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New TV series with the Ultimate Goal of inspiring Next female footballers

The UK and Ireland sports broadcaster, BT Sport is set to air a six-part reality competition from the 3rd November called ‘Ultimate Goal.’

The ‘Ultimate Goal’ will capture 28 women training and competing for the chance to become the next stars of women’s football. It will also give them the chance to showcase their skills at the England national teams St.George’s Park training facility.

The former Chelsea, Juventus and England player, Eniola Aluko, will present the show and will head up a team of football legends, who will act as mentors for these players throughout the series. 

When asked what makes a top professional footballer, Aluko said:

“I think a successful footballer has to have a work ethic that is relentless through success and failure.” 

Among the mentors Aluko will head up is set to be former England national team goalkeeper, Rachel Brown Finnis and twins Rosie and Mollie Kmita, formally of West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. 

When asked about the show, Brown Finnis said:

“To provide girls with the opportunity of playing in front of managers, coaches, scouts.  It’s just a priceless opportunity.” 

While during the series the participants will benefit from master classes delivered by the likes of: Rio Ferdinand, Freddie Ljungberg, Peter Crouch, Robin Van Persie, Fara Williams, Faye White and Jill Scott.  

Ahead of the start of the series, former Arsenal, Manchester United and Netherlands striker, Van Persie said:

“Football is a game of mistakes.  It does not matter if you miss as long as you give your maximum you will eventually succeed. ” 

Of the 28 players participating in the show, 14 will be chosen to participate in a trial match against a leading women’s side where scouts from leading teams such as: Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona and Champions League holders Lyon will be in attendance. 

Chief operating officer of BT Sport, Jamie Hindhaugh, meanwhile, added:

“Ultimate goal builds on BT’s commitment, as part of its long term partnerships with each of the four UK ‘Home Nations’ Football Associations, to inspire a new generation of girls and women to participate in football.”

Viewers certainly will get to know the participants and get taken on compelling journeys with them as well as learn about how they have had to overcome issues such as discrimination and equality.       

The first episode in the UK is due to air on Tuesday 3rdNovember at 10:30pm and will air every Tuesday over a six-week period on BT Sport 3. 

Arsenal face Chelsea in all London FA Cup final

Saturday afternoon at 5.30 pm will see an all London Cup Final between Chelsea and Arsenal. These two London heavyweights will go toe to toe in what will be a unique occasion.

For the first time in its long and illustrious history, the final will be played in front of no fans.

Anthony Taylor will be in charge in his second FA Cup final. By some strange coincidence his first was the Final in 2017 between both of these sides.

These two London giants are used to meeting in a final at the end of the season, having been involved three times in the last four seasons with both sides having won two finals. Arsenal the FA Cup and Chelsea the League Cup Final and Europa League Final.

Arsenal are clearly the cup kings of England, having won the FA Cup a record 13 times and been involved in the final a record 21 times. The Gunners have also won their last six FA Cup Finals.

For Chelsea this will be their 14th FA Cup Final appearance with the Blues winning seven of their last nine finals. However both of those defeats were against Arsenal.

Back in 2017 Per Mertesacker captained Arsenal to victory over Chelsea by 2-1 at Wembley with Aaron Ramsey hitting a 79th minute winner to give manager Arsene Wenger his final piece of major silverware.

Thanks to second half goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg it was Arsenal who were crowned FA Cup winners in 2002, with the final being held in Cardiff.

Saturday’s FA Cup Final will see a contest with two up and coming managers at the helm. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta who is 38 and Frank Lampard 42, are the two youngest Premier League bosses and already have impressed the football world by their courageous tactics and game management.

Under Arteta, Arsenal’s two outstanding performances recently have been victories inside four days against Premier League champions Liverpool and an FA Cup semi-final triumph over Manchester City.

The Gunners have beaten Leeds, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Man City on their way to Wembley and only conceding two goals in the process.

Chelsea have had to overcome Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester United in the semi-final to book their place at Wembley. Like Arsenal they have only let in two goals on their way to the final.

Both Arteta and Lampard have not been afraid to make ruthless decisions. Arteta’s refusal to pander to the whims of Mesut Ozil saw him excluded from the nine substitutes for the semi-final.

Lampard recently showed his merciless edge by dropping £71 million goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea’s crucial final game of the season against Wolves.

So the stage is set for yet another London Derby, but for this one a trophy is at stake. It will be interesting to see how both sets of players perform in the extensive heat promised on Saturday and how they will adjust in the surreal surroundings of having no fans present in the Stadium.

Some players will flourish on this, others will freeze on the big stage, whatever happens it should be another classic final with Arsenal set to start of favourites. Whichever captain will get the privilege of holding the FA Cup after the game will be in the strange position of displaying it to no fans inside.

I wonder what type of celebrations we will see come Saturday evening? One thing is for sure the 139th FA Cup Final will be remembered for the final will little noise.