Thu 22.Jul 2010 13:47 Albert Sigurdsson,
Interview: Laura Harvey - Arsenal "Dream team with 11 strikers"
Laura Harvey - Head Coach of Arsenal Ladies
Image: asked the Head Coach of Arsenal Ladies Laura Harvey few questions. Laura has recently taken over as manager of Arsenal Ladies.
Laura, assistant academy director, joined the Arsenal Ladies set-up in the summer of 2008 as first team coach working alongside Gervaise and now General Manager Vic Akers, after which time she also fulfilled the role of Reserve team manager.
29-year-old Harvey is assistant coach for the England U-19s, having previously worked at Under-15 and Under-17 level. On a domestic front Laura’s last club was Birmingham City Ladies, where across a six year period she took on numerous roles including centre of excellence director and first team manager.

What is the strongest women’s soccer league in the world?

Laura Harvey: I think the strongest league in the world is a big question you would have to look at WPS league as a strong league as it has the financial backing and attracts players from across the globe. I also feel the womens Bundersliege is strong this is shown by two teams reaching the semi finals in the champions league. The fact that all German internationals are based there also gives the league stability.

What do you think is the best team today?

Laura Harvey:  The best team is between FC gold pride and Potsdam in Germany as they are Champions league holders. I feel a match between these two sides owuld be very close and interetsing.

Who do you think is the best women’s player in the world today?

Laura Harvey:  There are many players who are up there for world number one Marta is a obvious choice but i feel there are other players who are close to her, I saw Inka Gringes this year in the champions league and was impressed and also one of our own players Kate Chapman is getting back to her best and proving on the world stage she is great athlete and competitor who is a great player to have around you.

How would you line up your women’s dream team?

Laura Harvey:  A dream team is hard to pick because many players who shine play in the same positions and although it would be entertaining 11 Centre Forwards wouldn´t be the best team!!! You would have to look at a solid defence and a german defence would be a good backline. A creative midfield with players like Kelly smith, Lauder, Daniela and a frontline with pace and skill with Marta, Wambach and Prinz being involved.

What do you think of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Germany?

Laura Harvey:  I think the U20 world cup will be really interesting I was involved with England U17's in 2008 when we reach the semi final in New Zealand and many players from all countries have now moved up into the U20's. It will be very interesting how all the nations do who were successful at the New Zealand World Cup. The germans will be very prepared and will want to do well on home soil. The asian countires will be strong with North Korea being holders of both U17 and U20 world cups they are arguably favourites. I also think England will be strong they are in a tough group but were undefeated in qualification for this world cup and didnt concede a goal in the whole European finals last year. I feel players getting this experiecen and exposure is great for their develoment and i hope the tournament is a success.


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