Women’s Olympic Football Tournament
- Chile getting ready for his or her first Women’s Olympic Football Tournament
- Roja defender Carla Guerrero is their Jefa (“Boss”)
- She discusses Chile’s opponents at Tokyo 2020 and units some targets
Chile’s Carla Guerrero had been hoping to meet up with Canada’s Christine Sinclair once more and her want has been granted, with La Roja and the North Americans drawn collectively in Group E of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020. When they meet in Sapporo on 24 July, she is going to take the chance to make an apology to the legendary Canucks captain.
Telling FIFA.com why, the 33-12 months-outdated Chile defender stated: “I’m ashamed to say that I bit her in a pleasant a couple of years in the past. I hope that our paths cross at Tokyo 2020 and that she accepts my apology and we will swap shirts.”
The incident occurred at a 4-workforce match in Brasilia in 2013. “I was a lot younger then. I got a bit on edge and I just don’t know what happened to me,” added Guerrero, clearly filled with remorse. “I stated to myself: ‘What have I done!’ I felt completely horrible and wished to make an apology, however I couldn’t make myself understood.”
Those had been the times earlier than Guerrero grew to become La Jefa (“The Boss”) of the Chile girls’s nationwide workforce, a nickname she earned on the 2018 Copa America Femenina. It was a match that marked a turning level within the historical past of Chilean girls’s soccer.
With Guerrero and others taking part in a distinguished position, La Roja completed Copa America runners-up. In the method, they earned a spot on the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – their world finals debut – and the intercontinental play-off for Tokyo 2020, through which the Chileans lately noticed off Cameroon to realize one other historic first.
The lowdown on La Jefa
- International debut: Chile 1-2 Ecuador, Copa America Femenina, 10 November 2006
- Overall caps: 70 (six targets)
- She is Chile’s joint-second most capped participant together with Francisca Lara, 9 behind Christiane Endler
- Caps in aggressive matches: 31 (two targets)
- She holds Chile’s look file for aggressive matches
Guerrero can be wanting ahead to taking part in Canada for soccer causes. “We won that 2013 match 1-0 and though that was a few years ago, we’ve come on since then and we can match them, even though we know they’re one of the top teams in the world,” she stated of the Canadians, Chile’s second opponents in Tokyo.
The South Americans kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to Great Britain on 21 July. “They can choose the best players from England and Scotland, which just goes to show their potential, though we don’t know if they know many of us, which might work to our advantage,” she defined. “We feel we can defend well against them.”
Chile’s final group match can be in opposition to Japan, one other workforce that Guerrero is completely happy to be going through regardless of their standing as match hosts. “They drew 0-0 with Argentina at the last World Cup. We’ve just beaten Argentina, so there’s no reason why we can’t get a good result against them.”
The Chile defender believes they’re entitled to be bold: “We want to go there to compete, not just to take part. The aim is to make the knockout phase, and if we can you never know what might happen. Football is unpredictable. Some of the best teams in the world haven’t made it, so it might be our time. We’ve prepared well up to now.”
The Chileans confirmed their maturity within the play-off in opposition to Cameroon, although Guerrero admitted to being nervous forward of the primary leg: “That was due to all of the variety of instances it had been postponed. But as soon as the issues we’d been engaged on began to click on, we grew to become extra relaxed and warranted, and you could possibly see that over each matches.”
Guerrero additionally scored in that first leg. “I’m normally the one who flicks the ball on on the close to submit, however this time the ball fell to me. It’s good to be on the scoresheet with the nationwide facet, so long as it helps the workforce.”
Guerrero was nonetheless basking within the glory of qualifying when the draw for Tokyo 2020 was made. Explaining her response to it, she stated: “I came visiting all anxious and I began figuring out how lengthy there was to go earlier than it began. I informed my mum I wouldn’t be round for her birthday on 22 July and I seemed to see when the opening ceremony can be. I’d like to be part of it.”
The pleasure of Tokyo 2020 apart, La Jefa is effectively conscious of the historic strides she and her Chile workforce-mates are making, and gave a selected instance of the impact they’re having: “It makes you proud when you see young girls wearing the national team jersey with your name on. It’s just huge that these girls are looking for a female role model instead of a male one.”
Guerrero has additionally been heartened by the popularity she and her workforce-mates have obtained from their male counterparts. “That support is so important because it gives us and the sport more visibility and creates more social awareness.”
The wearer of the No3 shirt, Guerrero grew up admiring her brother and inherited her love for the sport from him. The winner of extra home trophies than another feminine Chilean participant, she additionally appeared within the workforce of the match on the final Copa Libertadores, the place she helped her present membership, Universidad de Chile, to fourth place.
In qualifying for Tokyo 2020, she has helped break new floor for Chilean girls’s sport, with La Roja turning into the primary girls’s workforce to characterize the nation on the Olympic Games. “That really adds to our achievement,” she added. “It’s a approach of telling different girls that in the event that they combat onerous and work like we did, they’ll make it.”