The last hurrah? USA have blazed the trail but Europe is closing in

The US have won three World Cups, and also helped make the womens game what it is today. Even if their reign ends, they should be praised It would be difficult to script a more idyllic beginning. On a balmy August afternoon in 1985, the US womens national team warmed up for their first ever game on a pristine pitch in Jesolo, a stunning resort town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The sky was cloudless, the stands were filled and, to make the visitors feel welcome, Bruce Springsteen boomed over the PA system. In that moment, it hit USA goalkeeper Kim Wyant that she might be a part of history in the making. She looked around the stadium and …

Mesut zil and Unai Emery clearly do not have a connection. But will Arsenal act? | Amy Lawrence

Mesut zil, Arsenals highest earner, has underperformed this season and his manager, too, has left many fans underwhelmed. But has the board the conviction to make a tough decision? As Mesut zil trudged, head bowed, around the pitch Eden Hazard has earned the opposite journey zil made a few years ago, from the Premier League to Real Madrid. When Alexis Snchez joining a year later. For a while the pair were outstanding together. Everything took a turn when Ivan Gazidis felt panicked into handing as has happened in damaging fashion this season with Aaron Ramsey. Of course Gazidis walked out a few months later but his parting gift has turned out to be something Arsenal do not know what to …