The 2011 FIFA women's world cup has broken all kinds of records from the highest number of tweets(7,196) to the per second to an average of 13.5 million TV viewers. And in my book, Germany 2011 will go down as the best of all FIFA women's world cups ever. Congratulations to Germany,Steffi Jones and her indefatigable team of organizers for putting up such a spectacular show.
Apart from the crowning of the champion at the world cup which happens to be one of my favorite moments, naming of the FIFA ALL-STAR team is one I always can't have enough of. The reason being that,I love to disagree with FIFA's choice of ALL-STARS which always gives me the opportunity to have a healthy banter with fellow women's soccer enthusiasts.
Here is the complete list of the 21 players selected for the FIFA All-Star Team :
Goalkeepers: Ayumi Kaihori (Japan), Hope Solo (United States)
Defenders: Alex Scott (England), Laura Georges (France), Erika (Brazil), Saskia Bartusiak (Germany), Sonia Bompastor (France), Elise Kellond-Knight (Australia)
Midfielders: Shannon Boxx (United States), Homare Sawa (Japan), Caroline Seger (Sweden), Jill Scott (England), Kerstin Garefrekes (Germany), Shinobu Ohno (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Genoveva Anonma (Equatorial Guinea), Aya Miyama (Japan), Lauren Cheney (United States)
Forwards: Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Marta (Brazil), Abby Wambach (United States).
Congratulations to Equatorial Guinea's Genoveva Anonma !
My concerns. Erica from Brazil made this year's team but how Cristiane and Fabiana missed this list leaves me scratching my head.Megan Rapinoe(USA) is another name conspicuously missing, a player I call the REAL heart beat of the USA team. So Lisa Dalhkvist(Sweden) manages to carry her country on her shoulders with game winning goals yet she couldn't make the All-Star list ?
I am talking about players with immense talent; players who don't just run the length and width of the playing field but are technically sound in the positions in which they play.What is the criteria for selection ? Once again, FIFA's technical study group missed the mark with these omissions, now let's hear your opinions.