UEFA Women’s Champions League
- Chelsea and Barcelona face off within the UEFA Women’s Champions League closing
- A number of worldwide gamers wish to impress earlier than the Olympics
- Australian Sam Kerr completed high scorer on this season’s English league
Olympique Lyonnais’ dominance of the UEFA Women’s Champions League has come to an finish this yr. After 5 successive titles, OL misplaced to Paris Saint-Germain on this version’s quarter-finals and may now solely watch as a brand new champion is ready to be topped this weekend.
This Sunday, Barcelona (victors over PSG of their semi-closing) and Chelsea (winners towards Bayern Munich in theirs) will battle it out for the continental crown. Both groups go into the decider brimming with confidence, Barça having not too long ago grow to be Spanish champions, and the Blues having executed likewise in England.
For many gamers participating, Sunday’s showdown is not only concerning the European title, but additionally about impressing and exhibiting off their finest kind simply two months earlier than the beginning of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Players to look at
Sweden’s Magdalena Eriksson has been with Chelsea since 2017 and their captain since 2019. Voted Sweden’s Player of the Year in 2020, she is a technically-gifted defender who has introduced higher solidity to the aspect. In brief, every time Eriksson, certainly one of Europe’s finest central defenders, is on the pitch, her staff seems safer. If that weren’t sufficient, she can also be able to launching assaults and making decisive ahead forays. She made her full debut for Sweden in 2014 and was a part of the aspect that took silver at Rio 2016.
Australian Sam Kerr has lengthy been thought-about an distinctive expertise. Possessing extraordinary velocity and deadly ending, she has been carrying the colors of Chelsea since early 2020 and is at the moment certainly one of their main strikers. Kerr made her first worldwide look in February 2009 aged simply 15, within the course of changing into the youngest participant to line up for the Matildas in a decade. Since 2011, she has taken half in three FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Olympic match. After reaching the quarter-finals of Rio 2016, Kerr is now hoping to do even higher in Tokyo.
While Kerr claimed this season’s Women’s Super League high-scorer award (21 objectives), Kirby posted some spectacular stats of her personal. With 16 objectives and 11 assists, she is now Chelsea’s all-time high scorer. Furthermore, the 27-yr-outdated helped Chelsea grow to be solely the third staff in historical past to win again-to-again WSL titles and solely the second English membership to achieve the Champions League closing. The striker made her England debut in 2014 and was the second-youngest member of the Lionesses squad on the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™. To date, she has made 45 appearances for her nation and scored 12 instances, together with key objectives at UEFA EURO 2017 and the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.
The 28-yr-outdated Dutch winger has already amassed a formidable medal assortment. In the orange of the Netherlands, she tasted European Championship glory in 2017 and completed runners-up on the World Cup two years later. At a person degree, she was named European Footballer of the Year in 2017, the identical yr she picked up The Best FIFA Women’s Player award. Her exemplary performances paved the way in which for a 2017 transfer to Barcelona, who she helped win the Primera Division for the primary time in 5 years in 2020. She has additionally performed an essential position in establishing the Catalan aspect among the many continental elite and was instrumental of their reaching a maiden Champions League closing in 2019, after they misplaced 4-1 to Lyon. Now with the Oranje Leeuwinnen set for his or her Olympics debut in Tokyo, may Martens add to her honours record by main them to a medal there?