Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva, known as Cristiane, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for São Paulo FC and the Brazilian women's national team. A prolific forward, she was part of Brazil's silver medal-winning teams at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic football tournaments. In total she has participated in four FIFA Women's World Cups and four editions of the Olympic Games. At club level, Cristiane has played professionally in France, Sweden, the United States and South Korea, as well as in her native Brazil. Cristiane started her career at the local football clubs São Bernardo and Clube Atlético Juventus in São Paulo. At the age of 15, she debuted for the Brazil Under-19 team and took part in both the 2002 U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada and the 2004 U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand. In 2003, Cristiane scored one goal during one appearance as a substitute, when Brazil defended their title at the Sudamericano Femenino, she was part of the squad for the 2003 Women's World Cup, appearing as a substitute in all four of Brazil's matches.
Cristiane had her international breakthrough at the Olympic football tournament in Athens 2004. Brazil reached the final, which they lost to the United States, but still achieved their biggest international success until by winning the Olympic silver medal. With five goals, Cristiane was honored as the tournament's top scorer along with Germany's Birgit Prinz. In February 2005, Cristiane transferred from Atlético Juventus to the German women's Bundesliga club 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam. During the 2005–06 season she won the Bundesliga title and the German cup competition with Potsdam, although she was used as a substitute and had difficulties to adjust to the physical play in Germany. In the following season she was transferred to the league rival VfL Wolfsburg, where she scored seven goals during the 2006–07 season, but her problems to adapt to the style of play in Germany continued. In August 2007, Cristiane did not renew her contract in Wolfsburg and returned to Brazil to support the newly created Brazilian cup competition, the Copa do Brasil de Futebol Feminino.
Cristiane was the top scorer at the 2006 Sudamericano Femenino with 12 goals though Brazil competed with a weakened team and only finished second behind Argentina for the first time after four consecutive title defenses. In 2007, she scored. In the final, the Brazilian national team defeated the United States Under-20 squad before a crowd of 68,000 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2007 Women's World Cup Cristiane was voted the third-best player of the tournament, she scored five goals and she was the second best scorer of her team next to her strike partner, Marta. She was involved in a collision that resulted in a controversial red card for Shannon Boxx of the United States in the semifinal. Brazil reached the Women's World Cup final for the first time which they lost to defending champions Germany. Cristiane came in third for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year award. In February 2008, she signed a five-month contract until the Summer Olympics with the Swedish Damallsvenskan club Linköpings FC.
On 21 August 2008 in the Beijing Olympics, Cristiane was substituted in what looked like a repeat of the 2004 Olympics Women's Football final in that Brazil once again lost to the USA team in the final to end up with the silver. The match ended 1–0 after extra time. For the second straight Olympics, she was the tournament's leading scorer. On 28 August 2008, Cristiane joined Corinthians to play in Campeonato Paulista. On 30 August 2008, during her debut as a Corinthians player, she scored her first goal for the club, helping her team beat São José 3–1 in the Campeonato Paulista. On 24 September 2008, the Women's Professional Soccer rights to Cristiane were acquired by the Chicago Red Stars at the inaugural International Draft. Cristiane completed her move to the Red Stars on 27 February 2009. On 12 July 2009, Cristiane scored the first hat-trick in WPS history, leading the Chicago Red Stars to a 3–1 victory against FC Gold Pride, she was named to the league All-Star team. She returned to Chicago for the 2010 season, but showed less impressive form and was made a free agent after only scoring three goals in 24 appearances.
Chicago Red Stars suspended operations shortly afterwards and Cristiane decided to play the 2011 season in Brazil. Cristiane signed a three-month loan contract with Santos on 14 August 2009 to play in the Copa Libertadores, she helped her club win both competitions, scored a goal in the Copa do Brasil final. In September 2011 she joined Russian Champions League contestant WFC Rossiyanka. A year she moved to São José Esporte Clube of São José dos Campos, Brazil. Early in 2013 it was announced that Cristiane would join the Goyang Daekyo Noonnoppi WFC in South Korea´s WK-League, she quit South Korea shortly afterwards. In August 2015 Cristiane and compatriot Érika made a double transfer to French UEFA Women's Champions League contenders Paris Saint-Germain Féminines. Paris coach Farid Benstiti knew Cristiane, having been her boss at Rossiyanka. In July 2017, Cristiane joined Changchun Zhuoyue on a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain Féminines. SantosCopa Libertadores: 2009 Copa do Brasil: 20091. FFC Turbine PotsdamBundesliga: 2005–06 Runner-up at the Women's World Cup: 2007 Gold medal at the Pan American Games: 2007, 2015 Silver medal at the Summer Olympics: 2004 and 2008 Sudamericano Femenino: 2003 2014 Copa América Femenina Ecuador – Champion 2014 Copa América Femeni
Martina Müller (footballer)
Martina Müller is a retired German footballer. She played as a striker for the German national team. Müller had played at several smaller clubs at youth level, before joining the reigning German champions FSV Frankfurt in 1998; because many of club's star players, such as Birgit Prinz and Sandra Smisek, had left that summer, Müller became a regular starter and helped the team avoid relegation. After two years, she moved to SC 07 Bad Neuenahr. In 2005, she joined VfL Wolfsburg, at a time when the club had just been relegated to the second division. With 36 goals, Müller was the second Bundesliga top-scorer the following season, helping Wolfsburg to achieve immediate promotion back to the German top flight. Müller remained with Wolfsburg in their 2012–13 breakout season, when they won a treble of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and UEFA Women's Champions League. In May 2013's Champions League final at Stamford Bridge Müller scored the decisive penalty kick to defeat Olympique Lyonnais 1–0; the result halted Lyon's 118–match unbeaten run and stopped the French team winning a third successive continental title.
On 13 April 2015 she announced. Müller made her debut for the German national team against the United States in July 2000. In the following years, she won several major titles with Germany exclusively as a reserve player coming on as a late substitute. Müller won her first international trophy at the 2001 European Championship. Two years she was part of Germany's winning team at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, she scored twice in the tournament. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Müller claimed the bronze medal, she again became world champion at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, where she played in four matches, coming from the bench in all of them. She scored Germany's third goal in the semi-final against Norway. Müller won the European Championship a second time with Germany in 2009, was called up for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad. Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first: Source: Bundesliga: Winner 2012-13, 2013-14 DFB-Pokal: Winner 2012-13, 2014-15 FIFA World Cup: Winner 2003, 2007 UEFA European Championship: Winner 2001, 2009 Olympic bronze medal: 2004 UEFA Women's Champions League: Winner 2012–13, 2013–14 Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2003, 2007 German Women's Footballer of the Year: 2013 Martina Müller – FIFA competition record Profile at VfL Wolfsburg Profile at the German Football Federation Profile at Weltfussball.de
The Panthessaliko Stadium is a stadium located at Volos, Greece. The stadium was the site of football, it was opened on July 30, 2004 and has a capacity of 22,700 seats, though only 21,100 seats were made publicly available for the Olympic matches. The Panthessaliko Stadium is the home stadium of the one team of the city, Niki Volou F. C. in the Football League. Olympicproperties.gr profile Stadia.gr profile
2004 Summer Olympics
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home. The Games saw 10,625 athletes compete, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team officials from 201 countries. There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports. Athens 2004 marked the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee were in attendance. 2004 marked the return of the Olympic Games to the city where they began. Having hosted the Olympics in 1896, Athens became one of only four cities to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games on two separate occasions. A new medal obverse was introduced at these Games, replacing the design by Giuseppe Cassioli, used since the 1928 Games; this rectified the long lasting mistake of using a depiction of the Roman Colosseum rather than a Greek venue. The new design features the Panathenaic Stadium.
The 2004 Summer Games were hailed as "unforgettable, dream games" by IOC President Jacques Rogge, left Athens with a improved infrastructure, including a new airport, ring road, subway system. There have been arguments regarding the cost of the 2004 Athens Summer Games and their possible contribution to the Greek government-debt crisis, there is little or no evidence for such a correlation; the 2004 Olympics were deemed to be a success, with the rising standard of competition amongst nations across the world. The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and Russia with the host Greece at 15th place. Several World and Olympic records were broken during these Games. Athens was chosen as the host city during the 106th IOC Session held in Lausanne on 5 September 1997. Athens had lost its bid to organize the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta nearly seven years before on 18 September 1990, during the 96th IOC Session in Tokyo. Under the direction of Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Athens pursued another bid, this time for the right to host the Summer Olympics in 2004.
The success of Athens in securing the 2004 Games was based on Athens' appeal to Olympic history and the emphasis that it placed on the pivotal role that Greece and Athens could play in promoting Olympism and the Olympic Movement. Furthermore, unlike their bid for the 1996 Games, criticized for its overall disorganization and arrogance—wherein the bid lacked specifics and relied upon sentiment and the notion that it was Athens' right to organize the Centennial Games—the bid for the 2004 Games was lauded for its humility and earnestness, its focused message, its detailed bid concept; the 2004 bid addressed concerns and criticisms raised in its unsuccessful 1996 bid – Athens' infrastructural readiness, its air pollution, its budget, politicization of Games preparations. Athens' successful organization of the 1997 World Championships in Athletics the month before the host city election was crucial in allaying lingering fears and concerns among the sporting community and some IOC members about its ability to host international sporting events.
Another factor which contributed to Athens' selection was a growing sentiment among some IOC members to restore the values of the Olympics to the Games, a component which they felt was lost during the criticized over-commercialization of Atlanta 1996 Games. Subsequently, the selection of Athens was motivated by a lingering sense of disappointment among IOC members regarding the numerous organizational and logistical setbacks experienced during the 1996 Games. After leading all voting rounds, Athens defeated Rome in the 5th and final vote. Cape Town and Buenos Aires, the three other cities that made the IOC shortlist, were eliminated in prior rounds of voting. Six other cities submitted applications, but their bids were dropped by the IOC in 1996; these cities were Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan, Saint Petersburg and Cali. The 2004 Summer Olympic Games cost the Government of Greece €8.954 billion to stage. According to the cost-benefit evaluation of the impact of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games presented to the Greek Parliament in January 2013 by the Minister of Finance Mr. Giannis Stournaras, the overall net economic benefit for Greece was positive.
The Athens 2004 Organizing Committee, responsible for the preparation and organisation of the Games, concluded its operations as a company in 2005 with a surplus of €130.6 million. ATHOC contributed €123.6 million of the surplus to the Greek State to cover other related expenditures of the Greek State in organizing the Games. As a result, ATHOC reported in its official published accounts a net profit of €7 million; the State's contribution to the total ATHOC budget was 8% of its expenditure against an anticipated 14%. The overall revenue of ATHOC, including income from tickets, broadcasting rights, merchandise sales etc. totalled €2,098.4 million. The largest percentage of that income came from broadcasting rights; the overall expenditure of ATHOC was €1,967.8 million. Analysts refer to the "Cost of the Olympic Games" by taking into account not only the Organizing Committee's budget directly related to the Olympic Games, but the cost incurred by the hosting country during preparation, i.e. the large projects required for the upgrade of the country's infrastructure, including sports infrastructure, airports, power grid etc.
This cost, however, is not directly attributable to the act
Australia women's national soccer team
The Australian women's national soccer team is overseen by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia, a member of the Asian Football Confederation and the regional ASEAN Football Federation since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Matildas, having been known as the Female Socceroos before 1995. Australia is a three-time OFC champion, one-time AFC champion and one-time AFF champion, became the first national team to win in two different confederations; the team has represented Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup on five occasions and at the Olympic Games on two, although has won neither tournament. Following the 2015 World Cup, Australia was ranked ninth in the world by FIFA; the Australian Women's Soccer Association was founded in 1974 and a representative Australian team competed at the following year's Asian Women's Championship. A national team made up of players from New South Wales and Western Australia was sent to the 1978 inaugural World Women's Invitational Tournament, in Taipei, Taiwan.
Australia played against club teams at the tournament and none of the players' appearances counted as official caps. Coached by Jim Selby, the selected players were: Sandra Brentnall, Connie Byrnes, Julie Clayton, Kim Coates, Julie Dolan, Cindy Heydon, Barbara Kozak, Sharon Loveless, Toni McMahon, Sue Monteath, Sharon Pearson, Judy Pettitt, Anna Senjuschenko, Teresa Varadi, Leigh Wardell and Monika Werner. Australia's first official international match was against New Zealand at Seymour Shaw Park, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday 6 October 1979, as it was billed as the "1st Australian Women's International Soccer Test"; the Australian team listed in the match programme was Sue Monteith, Shona Bass, Kim Coates, Dianna Hall, Carla Grims, Fiana McKenzie, Sandra Brentnall, Judith Pettit, Sharon Mateljan, Julie Clayton, Cindy Heydon, Julie Dolan, Toni McMahon, Jamie Rosman, Rosie van Bruinessen and Leigh Wardell. Jim Selby remained as the managers were Noelene Stanley and Elaine Watson. A lack of resources meant.
Australia played in the first Oceania Cup in 1983 at New Caledonia, losing the final to New Zealand in extra time. It was the first time. A team would not be assembled again until the next edition of the tournament in 1986 tournament in New Zealand, which featured Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, as well as New Zealand's B team. Australia lost in the final again, beaten 4–1 by Taiwan; the late 80s had Australia encountering the American and European teams for the first time in the 1987 Women's World Invitational Tournament in Taiwan, the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in China. For the latter tournament, the players had to sew themselves the own Australian crests onto the team tracksuits. Hosting the 1989 Oceania Cup in Brisbane, the Australians finished fourth; the 1991 tournament doubled as qualifiers for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, the winner was determined by the best results from a group. Australia finished level on points with New Zealand, but had scored fewer goals, which resulted in New Zealand progressed to the World Cup as OFC representative.
Between 1991 and 1994, the Matildas played internationally during a tour of Russia in 1994. The Oceania tournament in 1994 again doubled. Again, Australia finished with New Zealand on points but this time had a superior goal difference, qualified for their first FIFA Women's World Cup. Before 1995, the nickname for the women's team was just "Female Socceroos", derivative of the male squad, thus in 1995 the Australian Women's Soccer Association joined with Special Broadcasting Service to broadcast a naming competition for the female team. Out of five names, the popular vote chose "Matildas", from the song "Waltzing Matilda"; the players themselves did not approve of the name, took years to use the moniker to describe the team. At the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, Australia were grouped with the United States and Denmark. During their opening match against Denmark, they lost 5–0. During the team's second match, a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first goal at a World Cup.
In the final group match against cup holders the United States, Australia scored first but went on to lose 4–1. The Matildas would assert their Continental strength at the 1998 Oceania Cup, which doubled as a World Cup qualifying tournament. Australia thrashed their Pacific island opposition in their group games and semi-final, before defeating hosts New Zealand in the final 3–1, qualifying for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup in USA. At the tournament, Australia was grouped with Sweden and Ghana. In their opening match, they secured their first non-loss in a World Cup match with a 1–1 draw against the Ghanaians, their following group matches were both 3–1 losses, finishing third in the group, but showing improvement on previous tournaments. Australia still did not have much attention and respect, with the Matildas forced to train with second-hand equipment from the Socceroos, not getting paid and with few games to play. To promote themselves and raise funds for the team, in 1999 the Matildas posed nude for a calendar, which sold over 40,000 u
Penalty kick (association football)
A penalty kick is a method of restarting play in association football, in which a player is allowed to take a single shot on the goal while it is defended only by the opposing team's goalkeeper. It is awarded when a foul punishable by a direct free kick is committed by a player in his or her own penalty area; the shot is taken from the penalty mark, 12 yards from the goal line and centred between the touch lines. In practice, penalty kicks result in goals more than not against the best and most experienced goalkeepers; this means that penalty awards are decisive in low-scoring games. Similar kicks are made in a penalty shootout in some tournaments to determine which team is victorious after a drawn match; the ball is placed on the penalty mark, regardless of. The player taking the kick is to be identified to the referee. Only the kicker and the defending team's goalkeeper are allowed to be within the penalty area; the goalkeeper must stand on the goal line between the goal posts. Lateral movement is allowed, but the goalkeeper is not permitted to come off the goal line by stepping or lunging forward until the ball is in play.
The assistant referee responsible for the goal line where the penalty kick is being taken is positioned at the intersection of the penalty area and goal line, assists the referee in looking for infringements and/or whether a goal is scored. When the referee is satisfied that the players are properly positioned, he/she blows the whistle to indicate that the kicker may kick; the kicker may make feinting moves during the run-up to the ball, but once the run-up is completed he/she may no longer feint and must kick the ball. The ball must be stationary before the kick, it must be kicked forward; the ball is in play once it is kicked and moves, at that time other players may enter the penalty area. Once kicked, the kicker may not touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player of either team or goes out of play. In case of an infringement of the laws of the game during a penalty kick, most entering the penalty area illegally, the referee must consider both whether the ball entered the goal, which team committed the offence.
The following infringements committed by the kicking team result in an indirect free kick for the defending team, regardless of the outcome of the kick: a teammate of the identified kicker kicks the ball instead kicker feints kicking the ball at the end of the run-up kick does not go forward kicker touches the ball a second time before it touches another player In the case of a player infringing the laws during the penalty kick, the referee may caution the player for persistent infringement. Note that all offences that occur before kick may be dealt with in this manner, regardless of the location of the offence. If the ball touches an outside agent as it moves forward from the kick, the kick is retaken. A two-man penalty, or "tap" penalty, occurs when the kicker, instead of shooting for goal, taps the ball forward so that a teammate can run on to it and shoot. If properly executed, it is a legal play since the kicker is not required to shoot for goal and need only kick the ball forward; this strategy relies on the element of surprise, as it first requires the goalkeeper to believe the kicker will shoot dive or move to one side in response.
It requires the goalkeeper to remain out of position long enough for the kicker's teammate to reach the ball before any defenders, for that teammate to place a shot on the undefended side of the goal. The first recorded tap penalty was taken by Jimmy McIlroy and Danny Blanchflower of Northern Ireland against Portugal on 1 May 1957. Another was taken by Rik Coppens and André Piters in the World Cup Qualifying match Belgium v Iceland on 5 June 1957. Arsenal players Thierry Henry and Robert Pires failed in an attempt at a similar penalty in 2005, during a Premier League match against Manchester City at Highbury. Pires ran in to take the kick, attempted to pass to the onrushing Henry, but miskicked and the ball hardly moved. Lionel Messi tapped a penalty for Luis Suárez as Suárez completed his hat-trick on 14 February 2016 against league opponents Celta de Vigo. Defending against a penalty kick is one of the most difficult tasks a goalkeeper can face. Owing to the short distance between the penalty spot and the goal, there is little time to react to the shot.
Because of this, the goalkeeper will start his or her dive before the ball is struck. In effect, the goalkeeper must act on his best prediction about; some goalkeepers decide which way they will dive beforehand, thus giving themselves a good chance of diving in time. Others try to read the kicker's motion pattern. On the other side, kickers feign and prefer a slow shot in an attempt to foil the goalkeeper; the most fruitful approach, shooting high and centre, i.e. in the space that the goalkeeper will evacuate carries the highest risk of shooting above the bar. As the shooter makes his approach to the ball, the goalke
Nigeria women's national football team
The Nigeria national women's football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. They won the first seven African championships and through their first twenty years lost only five games to African competition: December 12, 2002 to Ghana in Warri, June 3, 2007 at Algeria, August 12, 2007 to Ghana in an Olympic qualifier, November 25, 2008 at Equatorial Guinea in the semis of the 2008 Women's African Football Championship and May 2011 at Ghana in an All Africa Games qualification match; the Super Falcons have been unable to dominate beyond Africa in such arenas as the FIFA Women's World Cup or the Olympic Games. The team managed just once to finish in the top eight. In 2003, the Super Falcons turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the first round, failing to score a single goal and losing all three Group A matches, they did little better in 2007. However, they faced the group of death in both 2003 and 2007, grouped both times with rising Asian power North Korea, traditional European power Sweden, a historic women's superpower in the USA.
Nigeria hosted the African women’s championship finals for the third time in 2006, replacing Gabon, granted the right to host but pulled out citing financial difficulties, won it for the seventh time in a row. Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Ghana’s Black Queens represented Africa in China for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup; the "Falconets" are the country’s junior team, which performed creditably in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Russia when they beat Finland 8–0 before they were sent packing by Brazil in the Quarter-finals. They were the runner-up to Germany at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Nigeria played in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Canada and lost to Germany in the finals 0-1, Asisat Oshoala got both the golden ball and golden boot; the "Flamingoes" are the country’s cadet team, which qualified for the inaugural women's U-17 World Cup New Zealand 2008. The following 24 players were called-up for two Spanish-based friendly matches against Icelandic club UMF Selfoss and Canada on 4 and 8 April 2019 Official website FIFA profile