The German Bundesliga is set for a dramatic title run-in with a tense three-way contest for the domestic crown. Seattle are showing their rivals a clean pair of heels in the USA, and a promoted club are challenging the established order in Sweden. FIFA.com reviews the latest news and events in women’s club football around the world.
Germany: Three-way fight for the title
The men’s Bundesliga title was wrapped up by Bayern Munich a long time ago, but three clubs are still in the running for the women’s crown. Turbine Potsdam are currently in pole position following a 4-0 victory over Freiburg in the 18th round of matches, taking them level on points at the top with FFC Frankfurt. Potsdam’s game in hand could yet be the trump card in the title showdown. Genoveva Anonma, Jennifer Cramer, Asano Nagasato and Johanna Elsig earned Potsdam’s 14th victory of the campaign.
Leaders Frankfurt travelled to Sindelfingen and inflicted a crushing 8-0 defeat, sealing the home side’s relegation from the top flight. Sindelfingen have now conceded 101 times in the course of the championship, with four-goal Kerstin Garefrekes and a brace apiece from Melanie Behringer and Celia Sasic bringing up an unwanted century for the strugglers.
However, VfL Wolfsburg are still in with a chance of retaining the title. The UEFA Women’s Champions League finalists defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 with goals from Stephanie Bunte and a Nadine Kessler double and are now four points off Potsdam and Frankfurt with a game in hand on the leaders.
Top three: FFC Frankfurt, Turbine Potsdam (44 points each), VfL Wolfsburg (40)
USA: Seattle pull clear
Seattle Reign tightened their grip on top spot in the National Women's Soccer League. A 4,667 crowd saw the leaders edge past Washington Spirit 2-1 courtesy of goals from Jessica Fishlock and Sydney Leroux, who gleefully opened her account for the season. "I’m really, really happy for Syd," commented coach Laura Harvey afterwards. "She deserves this goal. She gets through an incredible amount of work. It was only a matter of time before she scored."
Champions Portland Thorns drew 1-1 with Western New York Flash in a replay of last season's championship match and the former are now already seven points adrift of Seattle. Sonia Bermudez handed the Flash a 39th-minute lead, but Jessica McDonald levelled it up just four minutes later. Earlier in the game Thorns keeper and FIFA World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer pushed a goalbound Abby Wambach shot onto the left-hand upright.
Top three: Seattle Reign (15 points), Portland Thorns (8), Kansas City (7)
Sweden: New face at the top
Four games into the Damallsvenskan season the Swedish league has new leaders. A 1-1 draw against Pitea was enough for promoted Eskilstuna United to claim top spot at the expense of Rosengard, beaten 2-0 away to Linkoping. Newcomers Eskilstuna won their first three matches by the same 2-0 scoreline, but the fourth round of matches brought a first goal against when Nigerian striker Francesca Ordega hit the target for Pitea, cancelling out Cameroon forward Gaelle Engamanouit’s opener. Brazilian star Marta and Champions League finalists Tyreso halted a surprise run of two defeats with their first victory of the new campaign. The five-time FIFA World Player of the Year grabbed a brace in a 3-0 win over Jitex Molndal. However, Tyreso remain stuck in ninth with just three points in the credit column so far.
Top three: Eskilstuna United (10), Rosengard (9), Goteborg (8)
Italy: Stage set for last day showdown
The Italian title race could hardly be closer or more exciting as the destination of the trophy will not be settled until the last day when the teams in first and second go head to head. On the 29th matchday Brescia ensured they enter the final showdown in pole position thanks to a 3-0 victory over Res Roma. Brescia hold a two-point lead over Torres Calcio, 1-0 winners against Mozzanica. The stage is now set for a winner-takes-all clash on Saturday when Brescia entertain Torres.
Top three: Brescia (84), Torres Calcio (82), Tavagnacco (78)