Natasha Henry

Freelance Journalist, Pundit and Commentator

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a UK based freelance journalist, with an NCTJ and five years continuous professional experience.

I mainly cover sport but I also delve into the worlds of entertainment, news and current affairs when the project requires it.

I am always interested in hearing about new projects and fresh opportunities.

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Breakthrough for hidden heart conditions

WHEN FABRICE Muamba collapsed on the pitch during a Bolton Wanderers game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in 2012, the world of football was in shock. How could a 23-year-old elite athlete have a heart condition that had gone undetected for so long?

International Football

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Golden Goetze seals German World Cup triumph

TWO SUBSTITUTES and one piece of individual skill during 120 minutes of high drama was all that Germany required to beat Argentina 1-0 and become the first European nation to win the World Cup on south American soil. The last game of the 20th World Cup tournament had everything.

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More woe for Brazil

If there was a rulebook for how to recover from the thrashing against the Germans, then you'd imagine 'don't concede a penalty and goal within the first three minutes' would be in the aforementioned book. Unfortunately, and somewhat predictably, that's exactly what Brazil did.

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Ghana: time to shine

Most pundits will expect the Germans and the Portuguese to go through as the top two teams, but it would be churlish for either European team to underestimate their African opponents. Both Ghana and the group's remaining team, USA, are gloriously unpredictable and have the ability to surprise or stifle the opposition.

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Brave Algeria go down fighting

ALGERIA MAY not have won the game, but they will have won the hearts of football fans everywhere after they became the last African team to depart the World Cup with a 2-1 loss to Germany. As has been the trend in Brazil, it is impossible to predict what will happen from game to game.

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End of the FA road for Noel Blake

WHILE ENGLAND are getting ready for their game against Uruguay, there are problems at St. Georges' Park, the multi-million pound base for the national game. Last week, after seven years as a coach with the senior squad, Under-19 manager Noel Blake resigned.

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Zaha's quick start helps under-21's to eighth win in a row

THREE GOALS and some mature performances gave England's under-21's a 3-0 win against Romania in their penultimate game prior to this summer's European Championships. Playing against a Romanian squad consisting of only one player with more that three caps, it was always going to be a case of 'how many'.

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Black Stars working with Liverpool FC

GHANA COACH Kwasi Appiah and his technical team are currently in England, as they spend ten days in the country to share ideas with Liverpool FC and the League Managers' Association. The visit is symbolic of the growing relationship between English and African football, as Appiah and his team will also visit the FA's new training centre at St.

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A Rio return is unlikely

AFTER THE shock of former captain John Terry retiring from international duty; there has been much talk of Rio Ferdinand's chances of returning to the England fold.

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Five star performance for England

JERMAIN DEFOE scored his first competitive goal in two years as England beat Moldova 5-0 in their first qualifier for the 2014 World Cup. It was Roy Hodgson's first qualifier as manager and after several injury worries his starting 11 made sure they warranted their call-up.

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England escape after super substitutions

ENGLAND WERE inspired by a trio of young substitutes as they grabbed a crucial group point from Ukraine in their second World Cup qualifier at Wembley. An 87th minute Frank Lampard penalty, after late home pressure, secured a point for Roy Hodgson's side.

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England ease through another group fixture

A brace a piece from Manchester United pair, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney and a first international goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain helped England flatter to deceive against minnows, San Marino. While the 5-0 score rightly shows that England were the far better side, it was the least the fans could expect against opponents who last won a game in 2004, and who sit joint-bottom of the FIFA rankings.

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Teams in Group C end the day all square

Teams in Group C end the day all square Two score draws sees the group favourites with a lot of work to do It was a day of draws in the African Cup of Nations as Group C kicked off. Burkino Faso shocked third favourites Nigeria when they scored four minutes into injury time to earn a 1-1 draw.

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Roy makes his position clear

THE FALLOUT from Roy Hodgson's comments in his England press conference continued, as the chairman of Kick It Out gave his thoughts on the matter. Hodgson had been addressing the media prior to the Three Lions friendly against Italy, in the Swiss town of Berne on August 15.

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Can Roy include Cole?

ROY HODGSON'S England injury worries continue with the news that defender Ashley Cole will need to be assessed by medical staff before joining up with the squad this afternoon. This follows the news that Andy Carroll will miss the double-header after picking up a hamstring problem, and the gash that has forced key striker Wayne Rooney out for around six weeks.

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Football hits the big screen

THE SECOND annual Kicking and Screening football festival commences this week with a selection of documentaries to attract the attention of sport and film fans alike. K + S started last year, in partnership with Everyman Cinemas, and featured classics such as Escape to Victory, One Night in Turin and Rise and Shine: the Jay DeMerit story.

Multimedia - Television / Radio / Webchats

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DUMMY: August 26 - Howler Magazine

The "Malky's Dirty Mouth" Edition David Goldblatt, Danny, Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi are joined by Natasha Henry to discuss the offensive text messages between Malky Mackay and Ian Moody that reveal the rotten attitudes that still pervade professional soccer.

Telegraph
04/17/2014
Natasha Henry joins Henry Winter's Google+ hangout: Telegraph's Football Correspondent discusses...

Telegraph Sport's Football Correspondent Henry Winter discusses this weekend's key issues in the second instalment of his weekly 'Google+ hangouts'. An emotional week for everyone on Merseyside sees travelling to relegation-threatened Norwich City. Brendan Rodgers' side are currently two points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table and know that victories in their final four games will secure a first English League title since 1990.

Domestic Football

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Mourinho's men in good shape for new season

IF THE Community Shield is a glorified friendly that tells you nothing about the season ahead, then Chelsea's game against Real Sociedad wasn't much more than a kick-about in the park with inferior opposition and substitutions that hit double figures long before the final whistle blew.

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Man City put title destiny in their own hands

MANCHESTER CITY proved two things on their latest trip to London as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park. Firstly; that the race from the title is far from over, and secondly; that when you have a player of the calibre of Yaya Toure, you don't even need to play him for the duration of the match.

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Gunner Gibbs over identity crisis

NOT MANY outside of Emirates Stadium would have been familiar with Kieran Gibbs when he was wrongfully dismissed last month at Stamford Bridge. The 24-year-old left-back from Lambeth does not attract the media attention like some of his team-mates - Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud for example - but his role in a team looking to win their first trophy for nine years is no less important.

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West Brom star to be talk of the Toon?

SAIDO BERAHINO of West Bromwich Albion is rumoured to be wanted by Newcastle United as they look to rebuild after a disappointing end to the season. The striker had his own issues last season after allegedly being punched by James Morrison in a dressing room bust-up after he blamed the Englishman for Cardiff's final goal in their 3-3 at the Hawthorns.

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Citizens flatten blunt Hammers into oblivion

AFTER ANOTHER loss it is easy to understand why Ravel Morrison's head has been turned by Fulham. Because who wants to stay on a ship that is sinking faster than the Titanic?

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Blues carve out win against Potters with Oscar magic

IF YOU ever wanted to see a game that typified Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, then this FA Cup win over Stoke City was it - composed, assured, tidy and methodical. Some would say they lack style, but it's hard to say that when you see the wonderful Oscar and Eden Hazard weaving their magic through midfield.

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Zaha's United dreams likely to end soon

WILFRIED ZAHA'S Manchester United dream could soon be over with rumours circulating that manager David Moyes will be happy to let him go in the summer. Zaha was bought by previous boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, in January 2013 before loaning him back to Crystal Palace to help secure Premier League promotion.

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Spurs double adds to Villa's trouble

TWO SECOND half goals gave Tottenham Hotspur their fourth consecutive Premier League win as they beat Aston Villa 2-0. After their super show at the Theatre of Dreams against Manchester United, their fans may have been expecting an easy ride against the stumbling Midlands team.

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Sterling's red alert

The Jamaica- born winger has been a key member of the team that now sits at the top of the Premier League as they look to win their first title in 26 years under Brendan Rodgers.

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Tim Sherwood sympathises with sacked Chris Hughton

THE SACKING of Chris Hughton wasn't football's biggest shock after Norwich lost four of their last six games, but the timing appears bizarre to say the least. Admittedly it has been a disappointing campaign in his second season at the club as they're just five places above the relegation zone, but relieving a manager of his duties with only five games left is a risk that could backfire for the Norfolk club's board.

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Benteke says bye-bye to Brazil

ASTON VILLA striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a torn Achilles tendon during training. The Belgian forward has been a vital part of the young squad who are expected to impress in Brazil this summer, their attacking responsibilities will now rest on Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku who is currently on a season-long loan at Everton.

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Sherwood's Spurs skin Black Cats

TOTTENHAM MAY have scored five league goals in a game for the first time this season but Tim Sherwood and Daniel Levy will know these three points merely poly-fill the cracks of what has been a hugely underwhelming season.

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Dangerous defenders give Fulham the Blues

Chelsea ticked another game off the ever growing list with a 3-0 win over mid-table Fulham on a windy Wednesday night at Craven Cottage. Once again, it was the home side's inability to convert their chances that left them chasing the game against their near neighbours.

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Deadly Daniel puts Fulham to the sword

HE MAY now wear red instead of blue, but Daniel Sturridge reminded Craven Cottage of his links to their local rivals Chelsea as his hat-trick was enough to give Liverpool a 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

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Four minutes of Old Trafford madness

A WELL-WORKED team goal four minutes from time gave Chelsea all three points as they beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford. It followed a perfectly legal challenge by Ramires on Wayne Rooney, but instead of tracking back the England striker sulked and the Chelsea midfielder powered down the pitch, before passing to Oscar, who fed scorer Juan Mata for the game's only goal.

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MLS bound Defoe seals it for Spurs

JERMAIN DEFOE started his seven-week long goodbye to Tottenham fans with the second goal as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane (January 11). And given the difference he made after replacing the invisible Roberto Soldado on 57 minutes, you have to wonder how much of a loss Defoe will be to the north London club when he goes to America's Major League Soccer.

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Three and all out for Benitez

It was a day of goodbyes at Stamford Bridge as it was Rafa Benitez and David Moyes last game in charge at the respective clubs. But it will be the Chelsea boss leaving south-west London with a smile on his face after his Chelsea team secured third place by beating Everton 2-1.

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Gunners scrape past ten man Fulham

THE REFEREE started the game the same way he ended it, as he showed two red cards in Arsenal's 1-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage. It was a far from spectacular win by Arsenal, but they won't mind as they take the three points back to north London, as they continue their aim of reaching the Champions League for the 16th season running.

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Chelsea persevere to punish hapless Wigan

Ramires opened the scoring as Chelsea beat Wigan 4-1 at Stamford Bridge, to ease the pressure on interim boss Rafa Benitez. David Luiz started the move with a 30 yard run, and he found a surprisingly energetic Fernando Torres who sent the ball to his right for the Brazilian to slot past the oncoming Ali Al Habsi.

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A first home win for Spurs under AVB

TWO GOALS in 90 seconds gave Tottenham Hotspur their first home win of the season as they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1, during a rainy afternoon at White Hart Lane. Those three points move Spurs up two places to eighth and leave the visitors languishing in 19th, even though this was probably Rangers' best performance of the season so far.

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Super sub gives Fulham survival hope against Newcastle

DESPITE HIS stern demeanour, Felix Magath left Craven Cottage full of the joys of spring after seeing his Fulham side battle their way to a 1-0 over Newcastle United. Unlike the weather, the first-half was far from sunny. But the home side got the three points they so desperately needed as they attempt to stave off the threat of relegation.

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Revitalised Reading shock the Cottagers

Hal Robson-Kanu gave Reading fans something to smile about as his first two goals of the season set them on their way, as they beat Fulham 4-2 at Craven Cottage. Sloppy, spineless and looking for a sun lounger would be the best way to describe Fulham's performance in the first hour of their penultimate home game of the season.

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Eagles keep on soaring with victory over Hammers

YANNICK BOLASIE helped Crystal Palace to their fifth consecutive league win with a debatable spot kick that beat West Ham 1-0 at Upton Park. Not many fans would have expected Palace to be going to Upton Park three points ahead of West Ham, with survival all but secure after the way they started the season, but that they did.

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Cottagers notch up crucial win over stuttering Canaries

HUGO RODALLEGA worked his way back into the Fulham fans hearts, as he scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich City. The Londoners have cut the deficit between the two to just two points, with each team having four games left as the Premier League season comes to an end.

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Tigers claw back to draw with relegation-bound Cottagers

A SECOND half that saw four goals left Fulham perilously close to the drop down to the Championship as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Hull City at Craven Cottage. Two teams scared to lose made for a depressing game and that's exactly what the fans got in the first half on a windy but bright Saturday afternoon in west London.

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Fulham say farewell with Crystal Palace stalemate

AS CRAVEN Cottage departs from the Premier League circuit, will it be a see you later or a more final goodbye to the top tier from the Fulham faithful? The fans will certainly hope it's the former, but based on another erratic home performance it could well be the latter.

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Youngster has plan to light up the emirates

WITH THE inaugural season of the Under-21 Premier League having commenced on August 17, Arsenal's Chuks Aneke can't wait for his chance to show what he's made of. The striker told Arsenal.com how he felt about making his debut against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup, last September.

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Brazilian blend just right for the Blues

HE MAY not have much luck with strikers, but Jose Mourinho can spot a class midfielder as Mohamed Salah and Willian were his star pupil's in a performance that was far from vintage Chelsea. However, it is unlikely anyone will mind after they got the three points and kept a clean sheet in this 3-0 home win over Stoke City on April 5.

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Super sub gives Fulham survival hope against Newcastle

DESPITE HIS stern demeanour, Felix Magath left Craven Cottage full of the joys of spring after seeing his Fulham side battle their way to a 1-0 over Newcastle United. Unlike the weather, the first-half was far from sunny. But the home side got the three points they so desperately needed as they attempt to stave off the threat of relegation.

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Pound proving her value to the beautiful game

The role of black women in football has increased each year. With March being International Women's Month, the Voice of Sport's Natasha Henry caught up with some females that contribute to the beautiful game... WHILE THE players concentrate on matters on the pitch, there are many black females taking care of matters off the football field.

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Written in the stars

STEVEN SPIELBERG couldn't have written it any better. The prodigal son comes home to save his father from another disappointing day, and he does so within the first ten minutes of his return. The look on Arsene Wenger's face as Thierry Henry embraced him on the touchline, said it better than any script could ever have done.

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New boy Remy helps Hoops grab a point

AS EAST London welcomed west, the points were shared when West Ham drew 1-1 at home with Queens Park Rangers. The pre-match talk was all about Rangers new boy Loic Remy and the Frenchman did not disappoint on his Premier League debut.

Other sports

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Great Briton goes from pit lane to podium

SEVENTY LAPS of drama, battles and ignoring team orders saw Daniel Ricciardo win his second Grand Prix in Hungary, with former champions Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton joining him on the podium. After the drama of qualifying when he was unable to complete a timed lap and a gearbox fire, Hamilton started from the pit lane.

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Brave Hamilton comes in third

LEWIS HAMILTON won't forget this German Grand Prix for a long while, after he somehow managed to finish 3rd on the after starting the race 20th on the grid. It all started on Saturday afternoon when the Mercedes driver crashed out during the first qualifying session, which left him to start in 15th.

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Watson on the up and up after illness

HEATHER WATSON will take heart from reaching the semi-finals at the Aegon International at Queens, as she prepares for Wimbledon which starts on June 23. And like all British players she admits that the famous tournament based in London SW19 is the highlight of her season.

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Legend looks to quell Hamilton - Rosberg spat

WITH THE relationship between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at an all time low, it appears Formula One legend Niki Lauda will take on the role of peacemaker. Things between the two were already on shaky ground, but it was visibly clear that matters had deteriorated further after the controversial events during qualifying of the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Rosberg claims he has the 'edge' over team mate

MERCEDES DRIVER Nico Rosberg believes he has the mental edge over team-mate Lewis Hamilton as they prepare for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix. Rosberg won in Monaco and came second in Canada, finishing behind debut winner Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.

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Lewis leads from the front of the pack

Lewis leads from the front of the pack A first Italian Grand Prix win for the McLaren driver LEWIS HAMILTON did all he could to silence all talk of his contract negotiations, as he won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, today (September 9).

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Controversial McLaren ace in pole position

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS seemed to be at the back of Lewis Hamilton's mind as he claimed his third pole position in four Grand Prix's. The McLaren driver leads the pack in Singapore as he looks to claw back the 37 point deficit of championship leader, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

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The Nicola Adams effect

WITH THE Commonwealth Games fast approaching Olympic medallist Nicola Adams will have another chance to cement her place at the top of the boxing table. After becoming the first woman to win an Olympic medal in boxing, Adams has spent the past 18 months promoting her sport and dealing with 'The Adams Effect', which was coined by the Government to describe the effect her win has had on young women.

Olympics

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USA ladies end their Games in style

USA ladies end their Games in style American ladies show the men how its done TEAM GB just didn't have the legs to get anywhere near the Americans or the Jamaicans in the women's 4x400m relay. USA won after taking the lead halfway during the first leg and ran a season's best of 3:16.87 to take the gold.

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Second Olympic medal for Uganda

The 23-year-old sped past Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang around the 23 mile mark to win his countries second ever medal in athletics.

Women's Football

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The beautiful game

The win against Croatia was played in front of 5,000 fans at Walsall's Bescot Stadium and Yankey wants to see more supporters come through the turnstiles to watch the women's game.

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Friendship goes on hold

ARSENAL LADIES' Alex Scott and Rachel Yankey will be on opposite sides of the pitch for the first time when they line up at the exciting Africa - Caribbean (AFCAR) charity football event on May 27. On Bank Holiday Monday, a Friends of the Caribbean XI will meet their African counterparts in a charity match that will be fiercely competitive, despite the benevolent description.

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Arsenal Ladies lead the way in the Champions League

Two assists from England international Rachel Yankey, gave Arsenal a 3-1 win over ASD Torres in their first-leg, Champions League quarter-final. A curious match-up was expected as the home team haven't yet started their Women Super League season, while the Italian champions are already midway through theirs.

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We can win it!

With a blend of youth and experience, Powell has brought together a collection of top players she believes can win the tournament, following England's Cyprus Cup win in March.

Opinion

Channel4
08/09/2012
Women's football needs media support to thrive

The interest in women's football at the Olympic Games has surprised even the most ardent fan. But can this increased interest in a game played by over 1 million in the United Kingdom alone, provide a long-term legacy for the domestic game?

Theguardian
10/26/2013
If we want more women in sport we must raise their profile

When I was at school I loved playing team sports. Not because I was particularly good at them, but simply because I enjoyed them. My parents always encouraged me to take part in extracurricular activities, so I played in various teams until the age of 20 when I left university.

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Liverpool have shown no humility, understanding or awareness

AFTER THE release of the 115-page document covering every inch of the Independent Commission's investigation, Liverpool Football Club have decided to accept Luiz Suarez' eight-game ban which commenced on Tuesday night. However, they still allude to the fact that Suarez was being treated unfairly by the FA, prior to the hearing.

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