Finally, the 2011 Women’s World Cup is here!
The first two matches have been played, with Germany beating Canada 2-1 and France beating Nigeria 1-0. Even though Canada didn’t win, the fact that they got a goal in gives hope for other teams in the tournament. Why? Read this excerpt from Fifa.com:
No clean sheet for Nadine
Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer went through the whole of China 2007 without conceding, a record she looked set to extend until Sinclair’s superb set-piece. In all, Angerer had gone 622 minutes without letting in a FIFA Women’s World Cup goal. An even higher total, 679 minutes, had elapsed since the Germans last conceded in the competition – against Sweden in the final at USA 2003, when Silke Rottenberg was between the posts
Germany is a very solid team and is favored to win this tournament, even without their home field advantage. They have won the past two World Cups.
Brazil is also a serious contender, even though they have not won a Women’s World Cup. That in and of itself is kind of amusing, since Brazil is such a powerhouse and everyone knows the success of the men’s team; Brazil is a country obsessed with soccer, and yet they have not won a Women’s World Cup.
I am still cheering for the US team, even though they were the last team to qualify for the tournament. FIFA still has them ranked as 1 in the world, but this tournament is crucial to the success of women’s soccer in America. A lot of people said that the 1999 World Cup was the most pivotal moment in women’s soccer. It was, I’m not doubting that. But the US team has a lot riding on it’s shoulders–the expectation to continue to be the best, the pressure to prove themselves now that “the veterans” are no longer playing, the responsibility of reminding a nation of what it is like to embrace women’s soccer.
I love soccer. I love World Cup time of the year. 🙂