John DeBenedictis, author of, The Last 9 Seconds: The Secrets to Scoring Goals on the Last Touch (DeBenedictis Books 2013)Last-9-Seconds-WebCover2.jpg

Only One Team has scored in 8 out of 12 Games at Women’s World Cup

The 2015 Women’s World Cup has just begun and already goals are hard to come by. So far, out of the first 12 games played, only one team has scored in eight of those games. This means that only one goal was needed to win a game. In fact 4 of those 8 games ended with a 1-0 result.

The importance of scoring that one goal can be the difference between victory and defeat. Strikers are under intense pressure to score and if they don’t, the media are quick to start asking questions. Even the best strikers in the world will get scrutinized which is why it’s the goal scorers who will either emerge as our new heros or be labeled as failures.

There’s incredible pressure on the Strikers. How unfair!

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Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, authors of, Food Guide for Women’s Soccer (Meyer & Meyer Sport 2015)Food Guide for Women's Soccer

Women’s World Cup Nutrition

Ever wonder what soccer players from various nations eat during the World Cup? Are their diets ‘true to their culture’? One clue is the way the players, who travel the world, have adapted various typical dishes from other countries with the use of ingredients native to their own culture. In “Food Guide for Women’s Soccer”, Japanese team captain Aya Miyama (who scored on a PK in Japan’s first game and win) shares her recipe for Japanese-Style Hamburgers. They include Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and Tonkastu, a typical Japanese sauce (or steak sauce with ketchup if you can’t find her version). 

Stay tuned for more from the World Cup!


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