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...on Women's All-Star team, as defender, against Germany,

to be played before Brazil-France men's match in Paris, Stade de France!

Note: Not the strongest team, as many of the best players have been left off, probably for the purpose of ensuring some "name" players rather than younger/better players, and players from a vaster array of countries, like the men's All-Star" teams in Marseille at the time of the WC Draw in Dec. '97. Good to see some women players from some countries where there are deadly struggles to allow women to compete in sports at all.


FIFA Centennial Matches: FIFA Women’s World Stars team unveiled

Zurich, 7 April 2004 -FIFA today revealed the star-studded FIFA Women’s World Stars team that will take on defending FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Germany at the Stade de France on 20 May 2004 as a part of the FIFA Centennial Matches.

Led by the coach of Sweden’s FIFA Women’s World Cup runner-up team, Marika Domanski Lyfors, along with French national team coach Elisabeth Loisel, the team features 18 of the world’s top female football players, with representatives hailing from each of the six confederations across the globe.

Preceding the match between reigning FIFA World Cup™ champion Brazil and defending European champion France, the FIFA Women’s World Stars - Germany match will no doubt provide the spark to kick off a night of football to remember.



LOISEL Elisabeth, FRA

Goalkeepers (2)



Defenders (6)


HOOPER Charmaine, CAN



WANG Liping, CHN


Midfielders (6)

BOXX Shannon, USA




SAWA Homare, JPN


Strikers (4)


PICHON Marinette, FRA




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Guest Jeffery S.

Related, re Women's Champion's League in Europe.

Holder Umea beat out Brondby women in the semi-finals, and will face the winner of the return match between Frankfurt and rival Swedish team Malmo, to go on the 11th, who drew scoreless in the first leg. Brazil's Marta is shining for Umea.

In other news, and related to an important ommission in the World All-Stars squad, Hannah Ljungberg is out for a few more months with a serious knee injury (cruciate ligaments) she sustained in practice in late January. She is likely to miss the Olympics as well.

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Hooper shows interest in coaching...from Share newspaper

Share newspaper is distributed around Toronto (as "Canada's Largest Ethnic Newspaper") April 1st, 2004 edition.


Hooper still shocked by loss to Mexico


It still bothers Charmaine Hooper that the Canadian women's soccer team did not qualify for this summer's Athens Olympics.

Canada, ranked 11th in the world, suffered a devastating 2-1 loss to the 30th ranked Mexicans in a regional qualifying tournament last month in Costa Rica.

"It's unbelievable," said Hooper who is still reeling from the shock. "I still can't believe that we didn't qualify. How can a team go from finishing fourth in the World Cup to not even qualifying from its group for the Olympics?"

Hooper, Canada's most capped soccer player with 115 international appearances, believes the loss is a major setback for the national program.

"The budget is likely to be decreased and we may not get attractive matches in the near future because of that loss," she added. "It's going to impact negatively and I think it will set the program back."

Canada was heavily favoured to advance to the Olympics after an impressive showing in last year's World Cup when the team reached the Final Four before losing to eventual champions Sweden.

In addition, Canada had posted an impregnable record against the Mexicans going into their Olympic qualifier, with the national side winning the last 10 meetings while outscoring the Mexicans 38-4.

In spite of the setback, Hooper still believes that Canada can qualify for the 2008 Olympics and continue to climb the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) ranking.

"The nucleus of our squad is young and the future is bright once the core group stays together," said Hooper, who along with 17-year-old striker Kara Lang who scored a hat-trick against Mexico last September, accepted the Female Team of the Year award at the Canadian Sports Awards last week in Toronto.

"This is the first time that the female program has received a national award. It obviously comes as recognition for the strides we have made in the sport and I hope it will inspire the younger players to continue to perform at a high level."

Coaching career

The 36-year-old Hooper, who has been with the national women's program since its inception in 1986, says she would like to pursue coaching after her playing career is finished.

"I never planned on how long I would play the sport," she said when asked if she's considering retirement with no major tournaments on the horizon. "I will just continue to train with some male players in Chicago and run some coaching clinics in Ottawa."

The void for top class soccer grew larger for Hooper when the US Women's professional league folded after the 2003 season.

Hooper played for the Chicago Cobras and the Atlanta Beat and was rewarded for her accomplishments by being elected into the United Soccer League Hall of Fame in 2002.

She was the second leading scorer in the women's league last season and also led the association in match-winning goals.

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Just to keep this on the same thread, Frankfurt came back with four goals in the last 20 minutes to beat Malmo 4-1 and go into the Womens Champions Cup vs. holders Umea of Sweden.

The final will likely be played home and away the two weeks before this Centennial match on the thread topic, last game in Germany.

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yea, and they played something called soccer NOT pellerud ball ...

the players that really impressed were france's pinoche and usa's boxx ... sweden's svenson looked pretty good too ...

too bad canada can't buy their services ...

oh but what would pellerud do with them ...

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talking about france's mariette pinoche ...

she just signed with the w-league new jersey wildcats ...

the wildcats have a date against the toronto inferno on jul 16 ...

good chance to see one of the premier women players in the world ....

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