Germany vs. Canada
The FIFA Women’s World Cup gets underway; Group A begins with hosts Germany playing Canada at Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
Germany is not only the hosts of this tournament but they also come in as two-time defending champions, they bring back an experienced group of players and an intelligent coach in Silvia Neid who has been in charge since 2005 after taking over from Tina Theune. This squad all play their club soccer in Germany and are very familiar with each other and their skill sets, the philosophy of this group as with all levels of the German national team whether it be male of female is predicated on defensive strength, shape and solidity. The key player for Die Nationalelf is their captain and fearless leader Birgit Prinz, she is arguably the most decorated player in Women’s soccer wining 8 Bundesliga titles, 10 German Cups, 2 World Cups, 3 Olympic Bronze Medals, 3 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards and 8 German Player of the Year Awards. However it won’t be all on her shoulders with players like Melanie Behringer and Lira Bajramaj coming into their own and having the added advantage of being club teammates with Prinz.
As for Canada, they qualified for the tournament by finishing top of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, beating Mexico twice in the process while at the same time avoiding playing the regions powerhouse in USA. The pressure is on this Canadian squad more then ever, the saga between the Canadian Soccer Association and beloved Coach Carolina Morace finally behind them they will need to now prove themselves especially with country hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015, Canada want to put on a good performance and show they are both amongst the best teams in the world and are worthy and capable of both hosting and winning a major tournament. Key players for Big Red are captain Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson; especially Sinclair who is well decorated herself having won Canadian Player of the Year Award for the last 6 years but would love to add a FIFA Women’s World Cup to her resume.
If being the hosts and two time defending champions isn’t enough the Germans have an 11-0-0 record against Canada and is a force to be reckoned with, even though this pick has no value in it what so ever I’m going with the overin this match.