Women's World Cup 2019: Here are the top 10 players to watch in France

2020/12/11 11:00

With 552 players set to compete in France, we take a look at 10 who will make an impact when the tournament starts Friday.

There's no question the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will bring a talented field as 24 nations are set to compete for one title. 

But with 552 players making the trip to France, it begs the question — who are the players to watch when the tournament gets underway Friday?

Let's take a look at 10 players who are sure to make an impact: 

Christine Sinclair — Canada, forward

After spending more than 19 years on Canada's national team, Sinclair brings an enormous amount of experience to this year's World Cup. She's Canada's all-time leading scorer and she sits second on the women's all-time scoring list with 181. She trails only American Abby Wambach (184), but that could change after France. Her impressive resume doesn't stop there, though, as she is third all-time with 281 caps and she's the only non-U.S. player with more than 225, according to Opta.

The forward has helped Canada fight for a spot on the world stage in each of the last four World Cups. This year's tournament may be the 35-year-old Sinclair's last chance to win the most coveted trophy in the sport.

Other notable accomplishments:

Alex Morgan — United States, forward

Morgan's unique combination of athleticism, anticipation and technical ability has elevated her to the top of the game. Since joining the USWNT in 2010, she has scored 101 international goals (the sixth-most in U.S. history) in 163 caps. When she scored her 100th career USWNT goal earlier this year, she became the third-youngest player and fourth-fastest player to reach that feat.

Morgan played a major role in helping the U.S. make it to the World Cup in 2011 — where she was the youngest player on the national team — and then she led her nation to a championship in 2015. It's hard to believe Morgan's just 29 years old with all that she's already accomplished. She'll certainly be one to keep a close eye on in France as she continues to build her international resume.

Other notable accomplishments:

Marta — Brazil, forward

Marta Vieira da Silva has established herself as one of the greatest players the tournament has ever seen. She holds the record for most goals scored at Women's World Cup tournaments with 15, sitting just ahead of Germany's Birgit Prinz and the USA's Abby Wambach, who both have 14. Marta has earned 110 international goals to make her Brazil's leading scorer and she's tied for seventh on the all-time scoring list. With high soccer intelligence, strength and speed, Marta is expected to carry Brazil through the 2019 tournament.  

Other notable accomplishments:

Megan Rapinoe — United States, forward

Veteran Rapinoe is another key player the Americans will rely on to be a strong playmaker. After joining the U.S. national team in 2006, she quickly became known for her crafty style of play on the international level. She has been a consistent scorer with 44 goals in 153 caps, and she's known for coming up with big assists as she ranks fifth in USWNT history with 57.

One of her most memorable plays came when she delivered a 45-yard cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinals in Brazil. Wambach then scored off a header, which eventually led to a win for the Americans.

Other notable accomplishments: 

Sam Kerr — Australia, forward

Kerr has emerged as Australia's first marquee player and she's only going to bring more attention to the sport in her nation. She was only 15 years old when she made her international debut in a match against Italy in February 2009. From there, she continued to flourish, scoring 31 goals in 77 appearances. While playing in the National Women's Soccer League — where she currently represents the Chicago Red Stars — Kerr has been the league's leading scorer in each of the last two seasons. 

Kerr, 25, may be young, but she will be powerful in France.

Other notable accomplishments: 

Lindsey Horan — United States, midfielder

Horan might not have as much experience as some of her veteran teammates because she's just 25 years old, but that's not a reason to count her out. She joined the U.S. national team in 2013 and has since made 68 appearances with eight goals. She has played an integral role on the USWNT as a regular starter and is a strong link between defense and attack for the Americans. France will be familiar territory for Horan as she played four years with Paris Saint-Germain (2012-16) before returning to the United States to represent the Portland Thorns. 

Other notable accomplishments:

Debinha — Brazil, forward

Debora Cristiane de Oliveira, known as Debinha, broke onto the national stage in 2011 when she joined Brazil's national team and has proven to be an effective forward with a natural attacking talent that her teammates can rely on. She represented Brazil in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and was later named an alternate for the 2012 London Olympics before making an impact in Rio 2016. 

Other notable accomplishments:

Dzsenifer Marozsan — Germany, midfielder

Marozsan is one of the strongest playmakers in the world, emerging as the focal point of Germany's attack. She's known for her goal-scoring, but she also makes a big impact when it comes to assists. Marozsan became the youngest Bundesliga player of all time to debut in 2007 at just 15 years old. She currently plays for Lyon and she has twice been voted the best player in the French league. 

The midfielder has become an inspiration as she's returning from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism that kept her sidelined for several months last year. Now healthy, Marozsan will lead Germany through the tournament.

Other notable accomplishments:

Tobin Heath — United States, forward

Heath, known as one of the finest dribblers in the game, has become an electric player for USA, contributing 30 goals in 150 appearances since joining the USWNT in 2008. She was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2016, but was limited to just four games in 2017 due to injury. Heath rebounded to have a strong 2018 campaign, and she'll certainly be a threat in France if she can stay healthy.

Other notable accomplishments:

Lucy Bronze — England, defender

Considered by many the top right back in women’s soccer, Bronze makes the position look easy. She is strong on corner kicks and free kicks and knows how to lead an attack. Bronze helped England to its best-ever finish four years ago (third place) and then played an integral role in helping England beat out three top-10 teams to win this year’s SheBelieves Cup. 

“Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world," England coach Phil Neville declared earlier this year. And now she'll have a chance to prove it in France. 

Other notable accomplishments:

Source : https://www.sportingnews.com/us/soccer/news/womens-world-cup-2019-top-10-players-to-watch/10lws1px6uurq17knocn7zlh41


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