best female player

To all incredible women who strive for excellence, 

When I was growing up, I had a dream. I’m sure you did, too. My dream wasn’t like that of an average kid, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Not the best “female” tennis player in the world.

I was fortunate to have a family that supported my dream and encouraged me to follow it. I learned not to be afraid. I learned how important it is to fight for a dream and, most importantly, to dream big. My fight began when I was three and I haven’t taken a break since.

But as we know, too often women are not supported enough or are discouraged from choosing their path. I hope together we can change that. For me, it was a question of resilience. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself – my race, my gender – I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future.

So when the subject of equal pay comes up, it frustrates me because I know firsthand that I, like you, have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts. I would never want my daughter to be paid less than my son for the same work. Nor would you.

As we know, women have to break down many barriers on the road to success. One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw. People call me one of the “world’s greatest female athletes”. Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female. We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender.

For everything I’ve achieved in my life, I am profoundly grateful to have experienced the highs and lows that come with success. It is my hope that my story, and yours, will inspire all young women out there to push for greatness and follow their dreams with steadfast resilience. We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.

– An open letter by Serena Williams

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“We’re very excited to be able to host Les Canadiennes for the first time in the home of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Canadiens owner, president and CEO, Geoff Molson. “We look forward to giving fans a chance to see some of the best female hockey players in the world live in our building.” (x)

This is the first time a regular season CWHL game will be played in an NHL rink! Prior to this, only the CWHL’s All Star Games took place at the Toronto Maple Leaf’s Air Canada Centre.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of the CWHL’s top two teams to a wider audience! Spread the word and let’s try to get as many people into the arena seats as possible!

Get your tickets HERE! Only $15!!

Luciana Aymar (b. 1977) is an Argentine retired hockey player, considered the best female player of all time in the sport. She has won the Player of the Year Award from the International Hockey Federation eight times, more than anyone else in history.

She has won more than twenty medals in international sporting events, fifteen of them gold. In 2008 the International Hockey Federation named her a Legend of Hockey.

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It’s 2015. Women from each major political party are running for President. Combat jobs in the Army and Air Force are opening to women. But women still make $0.77 for every dollar men earn. In professional sports, the gender wage gap is even more profound. Female athletes receive a fraction of the prize money, pay, and media coverage men enjoy. Consider, for example, that the US Women’s soccer team was awarded $2M for winning the World Cup, while the Men’s team got $8M for being eliminated in the round of 16. Or that the average annual NBA salary in 2013-14 was $4.9M, compared with $72K in the WNBA. And until this year, the best female hockey players in the world couldn’t even get paid to play.

“Fine,” you say, “but people prefer men’s sports.” That could be because we barely hear about ladies who are making layups. Just 2% of sports news coverage focuses on female athletes.

Back this kickstarter to create a documentary about the the first and only professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players 

NWHL: History Begins

by Rachel Koteen/540 Films

Coach Bieber

**You were one of the top best female soccer players in (your school name).

You began to stretch with your other teammates, you begin to look around, where is the hell is Coach?! He’s already 15 minutes late!? Suddenly, you hear the door open and quickly look over to see a guy your age, he was tall, muscular and very, very handsome. You’re full attention was now on him, how come I’ve never seen him before? You thought to yourself. You suddenly became curious, as you watched him walk towards you and the rest of your teammates, he then stops in front of you, as he coughs to get our attention before saying…

“Hi, I’m Justin, your new soccer coach..” He says with a smile.

New coach? When the hell did that happen?!

You look towards your other teammates who were practically drooling over Justin, you look back towards Justin, and you had to admit he is pretty good looking but you knew you had to focus on soccer.
*****
Few months have gone by, and you’re feelings towards Justin have grown, you couldn’t see him as your coach but someone you could possibly fall in love with. No matter how many times you tried to forget about him, it just wouldn’t work, he was just your coach and you had to accept that.

As for Justin you began to notice the way he acts around you, he is very overprotective of you when it came to other guys as if he was your boyfriend, whenever you would talk to a guy, he would call your name for an excuse….you thought it was odd but cute at the same time.
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You began to do your warm up when a guy from the guys soccer team, Jake comes up to you. Jake was one of the hottest guys at school and could get any girl he wanted, with just a smile.

“Hey y/n, I know this is kind of short notice, but do you want to go hang out after school? Just the two of us?” Jake says, biting his lip nervously, shoving his hands into his pockets.

You look over to Justin, who was already staring at you, you smirked as you decided to have a little fun with Coach Bieber, you look over to Jake, “I’d love to, here’s my number..” You say loudly enough for Justin to hear before quickly writing your number and placing it at the back of his pocket.

Jake was just about to leave, when you see Justin flirting with the other girls, you were suddenly jealous, “fine…two can play this game,” you mumbled to yourself before grabbing Jakes hand, turning him around placing your lips onto his. You quickly pull away to see Justin already walking away, you smile knowing you got finally him.
*****
It’s been weeks since you’re little joke and Justin hasn’t said a word to you nor has he even looked at you. You quickly ran to gym, as you were late for practice, you swing open the Gym doors to see the other girls practicing, Justin’s eyes suddenly land on you, he did not look so happy to see you.

“Coach…I’m so sorry for being late, my alarm clock didn’t go on-” I began to ramble, hoping he would stop me and tell me it was okay, but he just looked at me and walked away. You sigh to yourself, feeling hurt.

As for Jake, after one date, he wouldn’t stop interrupting your practice just to kiss your cheek or tell you that you looked hot in your uniform. Every time it happened Justin wouldn’t call your name, he would just simply look away.

You decided to go talk to Justin, for the sake of old times, “hey…” You say nervously, but he ignores you and walks towards his office. Well that was rude, you thought to yourself before following him. “Coach? Why are you avoiding me? Why won’t you talk to me?!” You say as you slammed the door to his office shut, I was now getting angry at this whole silent treatment thing.

“Miss Y/l/n, get out of my office and go practice,” he says with a stern voice still avoiding eye contact.

“No,” you say crossing your arms, this, caught his attention as he looks to you, “I beg your pardon?” “Not until you tell me what-” I was suddenly cut off.

“What the hell were you trying to do miss (y/l/n)?” Justin snaps, looking at me.

“Excuse me?” I say taken back by the tone of his voice.

“Don’t fucking play dumb with me, first you went to go flirt and make out with another player when you were suppose to be doing your damn warmup!” He says angrily.

“First of all I did do my warmup, and second, I don’t see anything wrong in kissing someone I like.” You say crossing your arms, you were beginning to get frustrated with him.

“Someone you like?! You met the freaking guy like a minute ago?” Justin says slamming his pencil on his his desk.

“Says the guy flirting with a bunch of girls he just met, when he’s suppose to be coaching?!” You spat furiously.

He suddenly calms down as he begins to smirk, “Woah, woah…wait a second…are you jealous?” He says, arching his eyebrows.

“Me? Pfftt You wish” you scoff, crossing your arms once again.

“I bet you don’t even like Jake. You were just using him to try to make me jealous, weren’t you?” Justin says, coming closer to you.

“I honestly have no idea why I’m still here arguing with you,” you sigh, as you begin to head for the door.

“Admit it, you like me” Justin says loud enough for you to stop.

You turn around to face him, “I have no idea what you’re talking about?” You chuckle silently, “and if I did, I wouldn’t say until you admit that you were jealous of Jake.”

He looks at you, as a moment of silence goes by before saying, “Fine…I was jealous, jealous of the way Jake got to you before I did! Jealous of how he got something I’ve been wanting since the first day I got here. Jealous of the fact he got to kiss you when it should have been me you were kissing…I was fucking jealous because I like you,” He says as he slowly walks to you and place Shia hand on your cheek, “I really do.”

You were shocked yet happy at the same time, I mean, he likes me?!

“I like you too” you admit, smiling… “A lot actually…”

“really?” He says smiling wide, but it quickly turns into a frown as he drops his hands from your cheek, “What about Jake?”

You slowly wrap your arms around his neck, “I know it was wrong, but I used him to make you jealous, I’m sorry…you’re the one I really like.”

“Well guess what, it worked…” He says before wrapping his arms around your waist, then placing a soft but long kiss onto your lips.

You both hear a knock as another teammate says “Uh…coach, how long do we do warmup?”

You both pull away, “damn it, I forgot I was a coach..” Justin says with a pout, causing you to laugh. “Let’s go Coach Biebs, the sooner this practice is done, the sooner our date is…” You say with a wink, as Justin storms out the door, causing you to laugh once more, following him.

Request by @sinistrasinistermacbeth
SORRY FOR THE SUPER LONG WAIT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!!!

Amanda Kessel Back to Skating!

In July 2015 Kessel announced her retirement from hockey due to concussions. She was on track to become one of the world’s best female hockey players (think Connor McDavid).

In December, Kessel began skating with her former team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers. It’s unknown if she’s fully joining the team to finish their season, but the fact that she’s back to skating is a very positive sign!

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Happy 28th birthday to the one and only Tobin Heath. Arguably one of the very best female soccer players inthe world. This winger has got it all: insanely good footwork, defensive genius, and great leadership qualities. And everything about her is perfect. 👑⚽️

FC Barcelona will be honoured by UEFA for their five Champions League wins

FC Barcelona will take a starring role in the Champions League for the groups stages and for the awards ceremony for the best UEFA male and female player which will take place in Monaco on 27 August. The blaugranes will be recognised by Europe’s governing body for having become part of the ‘Badge of Honour’ on winning their fifth Champions League title. The triumph in Berlin in June allowed Barça to join a select band of clubs,Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, who have the trophy on a minimum of five occasions, and in the case of Ajax, won the trophy on three successive occasions.

To receive this recognition there will be a representative for each of the five Champions League won by Barça. The former and current players who will take part in the ceremony are Andoni Zubizarreta (1992), Juliano Belletti (2006), Carles Puyol (2009), Éric Abidal (2011) andAndrés Iniesta (2015).

The current blaugrana captain, who was man of the match in Berlin, will be the man who will bring the trophy out on the stage and after that each of the four former payers will be in charge of drawing the teams out of the pot for the draw for this season’s Champions League group stage.

THIS NEEDS TO BE SAID

I just read an article saying that Vanessa is the best female big brother player of all-time….. Please tell me do you know who the fuck Danielle Reyes. Bitch Janelle must’ve slipped from your mind. You must have missed season eight and 13 with Daniele Donato. JUN SONG FUCKING SAYS HELLO. Like I’m just disgusted yes Vanessa was a very good strategic planner but she is nothing in comparison to those three. yall extra af.

Abby Wambach was a one-dimensional player who used her physical strength to make up for any actual talent on the pitch.  She also sabotaged her managers and thought she was always above the team to the detriment of the actual play on the field.  However she is looked upon as one of the best soccer players, female or male, in us soccer history.

She is also a jackass.  While speaking on the Bill Simmons podcast, the idiot had this to say:

“Oh man … I would definitely fire Jurgen,” Wambach said. “Sorry Sunil (Gulati), sorry U.S. Soccer, but I don’t think that Jürgen and the litmus test on him has worked.”

“First of all, (Klinsmann) hasn’t really focused, I feel like, enough attention on the youth programs. He says he has, I don’t think that he has. Also the way that he has changed and brought in a bunch of these foreign guys is just not something that I believe in wholeheartedly.

“I don’t believe in it in my heart. I love Jermaine Jones, I love watching him play, and I love Fabian Johnson, but I just think that this experiment that U.S. Soccer has given Jurgen, just isn’t one that, personally, I’m into.”

Of course the male considered to be the best player in US soccer history also happens to be a jackass.  Landon Donovan backed her up by saying this:

“Jurgen, I understand you’re allowed to make your choice and your decision, but there’s at least a few players that are on your World Cup roster that are going that don’t care in the same way I do. I grew up as a part of this whole system, and I feel like it is a part of me, and I think there’s players in that locker room who, if you go three-and-out in the World Cup, they’ll go back to their clubs teams and won’t even blink twice. Whereas, if we go three and out, I’ll be devastated.”

“I wouldn’t feel as good about it if we had a team full of players that didn’t really grow up or really identify as being American,” he added. “It’s nothing against them. I mean, Fabian Johnson is as good of a player maybe in the Bundesliga right now, and I love him and he’s a nice kid. I love Jermaine (Jones)…and they’re good teammates. I like having them on the team, but if we had a team full of players like that, it just wouldn’t feel the same as if we developed a team that then went on and won a World Cup.”

This asshole is the same person that once took this picture:

At least one player in US soccer has some sense.  

Mix Diskerud, the American midfielder who happened to be born in Norway, responded to Wambach’s comments on his twitter:

Wow Abby, I guess there are pros and cons in limiting the base for selection. You have just singled out a few of us. But why? Why are we your single oddballs? Think about who you try to disenfranchise. Because if you see us as the group to disenfranchise, then at least let it be known who we are. Stats and history will show - “our group” has more than others produced volunteer and defending soldiers for what, by us, is willingly chosen and gathered to be worth protecting: Your nation. Wish you would accept it as ours too. I know we’re not quite equal. From “your group of people” the country’s Commander in Chief need to be selected. However, other than that - you and I share something not unique, but constitutionally earned, a birthright to defend this nation as an American. Wherever we go. Led by whoever has earned, by democratic process, his/her right to lead, on or off the field, in peace, in war, in practice, or in any other kind of pursuit of your happiness. Enjoy your retirement. But stay active. We all need you. Oddballs or not. Mix

Dagny Brynjarsdottir

You grew up in a very small town, playing soccer with the boys. Who influenced and encouraged you to play soccer as a young girl? Did you look up to any athletes?
My family and my best friends (who were boys) always supported me and encouraged me to play the game I love. They boys have always treated me like I was the best female soccer player in the world every since I was a little kid because I was better than most of them, so that definitely helped me to believe in myself and it boosted my confidence. They always encouraged me to play professional and play for the national team so that became my goal when I was very young. Because I only played with the boys, I only followed men’s soccer. The Brazilian striker Ronaldo was always my favourite because I was a striker growing up and more recently Cristiano Ronaldo has become a favourite player of mine. I think he is a great player and he’s tall for a soccer player like me.
[not mine, taken from the Portland Thorns FC vs Seattle Reign FC program notes]