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Monday, June 05, 2023 | 15:39
CDMX.- Six weeks after the start of the Australia-New Zealand World Cup, various teams are gearing up for the fair, which promises better action, a bigger show and maybe a new champion.
1. First cup hosted by two countries
It is the first women’s cup to be hosted by two countries, Australia and New Zealand. In the final stage they beat Colombia and convinced the organizing committee of all the benefits they offer to accommodate the 32 participants.
Unlike the previous World Cup, which hosted 24 national teams, there will now be 8 more teams.
2. Mexico will be absent
The women’s national team would miss its second consecutive World Cup, with the previous administration’s mistakes in continuing the work of coach Mónica Vergara despite lacking the expertise to lead the team in the tie held in Monterrey, which saw the team ousted from the competition.
The tricolor was also absent from the 2019 World Cup in France, and the women’s team lost two valuable generations of players.
3. The United States is the defending champion
The United States national team will defend its title in this edition. The Stars and Stripes team has won the cup 4 times, and is the team that has won the most championships in the competition’s history, followed by Germany with 2, Norway with 1, and Japan with 1.
4. Player to watch
Spain’s Alexia Puteles, recently crowned with Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League, is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
Alex Morgan from the United States, who has two World Cups in his country, two league gold medals in 2012, is one of the leaders of the North American team.
Colombian Linda Caicedo, the runner-up in the Copa América and the U-17 World Cup, is one of the young footballers aspiring to make history at this World Cup.
Sam Kerr, defending Australia’s colours, plays for Chelsea and will be the focus of the hosts’ fans who hope to see him shine.
Considered the best right-back in the world, Lucy Bronze plays for Barcelona and will remain with the England team.
5. Mexican referee
Mexican arbitration will be represented at the Australia-New Zealand World Cup with the presence of Karen Diaz, Anedina Caudillo, Sandra Ramirez and Catia Itzel Garcia.
Karen Diaz is the most experienced, she has a career of 12 years and participated in the Men’s World Cup in Qatar.
Katia Itzel García will serve as central while Enedina Caudillo and Sandra Ramirez will serve as assistant referees.
6. Balanced Group
There is no group of death in this contest, the draw was balanced and although there are clear favorites due to their history, there are always surprises. This is how the World Cup will be played
Group A: New Zealand, Norway, Philippines and Switzerland.
Group B: Australia, Ireland, Nigeria and Canada.
Group C: Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia and Japan.
Group D: England, Haiti, Denmark and China.
Group E: United States, Vietnam, Netherlands and Portugal.
Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil and Panama.
Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy and Argentina
Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia and South Korea.
7. Conflicting Voices
Equality is a constant claim that various national teams have made throughout the history of the Women’s World Cup, on occasion, Canada’s representative has had serious differences with his country’s soccer association since it is more than a year old, seeking reform. is demanding In paying for and supporting the women’s representative, demanding that the same amount of money given to men at the World Cup in Qatar be allocated to this group.
There is no clarity about the footballers going to the World Cup in Spain, because last September, 15 players signed a letter calling for coach Jorge Villada to be fired and to reform the system, conditioning their presence. was asked for.