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World Cup 2015
« on: May 31, 2015, 09:24:50 AM »
Teams are on the move from Europe today.  
Ramona Bachmann has tweeted a picture of the Swiss team's arrival at Vancouver https://instagram.com/p/3UzqmZteSF/  
The Norwegians were assembled at the airport in Oslo this morning at 7 am ready for their trip to Ottawa.  https://www.facebook.com/norskkvinnefotball?fref=nf
The French players are on their plane now - business class: pic.twitter.com/97gZIFWw2r

A video about Spain's Vero Boquete: http://espn.go.com/espnw/video/12969690/vero

The Germans are on their way as well:

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Re: World Cup 2015
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 11:53:39 AM »
I see they are not flying economy like the Japanese were last round.

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Re: World Cup 2015
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 09:45:40 AM »
The US team is on Winnipeg and the Swedes are going tomorrow.
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World Cup - ages of players
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World Cup - first matches
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2015, 08:11:57 AM »
The World Cup kicks off tonight with Canada v China at 23.00 (UK time) and NZ v Netherlands at 02.00.
Coverage on Eurosport and BBC TV.


On the field the women are cleansing the game: http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/soccer/world-cup-welcome-on-the-field-the-women-are-cleansing-the-game
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World Cup update
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2015, 08:26:17 AM »
All the nations have played at least one match.

Group A:

The tournament started with Canada v China.  The hosts won with a penalty, kicked by captain Christine Sinclair in stoppage time.  That match also saw the tournament's first yellow card, to Deriree Scott.  It also attracted the biggest crowd - 53,058.

In the other match in the group Netherlands had a 1-0 win over New Zealand after Lieke Martens scored with a long shot in the 33rd minute.

Group B:

Norway started this group with a 4-0 win over Thailand, after goals by Trine Rønning, Isabell Herlovsen (2) and Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg.  We also saw the tournament's first missed penalty, when Maren Mjelde's kick was saved by Thai keeper Boonsing.  This match was the most widely viewed football match in Norway this year.

In the second match Germany had a 10-0 win over Ivory Coast, the World Cup's second highest win in history behind Germany-Argentina 11-0 in 2007.  There were goals by Celia Sasic (3), Anja Mittag (3), Simone Laudehr, Sara Däbritz, Melanie Behringer and Alexandra Popp.  Germany became the biggest scorers in World Cup history with 101.  Sasic scored the tournament's first hat trick and the quickest-ever hat trick in World Cup history.

Group C:

Cameroon ran rings round Ecuador in the first match.  At the end it was 6-0 with goals by Madeleine Ngono Mani, Gaelle Enganamouit (3), Christine Manie and Gabrielle Onguene.  The match saw the first red card, when Ecuador's captain Ligia Moreira was sent off in the 66th minute.  Enganamouit's hat trick was the 17th in World Cup history.

The champions Japan met Switzerland in the second match.  The Japanese won it 1-0 after a goal by Aya Miyama, a penalty in the 29th minute.

Group D:

We quickly saw why this is called the group of death.  Sweden-Nigeria was a real thriller.  Sweden led 2-0 and 3-1, but Nigeria came back and it ended in a 3-3 draw.  This match had the first own-goal, from Desire Oparanozie in the 21st minute.  Linda Sembrant and Nilla Fischer scored for the Swedes while Ngozi Okobi, Asiat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega scored Nigeria's goals.  This was the first match without a card being given.

The other match was between title favourites USA and Australia.  The USA won 3-1 in the end after goals by Megan Rapinoe (2) and Christen Press.  Lisa De Vanna scored Australia's goal.  USA's three goals brought them level with Germany on a total of 101.

Group E:

Spain played a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica.  Vicky Losada scored after 13 minutes while Raquel Rodriquez Cedeno equalised a minute later.

Brazil beat South Korea 2-0 in the other match.  Formiga scored first, before Marta scored her 25th World Cup goal with a penalty.  She became the highest scoring player in World Cup history.  Formiga's goal also set another record - she was the oldest player ever to score at the World Cup Finals, at 37 years 98 days.

Group F:

France took a 1-0 win over England with a goal by Eugenie Le Sommer of Olympique Lyonnais.  

In the other match Colombia drew 1-1 with Mexico.  Veronica Perez scored for Mexico and Daniela Montoya equalised for Colombia.

The first 12 matches have seen 40 goals scored.  27 yellow cards and one red have been given.  Sasic (Germany), Mittag (Germany) and Enganamouit (Cameroon) have all scored three goals.  

Brazil's Formiga and Japan's Homare Sawa are competing at the World Cup for the sixth time.  Solveig Gulbrandsen of Norway is at her fifth.

Crowd totals:

Canada-China and New Zealand-Netherlands: 53,058 (Edmonton)
Norway-Thailand and Germany-Ivory Coast: 20,953 (Ottawa)
Cameroon-Ecuador and Japan-Switzerland: 25,942 (Vancouver)
Sweden-Nigeria and USA-Australia: 31,148 (Winnipeg)
Spain-Costa Rica and Brazil-South Korea: 10,175 (Montreal)
France-England and Colombia-Mexica: 11,686 (Moncton).

Andreas Kristoffer Berge http://fotballmagasinet.no/?mode=news&id=28897
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Re: World Cup 2015
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2015, 01:53:40 PM »
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Re: World Cup 2015
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2015, 06:48:31 PM »
Highlights of some good matches from the groups:
Sweden 3 Nigeria 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mefYtjq5drM
USA 3 Australia 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbCTDaGSEaw
Cameroon 6 Ecuador 0: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPdY_CchYH4
France 0 Colombia 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5W1Fh12Xf0
Switzerland 10 Ecuador 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgm0HeIOxGs
Ivory Coast 2 Thailand 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQhAb0pqeo4
Brazil 1 Spain 0: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTfLk5YyG6M
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Aluko blog
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2015, 10:40:55 AM »
England striker Eniola Aluko has some things to say about the World Cup that are definitely worth reading:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33159574
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Re: World Cup 2015
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2015, 01:04:57 PM »
I just became a huge Eniola Aluko fan.

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Spain out
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2015, 09:15:05 AM »
After Ignacio Querea's 23 years as the national team chief, Spain's players have had enough.  Spain finished last in group E at the World Cup after a draw with Costa Rica and losses to Brazil (0-1) and South Korea (1-2).

"It's obvious that preparations for the World Cup were not what they should have been.  A lack of training matches, poor acclimatisation, a lack of analysis of the opponents and poor match preparation.  It has been the same for a long time.  We think the time has come for changes", was the message from Spain's 23-strong squad.

Earlier captain Veronica Boquete had criticised the trainer.  "We failed to perform because we did not get the support we needed and the preparations that were neccesary", she said.  Spain's squad arrived in Canada four days before the start, without having played a training match for two months.

http://www.nrk.no/sport/spillerne-ber-om-at-treneren-ma-ga-1.12419322
 
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Australia 1 Brazil 0
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2015, 08:34:39 AM »
Australia continued their good play and wrote history when they eliminated Brazil from the World Cup.

Brazil's attack has never really got going at this championship but they had not conceded any goals before Kyah Simon's winner in rainy Moncton on Sunday.  Simon netted a return from the keeper in the 80th minute.  "I'm disappointed with Brazil.  Australia were impressive in the group and were good today.  Brazil had no energy", said Lise Klaveness of Norwegian NRK-TV.

After Australia had made several breakthroughs high on the pitch a ball was played through to their lightning-quick captain Lisa De Vanna.  Her shot was not the best but keeper Luciana failed to hold the wet ball and Simon was the first to it, placing it clinically into the far corner.

"We controlled the match and the statistics.  We did not sink our chances and we are out.  Australia were very effective and cynical when they needed it", said Brazil's trainer Vadado.

23-year-old Simon is the first player with an Aboriginal background to play for Australia's women's team and on Sunday she wrote history: it's the first time Australia has won a match in the knockout stage of a world cup.  Brazil never really mounted an effective answer in the last ten minutes.  Cristiane had a header from a long free kick in the final minute but keeper Lydia Williams made an easy save.

De Vanna terrorised the Brazilian defence with her speed and was dangerous in her many forward runs before the goal was scored.  Australia will meet either the champions Japan or the Netherlands in the quarter final and they are theoretical semifinal opponents for Norway, who meet England tonight.
  
Hanne Skjellum Mueller http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/kvinnefotball/australia-slo-brasil-ut-av-vm/a/23474794/

Matildas show the way: http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=matildas-show-the-way-2652309.html
Highlights: http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/videos/highlights/match=300269501/index.html
Are the Matildas ahead of the Socceroos now? video: http://media.smh.com.au/video-sport/video-football/can-matildas-go-one-better-than-the-socceroos-6632237.html


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