Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Women's soccer fever hits Germany
by Paul Kennedy, June 25th, 2011 4:01PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT] Like the 1999 Women's World Cup in the USA, this is the moment for women's soccer in Germany. The 2011 Women's World Cup kicks off Sunday amid unprecedented interest in women's soccer.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter calls Germany '11 a "milestone" for women's soccer, which fans have only begun to grudgingly accept in Europe.

A sellout crowd is expected Sunday at Berlin's 75,000-seat Olympic Stadium, site of the 2006 World Cup final, when Germany hosts Canada.

Two burning questions all week have been whether German fans will whistle the embattled Blatter -- German organizing chief Steffi Jones asked her countrymen to be "good hosts" -- and whether star Birgit Prinz will play.

Prinz, who will be playing in her fifth Women's World Cup and holds the tournament scoring record with 14 goals, injured her right ankle in practice two weeks ago, and she has been the subject of intense media coverage.

Even if Prinz is not 100 percent, Germany will be favored against Canada, which has its strongest team ever. It is loaded with a host of young stars, including media darling Lira Bajramaj, Alexandra Popp and Kim Kulig.

Everyone is counting on Coach Silvia Neid's women to accomplish what Juergen Klinsmann's men couldn't five years ago as hosts of the World Cup when they had to settle for third place.

"Boys, we'll avenge you!" one poster seen in Berlin promised.

"We at least want to make it to the semifinal, that would be great," said Neid. "But our big dream is to become world champions for a third time in a row."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
HSV's Beiersdorfer: Green and Holtby are 'great players'    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Julian Green is officially a member of German Bundesliga club Hamburg, completing the move ...
Five MLS players are called up    
[CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP] Thirteen players based in U.S. leagues -- five in MLS, six in the ...
Three big storylines to follow in Czech Republic-USA    
[CZECH REPUBLIC-USA] Jurgen Klinsmann will send out the youngest team of his tenure as U.S. national ...
What They're Saying: Kristi Lefebvre    
"Right now, we play multiple games in a 3-4 day span which makes it essential to ...
Molino hat trick powers Orlando City to 7-0 rout    
[USL PRO: Week 24] Kevin Molino added to his USL PRO scoring record with a hat ...
D.C. United and Galaxy close in on Sounders    
[MLS: Sunday] D.C. United opened up a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 ...
Guzan's Aston Villa climbs into third place    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brad Guzan's Aston Villa beat Hull City, 2-1, to move into third place in ...
A-Rod and Holiday lead FC Kansas City to title    
[NWSL: Final] U.S. national team stars Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday teamed up for both goals ...
FC Edmonton ends Minnesota's unbeaten streak    
[NASL: Fall Week 8] FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 ...
Dempsey hits dozen mark with shin volley    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Clint Dempsey scored his 11th goal of the season, and 12th since he ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives