Who will Stop the Americans in France?Think of football and quite often Brazil will come to mind as an example of success. But not for the followers of the women’s game. While in the men’s version, the South American country has an enviable collection of five FIFA World Cup titles and a legion of legendary players, it is the United States who are the powerhouse in the female landscape. Out of seven World Cups, the Americans have won three and finished as runner-ups once. They have also won four Olympic gold medals in six attempts. But Brazil’s best result in the tournament is a solitary second place in 2007, though they do also have two Olympic silver medals.In fact, the only country with success on both fronts is Germany, with four men’s and two women’s titles. But what explains the reversal of scenarios in the US and Brazil?First mover advantageThe US men’s team’s best result in a World Cup was third in 1930, but since then they have only reached the last eight once, in 2002, where they reached the quarter-finals – losing to eventual runners-up Germany. This was just one of the unusual results registered in a tournament where Turkey finished third and co-hosts South Korea fourth.But the women’s game had a much different trajectory thanks to Title IX – a federal law that in 1972 established gender equality in the distribution of funding in high school and university sports, and which still forms the basis of professional sports in the US.By the time the first Women’s World Cup took place in 1991, the US had a larger talent pool than anyone else. It took advantage of the fact that in many other countries women’s football remained for years underfunded and with low participation rates.However, it was the 1999 world title that raised the game’s profile. In that year, the US hosted and won the 1999 World Cup – the shirtless celebration of defender Brandi Chastain after scoring the winning penalty in the final against China is often referenced as one of the most iconic sporting moments by American media.Mia Hamm – who topped the all-time international scoring list in 1999, a month prior to the World Cup – even became a punchline in the sitcom Friends.That game in Los Angeles attracted a crowd of more than 90,000 people, the biggest ever for a women’s match.Brazil and the prejudice ruleThe story of women’s football in Brazil is marred by sexism. The game was actually outlawed in 1941 by then dictator Getulio Vargas – and the prohibition was only lifted in 1979.Without a proper grassroots system and a strong league, the women’s team has actually punched above its weight by reaching the 2007 final and the semi-finals in 1999.And Brazil have also produced the woman voted the best player of all-time: Marta.Sheer numbersWorld governing body Fifa’s latest census of the woman’s game, in 2014, established that there were more 30 million female players worldwide.About half of them were based in the US and Canada.In the whole of South America, Fifa counted a little over 255,000 players.The US numbers are also impressive at grassroots level: national governing body US Soccer says that women amount to 47 per cent of all players at high-school level, and 53 per cent at university competitions.“Many other countries in Europe are still lagging in the women’s movement, and even in Brazil, where soccer is a cultural phenomenon, women have struggled to gain recognition and access to basic resources,” economist and author Stefan Szymanski told American radio PBS earlier this year.Better conditionsThe 23-women squad sent by the US to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France is formed from players taking part in the National Women’s Soccer League, one of the strongest and most-watched competitions in the world of women’s football.Players have a minimum annual wage of $16,500 and a maximum of $46,200.As for Brazil, 16 players are based abroad, plying their trade in places as diverse as South Korea and Denmark, as the domestic league struggles to attract the interest of public, sponsors and media.The seven games of the opening round of the 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro had less than 10,000 people in attendance, despite many clubs giving tickets away for free.Wages are hardly enticing: a survey by news portal UOL in 2017 showed that three out of four players earned less than $6,000 a year.MileageIn sporting tournaments like the World Cup, experience is an asset. A point proven by a quick look at the number of matches played by the American stars.On average, each of the 23 American players in France has played for her country 75 times. For Brazil, the average is 40.“When we go to a competition like the World Cup we face teams that train together and play together more than us. We lack both in the physical and psychological departments,” says former Brazil captain Juliana Cabral.Brazil kicked off their 2019 World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Jamaica – striker Cristiane scoring a hat-trick in the victory.The US began their tournament on Tuesday with a 13-0 whitewash of Thailand in Reims, while Brazil are next in action against Australia on Thursday in Montpellier.Megan Rapinoe celebrate her goal against thailand Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After a wobbling start against Ukraine, in which the Super Falcons were pummelled 3-0, the Nigerian girls however bounced back against South Korea on Wednesday with a 2-0 win. The team would however face a daunting task on Monday against host and one of the tournament’s favourite, France, in a game that would decide if the team will remain in France or not An own goal in the first half and another superb master class goal by Asisat Oshoala ensured that the Super Falcons defeated South Korea 2-0 and remain in contention to progress to the next stage of the competitionOshoala revealed that her side’s desire to claim their first win inspired her goal in Nigeria’s 2-0 triumph over South Korea in Grenoble on Wednesday. At Stade des Alpes, the three-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year scored with a brilliant finish in the 75th minute to seal the Super Falcons’ first Women’s World Cup win at the showpiece, and the Barcelona forward is now aiming to help her side secure a positive result against France in Rennes on Monday.“We had more confidence when we got the first goal and we tried to tell ourselves that we needed to give more because one goal was not enough and then, I got the second goal,” Oshoala said.“At first, I think we were a little bit scared of losing and going out. But after a while, we just decided to go for it. I always say that I’m never under pressure – I just go on the pitch and do my job. It’s an 11-player game and I just look to enjoy the game, have fun and do the right thing for my team.“The group is wide open now. We just have to concentrate now on making sure we get the points we need against France.”Head coach of Nigeria’s women team, Thomas Dennerby, praised his players for their solid display, in their 2-0 win over South Korea on Wednesday afternoon. “Today our discipline was better than against Norway – no mistakes at all. If we can be as compact as we were today, don’t let teams overplay us in midfield and find passes through, we know we’ll get opportunities for players like Asisat.“The players followed our match plan and that’s all you can really ask. Now we go to play France, a really good team. If we can come out with a point everyone would be extremely happy.“But you can’t just go to defend – you need to know what to do when you win the ball back. And hopefully, we can have a little bit of success,” Dennerby told reporters after the game.Former Green Eagles goalkeeper Emmanuel Okala however warned the team not to be carried away by their victory against South Korea, saying the Super Falcons still needed to work hard.Okala told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the team played well and showed a lot of resilience in their encounter with South Korea. “It is a good thing that they won. They deserve it after putting in lots of enterprise in the game. º––ºº˝19˙ẇI will, however, appeal to them to work harder. They need to continue to improve in subsequent games and brush up various departments of the team.“We wish them well and will continue to pray for their success in all their remaining matches in France. I believe they can do us proud,” Okala said. Meanwhile, France head coach Corinne Diacre has predicted a tough battle for her side when they come up against the Super Falcons of Nigeria in their last group game on Monday.France top Group A with six points from two games – three ahead of second-placed Norway and third-placed Nigeria – with one group game left against Nigeria on Monday. ”I am going to relax, think about it tomorrow, then we will reflect on things – what we can do, who may stay on the bench because we did have some injuries and let them recover,”Diacre told reporters after her side victory against the Norwegians.”We are going to have to think about this long and hard. Norway gave us a hard time; Nigeria will probably do the same. For the time being, now we are just going to stay put and fight hard to win that match against Nigeria.”Nigeria are third on the Group A log with three points from two games and will hope to claim their spot in the next round when they face Les Bleus at the Roazhon Park, Rennes.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Students at Alpena High School interested in the health and science field have a new state–of–the–art piece of equipment to look forward to this fall.The Anatomage table will allow students to view anatomy and physiology more in–depth without the use of a human model.Health Occupation Instructor, Jennie Spomer is excited and already preparing for her fall class.Spomer finds the table to be very effective for learning and feels it will make things clearer for the students.She added that there are many career opportunities for students taking health occupation classes including physical therapy, a dietitian, and even becoming a state certified nurse’s assistantClasses will begin in late August and the course will be taught in both a hybrid and classroom setting while adhering to social distancing guidelines. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona Schools new classroom procedures broken up by grade levelsNext Residents vote yes for ambulance millage
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The Dodgers will open play in the National League Division Series on Thursday against the winner of Tuesday’s NL wild-card game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers.Only one MLB team won more games than the Dodgers this season. If the Dodgers reach a third consecutive World Series — something no team has done since the New York Yankees went to four in a row 1998-2001 — they will have homefield advantage over all but one potential opponent, the Houston Astros.“That’s a lot of wins,” Clayton Kershaw said of the regular-season total. “Try and get 11 more.”Kershaw was a co-conspirator in the high point of Sunday’s season finale — the one that brought a sellout crowd to its feet.Kershaw came on in the fifth inning to pitch an inning in relief. The Dodgers have not announced their NLDS rotation. But Kershaw would have had six days’ off before a Game 1 start — or nine before taking the ball for Game 3 on the road — and he wanted that “adrenaline spike” of pitching in a game. PreviousSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, hugs his son, former Giants pitcher Brett Bochy, after the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, center left, waves next to Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts while exchanging lineup cards before a baseball game between the Giants and the Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, throws to first base after forcing Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith (16) out at second base during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy reacts to an umpire’s call during the third inning of a baseball game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith, right, is congratulated by third base coach Dino Ebel (12) after hitting a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith, right, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that also scored Corey Seager, left, during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager runs after hitting a three-run double against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)San Francisco Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks into the dugout before a baseball game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, stands in the dugout before a baseball game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, hugs his son, former Giants pitcher Brett Bochy, after the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, center left, waves next to Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts while exchanging lineup cards before a baseball game between the Giants and the Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 11San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, center left, waves next to Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts while exchanging lineup cards before a baseball game between the Giants and the Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO — A pre-game ceremony. A post-game ceremony. Pitchers pinch-hitting. Farewells (Bruce Bochy) and potential farewells (Madison Bumgarner). Hats and helmets raised. Ovations delivered. Hugs and more hugs.They threw a going-away party at Oracle Park Sunday afternoon and fitted a baseball game in around it. The Dodgers got the formalities out of the way early, scoring five times in the first inning and ruining Bochy’s final game as Giants manager with a 9-0 victory.The Dodgers matched their longest streak of the season by winning their final seven games to end the regular season and reach 106 wins, the most in franchise history (breaking a tie with the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers).“That’s pretty incredible, obviously with the history of this organization and everything,” Cody Bellinger said. “It’s a really special year. And there is still more to be done.” On the field, the Dodgers paraded eight pitchers to the mound. They combined to allow just three hits and ended the season with a 24-inning scoreless streak.First up Sunday was Rich Hill. He threw three scoreless innings, further reassuring the Dodgers that he will be able to overcome his knee issues and pitch in the NLDS. Hill allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out four. He has pitched five scoreless innings in two starts during the final week of the regular season.“That was our goal the entire time — between the front office and Dave and myself — to get ready for that Game 4 start,” Hill said. “It’s something where we checked all the boxes. Just looking forward to it.”The other most notable appearance came in the sixth inning when Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly emerged from his “overall-body situation” to face two batters. Kelly retired them both on ground balls in his first game since Sept. 18.“We wanted to get him in there to face a couple hitters and we did that,” Roberts said. “I felt that was important. He’ll be ready for Thursday.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bochy responded by sending Bumgarner up to pinch-hit — one more showdown before Bumgarner possibly leaves as a free agent this winter.“I actually made a joke about it before the game — ‘He’s probably going to pinch-hit against me’ — and it happened,” Kershaw said.Both he and Roberts denied that the matchup between the two aces had been pre-arranged.“It was cool,” Kershaw said. “Once he saw that he wasn’t pitching today, some way to let the fans appreciate what he had done here — that was a good way to do it. Get him in there against a left-hander he has a few homers against. It was a fun moment. He meant so much to this organization. He’s going to keep playing but most likely not here so it was a great way to honor that.”Bumgarner had been scheduled to start Sunday’s game but Bochy announced on Friday that Bumgarner was done for the year — but said he would have his cleats on Sunday, an indication the World Series hero might get on the field in some capacity.Bumgarner does have two home runs in 23 career at-bats against Kershaw and the crowd ate it up, giving him a standing ovation and standing throughout an at-bat that ended with a soft line drive to third base.“Props to Kersh for throwing him all heaters and giving him a chance,” Bellinger said.The crowd reached that level of emotion just once more — when the winner of a “Fan Appreciation Day” giveaway of a car was revealed to be wearing Dodger blue. The boos rained down.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco