Today, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 comes to an end with USA coming up against Japan.
It will be Japan’s first appearance in the Final, who are vying for the title against the two-time world champions.
The game follows USA defeating France, while Japanese defeated Sweden– Both losing teams played each other in third-place game July 16, with Sweden ending victorious.
“Japan came out very strongly when they played Germany and Sweden, but we’ll be looking to control possession. That’s the message Pia will be giving us. We want the ball and we want to win by playing good football. I’m absolutely confident we can do that,” said Carli Lloyd, USA midfielder, of Japan’s recent games, reported FIFA.com.
USA is going for a third defeat. Last year, the two teams faced each other, three times USA won.
“Are they just happy to be here,” one reporter wondered of Japan’s feelings at the Final. She went on, “Or are they aiming to hold that trophy over their heads.”
President Barack Obama has faith that USA will do it once again. He cheered on the U.S. soccer team with a tweet, “Sorry I can’t be there to see you play, but I’ll be cheering you on from here. Let’s go. — BO.”
According to the Associated Press, Hillary Clinton also rooted on the USA team. It was reported that she has “the highest hopes” for an American victory and shouted “Go USA,” at the end of a news conference with the Greek foreign minister in Athens.