A series of very stylish World Cup posters by Scottish artist Robert Chalmers.
The final of the Women’s World Cup was won by the United States last night. The US ladies ran out 5-2 winners in a thrilling match that was blessed by a series of great goals and individual performances. One player that stood out was Carli Lloyd who scored a 13 minute hat trick at the start of the first half. The third of her goals was a stunning lob from the halfway line that drifted over the Japanese goalkeeper. It was a fitting end to a tournament that was enjoyed by fans from all over the world. The near 55,000 crowd in Vancouver celebrated the end of the World Cup in style, and the United States walked away with their third world title.
In the individual awards Carli Lloyd won the Golden Ball, Germany’s Celia Sasic won the Golden Boot with six goals and Hope Solo of the United States won the Golden Glove. Kadeisha Buchanan of Canada won the best young player trophy.
Heartbreak for England. Last night the English ladies team crashed out of the World Cup semi-finals in the most cruel of all possible ways. With the match balanced at 1-1 and the clock ticking down it was an injury time own goal that sealed the tie for defending champions Japan. English defender Laura Bassett tried to clear the ball out for a corner at the edge of her own box but in doing so she somehow managed to knock the ball off of the underside of the bar and in. The holders Japan looked on is astonishment as a freak own goal sent them through to the final against the USA.
The English will still feel as though they overachieved in this tournament and they now have a 3rd place playoff against Germany on Saturday.
The 2015 Women’s World Cup is now up and running. It is the biggest in the tournament’s history having been expanded to 24 nations. The hosts Canada expect huge crowds and a record breaking tournament (as well as a controversial one with the introduction of artificial pitches). Favourites for the trophy are Germany, with the USA and Japan close behind.
Here are some images from the first few matches…
A couple of timely reblogs…
One final piece about the negativity surrounding the World Cup…(I love football, honest!)
Football is a wonderful thing. It can unite nations, it can bring people together and it can help communities in an incredibly positive way. Right now I am watching several Algerians in tears at the prospect of qualifying for the next stage of the World Cup, that is how much football means to people.
However…those at the top of the tree in world football have managed to somehow lose sense of what this sport should actually be about. FIFA has a snappy slogan under its logo and it reads “for the good of the game”, but for a long time now it seems as though this is not what FIFA actually achieves.
The ins and outs of what they do badly would take far too long to discuss, so an easier way to digest some of what…
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