USWNT Rival Watch: Japan’s Uncapped Players

The USWNT’s final opponent in group play at the Algarve Cup is Japan. Their Cup roster includes two players without any senior international caps, U-20 standout Mai Kyokawa (who just turned 18) and Saori Ariyoshi.

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USWNT Rival Watch: Japan’s Algarve Cup Roster w/ Stats

Here is Japan’s Algarve Cup roster, with player stats as of 20-Feb-2012. The stats are from JFA’s website (see link after the roster), but that page is not in a user-friendly table format, so I have collected those statistics, below. Continue reading “USWNT Rival Watch: Japan’s Algarve Cup Roster w/ Stats”

USWNT Rival Watch: Sweden’s Algarve Cup Roster

Last week, Olympics-bound Sweden announced their roster for the 2012 Algarve Cup. Veteran defender Stina Segerstrom (born in 1982, 52 caps, 3 goals) returns to the squad after tearing her achilles early last year. Also returning is veteran midfielder Therese Sjögran (born in 1977, 177 caps, 19 goals), who missed a January tournament in La Manga, Spain due to an operation on a finger.

Missing from the squad are veteran defender Sara Larsson and veteran forward Josefine Öqvist (born in 1982, ~70 caps, ~18 goals) who is on maternity leave (Swedish article). Larsson had surgery for a heel-related injury (bursitis in the heel, I think) and will be out for a few more months. Continue reading “USWNT Rival Watch: Sweden’s Algarve Cup Roster”

USWNT Rival Watch: Germany’s Algarve Cup Roster

(Edit, 22-Feb-2012: At least a few of the players, e.g. Alexandra Popp and Luisa Wensing, on the rosters have recently switched clubs. Those changes are not reflected below.)

Germany’s roster for the Algarve Cup was announced on Monday. Notably, goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who has/had bursitis and and an inflamed tendon in her left knee, and midfielder Lira Bajramaj, who had a minor concussion, return to the squad.

The roster includes two U-20 eligible players who would be likely starters for Germany’s U-20 WNT in Japan this August: midfielder Dszenifer Marozsán and defender Luisa Wensing. Both are profiled below, along with five other players who have less than ten senior caps. Continue reading “USWNT Rival Watch: Germany’s Algarve Cup Roster”

Japan and Norway Algarve Cup Squads

(Note, 22-Feb-2012. For a roster with player stats, checkout a newer post.)

Two of the USWNT’s group stage opponents in the upcoming Algarve Cup have announced their rosters: Japan and Norway. Denmark is the USA’s other opponent in their group.

USA’s matches are Denmark (29-Feb), Norway (2-Mar), and Japan (5-Mar). Continue reading “Japan and Norway Algarve Cup Squads”

USWNT Rival Watch: Brazil WNT Training Camp Roster Includes 5 U-20 Players

Jorge Barcellos has called up 25 players for a camp from February 24th to March 8th. These are mostly, if not all Brazil-based players as regulars such as Cristiane and Fabiana remain in Europe. Marta is not listed, either. I’m not sure where she is: Either she’s training some place else or was given a rest pass.

Notably, the roster includes U-20 standout forward Thaisnha, who scored 7 or 6 goals in the recent CONMEBOL U-20 women’s championship in Brazil. (I’ve yet to find a final, official tally, hence the uncertainty.

Goalkeepers: Andreia Suntaque, Barbara Micheline, Daniele Neuhaus, Letícia Izidoro

Central Defenders (Zagueiras): Gislaine, Bagé, Renata Costa, Bruna

Sidebacks (Laterais): Maurine, Maycon, Danielle, Poliana

Defensive Midfielders (Volantes): Erika, Elaine

Midfielders (Meio-campo): Fran, Gabi, Mayara, Maria, Bia, Formiga

Forwards (Atacantes): Adriane, Thaisinha, Debinha, Chu, Grazi