Next Sunday the Women’s World Cup will kickoff in Canada. Albania’s women did not get a ticket to the final tournament however we do have two women with Albanian roots participating in the WC this summer.
The first one is a household name, 26-year-old Kosovare Asllani has of course been called up to Sweden’s National Team. The Swedish born Paris Saint-Germain player made her first team debut back in 2008. Sweden are lined up against Australia, Nigeria and United States in the group stage. The first game is played next Sunday evening (European time) against Nigeria. Bare in mind that PSG lost the Champions League final just recently so I bet Asllani has her mend set to lift another trophy instead.
What is a Swiss National Team without an Albanian? Switzerland have called up a rather unknown name, Florijana Ismaili, born in 1995. Playing for Young Boys in Switzerland the young midfielder has been a part of the first team since last year so this is going to be her first World Cup. Switzerland have ended up in the same group as Cameroon, Ecuador and Japan. Their first round is played against reigning champs Japan on Tuesday night.
I know you guys are wondering why Asllani’s team-mate Fatmire Alushi isn’t mentioned. She will not represent Germany this time around since she will take a year off due to her prengnancy. So will have to cheer on a duo instead of a trio this summer.
Let us all wish Kosovare Asllani and Florijana Ismaili the best of luck!