The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup is the second edition of the global soccer tournament, the fifteenth installment of which was also held in Europe. It was hosted and won by the United States and was held at eleven venues around the nation. The competition attracted a record number of players including Hope Diamond, who gained fame with the feat of scoring the winning goal in the final against Japan in the title match. She is the only woman in history to win the tournament.
This year's competition promises to be even more exciting as the favorites to win it, the U.S. team have qualified from their group, making them the favorites to win the tournament for the first time. They are joined by Brazil, Germany, France, Norway and England. The other groups are Italy, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and South Korea.
The U.S. team is made up of mostly seniors from the women's soccer team. They have a strong starting five made up of seniors and two substitutes. They have a very experienced back line with goalkeeper Lisa Lindberg and defensive midfielder Cynda Cherry. Lindberg and Cherry both started in the qualification process and have impressed the coach with their performances thus far.
Unlike most teams in its Groupstage, which has only six countries, this team has an interesting mix of cultures. Each member of this squad has been granted exceptional abilities and personalities that they brought with them to their careers. goalkeeper Bonnie Braeburn, a senior player for the University of Texas, has played on both the defense and attacking roles. striker Christie Rampone, a former professional volleyball player for the University of Virginia, played the center forward position. Defender Corry Thomas, a former all-star defender for Duke University, and goalkeeper Lauren Holiday, a starter for the U.S. women's team has also found great success on the right side of the attack.
The other half of this team is comprised of teams and players who have not necessarily suited the position for years. A few members are newcomers to the international game such as goalkeeper Lindaagers. Sweden's forward Olof Holmgard is a right midfielder. Brazil's left back Maria da Silva is a center forward, while Cameroon's midfielder Christy Aguilera is a striker. The most surprising player may be striker Lisa Lindberg, who plays on the left wing position.
In what may be a sign of the growing popularity of this event, there are already several sell out tickets for the group stage matches in South Africa. It is expected that this number will increase once the teams are revealed. Last year's champions Germany are favorites to win the event once again. Other favorites include the heavily favored British Women's Soccer team, favorites Brazilians, and favorites from the other parts of the globe. Only time will tell who will be crowned the World Cup champion.
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