The FIFA Women’s World Cup, now in its ninth year, is expected to be the biggest women’s football competition ever. Everyone is paying attention to the 2023 World Cup since it will feature competition between 32 teams for the first time, increased prize money, more than two host countries, and a huge fan base. Today, let’s learn more about the teams in Group E.
Former champions USA, 2019 finalist Netherlands, and two brand-new teams Vietnam and Portugal make up Group E. The Women’s World Cup has been dominated by America. America has won four championships out of the nine tournaments. It’s focus is on the third title this time. In both the men’s and women’s World Cups so far, no nation has ever won the competition three times in a row.
As a result, the tournament favorite America hopes to leave a lasting legacy. Since participating in the World Cup in its inaugural year, America has never left the competition empty-handed. Kelly O’Hara, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe are participating in their fourth World Cup. Rapinoe, a star for the US women’s soccer team, has already declared her retirement following the World Cup. In his 23-man roster, head coach Vlatko Adnovski has added 14 new players. On July 6 in Auckland, New Zealand, the United States—which includes players Trinity Rodman, 21, and Sophia Smith, 22—will play Vietnam in their opening group match.
Despite making it to the World Cup final in 2019, the Netherlands is not thought to be a title contender this year. The Dutch squad lost their rhythm when Sarina Vigman left the team. After losing 2-0 to the USA in the previous finals, the Netherlands was denied the opportunity to win the first World Cup trophy. The Netherlands was ousted from the 2022 Eurocup after losing to France in the quarterfinals. Jill Rodd, the standout player for the Netherlands, made her international debut in 2015. His opening game is against Portugal. The Netherlands defeated Portugal by a score of three goals to two during the Euro group stage.
Vietnamese women’s football team defeated Chinese Taipei by a score of two goals to one in the AFC Asia Cup play-offs, making history by being the first nation to qualify for the World Cup. Vietnam, which has recently seen success in Asia, views itself as the underdog. But his focus will be on making it to the knockout round. Huynh Nyu, the first Vietnamese woman to play professional football in Europe, and rising star Nguyen Thi will be key players for the club.
One of the eight teams making its World Cup debut is Portugal. When the Portuguese team first earned a spot on football’s grandest stage, it was a challenging path. After participating in a total of 13 matches in the European qualifiers, playoffs, and intercontinental playoffs, he officially secured his spot in the World Cup. Will Jessica Silva and Kika Nazareth be able to have the same impact in the championship round as they did in the Portugal qualifiers?