Next Wednesday, August 21, will be the starting signal for the women’s soccer tournament of the Olympic Games. Great Britain, Chile, China, Brazil, Sweden, the United States, Japan, Canada, Zambia, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand will be the 12 teams that will fight for the gold medal.
There are proper names in these selections that we should not lose sight of. Let’s see who they are.
These will already be the fourth Olympic Games for Carli Lloyd and at 39 he can still give us good times in Tokyo. The American forward wants to hang her third gold after those achieved in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and arrives at the Olympic event in what is possibly the best moment of her career. For Lloyd to have a great tournament would be no surprise, but to see 39-year-old footballers performing at a high level is nothing short of commendable.
World Champion in France 2019 with an outstanding performance during the tournament, Rose Lavelle will play her first Olympic Games with the United States team. The midfielder will be one of the pillars so that the American team can hang a medal again. Of course, he will have to share the limelight with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
The Tokyo Olympics will be the first in which the Netherlands, one of the best teams and current runner-up in the world, participate. Lieke Martens is one of the most outstanding players of this selection and its main offensive reference. Surely he will give us the odd great goal.
Another veteran who promises to fight in these games is Marta Vieira. Brazil still does not know what it is to win the gold medal and in Tokyo they are willing to achieve it with a revolutionary squad in which the great figure of women’s football stands out.
Wang Shuang was the heroine who gave the Chinese team their qualification for these Olympic Games after scoring a goal in extra time against Korea. If Wang has already brought joy to his team, why can’t he continue in this vein?
Caroline Seger has already made history by becoming the Swedish player with the most international appearances behind her and she wants to keep breaking records. The midfielder is one of Sweden’s benchmarks and with her on the field good football is guaranteed.
In the Great Britain national team the majority of players are English and Caroline Weir is one of the two Scots who will attend the Olympic event. With Manchester City he has won three titles in three years. Lucy Bronze is the great star of the national team but surely Weir will have a prominent role.