Christine Sinclair and the Canadian National Soccer Team
Born in 1983, Christine Margaret Sinclair is Canada’s captain of the soccer national squad. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. She started her professional career in 2001 with the Vancouver Breakers, after participating in the 2000 Algarve cup, a senior-level competition, at the age of 16. She’s a CONCACAF champion, and a two-time Olympic bronze medalist (London 2012, Rio 2016). She has also played over fifteen years with the senior national team, having participated in five FIFA Women’s World Cups. She is Canada’s all-time leading scorer and the second all-time international goal scorer for males or females with 181. Sinclair is also the most capped international woman footballer with 283 caps.
Considered as Canada’s greatest player of all time, as well as one of the foremost women soccer players in history, she is an intelligent and strong forward. Known for her technique, filed vision, and skills, she represents an offensive threat, with highly prolific scoring abilities. Christine Sinclair is known as a versatile and hard-working player, with an acute passing capability. Her easiness to read the game allows her to create opportunities for her teammates. Her timely scoring bursts in important games that have labeled her as a “big game” player in the media (as, for example, her three goals against the US in the 2012 Olympic Games semi-finals).
Canada’s National Women’s Soccer Team
In this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup held in France, Canada was included in Group E. That means that Canada is competing with The Netherlands, Cameroon and New Zealand. After qualifying as one of the three CONCACAF (the Confederation Of North, Central American and Caribbean Football) participants (along with Jamaica and the US), Canada has already advanced to the round of sixteen, with wins over Cameroon (1-0) on June 10th and over New Zealand (2-0) on June 15th. It will close off this round on the 20th against The Netherlands. With a win over The Netherlands, Canada would face either England or Japan in the round of 16. With a loss, it would face the US or Sweden.
Canada’s best results so far have been reached in the 2003 World Cup, being defeated in the semi-finals by the US team. In 2015, while hosting the event, Canada reached the quarter-finals, only to lose to England. Canada tries to win it all under the direction of Kenneth Heiner-Møller. A Danish football manager and former player, he has managed women’s teams in Lyngby and Brøndby (both cities in Denmark), then the Denmark national women’s team from 2006 to 2013, before becoming in 2015 the Canadian’s women team assistant manager. He helped Canada win a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. He got his promotion to head manager of the Canadian women’s team in January 2018.