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

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

MOST COMMENTED

[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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Four international friendlies to watch    
[DATEBOOK] FIFA has scrapped the August friendly, but international action returns early in September with games ...
Top scorer Gallardo joins residency program    
[USA UNDER-17 MEN] There are nine changes in the U.S. under-17 residency program as nine players ...
Trio joins team at Buenos Aires training camp    
[USA UNDER-20 MEN] U.S. under-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos brought in Columbus Crew ...
Scorpions unveil plans for Toyota Field expansion    
[MLS EXPANSION] The NASL's San Antonio Scorpions released plans for doubling the capacity of Toyota Field, ...
Keane nutmegs and scores with sweet chip    
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] Robbie Keane nutmegged a defender then chipped the goalkeeper ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Canada, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, whoever plays in MLS, the foreign guys, they all go. But ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"That he's made some statements that he's not content, sees it differently, that's legitimate and that's ...
Regional championship kicks off in Washington    
[COPA CENTROAMERICANA] Such is the drawing power of Central American teams that Uncaf, the governing body ...
What They're Saying: Greg Maas    
"I'll tell you straightaway, it was a dream come true." -- Utah Valley men's coach Greg ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] There was no change at the top of the Soccer America Women's Top 25 ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives