In every FIFA World Cup group there are always two types of teams, the “group favourites” and “group underdogs”.
This article will be focusing on Group A of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup to identify which nations are coming to this tournament as favourites and underdogs. Group A will be contested by; France (the only team in the top 10 in group A), Korea, Norway and Nigeria.
The focus will be; the World Cup appearances made ever since the competition was established in 1991, the current FIFA rankings, the number of World Cup titles won, and lastly some of the players to look out for.
Appearances: France made their FIFA World Cup debut in 2003. This will be their fourth tournament.
FIFA Ranking: Currently ranked fourth in the world. They are the highest ranked team in group A and thus emerge as group favourites.
Number of World Cup titles won: 0
Players to look out for: Kadidiato Diani and Marie Antoinette Katoto
Appearances: Just like France, Korea republic made their first FIFA Women’s World Cup debut back in 2003. This will be their third tournament.
FIFA Ranking: Ranked 14th in the World.
Number of World Cups titles won: 0
Players to look out for: Ji So-Yun and Kim Jungmi
Appearances: Norway is one of the FIFA Women’s World Cup giants having qualified for all eight auditions of the tournament, from 1991-present.
FIFA Ranking: Ranked 12th in the World
Number of World Cup titles: 1 (won in 1995)
Players to look out for: Ada Hegerberg (The current holder of the Women’s Ballon d’or ) and Maria Thorisdottir.
Appearances: The giants of African Women’s football will be partaking in their eighth tournament, having made their debut in 1991.
FIFA Ranking: Ranked 39th in the world.
Number of world cup titles: 0
Players to look out for: Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Ebere
There will be a lot at stake with France, Korea and Nigeria all hoping to clinch their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup title, while Norway will be hoping to win their second title. There is no doubt that this group will display the entertainment that fans want to witness.
NEXT: Click here to read Sinethemba’s review of Group B, including Banyana Banyana
Photo 1 Caption: The draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 took place at La Seine Musicale in Paris, France on December 8, 2018. Photo: Catherine Ivill / FIFA via Getty Images
Photo 2 Caption: Smiles from the tournament mascot as 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts France is the only team ranked in the world’s top 10 nations. Photo: FIFA
Photo 3 Caption: Sinethemba is a 24 year-old aspiring Sport Psychologist and Sports Anchor. Working hard to get her breakthrough in the world of Sport. Photo: Supplied
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