Entertainment

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.

READ: Female Soccer Players Go For The Gold By Challenging The Men Who Run Their Teams And Sexually Harass Them

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Argentine Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60; Fans Grieve

Entertainment

Argentine Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60; Fans Grieve

Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

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.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For Covid-19 As Europe Faces Relentless Second Wave

Entertainment

Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For Covid-19 As Europe Faces Relentless Second Wave

Franck Fife / AFP via Getty Images

Europe is facing a growing second wave of infections from Covid-19. As the virus beings to spread across the continent again, countries are bringing back restrictions to protect the health of their citizens. Cristiano Ronaldo, famed soccer player, is the latest celebrity in Europe to fall victim to the virus.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest celebrity to contract Covid-19 as a second wave sweeps across Europe.

Countries throughout Europe are experiencing fresh spikes in Covid-19 cases. In the U.K., the number of cases has quadrupled. The number of cases there are now higher than they were in March when the country went on lockdown. However, according to reports, countries in Europe are trying localized restrictions to prevent new nationwide shutdowns in response to the second wave.

European soccer leagues were among the first sports in the world to resume activities.

The various European soccer leagues resumed practices and games in early June with some restrictions and new protocols to limit the spread of the virus within the sport. One of the first things put in place to protect the players was a staggered training schedule to limit the amount of contact between teammates.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was released from national team duties after a positive test for COVID-19; he will not face Sweden. The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation,” read a statement from the team. “Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol. The game, counting for the qualification phase of the League of Nations, is scheduled for Wednesday in Alvalade.”

Fans have a lot of faith that Covid-19 doesn’t stand a chance in Ronaldo’s body.

Soccer fans were so excited to see the sport come back. It is a good release and escape from reality, which is something we all desperately need nowadays. Losing one of the greatest players of the game is pretty devastating. One of the greatest things about sports is being able to watch the best truly perform, even if they are on the opposing team and delivering you a loss.

People are ready to see the man come back in better form than he left.

Sure, Ronaldo will be back to play soccer for the fans. However, there is a lot that we still don’t know about the long-term impact of contracting Covid-19.

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez confirmed in July that he was dealing with heart inflammation. The issue caused him to miss some of the restarted, abridged season. The inflammation was because of a Covid diagnosis earlier in the year. Two months later, Rodriguez was cleared by doctors to start walking and partaking in other physical activity because of his heart condition.

Some sports fans are sounding a small alarm to let people know that they should not base their own health decision on Ronaldo’s outcome.

A lot of high-profile people have contracted Covid-19. The ones with the best health insurance and healthcare have come out of their Covid diagnoses with good results. President Donald Trump recently made remarks telling people not to fear Covid after his infection prompting responses from scientists and doctors rebuking his claims.

Covid-19 is far from over. The world is bracing for a second wave, which could be deadlier than the first. Instances of re-infections are climbing with the first reported case in the U.S. happening in Nevada. The second infections have been worse than the first. Be careful. Stay vigilant. Wear a mask to protect your family and friends.

READ: The Number Of Latinos In The U.S Killed By Covid-19 Surpasses 44,500 With No Signs Of Slowing Down

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com