FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during an awarding ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday. Reuters
The US may be favourites to retain their Women’s World Cup title but the rapid development of the game globally means they will face a tougher field than ever before when the tournament gets underway in France on Friday.
When defender Hwang Bo-ram takes to the field in France next month, she will become the first mother to play for South Korea at the Women’s World Cup, challenging traditional notions of motherhood in her homeland.
Chelsea fear it may be a parting gift, but should Wednesday’s Europa League final be Eden Hazard’s last game for the club, the Belgian is determined to go out on a high.
Pakistan were 223-9 at stumps on the second day, with Rizwan 60 not out just as he started to up the tempo of his innings with only last man Naseem Shah for company.
Pep Guardiola warned Manchester City that the straight knockout format of the Champions League final stages in Lisbon means being favourites counts for little ahead of their quarter-final clash with Lyon on Saturday.
The organisers also bid farewell to Saima Naqvi, Bazm-E-Urdu coordinator, as she is returning back to Pakistan after spending many years in the UAE.
When the Netherlands claimed the Women’s Euro 2017 title on home soil it was a surprise victory that heralded a new era for the team under coach Sarina Wiegman, whose innovation and attention to detail were largely credited with the success.