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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Women – News – SheBelieves tune-up key for Tokyo hopefuls

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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 - Women - News - SheBelieves tune-up key for Tokyo hopefuls

Women’s Olympic Football Tournament

Brazil participate in a team training session

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  • Sixth annual SheBelieves Cup to run from 18 to 24 February
  • Argentina-Brazil rivalry kicks mini-match off
  • Three Tokyo 2020-bound groups concerned

As preparation for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 ramps up, aggressive matches can be key for the taking part groups. Three groups certain for Tokyo 2020, Brazil, Canada and USA, can be competing within the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, which will get going this Thursday. Argentina can even compete after they changed Japan, who withdrew from participation because of the standing of COVID-19 there.

All six matches will happen at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium. Here’s the total schedule (all occasions native EST):

  • 18 February: Brazil – Argentina, 16:00
  • 18 February: USA – Canada, 19:00
  • 21 February: USA – Brazil, 15:00
  • 21 February: Argentina – Canada, 18:00
  • 24 February: Canada – Brazil, 16:00
  • 24 February: USA – Argentina, 19:00

Rivalries galore

The opening matchday of SheBelieves will see two engaging rivalries rekindled, first with Brazil and Argentina adopted by Canada and USA.

Argentina, who’re making their SheBelieves debut, can be seeking to construct on their creditable exhibiting on the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, the place they recorded two attracts and their first factors in competitors historical past. At the 2018 Copa America Femenina, Argentina completed in third place and fell to eventual champions Brazil twice; 3-1 within the group levels and three-0 within the closing stage.

Every match on the SheBelieves Cup can be an uphill battle for Carlos Borrello’s facet, who’re presently ranked thirty first within the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking. The three different groups concerned are all within the high 10: USA (1), Brazil and Canada are tied for eighth. However there is not any doubt that this represents a helpful alternative for La Albiceleste.

Canada-USA is likely one of the fiercest rivalries in worldwide soccer and their recreation on Thursday can be their 61st assembly in historical past, however it will likely be the primary time the 2 face off within the SheBelieves Cup because the Canadians are making their debut within the match. The two sides met throughout Concacaf’s Tokyo 2020 qualifiers the place Women’s World Cup holders USA gained 3-0 because of targets from Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe.

The US can be defending their 2020 SheBelieves Cup title, the place they completed forward of Spain, England and Japan. Plenty of star names have been included in Vlatko Andonovski’s squad, together with Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Julie Ertz, however quite a few promising younger gamers are set to characteristic like Catarina Macario, Sophia Smith and Midge Purce.

News and notes

  • Brazil lately prolonged head coach Pia Sundhage’s contract by way of to 2024 – Sundhage coached the USWNT from 2008 to 2012 and the 2 sides will meet on 21 February
  • Canada legend and worldwide soccer’s document goalscorer Christine Sinclair will miss out resulting from an harm
  • Canada’s Sophie Schmidt is about to earn her two hundredth cap throughout the match
  • USA’s star midfielder Sam Mewis, who’s finishing her rehabilitation from an ankle harm, has been changed by Jaelin Howell

What they mentioned

“From one to sipping tea I might say I’m ready for the tea to chill down proper now to take a sip. I’m not fairly there but it surely’s coming quickly sufficient.

“I’m really excited about these games because we’re in a really good place right now. A lot of the players are excited for the opportunity to play top teams. Regardless of Japan dropping out, we have three amazing teams we’re looking forward to playing. We’re preparing like these are preparation games for the Olympics.”

Alex Morgan on her present health stage (requested on a scale of ‘one to sipping cup of tea in opposition to England’)

Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates with teammate Rose Lavelle after scoring

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“We need new players coming up and we need them to be able to compete, so this country can’t rely on Marta, Formiga or Cristiane. That mix with old and young is so important for this country to be successful. We started scouting and that is the key because we think it’s important to find some new players. When you watch us play I hope you say, ‘Ok, there is a team. It’s a cohesive team.’ You know Marta and Debinha, who have played in the US for awhile, and they are good. I would like to drop another name and that is ‘Rafa’ (Rafaelle), who is playing in China. I really hope she stays healthy and fit because she will make the difference in the back four, so keep an eye on her.”

Brazil head coach Pia Sundhage talking on the Fútbol with Grant Wahl podcast

Interview: Pia Sundhage

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“Given the new roster realities, what a great opportunity for players to rise up and show that they can compete at this Olympic level. The tournament will be used to assess the player pool and players’ readiness to achieve our goals at the Olympic Games.”

Canada head coach Bev Priestman

Priestman returns to Canada as head coach

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