cristiane is making merits to dethrone Marta at the next FIFA 2009 player of the year awards.

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Today the USA U17 thrashed its counterpart from Chile 7-0 in Buenos Aires. Goals by Kaysie Clark at 2 & 77, Morgan Bryan at 17, Clarisa Wedemeyer at 21, Kylie McCarthy at 31, Alesha Blair at 75 and Caprice Dydasco at 87 minutes.

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These are the stats from a USA/Argentina U17 game Thursday. It was a 4-1 win for the Americans but a surprisngly strong run of play from the Argentinians. The only things they were schooled in was fouls.

Stats Summary: USA / ARG

Shots: 13 / 9

Shots on Goal: 10 / 8

Saves: 7 / 5

Corner Kicks: 6 / 4

Fouls: 20 / 8

Offside: 3 / 0

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What a great story. Hopefully the paper covering it keeps following it.

My only regret is that Richard isn't there. Having dumped on both Guyanese Canadian legends (Hooper and De Rosario) for their attitudes, he could use a trip like that to open his mind and get a bigger worldview than dated British amateur sporting ideals. Two of the greatest Canadians of all time - there's never enough Guyana in Canada.

Heydorn plays for the Avalanche and De Souza plays for Carleton.

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Tournament in Sao Paulo.

Brazil 5 - Mexico 2

China 2 - Chile 0

Final standings:

1st Brazil

2nd Mexico

3rd China

4th Chile.

Marta and Cristiane who played in today's game (Sunday) are cutting it close to fly to Zurich and be there in time for tomorrow's Gala Award Night.

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