Posts tagged France
The USA are back to back champs. Even though European nations are making progress, substance must always trump style.

A second consecutive and record 4th FIFA World Cup title is certainly something to shout about. The word is dominance, it spells dominance. However, hidden in the narrative are the stern challenges of Spain, France, England and the Netherlands, that the USWNT faced enroute to their 2019 title. Substance did trump style and we get to explore the meaning of the win, both for America and women’s football in general.

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2019 WWC Review: After all the African teams failed to make it past the Round of 16, What’s next for the game in Africa?

The progress is evident, but we need more. We look back at Africa’s overall performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, seek to understand why, explore some of the challenges plaguing women’s football on the continent and suggest a few solutions.

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2019 WWC Review: Five Breakout Stars of the Tournament (Stars of the future)

A 23-year-old all-time top goal scorer for her nation, two young midfield maestros who seemingly drink ice for breakfast, an audacious forward who is in the top 0.01% when it comes to dribbles and tricks, and finally an explosive African queen, the face of the continent’s football both now and in the near future. They are all here. Our fast five of all the breakout stars at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Women’s FIFA World Cup: Group A, “The Group of Death”

The hosts are No. 4 in on world the rankings and will have the home crowd behind them, as they try to duplicate their fellow men’s side, Les Bleus’ title triumph in Russia last year and live up to high expectations in the pool that pundits, arguably, called as “Group of Death”, comprising of the hosts France, Norway, Korea Republic and Nigeria. Below we zoom into Group A of the women’s world cup and analyze each team’s chances of progressing to the next stage of the tournament.

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The US may be the favorites, but who could prevent them from winning back to back?

The major competition for the US comes from England, France, Germany and Japan who have all recorded standout performances in the leading up to the 2019 FIFA World Cup, putting them among the favorites to win the title and dethrone the US women from their long-held position as the best team in the world.

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Issa Diop swears allegiance to France not Senegal or Morocco

West Ham’s 21-year-old defender who could have played for either of two African countries pledges allegiance to 2018 World Cup Champions, France. Tinotenda Magiya takes you on journey of this all too common plight of players with African roots and proposes some solutions.

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Is Dembele ready to share Messi's Barcelona "burden"?

Barcelona seem to be in need of a fix right now and yes, Messi could be it. But for how long will the La Liga giants hinge on the five time World’s Best Player’s abilities? With the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, Ousmane Dembele looking a different player, is it perhaps time for the five time Champions League winners to think ahead and find new heroes?

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FT Hidden Gem Series: Who is Tinotenda Kadewere?

The young Zimbabwe warriors striker is quite just a pin in the haystack of global football right now. But he helped Swedish outfit Djugardens to a an unlikely title, won the COSAFA prize with his nation and got signed by French Ligue 2 side this summer, Le Havre. What we see in him, we have seen in many other younger players that left a mark, he is on the up.

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FT African Legends Series: Salif Keita, a forgotten hero?

We reminisce the days of “The Black Pearl of Bamako,” the player who scored goals for fun in the Ligue 1, La Liga and pioneered the conquest of the Major League Soccer for players close to retirement.

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FT French Ligue 1 Preview: PSG must win the UEFA Champions League to keep Neymar

Neymar has committed his near future to PSG, but can the Parisians expect the Brazilian to stay if they don’t secure a Champions League title soon?

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