It’s easy to get distracted and lose track of events and it just dawned on me that the Women’s World Cup starts tomorrow in Canada. My apologies for that.
I am a fan of the women’s game; a big fan. In 2011 I spent my lunch hour following games in wifi hotspots on my Ipad. It is much harder to follow, however, due to the collapse of the WPSL and the scarcity of games being broadcast in the new NWSL as well as the absence of coverage of women’s leagues outside the US. Consequently, my familiarity with individual players is very limited. Moreover, this year there are twenty-four countries participating and I know nothing about players from Thailand, Spain, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Côte D’Ivoire, Cameroon and Switzerland, all of which are making their first appearances in the World Cup this year.
I will, nevertheless, attempt to make some predictions as to which teams will make it out of the groups based on history. Group A consists of Canada, China, New Zealand and the Netherlands; I believe Canada and China will advance. Group B consists of Germany, Côte D’Ivoire, Thailand and Norway; Germany and Norway advance. Group C consists of Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon and Ecuador. I predict Japan and perhaps Switzerland, as the three teams other than Japan are unknown to me. Group D consists of USA, Sweden, Australia and Nigeria; I believe Sweden and USA will advance. Group E is comprised of Brazil, South Korea, Spain and Costa Rica; I believe Brazil and South Korea will advance.Group F is made up of France, England, Colombia and Mexico; I believe France and England will advance.
Goodbye Sepp Blatter! You will not be missed.