Fifty-seven days and counting
There are only 57 days until Germany faces Canada to kick off the Women's World Cup, and I think it's going to be huge. Matter of fact, I know it's going be huge. The first game has already sold out to the 70,000 people expected at the Olympic stadium in Berlin.
Finally, there's some buzz about women's soccer. Finally, we get the recognition that we fought so long for. Finally, the one thing that every professional soccer player dreams about is here. The 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany will be written into history books.
The Women's World Cup has been around for five cycles (this being the sixth), and Sweden has managed to qualify every time. For me, it's my second one as a player, and I can't believe it has been four years since I played in China 2007.
I remember going to China and not knowing what to expect. Being in a big country was overwhelming. Just going to practice took forever, with all the traffic and people walking in the way. It was kind of funny to arrive at the training ground and see it surrounded by ... police officers with machine guns? I thought to myself that they better be careful with those guns so they don't shoot the players by accident.
The set up in general was like China, BIG. Obviously, there were a lot of people during the games because China has 15 percent of the world's population, and all those people have to be somewhere, right? China was an awesome experience, and although Sweden didn't do as well as we wanted soccer-wise, I have memories I'll carry with me forever.
But now, four years have passed, and we're only 57 days from what I think will be the best Women's World Cup in history. All the teams have worked so hard to make it to Germany, and these games will prove how much women's soccer has developed. I think everyone is going to be impressed when they watch different teams play. Even for me, I've seen how well women's soccer is doing and how fast it is growing. Details like technical movements, keeping possession, and scoring amazing goals are just some of the ingredients that you can expect to see.
And Germany, especially, is going to be the perfect host. They have an amazing team and, as it is a soccer country, fans have already generated so much excitement about this summer's Cup. With more than 500,000 tickets already sold, this is going to be the WWC of a lifetime.
We're playing for our countries and also for you, the fans. We know you want to be entertained, and we are prepared to be your entertainment. So here's my advice: If you haven't bought a ticket yet, go do it. This summer is going to be something you don't want to miss.