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Olympique Lyonnais takes revenge on Potsdam, wins Champions League

By Olaf Goldbecker

Olympique Lyonnais cared for an end of the German dominance in the Women’s Champions League. With a 2-0 win against Turbine Potsdam, they took revenge for the loss after a penalty shootout in the previous season. It was Olympique’s and France’s first international club title in women’s soccer. (more…)

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Turbine coach criticizes World Cup preparation

Turbine Potsdam Head Coach Bernd Schröder has criticized the German Soccer Association DFB in regards to the league schedule being cut short due to early World Cup preparation for Germany’s women’s national team. The normal Bundesliga schedule runs until mid-May and sometimes into June, but it was cut short this year, ending in mid-March. (more…)


U.S. to face Iceland in Algarve Cup finals, Canada and Holland to play for Cyprus Cup title

The U.S. Women’s National Team had already sealed a place in the Algarve Cup finals, but it came down to the final day of group stage play to find out their opponent. Iceland, No. 17 in the FIFA World Rankings, defeated Denmark, 1-0, Monday afternoon in Portugal to advance to their first-ever Algarve Cup final. Iceland, which also beat China and Sweden in Group B, will play the U.S. Wednesday. Dóra María Lárusdóttir (Valur) scored Iceland’s goal. Meanwhile in Cyprus, Canada beat England, 2-0, Monday and coupled with Holland’s 6-0 win Monday over Switzerland, Canada and Holland will play Wednesday in the Cyprus Cup finals. (more…)


Melissa Wiik leaves VfL Wolfsburg, SC Bad Neuenahr suspends Claudia Götte

Norwegian Women’s National Team forward Melissa Wiik has left VfL Wolfsburg (Bundesliga) and returned to Norway in order to not lose her spot on the national team heading into the 2011 Women’s World Cup. In other news out of Bundesliga, SC Bad Neuenahr has suspended Claudia Götte. The 18-year-old Götte is a member of Germany’s U-19 National Team. Götte, who recently returned from a long-term injury, has had a number of incidents within the team, according to the coaching staff, and the team has offered her to other clubs.