The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway in Germany.
Canada, ranked 6th in the world, just completed their first game of the tournament against the 2nd rank Germany. They lost 2-1 but proved that they are a team to watch in the World Cup this year.
Germany’s keeper, Nadine Angerer, didn’t allow a single goal in 540 minutes of play in the 2007 tournament. So the fact that Canada kept the match close and even scored against the powerful Germans proved that Canada just may be the dark-horse of this tournament.
The player who scored for Canada is their leader, Christine Sinclair.
Christine Sinclair is an amazing player. She is one of the best female players in the world. She is also the focus of our post today.
Here are 7 facts you need to know about Christine Sinclair.
1. Christine plays professional soccer for the Western New York Flash in addition to committing time to represent Canada.
2. Sinclair recorded 23 goals and 8 assists as a freshman at the University of Portland. This was enough to be named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America magazine, and was a consensus All-America selection.
3. During Sinclair’s senior year at Portland, she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39.
4. Christine won the Player of the Year award in college soccer (Hermann Trophy) in back to back years. Only 2 other women have ever accomplished that feat. She also became only the 3rd soccer player ever to win the Honda-Broderick Cup as the college woman athlete of the year as a senior.
5. In 2002 Sinclair played for Canada in the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship. She scored a record 10 goals (still stands) in the tournament as she led Canada to a surprising 2nd place.
6. Sinclair has been named Canada’s female player of the year every one of the last six years. She was also one of 10 female finalists for the 2010 Ballon D’Or, awarded to the top female player in the world.
7. In international play for Canada, Sinclair has scored 117 goals in 160 games.
Canada’s next game is against France on June 30 at Noon EST. FIFA Women’s World Cup