With the FIFA Women’s World Cup starting on the 6th June and following on from my recent blog, all you need to know guide about the World Cup in France 2019. I thought I would take a look at some of the players to watch out for, playing in the tournament. The best players at the World Cup and who are some of the names to watch out for?
Here are 10 of the Best Players at the World Cup.
With the FIFA Women’s World Cup fast approaching. Lets take a look at a few of the players who could supply us with those magic moments and light up the footballing world. Which players have the potential to become a new household name as the World will be watching come the 6th June when this showpiece event kicks off.
Which footballers will catch your eye?
1: Julie Beth Ertz – USA
Born: April 6 1992
Current team: Chicago Red stars
She has played 82 times for the USA National team since her debut in februrary 2013, scoring 18 goals in the process.
She stared in the 2015 World cup after playing every minute of that tournament which USA went to to win and lift the trophy.
This earned her a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup all star team from that tournament.
Her qualities: Physically strong and a leader on the field. Even though she plays in central defence of as a holding midfielder she has vision for a quality forward pass and is a threat going forward from set pieces with an eye for a goal. This tournament comes at the right time of her career for her to be the main star.
Could she be the driving force to send USA to glory once again?
2: Samantha May Kerr – Australia
Born: 10 September 1993
Position:Forward / Right Midfield
Current team: Chicago Red Stars/ Perth Glory
She plays in the forward position for the Australian National Soccer team.
She made 11 Appearances in the under 17 squad, scoring 4 goals in 2008/09 before moving into the senior squad in 2009 where she has since made 76 appearances scoring 31 goals.
She also heads the NWSL leading all time goal scores list with 62 goals in 103 matches.
Shortlisted for the best FIFA player of the year award in 2018.
Her qualities: With an eye for goal and attacking instincts if she can get on the end of any chances the Matilda’s create, she could score the goals and send Australia into the knockout stages and beyond.
3: Marta Viere da Silva -Brazil
Born:19 February 1986
Current team: Orlando Pride.
She is more commonly know as Marta and is regarded as one of the best women’s football players ever.
She has won the best player FIFA award a record 6 times (2006/07/08/09/10/18)
She holds the record for the most goals scored at World Cup Finals (15)
Her qualities: silky skills and comfortable on the ball.
She can make the game look easy at times. With the ability to constantly find the back of the net.
Expect her goal tally at the World Cup to increase this time around. Could she score the goals to finally give Brazil their first World Cup trophy?
4: Francesca Kirby – England
Born: 29 June 1993
Current club: Chelsea
She has a habit of terrorising defences throughout World football with her explosive trickery and quick thinking with the ball. She won her first senior cap in 2014 and made 36 appearances scoring 12 goals. and played at the 2015 World Cup for England.
Her qualities: with the ability to see a pass and to unlock a defence, she will cause problems for any opposition she faces. In a tight game this creativity could be the difference in winning games for England.
5: Kim Little – Scotland
Born: 29 June 1990
Position: Attacking Midfield
Curret Club: Arsenal
She was voted most valuable player in the top flight leagues in the USA and England.
She is fast becoming thought of as one of the best players to emerge over the past few years.
She scored vital goals in Scotlands last three qualifiers on the road to France 2019.
This will be her first major tournament with Scotland.
Her qualities: A rising star with fast feet and creative from an attacking midfield postion, she could unlock many a defence.
She is also now starting to score big goals for her Country. When she gets past the initial nerves, could be a dangerous player for any opposing team.
6: Lieke Martens
Born: 16 December 1992
Current Club: Barcelona
She turned out the be the star of UEFA Women’s EURO Championships in 2017 on home soil.
She was voted the Best FIFA Women’s player of 2017.
She scored The Netherlands first ever World Cup goal at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Her qualities:attacking flair and a goal scorer springs to mind when you think of the star of Netherlands football. A winner and tough competitor she will battle until the bitter end of any game.
7: Amaidene Chantel Henry – France
Born: 28 September 1989
Position: defensive midfielder
Current Club: Olympique Lyon
She made her debut for the French National team in 2009 after playing at all levels for France at youth levels.
She has played 83 times for the senior team scoring 11 goals.
She won the silver ball in 2015. Which is the award given to the second best player at a World Cup.
Her qualities: She has a big presence within the French National team.
Her technical ability on the ball, means she is a serious talent to look out for at this World Cup. She has the ability to pop up and score a goal for her team and this could prove crucial in tight matches.
8: Dzenifer Marozsan – Germany
Born: 18 April 1992
Current Club: Olympic Lyon
She was born in Hungary but plays international football for the German National team.
She was instrumental in leading Germany to their first ever olympic gold medal in Rio de Janerio in 2016.
She has a string of individal honours against her name including German footballer of the year in both 2017 and 2018.
Her qualities: extremely competitiive with that well known drive and determination you expect from German players. She could hold the key in pushing Germany into the latter stages of this World Cup.
She also has an eye for a goal. expect her to be pushing hard for every win in a competitive German midfield.
9: Gabrielle Onguene – Cameroon
Born: 25 February 1989
Current team: CSKA Moscow
She was voted the best player at the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
She scored the only goal for Cameroon at the 2012 Summer Olympics tournament.
She made her deubt for the national team in 2008 and as played 53 times scoring 15 goals in those appearances.
Her qualities: she knows where the goal is and can score big goals for her Country if given the chances.
As with many of the African flair players she can be unpredictable and this could count in her favour.
Vastly experienced in playing for her Country, she could offer a calming influence to her team when the pressure is on.
10: Christine Margaret Sinclair – Canada
Born:12 June 1983
Current Club: Portland Thorns FC
She has been named the Canada Soccer Player of the year a record 14 times.
She is the current all time record goal scorer for Canada with 181 goals.
She made her debut for the Canada National team in 2000 and has made 281 appearances.
Her qualities: She has speed and strength in abundance. her vision and technical ability means she remains an integeral part of the national team. Her ability to score goals will be a danger in any match she plays in.
Get ready for some goals and top football action
The tournament is almost upon us. This is a big chance for the Women’s game to show the World what it has got to offer and how far it has come.
Has the pace of the games moved into line with the way the modern game is going.
This tournament will be fasicnating and intriguing to watch.
Get ready for loads of goals, top action and excitement that only a World Cup Tournament can delliver.
I have only mentioned a few names to look out for, but as always there will be new player who will shine and emerge as the worlds best. Most football fans will be watching with an open mind.
Good luck one and all who will be taking part.
Will you be taking an interest in the tournament?
Have you ever Watched the Women’s Game before?
Are there any other players who you thing should have got a mention in the article?
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