6.09.2014

WWC 2015: Let's Get Ready for the World Cup! (Not the One You're Thinking)

Okay, so, I get an email this weekend letting me know that, as of June 6, we are officially one year out until all the powerhouses of women's football congregate on some artificial pitch somewhere in icy Canada. There are even countdown clocks. God! There's even an on-sale date for tickets, with fancy "passport" deals that look rather neat! I am stoked for this, needless to say.

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.
In related German girl news: Saskia Weber totally effed up her leg in FFC Frankfurt's match against Turbine Potsdam (Frankfurt won, then lost to Wolfsburg in the women's Bundesliga final), tearing her posterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and fracturing her tibia. She managed to do both while colliding with her own goalkeeper and heading the ball into her own net. Clearly, this moment on the pitch had to be a total goatfuck all around for Frankfurt. Anyway, Weber is guesstimated to be out of action for 10 months, which makes her fitness-readyness for the cup a little iffy, don't you think?

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.


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