Sports International Magazine

England get set for a tough week!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is less than a year away and this week England will step up their preparations for the tournament.  Read more...


Wales win the day but England stay in the driving seat.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Last week at Southampton the Welsh women’s football team gained what was perhaps was their best ever result as the held hosts England to a 0-0 draw in front of over 26,000 fans and banished the memories of the 4-0 drubbing in Cardiff that they suffered at the hands of the Lionesses during their last World Cup qualifying campaign.  Read more...


South African cricket team video

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


On the 30th of June the South African cricket team released a video ahead of the World Cup campaign that sent such a fantastic message out to old and young, male and female.  Read more...


A case for the defence

Monday, November 07, 2016

With only one game left in 2016 and preparations for next year’s 2017 European championship well underway, we are starting to get an idea of the philosophy and style that England will play with at the tournament if not the personnel that will wear the white shirt of England in the Netherlands at Euro 2017. Read more...


Lionesses’ squad for matches with France and Spain announced.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mark Sampson has named his 23-player England Women squad who will play two international matches this month as part of their Euro 2017 preparations. In addition to next Fridays game against France that was announced several weeks ago England have also announded that they will travel to to Guadalajara where they will face Spain on Tuesday 25 October (5pm BST KO). Read more...


Euro 2017 Qualifiers

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

England wrapped up their home qualifiers for Euro 2017 with a convincing 5-0 win over Estonia at Meadow Lane on Thursday night in front of over 7,000 fans. This was always going to be as straight forward as it gets for the Lionesses. England had won the away match against their opponents 8-0 and Estonia are yet to pick up a point in this group. Read more...


The history of the Olympic Medals

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

There may only be a few days left of the 2016 Rio Olympics, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still plenty of opportunities for medals to be won and we still have the extravagance of the closing ceremony to enjoy. Read more...


Manchester City home in on the FAWSL title.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

It’s been a quite week in the FAWSL with just a single game being playing in FAWSL one; it was a game that affected both ends of the table as leaders Manchester City women extended their lead at the top to ten points with a 4-0 away win at bottom side Doncaster.

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​ Olympic sport review – Waterpolo

Wednesday, August 03, 2016


The earliset record of Waterpolo being played is from Bournemouth Rowing Club in England, when on the 13 July 1876 a game was played with great success (according to Bournemouth visitors directory). It was seen as a mix of Rugby and swimming, a popular idea at the time to blend sports to increase swimming activity. Although Waterpolo has been in the Olympics since 1900 and was infact the first team competition to become part of the Olympic program, it is only since the Sydney 2000 Olympics that women have been included. There are only three countries that have competed in the women's Waterpolo since it became an Olympic sport, Russia, Australia and the USA, who are the most successful on the medal count table. Other than a smaller ball the rules are the same for men and women, with each game being split into four quarter of eight minutes.

What I find remarkable about this sport having interviewed a number of Waterpolo players for the magazine over the years is that you are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool with your feet during the game. Not only this but “anything” goes under the water from kicking to tugging of swimwear etc it is far more brutal and tough a sport than it may apart above water that’s for sure! Add to all of this that each player will swim as much as 6km per match, this is a high cardio sport and one very much worth watching.

Eight womens teams with a total of one hundred and four athletes will compete at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre and Olympic Aquatics Stadium for Olympic glory with the Team Pools as follows:

Pool A

Italy, Brazil, Russia, Australia

Pool B

China, Hungary, Spain, United States

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Olympic sport review – Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

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There are some conflicting suggestions as to when and where beach volleyball started but there is significant documentation to suggest that it started on the beaches of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, at the Outrigger Canoe Club around 1915. Since then the sport has grown rapidly around the world with the first official World Championship happening in 1987, in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. Many see Brazil as the spiritual home of beach volleyball and it’s definitely a sport that they excel in.

Beach volleyball became a part of the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and has been in the Olympics ever since with the number of countries playing increasing each time. The most unusual setting was last Olympics in London 2012 when 2,274 tonnes of sand was loaded onto horse guards parade in central London. It is not however without its controversy as a sport though facing significant opposition to the kit worn by the female athletes. This often takes up more column inches than the sport itself but in talking to the players I have yet to find one that has an issue with it and in fact they think it’s a positive thing as Zara Dampney (Team GB London) said “I think that it was really beneficial for the sport it got people into the stadium, it got people watching it on television to find out what it was all about. It worked in our favour.”

By far the most successful beach volleyballers are Kerri Walsh and Misty May who are the only pair to never lose a match in the Olympic Games. Their career saw them win gold in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012! The two favourite countries to win hold the records for most medal placements in beach volleyball with the USA being the only country to win gold in either the men’s of women’s in every Olympiad and not far behind them, Brazil who have won gold or silver in every Olympics. Given that this is Brazil’s home games the advantage sits with them I think.

Twenty-four team with forty-eight athletes will be competing for glory in Rio with a total of 54 matches being played across the competition format. Taking place between the 6th and the 18th of August at the world famous Copacabana Beach, amazingly it is only the third time that it will be played on an actual beach.

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