Australia ready for Brazil at FIFA Women's World Cup 2011
Westfield Matildas Head Coach Tom Sermanni has today named his starting line-up to play Brazil in Australia’s opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup at Mönchengladbach Stadium.
Westfield Matildas Head Coach Tom Sermanni has today named his starting line-up to play Brazil in Australia-s opening match of the FIFA Women-s World Cup at Mönchengladbach Stadium.
At the same venue where the Qantas Socceroos beat Germany only months ago, the Westfield Matildas will be attempting to trump their male counterparts on the world stage with a victory over the much fancied Brazil.
Sermanni has included seven FIFA Women-s World Cup debutants in the starting line-up including 16-year-old Caitlin Foord and 17-year-old Emily van Egmond.
The team also sees recent birthday girls Tameka Butt and Kyah Simon, both of whom turned 20 in the past week, join Australia-s impressive attacking line-up which has scored 10 goals in their past four matches.
Captain Melissa Barbieri, Collette McCallum, Lisa De Vanna and Heather Garriock will form the spine of the team while the team-s AFC Women-s Asian Cup winning defensive unit of Kim Carroll, Servet Uzunlar and Elise Kellond-Knight will add much needed steal to Australia-s play following their impressive and relentless efforts at last year-s Asian Cup.
“We mulled over the team selection for this match for some time and it really came down to a performance based selection,” said Tom Sermanni.
“The whole squad has been training brilliantly, we-ve got 21 players on the park every day and the work rate has been tremendous.
“While some players will be disappointed not to be starting in the first match the whole squad will definitely play a tremendously important part as this tournament goes on and I think the players understand that and are all committed to putting in a huge effort.
“A lot of credit has to go to the Westfield W-League which has been a massive help in creating this team.
“12 months ago some of these players, including Caitlin, would not have emerged so quickly and developed so well without this vital competition and it has been a huge boost for the regeneration of the squad.”
The Westfield Matildas begin their campaign tonight with their opening match against world number 3 Brazil (June 30, 2.15am AEST SBS ONE), before playing Equatorial Guinea on July 3 (10pm AEST SBS TWO) and Norway on July 6 (July 7, 2am AEST SBS ONE).
Match Details: FIFA Women-s World Cup - Group D Australia v Brazil 29 June 2011 Mönchengladbach Stadium, Mönchengladbach Local kick-off: 6.15pm (30 June, 2011 - 2.15am AEST / 1.45am ACST / 12.15am AWST) Referee: Jenny PALMQVIST (Sweden) Assistant referees: Helen KARO (Sweden) and Anna NYSTROM (Sweden) Fourth official: Thalia MITSI (Greece)
Westfield Matildas starting line-up: 1.Melissa BARBIERI (gk) (c), 3.Kim CARROLL, 7.Heather GARRIOCK, 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 10.Servet UZUNLAR, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 12.Emily van EGMOND, 13.Tameka BUTT, 14.Collette McCALLUM, 17.Kyah SIMON
Substitutes: 18.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2.Teigen ALLEN, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE, 5.Laura ALLEWAY, 6.Ellyse PERRY, 15.Sally SHIPARD, 16.Lauren COLTHORPE, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Sam KERR, 21.Casey DUMONT (gk)
In-form Vukovic earns Genk contract extension
Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been rewarded for his excellent form with a two-season contract extension at Belgian club KRC Genk. The 33-year-old's deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign but the Pro League leaders have taken up their option to extend
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic’s Genk beaten in battle of Belgium’s top two
Danny Vukovic’s Genk remain well clear on top of the table despite falling to a rare defeat in Belgium against Club Brugge overnight. In a meeting of the competition’s top two at the Jan Breydel Stadion, Genk were beaten the fired-up home side, going down 3-1. There was lit
Aussies Abroad: Ryan’s Brighton through to Quarter-Finals while Milligan, Giannou pick up strong results
There were a handful of Caltex Socceroos in action on Sunday morning (AEDT) while some key figures were rested as their clubs negotiated cup ties. Firstly to Europe where Mark Milligan played a full 90 at the heart of Hibernian’s midfield as they welcomed new manager Danny Hec
Aussies Abroad: Luongo gallant in Watford defeat
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo can turn his attention to the EFLChampionship after QPR crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT). The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes in QPR’s 1-0 loss to Watford at Loftus Road, in a tight game where each side cou