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Teens Performing At FIFA Women's World Cup

Date: 13-06-2015
Author: Louise Taylor
Source: The Guardian

Soccer Stars Show Off Their Talents In Canada

Alongside proven stars such as Marta and Homare Sawa, young talents such as Asisat Oshoala and Vivianne Miedema are poised to make their mark in Canada.

Asisat Oshoala, Age 20. Nigeria/Forward

The first African import to play in England’s Women’s Super League – with Liverpool Ladies – Oshoala (pictured left) has recently been voted the BBC women’s footballer of the year. Last year in Canada she won the player of the tournament and top goalscorer accolades after shining for Nigeria in the world under-20 finals. Oshoala proved a big reason why the Africans reached the final, eventually losing narrowly to Germany. Now a forward, she began her international career in midfield with her Nigeria team-mates dubbing her “the female Seedorf”. Brought up in a Muslim household in Lagos, Oshoala – known as Superzee these days – shocked her parents by dropping out of school in order to pursue a career in professional football. Yet much as her family had hoped she would follow their example in carving successful careers in the gold and fashion industries, Superzee had caught the football bug while watching Liverpool men’s team on television in Lagos as a child.

Vivianne Miedema, Age 18. Holland/Forward

Miedema (pictured right) promises to help Holland play World Cup catch-up. They have lagged behind many neighbours in developing the women’s game but in Miedema – only 18 years old but already playing professionally for Bayern Munich – they have a forward variously dubbed “the most gifted in Europe” and “the Arjen Robben of the women’s game.” Miedema should be one to watch as the Oranje make their debut on the World Cup stage.

Jessie Fleming, Age 17. Canada/Midfielder

Christine Sinclair, Canada’s captain and veteran, uber-prolific striker may be their most recognisable face but those in the know are being dazzled by Fleming’s ability in midfield. An extraordinary talent and only 17, Fleming (pictured below) made her senior international debut at the age of 15 and is being tipped to become one of the biggest names in the women’s game.

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Date: 13-06-2015
Author: Louise Taylor
Source: The Guardian


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