June 30th, 2011

Midweek Results: Excuses & Electrical Faults

Competition for the inaugral ‘Bish, Please’ awards sponsored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already underway in the England camp. Image: Reuters/Daylife.

We confess to being quite startled at the huge response our query regarding coverage of the Women’s World Cup received. We must warn you that while we are thrilled to bring you our take on the competition, this is precisely the type of behaviour that tends to upset people who prefer to believe that the Kickette Army’s interest in football extends only as far as the number of naked torsos we can drool over in ninety minutes. Should you encounter any such idiocy, our handy refresher course should prepare you.

Oh. And before we launch into the goings-on in Germany to date, we’d just like to advise those of you expressing concern that we would not be covering the Copa America, that our in-depth analysis will commence on Monday morning. Given our shining track record of covering important events, we’re a bit hurt that you might think we would forget a tournament of the magnitude of the Copa. When do we ever forget anything?


FIFA Women’s World Cup

Group A

Does the fact that Canada’s Christine Sinclair (r) had a busted nose when she played in her team’s opener against Germany and scored a fabulous goal make you feel inferior, Kickettes? It probably should. Image: Reuters/Daylife

If this is your first official foray into the world of women’s football, you should probably know that hosts Germany are ridiculously good. Not only are they are the current holders of the World Cup, if they win this tournament, they will be the first team in the history of the universe to win three consecutive trophies, having also lifted it in 2003. They also appear to have the boys teams’ number, which only adds to our admiration.

Their awesomeness has not gone unnoticed by the German population either, with over 70,000 turning out to watch their opener against Canada. It is important at this point to forget everything you know about football superpowers; basically while the Canadians’ male counterparts languish at 75th in the FIFA World Rankings, the WNT are sixth, having won the CONCACAF Gold Cup last November, and acquitted themselves well in what must have been a nightmare opening fixture. The final score was 2-1, the most notable goal a twenty-five yard strike from Canada captain Christine Sinclair, but Germany took the points after Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi scored.

They now share top spot in the Group with France, who beat African champs Nigeria 1-0 in the tournament’s opening fixture. Canada face France and Nigeria meet Germany tonight with the pressure now on to pick up some points.


Group B

Japan’s Saki Kumagai played despite suffering a head injury in a training game. Fortunately, she was rocking awesome nails and totally got away with the dodgy protective headgear. Image: Reuters/Daylife

Early exits and embarrassing escapades tend to characterise England’s performances in major tournaments. The U21′s group stage departure from the recent Championships indicated that the malaise may be endemic, so what of the women? Is there any room for hope?

Well, yes and no. Having dominated the opening exchanges in their opener against Mexico, Fara Williams heading in on twenty-one minutes for a deserved lead. However, Mexico are no slouches and England were left ruing Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko and Kelly Smith’s missed opportunities when Mexico’s Ocampo equalised after thirty-three minutes. This spurred Mexico on and England may count themselves lucky to come away from the game with a point.

They are currently joint second with Mexico in the group table, below Japan who beat New Zealand 2-1.


Group C

Many say that female soccer players do not display the athleticism of their male counterparts. The USA’s Carlo Lloyd (r)begs to differ. Image: Getty Images/Daylife

Germany might be dominating the globe as we speak, but the USWNT are no slouches either. Currently No.1 in the FIFA World Rankings, they are also the Olympic Champions and unlike their main competition in this tournament, brushed off the opposition in their opening fixture, which finished 2-0. After their slightly mad exploits in the men’s equivalent tourney last year, we had high hopes for North Korea and they didn’t disappoint, blaming their loss on the fact that several players were apparently struck by lightning during an earlier training session. Hmm. Not much you can say to that, is there?

No such electrical faults in the US camp, although we are hugely refreshed by goal scorer Lauren Cheney’s explanation of her header. During a post match interview she stated ‘I’m actually not a very good header, I just knew I wanted to redirect it back to the same place it came from.’ Can’t imagine Crispy offering such a self-deprecating review of his own performance, can you?

Anyhoo, the USA are joint top with Sweden, who beat Columbia 1-0. Colombia, and the electrifying North Korea are bottom with nothing.


Group D

As Brazil’s Rosana celebrates her goal with team coach Kleiton Lima, we are forced to wonder why he takes his fashion advice from Gabor Kiraly. Image: Reuters/Daylife

Third in the world and boasting a five time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year winner in Marta, Brazil are certainly in the frame to lift the trophy. They beat Australia 1-0 via a goal by Rosana, but the Australian side clearly weren’t in awe of their opposition, coming close on several occasions and forcing the Brazilian defence to work hard for long periods of the game. Brazil find themselves in the familiar position at the top of their group, although they’re probably less used to sharing it with a country like Norway, who beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0.

Equatorial Guinea? Yep, we thought that. Apparently, this was their first official game outside of the African continent, so losing by a one goal margin is pretty darn epic. We might keep an eye on this lot.

Thoughts so far, Kickettes?

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27 Responses to “Midweek Results: Excuses & Electrical Faults”

  1. kaya says:

    I hope you'll have some more match photos after the weekend. Surely the going rate on them is miles/kilometers less than for the men's games… I'd love to know a little more about the personal lives of the *real* "women of football."
    Surely they're as much up for grabs as the WAGs are?
    I'm as straight as they come, but I do find a lot of these women hot and have to imagine I'm not the only one curious about the more salacious end of women's football.

  2. Agnes Wonka says:

    yeah! I love Copa America! hope Uruguay wins!

    I can't watch the WWC coz they show it only in a Brazilian channel and I don't get Portuguese! :S

  3. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for covering the Women's World Cup! :) here's hoping you continue on with the updates, I love hearing Kickette's take on how badass these ladies are.

  4. Shelley says:

    Nigeria Women's team should be kicked OUT of the World Cup. I cannot believe that FIFA are turning a blind eye to the HOMOPHOBIA of the Nigeria FA. The Nigerian Coach admitted that she has booted lesbians players off the team – in her words – "Not because they were not good, but because they are lesbians". This is disgraceful!!! FIFA banned South African from the WC because of apartheid, so why not Nigeria now for persecuting our gay sisters across the world???? It's a complete scandal. I think Kickette should highlight this issue as Kickette is a very gay friendly website and is all for the empowerment of women too. Sepp Blatter disregarded gay people when he chose to have the WC in Qatar where homosexuality is banned, and now this! Something must be done…

  5. bree says:

    Actually I watched some games in recent years and have been rather impressed by some of these girls and look forward to watching some matches,great of you Kickette to do write this article,you get 5 from me(A)

  6. haley says:

    have to mention christine sinclair. shes tougher than 99.99999% of mens footballers. also scored an amazing goal, then today she agian injured her nose and still continued to play even though her team were 4-0 down. hurt me to see her cry when canada got eliminated, Ronaldo could learn a very valuable lesson from her. hahaha, really every male footballer could .

  7. Lotte says:

    And the Swedish ladies won their! But good grief it was a close call. Kom igen, tjejer!

  8. Erika says:

    Thanks for covering these awesome women. My boys and I live in Germany and we were fortunate to see the US Women's team practice today. These women are no joke on the field giving it their all for a three hour practice. They were great to my kiddos when they stayed after to sign autographs and talk to the fans. And yes, upclose, they are perfect specimens!

  9. hereforthenando says:

    Thank you for giving so much attention to the Women's World Cup! It's also really refreshing to see a comments section that isn't dedicated to insulting women's football. These women are great athletes, and it is such a pleasure to watch them. Haters gonna hate!

    And yes, by the way, Christine Sinclair does make me feel inferior.

  10. Cay says:

    I am as into our shirtless beautiful football boys as they come, but even I would do the US's Hope Solo. Awesome keeper AND she could be a model.

    Thanks so much for covering the WWC, Kickette! I'm glad that the US won, but I always feel a bit nervous when North Korean teams are beaten. I hope that they don't face punishment when they go back home.

  11. FootballDaze says:

    Thanks for covering the Women's World Cup!!! It's difficult to find reports on it anywhere. So sad. I'm rooting for a Germany v. Brazil or USA final.

    • YvoYeungGirl says:

      if you log onto cbc.ca they have full coverage of the event. You can also watch most matches online.

      • hereforthenando says:

        You probably have to be in Canada to stream the CBC. But you're right, they have a great stream.

  12. Ali says:

    I know it was an accident, but when spelling Carli Lloyd's name, you swaped an o for an i! Just a heads up :)

  13. YvoYeungGirl says:

    These Footy Ladies are tough and not pansies like most of their male counterparts. As a Canuck, our MNT has been shameful to say the least, but these ladies have been tough and giving us something to cheer about in the area of football. I've been a fan of the WNT since I was a kid, and have watched Christine Sinclair from the U-19 hosted in my hometown. Hopefully by the end of this tournament, people will have more appreciation for women's soccer. These girls are tough cookies who aren't afraid to get bruised and broken.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      That's what I am thinking, referees are not calling fouls that usually are called in other games, WOMEN can take it!

    • Lotte says:

      And wow was that evident tonight in the game between Nigeria and Germany!

  14. Jess says:

    I hope the North Korean girls aren't punished when they get back to their country.

    • jan says:

      Punished? The North Korean soccer players actually lead a better life than the general NK public. They're viewed as national heroes. I find it slightly offensive that just because people come from a communist country, some westerners automatically assume they're oppressed slave workers.

      • Lindsay says:

        The commentators mentioned that the MNT of PRK that participated in the 2010 World Cup, returned to Korea and were publicly humiliated in a town square. Not to mention the coach was sent to a labor camp for a length of time.

        • Jess says:

          Yeah, I know…….that coach is actually the same coach that's coaching these girls…..so I guess he's alright….which is good. But I hate how some people automatically criticisize something when they themselves dont know the facts (not you Lindsay). North Korea is one of the most oppressive countries in the world. Are people aware of the famine going on right now? And the extreme propaganda and censorship tha goes on there?

          • jan says:

            I don't know where you got your "facts" from, but from what I read, the publicly humiliation report is from an unidentified source, and it just shows how reliable that is. Another study I read was these the players make in average 5 to 6 times more than the national standard. Of course North Korea is an oppressed country, but are the people in such as bad a condition as described by foreign reports? Not to mention many of those reports are ALSO propaganda. Nobody really knows unless they have seen it with their own eyes.

  15. Thea says:

    Just make sure your coverage includes LOTS of pictures of Forlan and is abs – it's the only reason why I am subscribing to ESPN for the month!!

  16. Amy says:

    These ladies are so bad-ass! Love them!

    Brazil's coach looks like a hobo who has wandered onto the field.

  17. Eileen says:

    Thank you so much for highlighting the WWC- these ladies have mad skillz, as seen in the Lira Bajramaj videos.