1999 Women’s World Cup

July 17, 2011 by staff 

1999 Women's World Cup1999 Women’s World Cup, Stop when it starts sounding familiar. The national team U.S. women’s faces one of the top teams and enter the Women’s World Cup 2011. The power of the U.S. women’s speed and will face her opponent overpass and technical capacity. Women in the United States are about to silence the echoes of Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy and the class of 1999. OK, you get the point. First with Brazil in the quarterfinals, then with France in the semifinals, we’ve been here before: The U.S., the double world champion and three-time Olympic champion, faces a new generation of equipment Women – who has not learned the game by emulating traditional sporting powers, but in attempting to revolutionize the way women’s football is played.

For a week, women’s football has been playing the king of the hill, and the U.S. is the last of the old guard in place.

Now it’s time for Japan in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday. If Brazil is Carnival, with corner kicks and France Rodin in soccer shorts, then Japan is the IM Pei of world football.

While U.S. women weigh on the target through her tube socks are the fire, breaking legs, hair loose, Japan looks to 100 meters from the green grass and is a geometry problem to be solved.

FoxTrax Remember that annoying bright dot that Fox Sports used to put the puck? Well, if ABC did with the Sunday soccer ball, the difference between the U.S. and Japan would be immediately apparent.

When the U.S. had the ball, blip almost always moves in one direction: forward. The U.S. attack is a medieval siege with 10 women who are trying to place the ball on the head of human hammer blows, Abby Wambach.

In Japan, however, that brightness is a light spider web covering the entire field. Your goal, of course, is a goal, but players are in no hurry. They will come with time, and are not bothered by the possibility of making a pass or two – or 30 – to do so. Forward, backward, sideways – whatever, and generally all done to a beat of the metronome clock.

“You get in that carousel, and that can leave you dizzy,” the legendary manager Alex Ferguson once said of the complicated step of Spanish men club Barcelona.

The same is true of Japanese women, led by midfielder Homare Sawa. And so, not unlike France, whose Louisa Necib often the aspect of U.S. like dogs chasing a squirrel until Megan Rapinoe came with third heading to the left and changed the game with her speed and power.

That same argument could play again Sunday.

Japan is an improvement in France, perhaps lacking a bit of French art, but a sound engineer and never cease their smart move the ball, always probing for weaknesses in their defense. Midfielder Aya Miyama could also be the best free kick specialist in the world. (Think David Beckham with a hair band.)

However, for the inhabitants of Tokyo – and the team of her wife – Godzilla has nothing to Ms. Wambach. The Japanese high boot is 5 feet 7 inches. Wambach is 35 feet tall. Or at least it must feel that opposition to the goalkeepers.

She has beaten teams in a row, taking advantage of the porters who seemed unable to understand how high it is, or rather, how far you can jump. At crucial moments, both in Brazil and Bérangère Andreia Sapowicz of France became greeting the rhino fly in the air Wambach at the far post.

What, exactly, can Japan do to neutralize Wambach size and speed of the super subs Rapinoe and Alex Morgan?

You can play your own version of thug games and never let the U.S. have the ball. You can turn on that passing carousel and never let the U.S. down.

He did it to Sweden in their 3-1 semifinal victory, and finally the Swedish women who looked like they were willing to go to the stock movement in flight condition. Japan can do to the U.S.?

It will be hard work. U.S. Ultra-Fit is unlikely to be worn as easily as were the Swedes. However, it seems likely that, whatever the outcome, the U.S. could – for the third consecutive game – see how the team less for an important part of the game.

When it comes to myth-making and move beyond the memories of 1999 when Mia and Co. looked less like football players ponytail superheroes that could not be the best formula.

To play football for women, however, nothing could be better.

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