Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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
Ronaldo fan is new French star
by Paul Kennedy, June 30th, 2011 12:38AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT] The hottest striker at the Women's World Cup isn't Brazilian Marta (held scoreless Wednesday by 16-year-old Aussie Caitlin Foord), German Birgit Prinz (battling an ankle injury) or American Abby Wambach (happy in her new role of provider) but 23-year-old Frenchwoman Marie-Laure Delie. She has 12 goals in her last six games for the Bleues, including the winner in their 1-0 victory over Nigeria. Delie leads France Thursday in their critical match against Canada.

Born to Ivorian parents, Delie is the great hope of French soccer to reach the knockout stage of the Women's World Cup for the first time.

Delie, who plays for Montpellier on a full-time contract, was until recently used in the role of a joker, coming off the bench for Coach Bruno Bini, but she got the start for France's final warmup against Belgium.

"If you're starting," Bini told her, "you'll need to score a hat trick."

Sure enough, Delie scored three goals and France won, 7-0.

Delie, who has 22 goals in 21 international matches, began playing soccer at the age of 5 and played no other sport. Her idol was Brazilian Ronaldo.

"I loved how he'd get the ball far from goal and dribble past everyone to the penalty area. I bought all his videos and spent hours watching his moves."

* * *

USA-NORTH KOREA RATING. The overnight rating for the USA-North Korea game was 0.9, up from 0.2 four years ago when the teams also met in their opening game at the Women's World Cup. The difference: pre-game coverage began from Germany at 11:30 a.m. ET. The 2007 U.S. opener began at 4:45 a.m. ET from China.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Laura Bassett    
"I couldn't breathe, my heart was out of my chest, and I wanted the ground to ...
MLS: This weekend ...    
The Seattle Sounders ended their three-game losing streak when they beat MLS Supporters' Shield leader D.C. ...
Three takeaways from USA-Guatemala    
The USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guatemala Friday night ...
Scouting Report: USA and Japan go for a third time    
The first rematch of a final in Women's World Cup history is set for Sunday when ...
USA-Guatemala International Friendly Player Ratings    
Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"It's nerve-wracking. It's brutal. And I'm not saying this because I'm sitting on the bench and ...
Women's World Cup watch parties set for Sunday    
U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the USA ...
Olivia the parrot picks Japan over USA    
Olivia, a 10-year-old African gray parrot, is predicting Japan over the USA in the Women's World ...
ICYMI | MLS: Report: New DP procedures formulated    
Allocation money could become even more valuable under new policies adopted by MLS. One of the ...
Reader's Note: Watch for Special July 4th Edition    
Soccer America will publish Soccer America Daily on Saturday as it previews Sunday's Women's World Cup ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives