10 Players to Look out for at the 2019 World Cup
The 2019 Women’s World Cup in France this summer promises to be the biggest and best ever.
Let’s take a look at some of the key talents who are looking to light up this year’s tournament.
Kosovare Asllani (Sweden/Linköping FC)
In a recent interview Kosovare Asllani confessed to being shy and withdrawn when she was younger. She’s anything but that on the pitch. Asllani grew up in southern Sweden to Kosovar-Albanian parents, making her debut at Vimmerby, but it wasn’t until she appeared for Linköpings FC that it began to take off for “Kosse”.
Winning back to back Swedish championships is what first got her noticed. Spells in the USA with Chicago Fire, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City followed, the latter delivering a WSL trophy and a WSL Continental Cup.
Now back at Linköpings FC Asllani has gone full circle, helping her team earn another Swedish championship in 2017. She’ll be hoping to propel Sweden to a World Cup win with her positive forward play at this summer’s World Cup.
Lucy Bronze (England/Lyon)
Arguably the best defender on the planet at the moment. Starting her career off at Sunderland, Bronze shifted around the English top flight with spells in the north west at Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City, winning four cups and two leagues.
Then Lyon came calling and it’s been nothing but success to success. Fresh off the back of a second consecutive Champions League win with Lyon, Bronze got her first taste of silverware for the national team winning the 2019 SheBelieves Cup back in March.
England have never been poised in a better position to become world champions and Lucy Bronze will be hoping her defensive expertise can take her country to gold. To follow England and all the key matches at the Women’s World Cup follow BetBlazers expert betting tips.
Debinha (Brazil/North Carolina Courage)
Debinha has all the flair we’ve come to expect from Brazilian on the ball. What sets her apart though is the power and accuracy of her shot. Currently plying her trade with in the States with North Carolina Courage she is one of the key outlets for both club and country.
Success has come all at once for the 27 year old, winning the NSWL Championship in 2018, while taking Brazil to lift the Copa America in Chile the same year.
Debinha is one of the best forwards in the modern game and she’ll be hoping she can fire her country to to the trophy this summer.
Daniëlle van de Donk (Netherlands/Arsenal)
Dutch midfield dynamo Daniëlle van de Donk has got it all. She can dribble forward with penetrative intent into the opponent’s penalty area, she can pop off a decent shot and she can even act as a midfield enforcer to break down play when facing a potential counter attack. No wonder she’s one of the most exciting prospects at this year’s World Cup.
The 27 year old Arsenal attacking midfielder can play deep but is most effective further forward in the middle of the park. Watch out for her link up play as well as her ability to drive forward to create serious chances.
Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando Pride)
Alex Morgan has to be the USA’s biggest threat. When she’s at the top of her game Morgan really is in a league of her own. As co-captain for her country she’s no stranger to stepping up and bearing the responsibility.
Such is her talent she’ll not only be looking to lift the trophy for a second consecutive time but she’ll also be after the Golden Boot. Having just hit a century of goals for her country in just over 160 appearances, she’s been a mainstay of the US national team for sometime.
A treble winner with Lyon as recently as 2017, Alex Morgan has all the qualities to help the USA retain their trophy, and it’s in front of goal where she’s most deadly.
Lea Schüller (Germany/SGS Essen)
Germany are rightly considered to be one of the top favourites to go all the way at this summer’s World Cup. It’s difficult to pick out just one player but that has to be SGS Essen’s Lea Schüller.
Schüller is the rising star of German football at the moment. With a wicked eye for goal the 21 year old has already netted eight goals in twelve appearances for her country. It’s likely a move to one of the powerhouses of European football is on the cards.
Appearing at her first World Cup, Schüller only made her first appearance for Germany in 2017 during the qualifying campaign for this year’s finals. Keep a close eye on her movement as well as her sheer tenacity she exhibits in front of goal.
Suchawadee Nildhamrong (Thailand)
US born Suchawadee Nildhamrong is without a doubt good enough to get into her birth country’s side, but rather decided to follow her heart and chose to represent her roots by turning out for Thailand instead.
Nildhamrong is still finishing off her studies at the University of Berkeley in California and will be a highly sought after prospect when the time to move on eventually comes.
Operating predominantly as a striker, Nildhamwrong’s goals have already propelled Thailand to take the AFF Championship as recently as last year. Though Thailand aren’t expected to make it to the final stages of the World Cup, be sure to check out Nildhamwrong while you can.
Amandine Henry (France/Lyon)
Henry is the player that keeps the France team ticking over. Henry can act both as a bulwark between the midfield and defence by sitting deep, but she truly comes alive when on the attack.
The Lyon midfielder is a positive player who looks to pick out that inch perfect pass and to set the ball into space for the forward line.
The 29 year old is at the peak of her powers, just having successfully defended Lyon’s Champions League title. Before returning to France after a brief stint in the US Henry immediately got back to winning ways and will be hoping to bring France’s first major title since 2017 on home soil.
Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway/Barcelona)
Former Wolfsburg winger Caroline Graham will be starting for Barcelona once she comes back from the World Cup. It’s no wonder why her talents were took notice of by one of the biggest clubs in world.
The right winger is simply rapid. Hansen is at her best when she’s running with the ball, looking to push forward with a ferociousness seldom seen from other wingers. Deployed for club and country with a licence to run at unwitting defences, Hansen’s preferred method is to cut inside into the middle of the final third rather than cross the ball in.
Saki Kumagai (Japan/Lyon)
Yet another player from the setup at Lyon, Kumagai is no stranger to success. The Japanese defender was already a World Cup winner at the tender age of 20. Fast forward eight years, 100 caps and four Champions Leagues later and you’re looking at one of the best defenders in the business.
Kumagai’s Japan are one of the main contenders and they’ll be relying on their centurion to lead by example and get the job done at the back. Kumagai is more important for her country than ever with a number of younger players being selected as part of the World Cup squad for this year’s finals.
Adam Grimshaw – @adamgeorgie