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
USA-France, the encore
by Paul Kennedy, July 24th, 2012 1:18AM

TAGS:  france, olympics, women's national team, women's world cup


[OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN] The United States and France will open play at the Olympic women's soccer competition Wednesday when they meet at storied Hampden Stadium in Glasgow (TV: NBCSN, live, noon ET). The Bleues, winners of 17 straight games, will out for revenge for their 3-1 loss to the United States in the semifinals of the 2011 Women's World Cup, a match they dominated for long stretches. But they have already won one important battle, endearing themselves to the French public.

With stars like WPS veterans Camille Abily and Sonia Bompastor and playmaker Louisa Necib, France has developed into one of the most attractive women's teams ever assembled.

The USA-France match, Act 1 is considered a turning point in French women's soccer as the game drew a record television audience of 2.4 million.

You could say the French women's national team is everything the much-maligned men's national team is not.

"They make themselves available off the field, salute their fans and show strong team spirit and good values," said Thierry Cheleman, the head of Direct 8, the network that has the rights to the women's national team.

The Paris magazine France Football is devoting 12 pages to its women's preview -- compared to only two for men -- an enormous total considering in the indifference the French sporting press had in the past about women's soccer.

Since losing the third-place game to Sweden at the 2011 Women's World Cup, the French have been on a roll. They won the 2012 Cyprus Cup in March and have run off 17 straight wins, including 6-0, 3-0 and 2-0 wins -- the latter over world champion Japan -- in the last three weeks.

Necib says she and her teammates have improved since their meeting last summer but they no longer have the surprise element they did in Germany a year ago.

"But that doesn't worry me," she added. "We're used to that with her club."

The nucleus of the Bleues are again formed by Lyon, winner of back-to-back UEFA Women's Champions League titles.

No comments yet.

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



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Watching the MLS playoffs has been tremendously exciting. The games in the first round with the ...
Klinsmann: Nagbe is a 'great fit' for national team    
One of the standouts in the MLS playoffs has been Darlington Nagbe, who has helped the ...
What They're Saying: Didier Drogba    
"It's a different challenge [in MLS]. People think it's easy to play there. Believe me, it's ...
What They're Saying: Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman Allen Bethel    
"I can't believe what I've been seeing on Saturday nights. He's always on his own. Why ...
MLS: Sporting KC continues talks with five free agents    
Sporting Kansas City re-signed 12 of the 13 players it had options on -- all but ...
MLS: Orlando City declines option on Hall    
Stemming from the roster moves announced Wednesday, Orlando City SC may not look radically different in ...
MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal    
New England announced Wednesday it has renewed the options on 14 players, signed midfielder Daigo Kobayashi ...
Sacramento wants to show it's ready to roll    
While efforts by David Beckham's group to find land for a soccer stadium in Miami appear ...
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
USA names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives