Six VfL Wolfsburg players are in action as the Olympic women’s football tournament gets under way in Japan. Dominique Janssen, Jill Roord, Shanice van de Sanden, Lynn Wilms plus late call-up Joelle Smits are all representing the Netherlands, while Rebecka Blomqvist is playing for Sweden.
Starting against world champions
Sweden versus USA is a classic fixture in women’s football, and now the two titans clash right at the start. As well as Blomqvist, former She-Wolves Madelen Janogy, Hedvig Lindahl and Fridolina Rolfö are in the Swedish squad.
Brazil in second match
The African confederation was only handed one place for the Olympic tournament, and it was surprisingly Zambia who claimed it. European champions and World Cup runners-up Netherlands are therefore outright favourites for their opening group game. The Dutch face their biggest challenge in their second fixture against Brazil, while third opponents China certainly fall into the ‘awkward’ category.
The She-Wolves’ Olympic group matches:
Rebecka Blomqvist (Sweden):
Wednesday 21 July 10:30 CEST, United States
Saturday 24 July 10:30 CEST, Australia
Tuesday 27 July 10:00 CEST, New Zealand
Dominique Janssen, Joelle Smits, Jill Roord, Shanice van de Sanden, Lynn Wilms (Netherlands):
Wednesday 21 July 13:00 CEST, Zambia
Saturday 24 July 13:00 CEST, Brasil
Tuesday 27 July 13:30 CEST, China