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Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?

20 March 2023 - 44 mins
Podcast Series Full Time Europe: A show about women's football

Lynsey Hooper is with The Athletic's Harriet Drudge and Sarah Shephard for your latest women's football fix after the FA Cup weekend where Lewes hosted giants Man United and Villa shocked Man City. 

Why isn't there an official women's fantasy football? We chat to El Bill from ShePlays who have set up their own fantasy league. She tells us about the struggles to find stats and why you shouldn't pick Leah Williamson.

Plus ahead of El Clasico and Bayern against Wolfsburg, Alina Ruprecht updates us on how Georgia Stanway has been getting on in Munich. 

Producer: Sophie Penney 

WHAT’S WHEN? 

PART 1 

Lewes 1 - 3 Manchester United (5.00)

Aston Villa 2 - 1 Manchester City (13.00)

PART 2 

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44 mins

Series Episodes

What will the WSL be like without Hayes?

What will the WSL be like without Hayes?

Sophie Penney is with Charlotte Harpur, Michael Cox and Katie Whyatt as Chelsea win the WSL title, crowning off Emma Hayes’ 12 years in charge with her 14th major trophy.  As Hayes leaves for the U.S. Women’s National Team we’re asking what will the WSL look like without Hayes? Will other teams sniff out an opportunity? And will media interest stall? Plus, Lyon win the French league and we look ahead to their Champions League final against Barcelona with Laia Cervello Herrero.   HOST: Sophie Penney  WITH: Charlotte Harpur, Michael Cox, Katie Whyatt & Laia Cervello Herrero  PRODUCER: Sophie Penney  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Iain Macintosh Get in touch: fte@theathletic.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43 mins

21 May Finished

Is winning the FA Cup a turning point for Man United?

Is winning the FA Cup a turning point for Man United?

Charlotte Harpur and Carl Anka join Sophie Penney after Manchester United beat Tottenham in the FA Cup final at Wembley to win their first major trophy.  Ella Toone and Bethany England react to the result and the wonder goal. And is this a turning point for Manchester United after a difficult season? Mary Earps’ contract runs out this summer, after all.  Plus David Ornstein joins us to reveal why this moment was extra special for Nikita Parris.  And Art de Roche comes on to discuss why Arsenal let the WSL all-time top scorer Vivanne Miedema go. HOST: Sophie Penney  WITH: Charlotte Harpur, Carl Anka, David Ornstein and Art de Roche  PRODUCER: Sophie Penney  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Iain Macintosh Get in touch: fte@theathletic.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43 mins

14 May Finished

Will Man City's slip up cost them the title?

Will Man City's slip up cost them the title?

Sophie Penney is with Katie Whyatt and Jessy Parker Humphreys to discuss a whirlwind week for the WSL title race.  Chelsea thought they were out of contention after losing to Liverpool but leaders Manchester City lost to Arsenal in stoppage time and Chelsea scored 8 past Bristol City, meaning it will go down to the last day of the season.  How did City concede two goals in three minutes? Will that lose them the title? And was Emma Hayes playing mind games in her post-match comments? Plus, as Barcelona win the Liga F title, Laia Cervello Herrero tells us how they’ve built one of the best teams in Europe despite no domestic competition and how far off second place Real Madrid are from the Catalans.   HOST: Sophie Penney  WITH: Katie Whyatt, Jessy Parker Humphreys, Laia Cervello Herrero  PRODUCER: Sophie Penney  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Iain Macintosh Get in touch: fte@theathletic.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43 mins

7 May Finished

SPECIAL from Stamford Bridge: Barcelona end Chelsea and Hayes' Champions League dreams

SPECIAL from Stamford Bridge: Barcelona end Chelsea and Hayes' Champions League dreams

Sophie Penney brings you inside Stamford Bridge after Barcelona defeat Chelsea to reach the Champions League final and end Emma Hayes’ dreams of a fairytale ending in front of a sell-out crowd.  You’ll hear from Chelsea’s Jess Carter and Fran Kirby, and Barcelona’s Ona Batlle, plus a full analysis of tactics and what this means for Hayes’ legacy from The Athletic’s Charlotte Harpur, Michael Cox and Katie Whyatt, and Spanish journalist Marc Andres.  HOST: Sophie Penney  WITH: Charlotte Harpur, Michael Cox, Katie Whyatt and Marc Andres  PRODUCER: Sophie Penney  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Abi Paterson Get in touch: fte@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36 mins

28 April Finished

Chelsea beat Barcelona - can they hold on?

Chelsea beat Barcelona - can they hold on?

Charlotte Harpur and Laia Cervello Herrero join Sophie Penney after Chelsea beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg - the Catalan side’s first loss at home in over five years. How did Chelsea pull off that defensive masterclass? What went wrong with Barcelona’s game plan? And can Chelsea do it again in the second leg?  Plus we look at the state of the Spanish league after Aitana Bonmati said nothing has changed since their World Cup win.   HOST: Sophie Penney  WITH: Charlotte Harpur and Laia Cervello Herrero  PRODUCER: Sophie Penney  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Abi Paterson Get in touch: fte@theathletic.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40 mins

23 April Finished

Is Emma Hayes’ final season unravelling?

Is Emma Hayes’ final season unravelling?

Katie Whyatt, Carl Anka and Charlotte Hapur are with Sophie Penney to react to Manchester United knocking holders Chelsea out of the FA Cup to reach the final at Wembley, and Tottenham’s extra time winner to join them. How did United start the game so fast? Is Emma Hayes’ final season unravelling? And what will Spurs do without Grace Clinton in the final?  Plus, we chat to Anne Grimes and Helen Tither about the Corinthians Ladies Football Club, who won 50 trophies in over 20 years during the FA ban on women’s football.  HOST: Sophie Penney  WITH: Katie Whyatt, Carl Anka, Charlotte Harpur, Anne Grimes and Helen Tither  PRODUCER: Sophie Penney  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Abi Paterson Get in touch: fte@theathletic.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48 mins

16 April Finished

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