European giants buying into women's soccer

Soccer Apr 29, 2019

European giants buying into women's soccer

Back in 2001-02, the semifinalists in the inaugural UEFA Women's Cup were Frankfurt, HJK Helsinki, Toulouse and Swedish side Umea. Fast forward 17 years to this season, and the presence of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea and Lyon in the semifinals of the Champions League is ...

Soccer May 5, 2017

Nadeshiko's Kumagai signs contract extension with Lyon

Nadeshiko Japan defender Saki Kumagai signed a three-year extension with Lyon through June 2020, the women's European Champions League holder announced Thursday. The 26-year-old World Cup winner joined Lyon in 2013 from Frankfurt. Lyon, 10-time defending French league champion, has again reached the Champions League ...

Soccer Jun 30, 2016

Puel named Southampton manager

Southampton has appointed former Nice and Lyon boss Claude Puel as its new manager on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 54-year-old, who arrived at Nice in July 2012 on an initial three-year deal, led it to a fourth-placed ...

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

Soccer May 27, 2016

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

Nadeshiko Japan defender Saki Kumagai helped Olympique Lyonnais capture their third Champions League title on Thursday after she put in a player-of-the-match performance and converted the final spot kick to clinch a 4-3 shootout victory against Wolfsburg following a 1-1 draw. Kumagai, who scored the ...