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The 2019 Women’s World Cup Has Just Started And We Are Already Keeping Our Eyes On A Few Teams

After four years of patiently waiting, the time has come to crown a new champion in the world of women’s soccer. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to kick off in Paris and 24 teams will vie for their chance at glory. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s at stake and which country is the favorite to hoist the trophy this year.

This could be the most important Women’s World Cup Ever.

This year’s FIFA tournament is poised to be one of the most important editions in the sport’s history. Never has there been such a wealth of talent or as many true title contenders as this year. This will be the eighth ever FIFA Women’s World Cup but never has the tournament had a platform as big as now with a growing fanbase. The four-week competition offers a chance to change attitudes and to push the drive for equality forward.

Only once has the host nation won the World Cup but this year many see it happening again.

The host nation is France and while history hasn’t been kind to the host, this year might be different. France is a strong favorite to win it’s first ever title and will begin the tournament against South Korea in the opening match. Only once has the hosting nation won the title, back in 1999 when the U.S women captured the cup.

While France might be a favorite, the U.S. women are still a lock to make it to the World Cup Final.

The U.S women’s national team hasn’t looked back since it’s 2015 victory over Japan in the World Cup Final. The U.S. is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and features a formidable array of players who should have no trouble scoring: Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath among others. Another World Cup would be huge in terms of popularity and growth on the American side of soccer. It certainly won’t be easy as global competition has improved rapidly since the last tournament.

One player’s absence is casting a shadow over the tournament.

As the sport’s best players head to France, one player will be noticeably absent. Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or award winner in 2018. Hegerberg won’t be playing at this year’s World Cup, despite Norway’s qualification. She says she would not play for Norway because she felt the women’s team was not treated equally to the men’s. She’s also cited internal problems with the culture of women’s soccer. Despite her absence, Norway is still ranked in at 12 in the world and should be a team to keep your eye on.

Germany will be a force in the tournament as it looks to capture it’s third World Cup.

Germany is currently ranked No. 2 in the world and is a favorite to make a deep run in the tournament. Led by midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán and forward Alexandra Popp, the two-time champions are talented and are a real threat to both France and the U.S.

Brazil has traditionally been one of the best teams in the tournament but seems to have lost its step recently.

Brazil has typically been one of the most traditional powers entering the tournament but this year feels different. The team is looking more vulnerable than they have in the past. The country (FIFA’s no. 10) has lost nine games in a row, which has some questioning if they can make it out of the group stage.

The tournament begins June 7 and will end July 7. This means we get an entire month to watch women dominate and take over the global soccer stage.

The tournament, which will be played in nine French cities, is a celebration of the sports best. It’s is an event that should be acknowledged and praised as not only soccer gets a huge stage but women as well. In 2015, the tournament was filled with incredible matches and inspirational moments. This year should be no different as 24 countries kick off the tournament in hopes of inspiring their respective countries and millions of young girls along the way.

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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most iconic shows in the Spanish-language world. The tv show spawned some of the most beloved characters, including the namesake of the show. FIFA21 is getting in on the fun of highlighting the character to honor its 50 years of touching lives.

You can wear a special Chavo del Ocho uniform in FIFA21.

“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most culturally important shows in the Spanish-speaking world. The Mexican sitcom gifted us Chavo del 8 and Chilindrina and we are all better for knowing those characters. The show, which ran for almost nine years, is still celebrated and loved today.

The uniforms are available for only a very short time.

FIFA 21 players can access the uniform between Dec. 10 to 13. The outfit isn’t outright free. Players have to accomplish three challenges and will then be granted access to the Chavo del Ocho kit. Who wouldn’t want a chance to play in the Chavo del Ocho kit?

Soccer players who wear the kit in the game are excited to be part of the celebration.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to be part of video game history. It isn’t every day that a video game version of yourself gets to wear an outfit that gives praise to one of the greats. If there was ever a highlight in life, this would definitely be one of them.

Some are thinking of it as a sweet homage to Chespirito.

Roberto Mario “Chespirito” Gómez y Bolaños is responsible for some of Mexico’s most important characters. The actor brought several characters to life on the television but none more iconic than Chavo del Ocho. If it were not for Chespirito, we would have never got to see Chapulin Colorado fight off the bad men or Chavo del Ocho interactions with La Chilindrina.

Who else is getting excited about the debut of these kits?

READ: Snapchat Added A ‘Chavo Del Ocho’ Filter And People Across The Internet Are Happy AF

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Argentine Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60; Fans Grieve

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Argentine Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60; Fans Grieve

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Legendary Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona is dead from a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

On Wednesday, the the Argentine Football Association announced through Twitter that it “expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

Diego Maradona is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time.

When he was just 18 years old, Maradona led Argentina to a youth World Cup Victory in 1986 and played in four more World Cups after that.

It was at the ’86 World Cup that he was catapulted into global stardom for scoring a goal that would be known afterwards as the “Hand of God”. Maradona led his team to victory over England by jumping over a goalkeeper and punching the ball into the net. Afterward, he described what drove the goal: “It was a little bit with the head and a bit with the hand of God.”

After, Maradona moved to Naples, which would become his adopted home town. He solidified his superstar status by helping the struggling Naples Club clinch its first Italian league title in 1987. A second followed in 1990.

But El Pibe de Oro was as famous for his excesses as he was for his talent. He publicly struggled with drug addiction and personal crises throughout his career and after it. Post-retirement, his health suffered.

Earlier this month, Maradona had underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain. Shortly after, he was admitted to a rehab center to treat his alcohol addiction. On October 25th, he died of a heart attack in his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the wake of Maradona’s death, there has been an outpouring of grief from fans, peers, and rivals alike.

Cristiano Ronaldo took to Twitter to express his feelings about the death of a global superstar.

“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius,” wrote Ronaldo. “One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a limitless legacy and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, crack. You will never be forgotten.”

Famous Brazilian forward Pelé also wrote a touching tribute to him on Twitter.

“What sad news,” wrote Pelé. “I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to his family. One day, I hope we can play ball together in heaven.”

Fellow Argentine superstar Leo Messi posted a touching tribute to Maradona on Instagram.

The two players have always drawn parallels because of their country of origin.

Maradona’s adopted stadium of San Paolo in Naples lit up in memoriam of their greatest player.

The entire sports world grieves at the passing of such a legend. Rest in peace, Diego.

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