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OverDrive – December 7, 2022 – Hour 1

First hour of Overdrive on Wednesday with Bryan Hayes, Jeff O’Neill and Dave Feschuk as the guys discuss the Maple Leafs beating the Stars behind a masterful performance by Matt Murray and the team playing inspired defense. We are also joined by Team Canada captain and Northern Star award winner Marie-Philip Poulin to discuss what it means to be named Canada’s athlete of the year for 2022

Jan-Åke Edvinsson avliden – blev 81 år gammal

Jan-Åke Edvinsson började jobba på det svenska hockeyförbundet 1972 och fyra år senare blev han generalsekreterare. Under 1986 inledde han sitt jobb för det Internationella hockeyförbundet och var dess generalsekreterare mellan 1986-2006. 

Under kvällen meddelade Internationella hockeyförbundet att Edvinsson har avlidit i Stockholm. Han blev 81 år gammal. 

”Det är med stor sorg vi har fått veta om Jan-Åke Edvinssons bortgång, en sann hockeyledare, och en värdefull och representant för svenska Ishockeyförbundet och IIHF. I och med bortgången förlorar vi en underbar medlem av hela ishockeyfamiljen. Han blev oerhört respekterad genom att alltid vara professionell, positiv, motiverad och ta hand om IIHF-familjen. Vi är alla djupt ledsna över denna tragedi och våra tankar går till hans familj och vänner”, säger IIHF:s president Luc Tardif. 

Svenska hockeyförbundets ordförande Anders Larsson skriver på facebook. 

”Vi har idag nåtts av det mycket sorgliga beskedet att Jan-Åke Edvinsson gått bort. Efter ett antal år som anställd i SIF blev Jan-Åke IIHF:s generalsekreterare 1986-2006. En varm personlighet med osedvanlig förmåga att skapa förtroende och hitta lösningar på alla nivåer. Dina erfarenheter och uppmuntrade ord i min ledargärning inom ishockey har betytt så mycket för mig. Tack för allt”

Jan-Åke Edvinsson är invald som nummer 76 i Hockey hall of fame och är utsedd till hedersledamot i det internationella ishockeyförbundet. 

England predicted lineup vs France – World Cup quarter-final

A prolific England side face the reigning world champions France in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday night.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have already scored 12 goals at this tournament – that’s one more than Sir Alf Ramsey’s champions managed across the entire competition in 1966. It’s also three more than France’s feted attack have mustered in Qatar.

Here’s the XI Southgate may deploy to keep his goal-laden side in the competition.

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Jude Bellingham has made more tackles than any other English player at the World Cup (11) / ATPImages/GettyImages

GK: Jordan Pickford – After shutting out Senegal, Pickford is the first English goalkeeper to oversee three consecutive sheets at a men’s World Cup since David Seaman in 2002. Ominously, Seaman’s next match after that sequence was a quarter-final defeat.

RB: Kyle Walker – Billed as the “man to stop Mbappe” by Poland’s Matty Cash – who was left with burning legs after his head-to-head with the jet-heeled forward.

CB: John Stones – Whether Southgate opts for a back-three or sticks with his four-man rearguard, Stones is all but certain of a starting berth.

CB: Harry Maguire – Ghana’s vice president Mahamudu Bawumia was likened to Maguire as part of a strained critique from the MP Isaac Adongo in parliament this month.

LB: Luke Shaw – The Manchester United fullback ranked the England camps he missed because of minor injuries as “my biggest regret”.

CM: Jordan Henderson – One of the experienced core in England’s squad made his international debut under Fabio Capello against France in 2010. England lost 2-1.

CM: Declan Rice – While employing a liberal use of the word “faultless”, Rice hit back at critics that don’t give his side “the credit we deserve in our performances”.

CM: Jude Bellingham – Arguably England’s best performer this winter didn’t start playing football until 2010. At the time he “didn’t really enjoy it”. He certainly does now.

RW: Bukayo Saka – Ever the humble young man, Saka was quick to play down comparisons to France’s star winger. “Thank you for your compliment,” Saka said ahead of the quarter-final, “but no…I think there’s only one Kylian Mbappe!”

ST: Harry Kane – Just one goal shy of Wayne Rooney’s all-time record for the England national team, Kane has already eclipsed Gary Lineker’s total of major tournament goals for the Three Lions.

LW: Phil Foden – Despite playing less than half of the available minutes, three-quarters of England’s World Cup goals have come while Foden has been on the pitch.

Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders, Sean Walsh, Ali Rampling and Brian Goldfarb to look back on the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil – join us!

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England vs France – World Cup quarter-final: Team news, lineups & prediction

England are up against familiar European rivals France in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday night.

These specific iterations of England and France share a number of similarities. Both have been blessed with an array of talented young forwards that are watched over by managers who have a reputation for constantly hovering over the handbrake.

Despite this standing, England are the tournament’s joint-top scorers and France boast the most prolific player in the competition.

Here’s everything you need to know about a real thigh-rubber of a fixture.

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England team news

Ben White left the England squad due to personal reasons last week. Raheem Sterling took a plane out of Qatar after his home was burgled but may still have a role to play.

Declan Rice has started every match at the World Cup but missed a training session in the buildup to the knockout tie with illness. Fellow ever-present John Stones came off against Senegal feeling his hamstring and Callum Wilson is nursing a muscular strain.

England Starting 11 (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Henderson, Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Kane, Foden.
Bench: Pope, Ramsdale, Coady, Dier, Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Phillips, Gallagher, Rashford, Maddison, Grealish, Mount, Wilson.

France team news

There was a flutter of hope from all those of a Three Lions persuasion when Kylian Mbappe missed a French training session ahead of the tie. However, the team’s leading scorer is expected to be front and centre this Saturday.

France Starting 11 (4-3-3): Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez; Griezmann, Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Giroud, Mbappe.
Bench: Areola, Mandanda, Disasi, Konate, Saliba, Pavard, Veretout, Camavinga, Fofana, Guendouzi, Coman, Kolo Muani, Thuram.

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Declan Rice missed England training on Wednesday / Richard Sellers/GettyImages

Match result

France to win and both teams to score – France’s last four wins at the World Cup have seen them also concede in the match, including all three victories at the 2022 tournament.

England to win and score three or more goals – England’s three wins at the 2022 World Cup have seen them score at least three times and nine of their last 10 wins in all competitions have seen them net at least three goals.

Both teams to score – Only one of the previous 31 meetings between England and France has ended goalless, with both teams scoring in more than half of those 31 games (18).

Both teams to score is currently 4/5*


England to score first & win – England have won 25 of their last 27 games in all competitions when
they’ve scored first (D2).

Olivier Giroud first goalscorer – Two of Olivier Giroud’s four goals at the World Cup have been the opening goal, while he has scored 10 goals in his last 13 appearances for France and is their all-time record scorer with 52 goals.

Kylian Mbappe goal or assist – Kylian Mbappe has either scored (5) or assisted (2) each of France’s last seven goals at the World Cup.

Harry Kane anytime goalscorer – Harry Kane has scored 52 goals in all competitions for England, one short of the record set by Wayne Rooney (53) and scored twice in his last appearance against France in 2017.

Callum Wilson anytime goalscorer – Callum Wilson has scored with three of his four shots on target in the Premier League against Spurs and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Callum Wilson to score for England anytime is currently 3/1*

Kylian Mbappe two shots or more on target – Kylian Mbappe has had at least two shots on target in four of his last five World Cup appearances, including each of his last three.

Insights courtesy of Opta. Head to The Analyst Stats Hub for live group stage standings, top scores, match metrics, team stats and much more!

*Odds correct at time of publication. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

However, England have had the edge defensively in this tournament. While the Three Lions bounce into the final eight on the back of four-and-a-half hours without conceding, France are the only team left in the competition without a clean sheet.

England’s rearguard has been parsimonious but is yet to come up against the talent littered across the front line of Les Blues. As Gareth Southgate stressed: “It’s the biggest test that we could face.”

In a match seemingly devoid of a favourite, France’s World Cup-winning experience – and the best player on the planet – give them the faintest whiff of an advantage.

Prediction: England 0-1 France

Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders, Sean Walsh, Ali Rampling and Brian Goldfarb to look back on the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil – join us!

If you can’t see the podcast embed, click here to download or listen to the episode in full!

France predicted lineup vs England – World Cup quarter-final

France’s defence of the World Cup continues with an enticing quarter-final tie against England on Saturday evening.

Didier Deschamps ended his glittering international career as a player – which saw him captain France to continental and global glory – against England. 57 minutes into that friendly in September 2000, Deschamps and his fellow retiree Laurent Blanc, were applauded off the Stade de France pitch.

Here’s the XI Deschamps may deploy to ensure his spell as the national team manager doesn’t also end against England.

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Kylian Mbappe is the only player in the French squad with more than nine shots at this World Cup. He has rattled of 21. / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

GK: Hugo Lloris – France’s all-time record cap holder has played more than 100 more Premier League games than Ligue 1 matches.

RB: Jules Kounde – The Barcelona defender has usurped World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard in the fullback pecking order despite entering the tournament as his understudy.

CB: Raphael Varane – The only red card of Varane’s senior international career came against England in a 2017 friendly France still won.

CB: Dayot Upamecano – A proliferation of injuries to the French backline has opened up a starting berth for the defender who suffered from a stutter as a child.

LB: Theo Hernandez – As a teenager, Hernandez skipped training for the French under-21s and let it be known that his allegiances at senior level lay with Spain. Two years later he changed his mind but had to wait another two years before Deschamps gave him his debut.

CM: Antoine Griezmann – Despite being shifted into a deeper role than he normally plays, Griezmann still leads the World Cup for chances created (14).

CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – No French player has had more touches, made more interceptions or completed more passes than the influential Tchouameni at this World Cup.

CM: Adrien Rabiot – The Juventus midfielder swerved a move to Manchester United in the summer, admitting: “I was lucky to stay, perhaps it was the best decision.”

RW: Ousmane Dembele – Unfortunately for Dembele, England‘s squad doesn’t have any Leeds United players in it. A request for Patrick Bamford’s shirt revealed that the Barcelona winger is “a massive fan of Leeds and he watches every game”. He will at least have a soft spot for Kalvin Phillips.

ST: Olivier Giroud – France’s all-time top goalscorer for the men’s national team has netted four times in six appearances against England’s Jordan Pickford, including two in five minutes when Arsenal faced Sunderland back in 2016.

LW: Kylian Mbappe – France’s last seven World Cup goals have either been scored or created by Mbappe.

Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders, Sean Walsh, Ali Rampling and Brian Goldfarb to look back on the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil – join us!

If you can’t see the podcast embed, click here to download or listen to the episode in full!

How to watch England vs France on TV & live stream – World Cup quarter-final

The final quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup pits England and France against each other at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Both sides viewed are as genuine contenders to win the tournament after impressive group stage and round of 16 victories, but one will be eliminated ahead of a semi-final showdown against either the Netherlands or Argentina.

England have scored 12 goals in their four World Cup outings so far, while France have the tournament’s top scorer in Kylian Mbappe – an indication of how just potent both sides are win front of goal.

Here’s how to watch what should be a fascinating World Cup clash on TV and live streaming platforms in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.

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Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders, Sean Walsh, Ali Rampling and Brian Goldfarb to look back on the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil – join us!

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Arsenal 1-0 Juventus UWCL: Player ratings as Gunners edge past Juve

Arsenal edged closer to a place in the Champions League quarter finals with a 1-0 win over Juventus at the Emirates on Wednesday evening.

Having been left frustrated in the reverse fixture in Turin a fortnight ago after being held to a 1-1 draw despite dominating for large periods, Arsenal came out on top this time around thanks to Vivianne Miedema’s first half goal.

The victory leaves the Gunners top of Group C with two games left to play.

Juventus were second best in the first half, but had the game’s first sighting of goal, Arianna Caruso forcing Manuela Zinsberger into a great save with her feet from close range.

It was then the turn of Pauline Peyraud Magnin to be called into action, the Juventus stopper rushing from her goal line to prevent Caitlin Foord rushing clean through on goal after being superbly picked out by Laura Wienroither.

Stina Blackstenius had the ball in the back of the net, only to be correctly judged to be offside – but it was a warning for Juventus, and after 16 minutes the Gunners took the lead.

Leah Williamson sent Blackstenius scurrying in behind the Juventus backline, and the Swedish forward picked out Miedema at the backpost, who expertly found the top corner with a side foot volley.

Having been second best in the opening 45, Juventus upped the intensity in the second half without ever really creating anything clear cut. Foord saw a near post effort saved by Peyraud Magnin, while substitute Valentina Cernoia’s curling free kick floated narrowly over as the Gunners edged to victory.

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Miedema opened the scoring for Arsenal / Clive Rose/GettyImages

GK: Manuela Zinsberger – 6/10 – Produced a great save with her feet to keep out Caruso and prevent Juventus taking an early lead.

RB: Lauren Wienroither – 8/10 – Almost got Foord through on goal with a stunning pass in the first half. Heavily involved going forward and defensively.

CB: Leah Williamson – 7/10 – Making her first start since September, played Blackstenius in behind with an excellent, defence-splitting pass for Arsenal’s opener. Strong in possession, solid defensively, replaced after an hour.

CB: Lotte Wubben-Moy – 7/10 – Strong and steady, good distribution.

LB: Steph Catley – 7/10 – Saw an early Juventus chance come down the Arsenal left, but otherwise kept Bonansea quiet and linked up well with Foord.

CM: Lia Walti – 7/10 – Tidy in possession and swept up and shielded the back four well.

CM: Frida Maanum – 6/10 – Smart in possession without ever being able to cause havoc with one of her trademark, bursting runs as she has done so often in recent months.

CM: Vivianne Miedema – 8/10 – Opened the scoring in style, finding the top corner with a superb side foot volley after drifting unmarked to the back post. Was the focal point for Arsenal, the Gunners frequently playing through her and Miedema merrily carving open the Juventus backline with a selection of through balls.

RW: Katie McCabe – 6/10 – Kept her place in a more advanced role after a spell at full-back. Full of running, but the quietest of Arsenal’s front three.

ST: Stina Blackstenius – 6/10 – Saw a goal ruled out for offside, before superbly finding Miedema at the back post for Arsenal’s opener. Replaced with 11 left to play.

LW: Caitlin Foord – 7/10 – Tested Peyraud Magnin with a near post effort in the second half, and a constant danger with her willingness to drive at the Juventus backline.

SUB: Rafaelle (63′ for Williamson) – 6/10

SUB: Jordan Nobbs (79′ for Blackstenius) – 6/10

SUB: Jen Beattie (90′ for Foord) – N/A

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Juventus and Arsenal have enjoyed two tightly contested encounters / Clive Rose/GettyImages

GK: Pauline Peyraud Magnin – 7/10 – Out quickly and bravely to beat Foord to the ball in the first half and deny the Arsenal forward an almost certain opener. Saved well again from Foord in the second half.

RB: Martina Lenzini – 6/10 – Had a big test against the lively Foord, and came out second best on a few occasions.

CB: Cecilia Salvai – 6/10 – In the thick of the action in the first half as Juventus attempted to stem wave after wave of Arsenal attack, quieter in the second.

CB: Linda Sembrant – 6/10 – Question marks over Sembrant and Salvai regarding who lost track of Blackstenius in the build up to the Arsenal goal.

LB: Lisa Boattin – 7/10 – Produced a great recovery run and block to deny Blackstenius in the first half, typifying a solid defensive display

CM: Sofie Junge Pedersen – 6/10 – Efficient in possession without ever setting the game alight. Not close enough to Miedema for Arsenal’s winner

CM: Julia Grosso – 7/10 – Lively, energetic and tidy in possession.

CM: Arianna Caruso – 6/10 – Almost opened the scoring after being heavily involved in the build up play, but saw an effort well saved. Replaced in the second half.

RW: Barbara Bonansea – 4/10 – Largely kept quiet by Catley and replaced at half time.

ST: Cristiana Girelli – 5/10 – Marked out of the game for the most part by Williamson, Wubben-Moy and Rafaelle.

LW: Lineth Beerensteyn – 5/10 – Unable to cause the Arsenal backline too many issues, particularly up against the impressive Wienroither, as the Juventus threat was largely nullified.

SUB: Valentina Cernoia (46′ for Bonansea) – 5/10

SUB: Sofia Cantore (65′ for Cantore) – 5/10

SUB: Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (79′ for Junge Pedersen) 5/10

SUB: Agnese Bonfantini (89′ for Girelli) – N/A

Player of the match: Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)

Svenska Fotbollförbundets svar på IFK Kalmars kritik

Nyligen tvångsdegraderades Eskilstuna United då de inte beviljades elitlicens. En klubb som gör det trots en ekonomisk svår position är IFK Kalmar. Deras sportchef Tommy Nyberg har riktat skarp kritik mot förbundet.

– Förbundet måste ta en mycket större ekonomiskt ansvar för damfotbollen. Man är ett förbund som mår bra ekonomiskt och måste ta ett mycket, mycket större långsiktigt ansvar för en verksamhet som ändå tillhör de bästa i världen, sade Nyberg.

”Det skulle i så fall med all rätt kunna ifrågasättas”

Svenska Fotbollförbundets generalsekreterare Håkan Sjöstrand svarar på kritiken till SVT Sport.

– Jag har förståelse för den frustration man upplever och jag delar uppfattningen att det vore önskvärt att de ekonomiska förutsättningarna var bättre för exempelvis IFK Kalmar – men vi har cirka 3 000 fotbollsföreningar i Sverige och SvFF kan inte och ska inte som förbund rikta enskilda ekonomiska stöd direkt till några få utvalda elitklubbar bland dessa – det skulle i så fall med all rätt kunna ifrågasättas, skriver han till SVT Sport.

Inte förbundets roll

Nyberg menar vidare att skillnaden i hur de olika ligorna marknadsförs är markanta och att det varit tydligt att förbundet inte prioriterar damfotbollen som man borde.

Håkan Sjöstrand påpekar till SVT Sport att det kommersiella ansvaret inte ligger hos fotbollförbundet, utan hos intresseorganisationerna EFD (Elitfotboll Dam) och SEF (Svensk Elitfotboll).

– Svenska Fotbollförbundet och intresseorganisationerna har en klar samsyn om vilka roller och vilket ansvar som gäller oss emellan. Dessutom har ju varje enskild förening ansvar för att ha sin egen ekonomi i balans, och för att anpassa sin verksamhet utifrån sina ekonomiska förutsättningar och begränsningar, säger Sjöstrand.

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