There are five hopefuls from the continent that will be hoping to make an impact this July in Australia and New Zealand. We take a closer look at each team and rank their chances of success.
*Please note in our ranking system success and rank are given relative to the nation being looked at.
Japan’s golden generation is a distant memory…..
It was 2011 when Japan became the first Asian team, male or female, to lift the biggest trophy in football; The World Cup. Led by Sawa they pulled off a remarkable run beating Germany, Sweden & USA on route to becoming champions. That success is a distant memory and the attempts to emulate that success have been woeful at best. In 2020 a shift in approach and tactics have seen a dramatic change in fortune. Now playing with 3-4-3 formation, they have Nagano, often compared to Sawa, who picked up the golden boot at the U17 world cup and then of course the diamond Iwabuchi, playing at Arsenal, who is emerging as one of the best in the world.
Failure Would Be: Not getting out of the group that contains Zambia, Costa Rica & Spain.
Success Is: Anything beyond the semi finals they could go home and consider what they’ve done a success.
Asian champions China will be hopeful of making their mark in this tournament and going feel into the knockout stages. Wang Shanshan will be pivotal to any success they have, if they can keep her fit they have a chance. The draw hasn’t been kind, England will be expected to win this group and Denmark are no pushovers. Haiti are a dangerous side to face.
Failure Would Be: Not getting out the group
Success Is: Semi finals.
Korean Republic hoping to cause problems….
Englishman Colin Bell took over reigns in 2019 and gave an overview of Korean football much the same as Guss Hiddink did all those years ago when then men hosted the world cup in 2002. That assessment, Koreans are technically sound but lack intensity and desire to win. They will hope after such comments he will be finding a way to change that and not blaming that should they suffer an early exit.
Failure Would Be: Playing without intensity
Success Is: Quarter Finals
Vietnam & Philippines
Both these teams will be hoping to give good accounts of themselves as they embark on this world cup journey. Vietnam will want to be more than making up the numbers and could go feel into the tournament if they get some lucky luck on their side with the draw. The Philippines making their debut will rely heavily on center back Hali Long but for them this will be groundbreaking back home regardless of what happens down under.
Failure Would Be: Losing any game heavily
Success Is: Winning any game
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This article is adapted from BPVE, (https://bpve.com/) reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review. (https://www.cambodiasportsreview.com/)
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