The lowest-ranked nation at the tournament next summer -- unless Cameroon, ranked 84th by FIFA, qualify through their playoff group -- Zambia (No. 81) delighted novice audiences with their fearless play at the Olympics last year, though they need experience against teams outside Africa as they ready themselves for their first World Cup. Opting to face Colombia (No. 27), who featured at two of the last three World Cups, should provide a stern test and should help the Copper Queens when it comes to playing teams from Latin America as Costa Rica were drawn in their World Cup group.
win four World Cup titles. - Women's World Cup bracket and fixtures scheduleUp against a Germany team who only just reached the final of the Euros in England this summer -- a match they lost in extra time to hosts, England -- the No. 1 ranked team in the world will have to out-play their opposition, something they've struggled with over the past few years. For Germany, who very nearly added to their record eight European titles but lost to England in the final in the summer, their trip across the pond is much more about producing performances that speak to the quality available in their team.
Much like her opposite number, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting players, but where she differs from Andonovski, the Germany head coach is a little more reticent about making changes when needed during matches. Up against a U. side that will start with as much talent on the bench as on the pitch, reaction will be as vital as action for the Europeans and for Voss-Tecklenburg, who waited until the very last second to go to her bench when she needed to at the Euros. This feisty double-header will require her to be more proactive in her management.
While the squad as a single entity has found consistency, the individuals are yet to be as reliable as their predecessors and the test Canada will offer will be a chance for midfielders like Duda (both Francelino and Sampaio) or Bayern Munich's 23-year-old defender, Tainara, to show their quality. Double-headers are the flavour of the monthChile vs.
The Swedish coach has discovered the right blend of older and younger players, of defence and attack, and of those who play in the Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol Feminino with those who play outside of Brazil. Threatening to show her best for Brazil, Kerolin, who moved to the North Carolina Courage for the 2022 season, is finally coming good on her promise as her growing partnership with Debinha (the second-most capped player in the current squad) continues to take shape in the NWSL, benefiting the Canarinhas. Their partnership alone is always worth tuning in for.
Still new to the team, Riise is not just without the best two players in the Norwegian talent pool right now -- Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen -- but is trying to bring in fresh talent. Norway may well come away with two losses from their two matches, but the important thing for Riise will be the performances. Opting for just the one match this window, against Norway, France are still looking for answers in attack since the loss of Marie Antoinette-Katoto to an ACL injury during the Euros. It's a similar problem to Katoto's club team, PSG, and just like the French giants, there may well be no easy answer for manager Corinne Diacre.
With Paraguay (No. 51) also in playoff action at the start of next year (in Group C), Las Guaraníes will have to overcome Chinese Taipei (No. 40) to make it to the final of the group, against the winner of Papua New Guinea (No. 50) vs. Panama (No. 57). With this challenge ahead, the Reggae Girlz -- led by charismatic striker, Khadija "Bunny" Shaw -- ought to give Paraguay more than a good run for their money and could provide an early look into how the South American team will fare in their playoff group. In the third playoff group, Portugal (No. 23) await the winner of Cameroon (No. 58) vs.
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For Spain, who will spar with Argentina before facing Japan, there are ample distractions off the pitch with the majority of the Barcelona and Basque contingent still missing from the squad due to the dispute with the federation and no clear end in sight. As such, the squad Jorge Vilda has called in has a distinctly young feel to it, with 13 of the 23 born in the 2000s. The coach and his charges would have taken great heart from beating the USA last time out, but Japan will be a different problem for them. A win wouldn't necessarily be building confidence, but with Spain known for struggling to put their best attacking football on display at major tournaments, it could be a road map for their trickiest World Cup group game next summer. An all-European affairElsewhere on the continent, Norway will clash with France (Friday) before taking on England (Tuesday), which will provide new manager Hege Riise some much needed answers as she attempts to rebuild the team after humiliation at the Euros.
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The same ought to be true for Colombia, who will be given a boost playing a CAF team, with fellow African debutantes Morocco (No. 76) in their group next summer. A growing team and another of the next summer's World Cup debutantes, Philippines are looking not just for two strong performances against La Roja, but some much-needed experience as they enjoy a resurgence under new manager, Alen Stajcic, following a sizable period of dormancy. With Chile gearing up for their intercontinental playoff match in February against the winner of Senegal vs. Haiti, the team from South America will be favourites regardless of who they clash with in the playoff Group B final, but staying fresh and making sure everyone understands their roles on the pitch will be paramount for José Letelier.