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Six pack of WWC questions ahead of Tuesday group play

So unlike the global sports media giant, this six pack of Women’s World Cup questions ahead of Tuesday’s group play is not sponsored by a major brand of beer. We just don’t have that kind of pull around here. But feel free to enjoy these anyway. Happy Fourth of July everyone.

  1. Will Birgit Prinz play? Shockingly, the German icon turned villain by the media has become more of a distraction to her team than a necessity. Her reaction to being taken off the pitch on Thursday against Nigeria was poor at best. Personally, I would like to see Alexandra Popp get a run, but Inka Grings would likely fill the role if it is not Prinz.
  2. Is France for real? Les Blues have been dominant, but Germany is the true test. If France looks good against Germany, we could seriously be looking at a semifinalist here. Along with Japan, France has been the most impressive team in this tournament.
  3. Can England finally show up? The Three Lions have been far from convincing in a 1-1 draw with Mexico and a 2-1 win over New Zealand. It is put up or shut up time against Japan. If England really is a contender, it should be able to give Japan a game.
  4. Can anyone stop Homare Sawa and Aya Miyama? Sawa has three goals and Miyama has a goal and two assists thus far. The two veteran midfielders have been on fire to open this tournament. England could be in trouble.
  5. Will New Zealand get its first point? The Football Ferns are still yet to earn a point in eight all-time Women’s World Cup games. Friday’s lead against England was the first New Zealand has ever had at halftime. Can the Kiwis get even a point for pride?
  6. Will Canada show up? Speaking of playing for pride: Nigeria and Canada face off in the ultimate ‘play for pride’ game. Canada is going home far earlier than expected after being embarrassed against France (4-0) on Friday and has to at least prove on Tuesday that it can beat Nigeria, also on zero points.
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