Thanks Jacqui!

It’s been a sensational World Cup, filled with grit, courage, triumph and sorrow. We’ve watched the Lionesses bring a sense of pride back to English football, make history and inspire a nation. We’ve followed their journey in the expert company of Jacqui Oatley and her guest pundits at the Beeb who’ve shared in our excitement…

Goal Spangled Thriller

The USA overwhelmingly delivered on their promise of victory in last night’s World Cup Final against Japan. Only sixteen minutes after the starting whistle, the USA were four goals up with a goal from Lauren Holiday and a hat-trick from captain, Carli Lloyd. Lloyd’s third goal was a phenomenal blast from the halfway line, catching…

Hear me Roar!

Only days after suffering the cruellest of defeats against Japan, England’s Lionesses showed what they’re made of by beating European Champions, Germany 1-0 to win bronze in their most successful World Cup campaign ever. This was their first ever win against Germany and was exactly 25 years from the day that in 1990 Germany knocked…

Broken Records, Broken Hearts.

England’s Lionesses were record-breakers even before kick-off in their match against Japan. This was the first time England’s women had ever reached the semi-final in a World Cup. Despite being the underdogs – Japan are the World Cup title holders and according to most pundits, the team most likely to win – England’s courage, grit…

Germany Miss a Penalty and USA Reach the Final

While last night’s semi-final of the Women’s World Cup didn’t need to go to extra time or the dreaded penalty shoot out to establish the USA as victors, penalties were certainly part of the story.The first half was hard fought by both sides. The USA created the most chances on goal but failed to convert…

England Women Make History

Emotions were running high last night after the Lionesses defeated the grizzly bears, Canada, in the quarter finals of the Women’s World Cup. The win makes history, as it’s the first time the England Women’s team have gone through to the semi-finals in the World Cup tournament, with the men’s team only reaching the semi…

France v Germany: A Clash of the Titans

Last night’s match between Germany and France was arguably the coming together of the Women’s World Cup tournament’s two strongest teams. Germany have been touted by many as the team most likely to win the title, but it was France who dominated play for most of the match. Neither side allowed the other any space…

Which of these Lionesses will strike first?

As the England women’s team gear up for tonight’s match against Norway, do the lionesses have what it takes to get the goals needed to win. So far in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, Head Coach Mark Sampson has shown a canny ability to read teams and make good decisions when putting out the…

England Wizardry Wins

England women are through to the final sixteen in the FIFAWWC2015 after beating Colombia 2-1 last night. With a shake-up in their line-up and formation, the Lionesses started with verve and pace, heaping the pressure on Colombia from the off. Toni Duggan, in particular, was relentless going forward. England’s domination was given substance when Karen…

Against All Odds

After going a goal down to opponents Switzerland, Cameroon made a surprise comeback in a thrilling second half, winning the game 2-1. The Swiss dominated the first half, and Anna-Maria¬†Crnogorcevic’s low volley in the 24th minute looked like it might be enough to secure victory. However, Cameroon began the second half with passion and desire,…

Downtime with the Lionesses

The Knitted Footballer has been allowed exclusive¬†access to the Lionesses as they relax and prepare between matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. England Head Coach, Mark Sampson believes it’s very important to keep the team’s spirit up, but his disco moves are giving Jill Scott and Fran Kirby the giggles.Toni Duggan…

Lioness Messi

In her first start in a major tournament England’s Fran Kirby scored a magnificent goal, deftly side-stepping defenders and powering the ball into the far corner, beyond the reach of the Mexican goalkeeper. The goal in the 70th minute gave England the lead, easing the pressure on team after their defeat to France in the…