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first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: 8 crazy USWNT facts to know Despite all of the USA’s success on the World Cup stage, the team has never won back-to-back tournaments. Coach Jill Ellis led the U.S. to a title in 2015, and while she’s aware the Americans haven’t reached consecutive victories, she said her focus is just on winning this tournament.”I don’t think about whether it’s a back-to-back or whether we’re defending a World Cup,” Ellis said (per FIFA.com). “Everything is about what’s in front of us. This is a different team in terms of personalities, players, system; there’s so many differences that it’s a new journey for us.”I don’t think about what has happened before. It’s about making sure this group is ready to go in June and through July, so I think it’s about this pathway we’re on right now and not the past.” “It just feels like it’s such an honor when you go out on the field,” Julie Ertz told Omnisport. “You just want to inspire and give everything that you have to continue the United States’ dominance at this tournament and so just to be able to do that again and have that feeling is absolutely amazing.”To put into perspective how much success the United States has had at the highest level of the sport compared to other nations, the Germans hold the second-most World Cup titles with two that came in 2003 and 2007. The only other nations to have won a title are Norway (2003) and Japan (2011). Related News “It’s the biggest stage you can ever be a part of and it’s an honor to represent the U.S. because of all the history,” Carli Lloyd told Omnisport. “There’s no real explanation other than you just have to experience it. You have to stay the course and try not to get too far ahead of yourself. But there’s not too many things that can replicate those moments except for playing there.” Since the tournament started in 1991, the pool of talent in women’s soccer has grown exponentially. Just looking at the difference in the sport from the 2015 World Cup, Ellis knows the Americans will have more of a challenge this time around with the added depth on teams across the world.”Back in 2015 I said that that would be the hardest World Cup to win because obviously the number of teams entering grew,” Ellis said. “But now I would say that this will be the hardest World Cup to win because the number of quality teams, teams that are growing the game, the personalities of the players—our game is growing and growing.”I think people feel that and I think it’s going to be an amazingly competitive World Cup with a lot of memorable moments.” If there’s one thing for sure entering the 2019 Women’s World Cup, it’s that the United States wants to continue the dominance it has achieved throughout the lifespan of the tournament. The United States is vying for its fourth World Cup championship. The Americans already have most titles by any nation after winning it in 1991, 1999 and 2015. They were runners-up in 2011 and finished third in 1995, 2003, and 2007. That means of the seven World Cup tournaments the U.S. has competed in, the team has finished in the top three each time. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/omnisport/b3/40/uswnt-world-cup-2015-051419-usnews-getty-ftr_ts0yz7224zv811saj41xa8ydh.jpg?t=-1199256086&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

first_imgPatrice Edouard NgaissonaCasablanca, Morocco | AFP | A controversial former minister who coordinates armed groups in conflict-hit Central African Republic was on Friday elected to the governing board of Africa’s top footballing body.Patrice Edouard Ngaissona, who is Central Africa’s football chief, was elected following a vote in Casablanca among delegates at the Confederation of African Football’s general assembly.He was elected to the board seat representing eight central African nations, winning by 30 votes compared to his Gabonese rival, who got 23.Ngaissona is responsible for coordinating the so-called anti-balaka militias which emerged after civil war broke out in 2013 with the purported aim of defending Christian communities from mostly Muslim rebels.Since then, thousands of people have been killed in deadly clashes between the rival armed groups and more than a million forced to flee their homes, UN figures show.In 2015, he was barred from running in CAR’s presidential elections over concerns about his role in the violence. “If the allegations were true, I wouldn’t be here today,” he told AFP on Friday, saying he didn’t want “to mix politics and sport.”“Everything I’ve done has been for the good of my country.”Before the violence erupted, Ngaissona briefly served as minister of sport under former president Francois Bozize, whose overthrow in 2013 by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels triggered the conflict, which raged for the next two years and flared up again in late 2016.Since 2013, Ngaissona, who is in his 50s, has described himself as the “political coordinator” of the anti-balaka groups which were formed as a reaction to the balaka machetes used by Seleka rebels.His candidacy for the CAF board was approved in January by the executive committee “which respects strict statutory criteria,” a spokesman told AFP, saying the body did not have an ethics committee.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more