Yes, I know the men's tournament begins on Thursday. I'm excited for that, too. But nothing gets my blood pumping quite like this:
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Germany on Top
Oh god! Who doesn't love it when Germany's on top?! According to that article, they're kind of dominating the scene in European qualifying matches, having been grouped with Ireland, Russia, Slovakia, Croatia, and Slovenia. So, yes, they lead in goals scored—any by a very, very wide margin. The way I see it, if the Japanese, for some reason, don't show up in Canada next year, the Germans will totally take the cup home. Yup. Just as long as the Japanese call it quits.
|This is Anja Mittag and team celebrating goal No. 4 in a qualifier against Slovenia. |
Notice how bored Kessler looks.
|Saskia Weber is smiling here because she has (1) not yet scored a completely and utterly idiotic own-goal in a pretty important Bundesliga match and (2) has not yet broken her leg and torn a ligament as a result. Total train wreck.|
Moving on to another continent, the teams participating in the African Women's Championship, which will serve as World Cup qualifying matches, have finally been decided: Zambia, Algeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Ivory Coast will join tournament hosts Namibia. The tournament begins in October, and I'll be damned if Nigeria doesn't advance. Who are your picks for the other two teams to advance? I'm thinking Ghana and South Africa, but I have quite a bit of study to do before I can comment even kinda articulately about women's football in Africa.
More good news: the group draw for next year's cup is scheduled for December 6 in Ottawa.
Bring it on.