Posts Tagged ‘Women’s world cup’

Prinz bows out!

...in her hay days

Birgit Prinz! Germany’s highest goal scorer ever has taken her bow from the international scene. This World Cup which is her swan song was meant to end it with style with the lifting of her third straight World title and most exciting one on home soil, however, Japanese Maruyama had other ideas when she slotted home from an angle to stun the Germans and silence The Arena Im Allerpark in Wolfsburg. The 108th minute extra time goal was enough to bundle the defending champions and host out.

... less action means time to call it quit

Prinz who had lost her place in the starting XI in the final group game against France was again on the bench for the Japan tie.
Birgit admitted she did not merit a starting berth presently. Her drop in form this year is notable – not a single goal this year for Die Nationalelf, below-par display and her pace has slowed down.
It wasn’t too difficult a decision for coach Sylvia Neid to make do with younger players presenting their case strongly for a starting shirt. A valid example is  Inka Grings, the woman who replaced her in the game against The Super Falcons of Nigeria and played an important role in the only goal of the match.

Prinz debuted for the national team at age 16 in 1994 spent a total of 17 years in Die Nationalelf. Her international scoring record of 128 goals dwarfs Gerd Muller’s 68 in the men’s category.
The two time World Cup winner in 2003 and 2007 also won Five European championship titles (1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009) while playing for her country. She’s also a three-time FIFA World Player of the year (2003, 2004, 2005) as well as other  numerous individual honors which includes;  German Player of the Year: (2001 – 2008)

Her recent fall from Captain and leader to the mere rank of mortal player is not just her own doing. It’s due to the considerable depth within Silvia Neid’s squad.
The FIFA Women World Cup all time record leading goal scorer admits that every show must someday come to an end. She had already announced that this World Cup will mark her end in the national team. It was anticipated that she could help the squad immensely with her experience before handing over the reins.
In spite of the disappointment of losing out, I cannot but salute this wonderful lady who has put her footprint in the sand of time.

Well done Birgit Prinz, Gut Gemacht Birgit Prinz

.. Kitchen Time!

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Can Marta lead Brazil to World Cup glory?

Brazilian Superstar

The future of the game is in women football. The FIFA Women World Cup which is the brain child of former FIFA President Joao Havelange has come to stay and potentially challenge the Men’s tournament (my personal opinion while I was watching Germany take on Canada last sunday with a full house at the Berlin stadium).

The seventh edition which is being held in Germany has lived up to its billing with good football and unrivaled passion.

Brazil is a name that spells football, however it is surprising that A Seleção, Brazil women’s national football team, are yet to land the coveted World trophy. Their best shots so far is a bronze medal finish at the 1999 edition and a heart-break final loss to Germany in 2007.

She's collected the trophy every year since 2006...

A Seleção are determined to go a step further than the last time with five-time women’s world footballer of the year, Marta Vieira da Silva in their team. For the super star in particular, the World Cup success is a personal target or accomplishment for her as she has achieved a lot in her career. Not only has she won FIFA’s top individual prize in the last five years, she has also consistently helped her club sides to titles with her phenomenal goal-scoring prowess. At the last World Cup in China, Marta won both the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot with seven goals. The powerful Brazilian has already made it clear to her team that the time has come for Brazil to win the title.

“We really want to win it, it’s a title that we’ve had in our hands in the past but didn’t win because of small details,”

said Marta.

For a long time now, we have shown we have a wealth of talent in our ranks. We’ve reached two Olympics finals and one World Cup final. Now, the time has come to win.

She emerged on the international stage in 2004 when she won the Golden Ball at the under-20 Women’s World Cup. Since then Marta has become a key part of the Brazilian team and wears the coveted number 10 jersey scoring an amazing 79 goals in 69 games for her country. She is the only woman to have left her footprints in the walk of fame at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janiero. In order to make her dreams become a reality, Marta and her compatriots will have to navigate their channels well in the three weeks tournament while expecting fierce challenges from the defending champions and host, Germany and heavy weights like USA, Sweden and Nigeria (Loool. Yes! Nigeria is the dominant name in Africa). The soccer passionate country will be hoping A Seleção’ clinch the World title that has eluded them come July 17 with the huge weight of expectation squarely on the shoulders of Western New York Flash striker.

She'll want a less individual Golden award this time around