It is not often that star-studded 1. FFC Frankfurt go a month without winning but that remarkable run of poor form for one of Europe’s elite clubs has finally been halted just in time for Christmas. League leaders Canberra United made merry Down Under, while at the other end of the table there was elation for different reasons. FIFA.com’s final review of women’s club matters for the year takes a look at the latest from the Netherlands and also Mexico, where Apertura celebrations are in prospect.
Germany’s Frauen Bundesliga: The class of champions
1. FFC Frankfurt can enjoy a relaxed Christmas after arresting an astonishing slide which saw the three-time European champions go four league matches without victory. Nevertheless, it took two late goals before the challenge of midtable SG Essen-Schonebeck was finally ended with Kerstin Garefrekes, young gun Dzsenifer Marozsan and Svenja Huth on the scoresheet for Frankfurt. Frontrunners FFC Turbine Potsdam and FCR 2001 Duisburg enjoyed the weekend off, which allowed Frankfurt to make up ground although they have now played a match more. Bayern Munich secured the result of the round overpowering Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 on the road with Switzerland international Vanessa Burki scoring a brace.
Top three: FFC Turbine Potsdam (30 points), FCR 2001 Duisburg (26), 1. FFC Frankfurt (25)
Netherlands’ Vrouwen Eredivisie: Christmas cheer for chasers
The final round prior to the mid-season break saw midtable FC Utrecht and Telstar WNH make up valuable ground on leading duo Den Haag and FC Twente who enjoyed the weekend off. Utrecht cruised to a 4-1 winning margin at VVV Venlo with Babiche Roof scoring twice, though they still lie nine points from the summit. Telstar didn’t have things quite so easy, only edging Heerenveen 2-1, with in-form striker Priscilla de Vos scoring twice to take her tally to nine goals from eight starts, leaving her atop the league’s goalscoring chart.
Top three: ADO Den Haag (22), FC Twente (21), FC Utrecht (13)
Australia’s W-League: Joy at top and bottom
Canberra United put one hand on their first league premiership with 2-1 victory at Newcastle Jets. The capital club are now just two games short of going through the regular season undefeated heading into the final series. Champions Brisbane Roar are five points adrift after their 1-1 draw at Melbourne Victory, while Sydney FC, who didn’t play on the weekend are two wins from the top but with a match in hand. The major talking point of the weekend was Adelaide United who finally snapped a 34-match winless run stretching a shade over three years. A lone Katherine Ebbs goal saw a gallant Lady Reds defeat Perth Glory in driving rain to leapfrog over their opponents off the bottom.
Top there: Canberra United (20), Brisbane Roar (15), Sydney FC (14)
Mexico’s Super Liga Femenil de Futbol: And then there were four
The Apertura is drawing to a close in Mexico with Solas, Tlaquepaque, Morelia and champions Real Celeste all having played out their semi-final ties. Celeste and Morelia were the victors, defeating Tlaquepaque and Solas respectively by the same 2-0 aggregate scoreline, and will thus go head-to-head in a two-legged final on 21 and 28 December. For Morelia, it will be their fifth final appearance in just eight years as they look to add a fourth title and reaffirm their dominance in the competition. And although Universidad de Colima have already been put out by Solas prior to the semi-finals, Universidad striker Diana Laura Evangelista seems certain to be crowned top goalscorer in the Super Liga after netting for the 26th time on the weekend, leaving her a remarkable 14 goals clear of her nearest challenger.