Only four nations - USA, Norway, Germany and Japan - have won the Women’s World Cup. We look at some of the formidable teams capable of turning that elite group into a quintet at France 2019.
Having beaten the likes of Brazil, Japan and USA in recent years, the Matildas have shown that they can slug it out with the heavyweights of the women’s game. In Sam Kerr, they also possess one of the finest forwards in world football.
The serial South American champions went all the way to the final in 2007 and still have designs on going one better. They also have within their ranks the competition’s all-time leading scorer in Marta – a player voted the world’s best on six occasions.
With the prolific and evergreen Christine Sinclair closing in on Abby Wambach’s all-time international scoring record of 184, who could rule out the Canadians? An impressive recent win away to England reaffirmed their title credentials.
With world-class performers in every department of their team, the Lionesses’ hopes are justifiably high. Phil Neville’s side also head to France 2019 with momentum, having seen off Japan, Brazil and USA to win the SheBelieves Cup in March.
Remember what happened the last time France hosted a World Cup in 1998? Given the talent in Les Bleues’ ranks, the strength of their club scene and the performance they produced to beat USA in January, history could well be about to repeat itself.
In winning the European title in such fine style, the Dutch showed they have the talent and mentality needed to thrive in the unique environment of a major tournament. They also boast outstanding players such as Danielle van de Donk, Lieke Martens and the prolific Vivianne Miedema.
Former Women’s World Cup finalists, Sweden proved they remain a force to be reckoned with by reaching the final of the 2016 Olympics. They also go into France 2019 on the back of a fine qualifying campaign and having won away to in-form England.