Pia Sundhage at her first ‘elite’ club Jitex, 1981.
Marie Vargas(Hammarby Sports Club) celebrates the first of her two goals against against Gothenburg Athletics & Sports Association (GAIS), 1985/1986, Sweden
Sue Lopez in training, date unknown
Sue Lopez is an former England international footballer. She spent her entire club career with Southampton, except for a season in the Italian Serie A with Roma in 1971.
A leading advocate of the women’s game in England, Lopez has also worked as a coach, administrator and writer (Women on The Ball) since her retirement from playing.
Nigeria starting 11 at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 1991, China
Top Row (L-R): Omo-Branch, Nkiru Okosieme, Rita Nwadike, Ngozi Uche, Phoebe Ebimiekumo, Mavis Ogun
Bottom row: (L-R): Florence Omagbemi, Ann Mukoro, Lydia Koyonda, Adaku Okoroafor, Diana Nwaiwu
United States back-up goalie Saskia Webber sports a stars and stripes hairdo prior to their Women’s World Cup football match against North Korea at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Sunday June 27, 1999. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Vivian Mensah (L) of Ghana and Traci Bartlett of Australia battle for the ball in the first half of action during their 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup match, Foxboro Stadium, 1999
Sue Lopez out jumping Geoff Hurst (date unknown)
Of all the pictures and videos on here this is the one I am most intrigued by if only because it is rare to see images male players playing with female players.
A little bit of history: Geoffrey “Geoff” Hurst is a former England striker perhaps most known for being the only player to score a hat-trick during a World Cup final (England vs Germany 1966). Similarly, Sue Lopez is a former England player, winning 22 caps between 1973-1979.
According to this article, Lopez was unable to play during the England’s first ever international match against Scotland in 1972 because she had sustained an injury while playing against the (England) men and thus was unable to participate in the England trials. It makes sense then that this picture was taken during that aforementioned match. I wonder if there is more information about the match and why it was held.
Edinburgh Dynamos, 1946
A Scottish Ladies Team (date unknown)
The Sports Spectacle recently posted Yolanda Sousa’s World Cup watercolour paintings which are beyond amazing and are worthy of recognition as it is. But there’s more to Sousa than just being an artist: she’s also ex-footballer, having enjoyed a successful career playing women’s football in India.