All eyes will be in France this year as the FIFA Women’s World Cup gets underway with 24 countries battling it out to be crowned the winner.
This year event will take a month from June 7 until July 7, and will involve 52 matches across nine host cities, including Paris, Reims, Valenciennes, Lyon, Rennes, Grenoble, Montpellier, Nice, and Le Havre.
The Argentina women’s national team will be among the participants in this year’s tournament along with the 2015 finalist Japan and 2015 semifinalist England. Argentina does not have a professional women’s league of its own but several of their players have been bought from Europe, as the country has only nine professional female footballers.
Estefania Banini, Florencia Bonsegun, Vanina Correa, Yamila Rodriguez, Mariana Larroquette, Sole Jaimes, Maria Belen Potassa, Mariela Coronel, Ruth Bravo, Aldana Cometti are among the players that will represent Argentina in the tournament.
Argentina will be making their third appearance at the women’s World Cup and are in position 37 in the FIFA Women World Cup rankings. They have never won a point at the tournament since their last appearance in 2007.
The Argentina team has been included in the toughest group in this year’s tournament. Carlos Borrello’s side has been placed in Group D along with England, Japan, and Scotland.
Argentina has only won two of their last five matches in the Women’s International Friendlies. They won their last clash against Uruguay in the international friendly match on May 25 that ended 3-1, giving them an opportunity to make history in this year’s World Cup.
With the help of players like Soledad Jaimes, who was part of the Olympique Lyonnais side that won the Champions League last season, Argentina is in a good position to escape Group D.
Key players to watch
Soledad Jaimes scored five goals in the 2018 Copa América Femenina which lead their team into a playoff against Panama for a World Cup spot. Jaime plays for the French powerhouse Lyon who won the 2018/2019 Champions League. She is an aggressive and powerful player who Argentina needs in order to thrive on top.
With her impressive performance record, Jaime could be the player of the year in the French Women World Cup.
Estefania Banini was selected to the Argentina squad for this World Cup for the position of midfielder or forward. In her four prior seasons with the Washington Spirit, Banini had played 52 times, where she scored eight goals. She won the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Month in July 2016. The 28-year-old has made five appearances for Argentina this year.
There is no doubt that Banini will bring more creativity and technical ability to the Argentinian attack.
Mariela Coronel has years of experience in the pitch which is a boost for Carlos Borello’s side. Coronel represented Argentina in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2007 Pan American game. She scored one goal at the 2018 Copa America Femenina.
Mariela Coronel performance history is likely to give her team an upper hand over their opponents as she could use her experience in the pitch to crush their rivals.
Coach: Carlos Borrello
Carlos Borrello is a legend in Argentinian women’s football. He coached the Argentina team in the 2007 World Cup event and two minor squads, Under 17 and Under 20 women teams. Though his side failed to impress in the last World Cup event, Borello will be seeking to perform better this time around.
With stars like Jaime and Banini there is no doubt that Argentina will shine this season and should at least reach the top 20. I will certainly cross my finger for Argentina and I am curious to see how they perform in this year’s World Cup.
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