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Vivianne Miedema becomes WSL record goal scorer

The Dutch and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema broke the all-time Women Super League goal scoring record this past weekend in style by scoring a stunning hat-trick in the Gunner’s 6-1 win over their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. 

At the age of just 24, Miedema has already managed an impressive 52 goals in 50 appearances for the club, surpassing the previous record of former Manchester City forward Nikita Parris, who now plies her trade with the current Champions League winner’s, Olympique Lyon. 

Indeed, the Dutch striker has already achieved a number of impressive allocates already in Women’s football having been not only been named the 2020 Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, but is also the Netherlands’ record goal scorer with 69 goals in 89 games. 

In addition to those incredible individual honours, Miedema unsurprisingly holds the record for the most WSL goals in a season, 22 in the 2018-19 campaign, was part of the Netherlands European Championship winning side back in 2017 and appeared in a World Cup Final in 2019. 

No wonder former Gunners forward Kelly Smith referred to Miedema as the ‘complete striker’. 

Speaking to the PA Agency, Smith said:

“You just look at her goals to game ratio and she’s been outstanding. She scores goals with her left and right foot, her head, she sets goals up.  For me she is the complete striker, and is the best in the world at the moment.” 

Miedema, however, could soon be joined at the 50-goal mark by England and Manchester City forward Ellen White, who sits on 48 WSL goals, but what makes the Dutch striker’s goal record more impressive is that of the 52 goals she has scored not one of them has come from the penalty spot. Not only that but White is now 31-years old and has played twice as many games, 105 appearances.  

Miedema’s favourite opponent to score against meanwhile is Bristol City, having scored 12 of her goals against the Robins in total, including six in a remarkable 11-1 victory back in December 2019. 

No wonder Arsenal Manager, Joe Montemurro has made providing Miedema with a new contract as top of the Gunners list of priorities, this news will surely bring delight to all Arsenal fans. 

Montemurro said:

“We’re already starting to look at where we’re heading with the direction next year and years to come, but obviously Viv will be on top of that list and we’ll do everything we can to make sure Viv remains part of the group.

“She’s an important part of the group, obviously as a footballer but also off the park, her qualities as a person are fantastic.”

Womens Champions League : Who are the Last Eight?

The Women’s elite European competition is set to resume this week and just like the men’s tournament, it will be an eight-team knockout format with one-off ties.

The tournament will run from the 21-30thAugust with the games due to be played out in Spain at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao and the Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian.

So, with that in mind, who are the remaining sides left in the competition?

Glasgow City

Beginning with Scottish side, Glasgow City, who have been the dominant side in Scotland for the best part of a decade.  They are appearing in the Quarter Finals for just the second time in their history.  Their only previous Quarter Final was against French side Paris Saint Germain back in 2015, which resulted in a 7-0 on aggregate loss.

Scott Booth, who has been in charge since 2015, currently coaches them. The Scottish side beat Brondby 3-1 on penalties in the previous round of 16 to get to this stage, following a 2-2 on aggregate scoreline. It is, however, difficult to see them progressing much further as they face a formidable German outfit in the form of VfL Wolfsburg.

VfL Wolfsburg

The German Champions, VfL Wolfsburg will be out to add the Champions League title to an already impressive 2019/20 campaign. They have previously won the Champions League in 2013 and 2014.  This made them the first German team to successful defend the European crown.

They comfortably saw off Dutch side FC Twente 7-0 on aggregate in the previous round and are rightly considered one of the tournament favourites alongside defending champions Lyon to lift the trophy in San Sebastian.

Atletico Madrid

Spanish side, Atletico Madrid are appearing in the Quarter Finals for the very first time.  In their four previous appearances they have never managed to get further than the last 16 where they have lost to Lyon in 2015-16 and Wolfsburg in 2018-19. They impressively saw off WSL runners-up Manchester City in the previous round.

The Madrid based side have been pretty inconsistent this season even though they managed to finish second in the Primera Iberdrola behind their Quarter Final opponents Barcelona.  Their preparation has also been disrupted after five of their players tested positive for COVID-19 last week leading to the cancellation of their training sessions.  Will subsequently begin their all-Spanish tie as underdogs.

Barcelona

The second of the two Spanish sides in the last eight, Barcelona were in the process of having their most successful season ever. The Catalan club had won 19 of their 21 league matches as well as the Supercopa de Espana.  They subsequently claimed the Primera Iberdrola by a nine-point margin and their first since 2015.

Lluis Cortes’s side saw off Belarus’s FC Minsk in the Last 16 and will start the Quarter Final with domestic rivals Atletico as clear favourites.

Arsenal

The Gunners are set to take part in their first WCL Quarter-Final in six years.  The North London club will need to win the competition to qualify for next season’s Champions League as they finished in third in the Women Super League.

Joe Montemurro’s side will be hoping the Football Writers Footballer of The Year, Vivianne Miedema can fire his team to European glory.  Their tie with Paris Saint Germain, however, is one that could certainly go either way.

Paris Saint Germain

French side Paris Saint Germain have reached the final of this competition twice before, their last of these was back in 2015 where they lost to FFC Frankfurt. Head Coach Olivier Echouafni has been in charge since 2018.

Echouafni’s team defeated Breidablik in the Last 16 and their tie with Arsenal is arguably the hardest to predict.

Olympique Lyon

Olympique Lyon has won the Division 1 Feminine an impressive 14 times in a row since the side was formed back in 2004. They have also won the Champions League a record six-times and are rightfully considered favourites to go all the way again.

Managed by Jean-Luc Vasseur their squad includes the likes of England international fullback Lucy Bronze, winger Nikita Parris and BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year for 2019, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg.

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are coached by Jens Scheuer, who has had the unenviable task of playing catch up with VfL Wolfsburg, who have won the Frauen Bundesliga crown for the past four years.

Last season’s Semi Finalists, however, were confidently able to dispatch BIIK- Kazygurt in the last round. The German side have a tough ask to progress any further as they face last season’s winners, Olympique Lyon next.

Tournament Schedule

Friday 21stAugust

Glasgow City vs Wolfsburg (5pm kick-off Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian)

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona (5pm kick-off San Mames Stadium, Bilbao – BT Sport 3 HD

Saturday 22ndAugust

Arsenal vs Paris Saint Germain (7pm kick-off Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian) – BT Sport 1 HD

 Lyon vs Bayern Munich (7pm kick-off San Mames Stadium, Bilbao) – BT Sport 2 HD

 Tuesday 25thAugust

Glasgow City/Wolfsburg vs Atletico/Barcelona (7pm Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian) – BT Sport 1 HD

 Wednesday 26thAugust

Arsenal/PSG vs Lyon/Bayern (7pm San Mames Stadium, Bilbao) – BT Sport 1 HD

Sunday 30thAugust

Final (7pm Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian) – BT Sport 1 HD & Ultimate

How to watch?

All the matches will be available to watch on BT Sport.

Who do you fancy to go all the way to lift the trophy in San Sebastian on Sunday 30th August?

Vivianne Miedema named Football Writers Women’s Footballer of the Year

Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema has won the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year award by the narrowest of margins. Miedema claimed the award by just a single vote after missing out last year by the same margin.

She was pushed all the way in the voting by Chelsea’s Bethany England and follows Lionesses forwards Nikita Parris (2019) and Fran Kirby (2018), to be named the third FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Chelsea’s Norwegian talent Guro Reiten and Lyon’s England defender Lucy Bronze were joint third. Both players were named ahead of Manchester City and England Women’s World Cup 2019 Bronze Boot winner Ellen White.

The voting panel also gave special praise to: Steph Houghton and Lauren Hemp from Manchester City, the Chelsea pair of Erin Cuthbert and Sophie Ingle, Rachel Furness, Beth Mead of Arsenal, Lauren James of Manchester United and Chloe Kelly from Everton.

The 23-year-old Miedema was the Women’s Super League’s top scorer this season with 16 goals in 14 appearances. This included a double hat-trick in Arsenal’s 11-1 drubbing of Bristol City in December. She is also currently her country’s leading goalscorer with 60 goals, and also helped Holland reach last year’s World Cup final.

Runner up, England helped Chelsea win this season’s WSL title after the Blues were declared champions on a points-per-game basis and moved above Manchester City, who were top of the table at the time when the league was halted back in March due to the pandemic. The 21-year-old had another outstanding season for Chelsea, scoring 21 goals in all competitions in their 2019/20 double winning campaign.

Bronze, who earlier this week signed a two month contract extension until August 31st at Lyon to enable her to compete in the Champions League when it resumes later in the summer.  The England full back has subsequently agreed terms to join Manchester City ahead of the new Women’s Super League season. It is also understood that Alex Greenwood has decided to join City along with former Everton forward Kelly.

City, who finished runners up to Chelsea in this seasons truncated campaign will start the new season with no less than 12 regular England internationals including Captain Houghton and England’s most capped player Jill Scott.