Date created : 04/06/2019 - 16:06 The best footballers in the women’s game square off starting June 7 when France hosts the Women’s World Cup. FRANCE 24 looks at some of the top talent to keep tabs on. Many happen to be more than familiar with the city hosting the July 7 final, Lyon. Although less well-known than their counterparts in men’s football, the stars at the top of the women’s game, poised to take the pitch in France over the next month, are an impressive lot.Megan Rapinoe (USA) At 33, American midfielder Megan Rapinoe is one of the headline names in women’s football. A defending world champion with the United States, Rapinoe is keen to lift the trophy again in France, a country she knows well, with the final set for Lyon on July 7. The Redding, California, native won two French championships with the city’s illustrious Olympique Lyonnais in 2013 and 2014. She also boasts an Olympic gold medal from London 2012. The socially engaged … [Read more...] about Women’s Football World Cup 2019: Ten stars to watch
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Date created : 27/03/2019 - 20:21 After signing Benjamin Pavard earlier this year, Bayern Munich added another World Cup-winning French defender to their roster for next season by splashing out a record 80 million euros for Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez. The 23-year-old Frenchman will sign a five-year contract starting on July 1, the German club said in a statement on Wednesday. The 80 million euro fee makes him the most expensive signing in Bayern's history, almost doubling the sum paid for Corentin Tolisso. It also makes Hernandez one of the most expensive defenders in history, and one of the most expensive players ever signed by a German club."I am very happy that we have managed to sign Lucas Hernandez, who is a World Cup winner and one of the best defensive players in the world," said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. "Lucas can play in central defence or at left-back. He will strengthen our team and continue the tradition of fantastic French players at … [Read more...] about Bayern pay record €80 million for World Cup winner Hernandez
Bayern Munich have swooped for Atletico Madrid left-back Lucas Hernandez. The France defender has signed a five-year deal with Bayern and will officially complete his move on July 1. Bayern are believed to have forked out a staggering €80m (£68m) on Hernandez, 23, who was part of France's World Cup winning squad last summer. Hernandez has been out of action with a serious knee problem and Bayern have suggested he needs surgery and will not return before the end of the season. "Today is a very important day in my football career. Bayern Munich is one of the best clubs in Europe and the world," Hernandez said. "I am proud to be able to fight for all titles for Bayern in the future. I would like to thank Atletico, the management, the coaches, my team-mates and the fans for a wonderful twelve years. "Atletico will always be a part of me. Now I'm happy that I'm taking the next step at Bayern." Hernandez joined Atletico in 2007 and made his first-team debut in … [Read more...] about Bayern Munich complete €80m signing of World Cup winner
Qualifying for the 2020 European Championship starts on Thursday. And what makes this tournament unique is that it will be the first Euros in 44 years where the hosts must qualify. As a result, some will miss out. This is because the tournament finals will be spread across 12 cities - London, Glasgow, Dublin, Rome, Baku, St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Bilbao, Munich and Budapest - and among the big-name hosts, Italy and Germany need to shake off poor recent form to reach the competition proper. England are the main hosts with seven games at Wembley, including the 2020 semi-finals and final. So what are the chances of one of the favourites failing to qualify? And how are the Home Nations looking? ENGLAND Upcoming fixtures Friday, March 22: England v Czech Republic, 7.45pm Monday, March 25: Montenegro v England, 7.45pm What are England's chances? England manager Gareth Southgate is relying on young players even more than usual as … [Read more...] about Euro 2020 qualifying guide: How are Home Nations looking and which of the big teams might struggle to make it?
The president of the German Football Association (DFB) Reinhard Grindel has criticised national team coach Joachim Loew for how he dropped 2014 World Cup winners Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller. Loew flew to Munich on March 5 to personally tell the trio they were not in his plans, then put out a statement, but the timing of his decision bemused German fans and pundits alike. Grindel intially "welcomed" Loew's decision but at the FIFA Congress in Miami criticised the way in which it was handled. "I believe that it would have been wise ... on the day of the decision, to personally express appreciation for the players at a press conference," Grindel told broadcaster ZDF. "It would have conveyed the reasons to the public why one wants to take a different path. "If he had done that, many questions would have been answered and many misunderstandings would have been avoided." Loew said he wanted a "fresh start to 2019" in the wake of last year's disastrous World Cup campaign, … [Read more...] about Loew criticised by German FA boss for handling of dropped trio