The Madeleine Brand Show for August 3, 2012

London goes wild for Team Britain women's soccer team

Great Britain's coach Hope Powell (R) ce

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Great Britain's coach Hope Powell (R) celebrates with goalkeeper Karen Bardsley after winning their football match against Brazil during their women's football match at the Wembley Stadium in London, on July 31, 2012 during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The women’s soccer quarter finals are taking place today at the Olympics. So far today, the U.S. beat New Zealand to move on to the semi-finals. Team Great Britain will face off against Canada in a match later today.

It seems like everybody in London today is only interested in one thing - their own women's soccer team. The team has been buzzing in London lately, with unexpectedly large crowds for its Olympic events. So far Team GB hasn’t given up a single goal.

This is the first year Britain has ever put together a united women’s soccer team for the Olympics - typically England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each put up separate teams. The sport has an interesting history in the UK – women were banned from 1921-1971 by England’s Football Association. Is this the year that women’s soccer will finally get on the radar in England? KPCC's A Martinez joins Madeleine Brand in studio with more.

Guest:

Lynne Bateson, British journalist and writer.


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