Italy’s midfielder Barbara Bonansea celebrates after scoring a goal against Australia during their Women’s World Cup match on Sunday. Reuters
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.
Veteran Carli Lloyd became the first player to score in six consecutive women’s World Cup matches as the US eased to a 3-0 win over Chile on Sunday and joined Sweden in securing their passage to the last 16.
FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body’s president Gianni Infantino. Infantino had proposed expanding the tournament and explored the idea of adding additional host nations.
Often likened to one of his country’s greatest ever players, 2019 was the year Ali Mabkhout finally eclipsed Adnan Al Talyani as the UAE’s all-time top scorer.
Bayern Munich aim to continue the Bundesliga’s current trend of teams winning on the road behind closed doors when they face Borussia Dortmund in a potential title decider on Tuesday.
There will be no audience and no handshakes with rivals, but Czech players including two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova relish the prospect of playing a tournament again.