Players who will be missed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The players we will miss at the 2016 Olympic Games

Less than 100 days before the Olympic Games, Rio 2016. Unfortunately, great teams were left out of the competition, since only 12 countries will compete in the women’s football tournament.

So many talented players, who deserved to be there, will miss the competition. I wrote down a short list of players that I will miss most in the Olympics, of course there are many others, but to mention all of them I would need a whole day to write. So, that’s my short list. What is yours?

Ada Hegerbeg:

the young footballer of Olympique Lyonnais can be currently considered the best centre forward in the world. This season, the Norwegian is the top scorer of the Division 1 Féminine and also of the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL), in which her team is favorite for the title, especially after having massacred PSG, their main French rival, in the first round of the semi-final. Hegerberg was also awarded the 2015 Norwegian Gold Ball, a prize given every year to the year’s best football player in Norway. She was the first woman to win the award in 20 years.

Kim Little:

The midfielder of Seattle Reign was previously unknown to the broad public, despite having previously played for FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies and Melbourne City in the Australian W-league. But, Little won the sympathy of thousands of female football fans around the globe after she arrived in the USA. The Scottish has won numerous individual awards in NWSL, as for example, the NWSL Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player in 2014. In my view, Little can be considered the best player in the history of the American League (NWSL).

Aya Miyama:

Japan made history in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, by beating the US women’s national team in a thrilling victory led by the legendary Homare Sawa and the world-class Aya Miyama. Unfortunately, the Nadeshiko did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Therefore we will not have the best Asian player in this year’s competition.

Pernille Harder:

Denmark is a country with a tradition of producing players of great skill. Linköping’s Pernille Harder can be considered the recent Danish gem. Last year, the young player was awarded the Damallsvenskan Most Value Player of 2015 and named Danish Footballer of the Year.

Gaelle Enganamouit:

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 would not have been the same without the joy, charisma and the ability of African players. Not much was expected of Cameroon in the last World Cup, as the great African highlight always was the Super Falcons team (Nigeria WNT), but Enganomouit had already been standing out in the Swedish land playing for Eskilstuna United and presented her welcome card to the world of women’s football in Canada, by scoring a hat-trick in Cameroon’s 6–0 win over Ecuador and demonstrating to be one of best strikers currently. The Cameroonian footballer was the 2015 Damallsvenskan top goalscorer with 18 goals.

Erin Mcleod

Erin Mcleod:

Canada qualified for the Olympics, but unfortunately, the Canadian goalkeeper injured her anterior cruciate ligament playing a quarterfinals match of the UWCL for her Swedish team, FC Rosengård. Recently, Erin and her wife Ella, the cutest couple of women’s football, moved to Sweden fulfilling the dream of playing the UWCL. In my opinion, the Canadian goalkeeper is one of the best goalkeepers in the history of women’s football. I would like to wish a speedy recovery for Erin and that she may be doing great saves soon!

Veronica Boquete and Shirley Cruz:

The Spanish and Costa Rican footballers have many similarities, beyond the Latin blood and language. Both play as midfielders, both are leaders of their national teams, both play for big teams in Europe, Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain respectively, and both have a lot, a LOT of skills. It will be difficult to watch the Olympics without the talent of both there!

Ramona Bachmann:

Bachmann is one of the most skilled players in the world. She has been compared to Messi and to her former teammate Marta. Though she has never won The FIFA World Player of the Year as Messi and Marta. But it was not for lack of talent. In recent years, in women’s football, this prize has only been awarded to players who have excelled in major tournaments by their national teams. Maybe that’s why Ramona has not won this title. Currently, Bachmann defends the colors of VfL Wolfsburg, which is playing the semi finals of UWCL. A great performance in the final against the powerful and favorite Olympique Lyonnais might be Ramona’s passport to win The FIFA World Player of the Year award. But there is still a long way to go, since this is an Olympic year and VfL Wolfsburg still needs to go through FFC Frankfurt in the semis.

  1. Alex Marta 6 years ago

    We’ll miss England or what they’ll call Great Britain. Karen Carney, Fran Kirby, Toni Duggan, Fara Williams, Jordan Nobbs are some of my stand out players. I’ll miss them especially the Wizard Carney

    Cameroon is also a big miss. Gaelle Enganamouit and her team, exciting to watch at the World cup

  2. Diane 6 years ago

    I assume the idea is that if the Olympic games included more teams all of these women would/could play there. I think they are all very talented, but that doesn’t mean even if the field was expanded their teams would qualify. The Olympics has a set number of teams, men & women combined that compete in each sport. They have already made an exception to allow more women’s soccer, so I don’t see them expanding it any time soon. But stranger things have happened.

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      Izzy 6 years ago

      Hi Diane, thanks for your comment. I would love a tournament with 16…20 teams. But I know this is the Olympic Games, and might not be possible. What does not change the fact that I will miss some of the world class players….like Lucy Bronze, Miedema, Oshoala….etc.
      But I am sure than the Olympic Games will be awesome as always and I can’t wait to the tournament begins!

      • Gina West 6 years ago

        Great blog, thank you Izzy.

        I agree with all of your selection, especially Kim Little and Ada Hegerberg, as well as the majority of what would be Team GB, like you mentioned Bronze, I would add Houghton, Kirby, Duggan to that as well.

        I think we have a strong possibility of seeing Kim Little and Scotland on the global stage as they have increased the nations qualifying for next year’s UEFA Women’s EURO, hopefully Jess Fishlock will also get the opportunity to shine with Wales.

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