It’s Friday and if you’ve been paying attention, that means it’s quiz day! So sit back and give your knowledge of women’s football in Europe a little pinch.
1. SSG Bergisch Gladbach ruled the West German Championship (with nine titles) before the advent of the modern Frauen Bundesliga we know today but who is the most successful German team in the modern era?
With seven titles, FFC Frankfurt were the queens of Germany and much of Europe for the first decade and a half of the century before professionalism put the squeeze on the independent club.
2. Although the makeup of Serie A has begun to change rapidly, there are still a handful of teams in the Italian league who have deeper roots in the history of the game. One of the remaining old guard, by what name are ASD Pink Sport Time better known?
The Pugliese team are commonly known as Bari (or Pink Bari) and for a few years last decade had tried to forge ties with lowly men’s side F.C. Bari 1908 before they went bust and became SSC Bari.
3. Glasgow City are the darlings of Scottish women’s football having won the Scottish Women’s Premier League title the last thirteen seasons without break, but who have been their nearest rivals in recent years?
Not able to pip Glasgow to the title, Hibernian have been league runners up for the last five seasons having claimed for Scottish Women’s Premier League Cups and three Scottish Women’s Cups in the same time. With Celtic having become the first professional women’s team in Scotland earlier this year and Rangers not far behind, the balance of power may yet be in for a shift.
4. Accepting a name change or two along the way, there is no team more successful in the history of Damallsvenskan than FC Rosengård but who, in 2018 upset all the odds to claim their first Swedish title?
Northernmost club Piteå IF, pulled off an incredible feat over the 2018 season, racing to the top of the tree and staying at the summit for the majority of the campaign. The season remembered for the pandemonium of the last day that saw Rosengård demoted to third with Kopparbergs/Göteborg stealing silver.
5. Around since 1984, the Women’s European Championships didn’t fully take shape with a recognisable format as a quadrennial tournament until 1997. But accepting there has been 12 editions of the tournament, just how many times have Germany lifted the title?
In their ten appearances, Germany have claimed a remarkable eight titles. Their defeat to Denmark in the quarterfinals in 2017 enough to put an end to a run of six consecutive titles.
6. The Football Federation of Belarus has come under fire this pandemic for their instance to keep the Belarusian Premier League active as other counties have gone into lockdown. But which team is the current Belarussian Women’s Premier League champion?
FC Minsk, the champions are one of four teams in the league (of out eight) from the Belarussian capital. They also reached the Champions League round of 16 for the first time this season only to be soundly beaten by Barcelona.
7. As we all know, Olympique Lyonnais are the grande dames of Europe and refuse to give up the D1F title and were, once again, on course to lift another French crown this summer but who were the last team [before OL] to be crowed as champions?
Juvisy were the last non-OL team to win the French league, back 2006, before Lyon started their run of 13 straight titles.
8. In 10 editions of the Champions League (not including its previous incarnation as the UEFA Women’s Cup), there have been four occasions when the two teams have been tied after 90 minutes, which was the first final that went to penalties?
The very first year of the reformat had Lyon and Turbine Potsdam deadlocked after 120 minutes, with the Germans 7-6 victors after the shoot-out. Three of the last four finals have gone to extra time with Lyon vs VfL Wolfsburg and Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain both taken all the way to penalties. Lyon vs Wolfsburg in 2017-18 the only final to have been settled (4-1 to Lyon) in extra time.
9. After seven years with Real Betis, which team did manager, María Pry join ahead of the 2019-20 Primera Iberdrola season?
Third-placed Levante. A huge driving force both at Betis and for female coaches in Spain, Pry was the only woman managing a team over the 2017-18 season and has been replaced in Seville by former Bético, Pier Luigi Cherubino.
10. Given that 2020 has already lasted 18 years, you’d be forgiven forgetting that the 2019 World Cup only concluded nine months ago. Of the 24 teams who reached the final tournament in France, four were making their debuts including one UEFA nation: who?
Maybe we didn’t give you the easiest questions but how did you do? Can anyone boast a perfect ten? Let us know!