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Aug 5, 2023Liked by Phuoc Nguyen (Fook Win)

The question was who do I want to win, so England. But the article was asking who I think will win. So japan.

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No Hina in the 11 again. =( Looks like Jun has cemented the starting spot for that position. But I expect Hina to get decent minutes.

This is a killer lineup, though. Yamashita in goal, Shimizu, Minami & Kumagai the back three, then Miyazawa, Nagano, Tanaka, Takahashi, Endo, Hasegawa, and Fujino. I hesitate to assign position roles, given how fluid their positioning is, but Hasegawa will be their 10 most of the time, with Tanaka and Fujino the primary attackers. Miyazawa has been more about making fast runs from the attacking midfield. Endo tends to stay left, but covers a lot of ground vertically.

I'm worried about this match: Norway tower over Japan and set pieces will be hard to defend. But Norway also have nowhere near the depth of quality. Now I just have to keep my ancient arse awake...

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Wow, first I picked Popp to win the Golden Boot, then German y is eliminated, then I picked Lauren James from England and like a curse she gets a Red Card last night. England played on bravely with 10 and won in penalties a game that Nigeria actually outplayed them most of the time.

Super Happy for our former Thorns Raso (three goals), Carpenter, Foord (winning goal last night, Steph Catley (2 goals and Captain) and Claire Polkinghorn on the suddenly amazing Aussie defense. A big test coming up France, that is unless Morocco wins.

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Just woke up and saw what happened. Smith to Chelsea? Vlatko to Thorns?

I need more sleep.

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