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Megan Campbell interview: Ballad of an indomitable spirit

Photo: Victoria Haydn

 

The left foot of Megan Campbell has cast its spell over some golden moments this year, though the Irish international has had to endure as much as she’s been able to enjoy in her career to date. The Drogheda-born defender emerged from multiple setbacks to star in May’s FA Cup final win for Manchester City, and as she prepares to begin the road to returning once more, a song of staunch family pride and fortitude will be beating with her.

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Darren Byfield interview: The Reggae Boy turns Chief Rocka – Goals, grooves and growth for the marksman manager

Redditch United

 

Even a two-decade playing career couldn’t entirely prepare Darren Byfield for his managerial introduction, but into his second season at Redditch United, the former Aston Villa, Sunderland and Jamaica striker has some old friends by his side and a lifelong love of the game booming bolder than ever.
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Jackie Groenen interview: The dime in the Dutch jukebox – Midfield marvel keeps ‘em spinning

 

Midfield gem Jackie Groenen was the fulcrum as it all crashed together in a perfect orange storm for the Netherlands at Euro 2017, and while she excels in the here and now, there’s more than just the iconic number 14 on her back cocooned in the warm glow of yesteryear.
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Sif Atladóttir interview (Part Two): Through the fire, for Ísland – Back to the chorus and beyond for the warrior dóttir

Kristianstads DFF

 

The sight of Sif Atladóttir cannoning long throws at one end before racing to halt the opposition at the other for Iceland in Euro 2017 would easily convince most that she had enjoyed years of uninterrupted top-level competition. In reality, the unflinching, athletic defender had completed an arduous climb to even be there this summer, though the rhythm driving the mother-of-one and eternal locker-room hotstepper is only gathering pace now. Read more →

Sif Atladóttir interview (Part One): Iceland’s steady rock roaring beneath the thunder’s rumble

Knattspyrnusamband Íslands

 

Spotlight has been shone from countless directions upon Iceland’s respective national teams in recent times, although the intimate Nordic nation’s international footballing progress is no overnight story. The UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 was the third major tournament for the ‘dóttirs’ and for their defender Sif Atladóttir, an individual who personifies the patriotic valour and vibrancy on which her team runs. Read more →