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Interesting tidbits about Hegerberg's upbringing from NYT:

Hegerberg’s parents instituted various rules — though they were meant to embolden their children, not constrict them.

For example, they never drove their children to soccer practice. “They had to go to training by running or by bike,” Stein Erik Hegerberg said. “If it’s not important for you, then you won’t go.”

The Hegerberg children were encouraged to make their own choices, and to learn from their own mistakes. And, above all, they were told to always, always remain humble.

“You can always criticize upward,” Stein Erik Hegerberg said, “but never kick downward.”

Those values, at the same time, will keep her away from the biggest platform of all: the Women’s World Cup next summer in France. Last year, Hegerberg quit the Norwegian team after determining the organization was not — in her view — doing enough to support the women’s program.

Hegerberg’s decision to quit the national team kept her up for many sleepless nights, she said. But after she made the announcement, she said she felt a huge weight lifted from her shoulders. The new peace of mind, she mused, has played a role in her ascent as a player.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/11/sports/ada-hegerberg-lyon-ballon-dor-twerk.html?emc=edit_th_181212&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=770267681212

 

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On 12/12/2018 at 12:31 PM, red card said:

Interesting tidbits about Hegerberg's upbringing from NYT:

Hegerberg’s parents instituted various rules — though they were meant to embolden their children, not constrict them.

For example, they never drove their children to soccer practice. “They had to go to training by running or by bike,” Stein Erik Hegerberg said. “If it’s not important for you, then you won’t go.”

The Hegerberg children were encouraged to make their own choices, and to learn from their own mistakes. And, above all, they were told to always, always remain humble.

Both her parents played professionally and it was an intense soccer upbringing. The more interesting observation is that she and older sister Andrine (PSG women) played with boys until they were teenagers.

Her national team walkout was driven by the country coming in last in the Euro last year with no goals scored (i.e. the best player in the world did not score in the entire tournament). She trains in Lyon with the best players in the world in an extremely well-run program and is more of a northern Norwegian in her directness and holds no quarter when things are not to the highest standard. Especially in a country with that kind of resources (no national debt and if you divided up the surplus everyone is a millionaire).

Great players hate to lose and more than anything hate to be shamed. We had something similar in 1999 after being embarrassed by the Russians and Americans. That was a pivotal moment that completely turned our program around from amateur to world class.

Norway were way ahead of us in developing the women's game and were the original powerhouse in the first two World Cup finals against the Americans and Germans (countries 20-100 times their size). They had great vision and were way ahead of the curve. They were in medal games in four of the first five World Cups but other countries have caught up and they haven't been in one since 2007. They floundered for a decade and then finally the complete bomb-out last year.

Hopefully it's all just evolutionary and an advanced women's football society going full circle and finding it's way back to the beginning, difficult as that may be though because of the height of that beginning.

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footofeminin.fr   reporting  that the  twelve  tournament participants for the  2019 Algarve Cup have been settled and Canada is among them. Other tournaments also updated . According to footofemin.fr  there's no France or Germany:

SheBelievesCup (February 27, March 2 and 5)
UNITED STATES*
JAPAN*
ENGLAND*
BRAZIL*

Nations Cup (February 28, March 3 and 6)
ARGENTINA*
AUSTRALIA*
SOUTH KOREA*
NEW ZEALAND*

Algarve Cup (February 26, March 1, 4 and 6)
CANADA*
CHINA*
DENMARK
ICELAND
NORWAY*
NETHERLANDS*
PORTUGAL
RUSSIA
SCOTLAND*
SPAIN*
SWEDEN*
SWISS

Cyprus Cup (February 26th, 1st, 4th and 6th of March)
CZECH REPUBLIC
FINLAND
NORTH KOREA
SOUTH AFRICA*
HUNGARY
ITALY*
MEXICO
THAILAND*
AUSTRIA
BELGIUM
NIGERIA*
SLOVAKIA

Alanya Cup (February 25 to March 6)
Announcement of teams waiting

https://www.footofeminin.fr/International-Les-participants-des-tournois-majeurs-de-mars_a15399.html

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In terms of interesting it goes from 0 to 100 really quickly if we meet the Netherlands in a placement game.

The Algarve is a step down with the SheBelieves taking out four heavyweights, but there are still a few quality teams from Northern Europe (Danes, Norwegians, Swedes, Dutch)  and Spain is a sleeping giant.

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No schedule  yet for the 2019 Algarve Cup , but according to  fpf.pt   Canada is in group A  with ( 22 ) Iceland and ( 20 ) Scotland. It seems that the tournament is going with 4 groups of  three instead of 3 groups of four --  like in past editions:

Grupo A
Canadá (5.º), Islândia (22.º) e Escócia (20.º)

Grupo B
Espanha (12.º), Holanda (7.º) e Polónia (34.º)

Grupo C
Noruega (13.º), Dinamarca (17.º) e China (15.º)

Grupo D
Suécia (9.º), Suíça (18.º) e Portugal (32.º)

https://www.fpf.pt/News/Todas-as-notícias/Notícia/news/19966/contextid/1111

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1 hour ago, Vic said:

Any idea who the divisive player is?

"While many talked of the Matildas being thick as thieves, more than one player said one of their teammates was regarded as problematic by her peers. It was claimed that while Stajcic was super demanding of everyone else in his squad, this player seemed to abide by another set of rules. It was also alleged that the player refused to turn up to team meetings, would walk out of video sessions and yet was frequently selected in starting line-ups."

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I caught a feed of Atletico Madrid v Malaga today.

The quality of play was so incredibly high. We don't have anything remotely or fractionally near it.

We are so completely, utterly, massively and royally f#*ked.

Hate to harsh the mellow but Canadian women's soccer is Dead Man Walking.

We have a limited chance of success in France this summer but it's the least kick at the cat.

Well probably always have a Buchanan or Lawrence or Fleming, kind of like our men with Davies or Hoilett or Larin, but we can't put 11 on a field like others will be able to.

And we know the ranking of that formula / scenario.

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On 1/26/2019 at 7:35 AM, Vic said:

I caught a feed of Atletico Madrid v Malaga today.

The quality of play was so incredibly high. We don't have anything remotely or fractionally near it.

We are so completely, utterly, massively and royally f#*ked.

Hate to harsh the mellow but Canadian women's soccer is Dead Man Walking.

We have a limited chance of success in France this summer but it's the least kick at the cat.

Well probably always have a Buchanan or Lawrence or Fleming, kind of like our men with Davies or Hoilett or Larin, but we can't put 11 on a field like others will be able to.

And we know the ranking of that formula / scenario.

Women's CPL is coming. I just hope it comes soon.

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China becomes another country where sanction of a top-level men's program requires a women's program as well.

https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/women-s-game-receives-fresh-impetus-in-china?_branch_match_id=587778880683530053

"This is a pattern on which we can model our women's game. So we have decided that each CSL [Chinese Super League] side should have a women's team by 2020 so the men's game will lend their strengths to the women's game."

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