Chastain talks to Shape Magazine about winning the Women’s World Cup for the U.S.
For all of us who were involved with the national team in the ’99 World Cup Game, it was a lifelong commitment to being the best that we could be and to ultimately bring all of that into play during the entire tournament. When Briana Scurry (U.S. goalkeeper) made the block on China’s third kicker, I knew right away that we would win the game. We had already made three kicks ourselves and that was such a huge turning point. It just solidified the confidence I had, and I knew we would win.
A study published in Quartz shows that all of the World Cup teams that ban sex for players, such as Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico, and Chile, fail to advance past the round of 16 in the knockout stage of the tournament. Other teams, such as Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and the Netherlands, have no ban on sex and advance at least to the quarterfinals.
Donovan talks to Shape Magazine about how he is working out and training for the World Cup.
You got me I do Pilates. I love Pilates because we do very specific training in soccer for the same six or seven muscles, but we neglect so many other muscles. So when I do Pilates it helps get all the rest of the muscles in shape and gets them working together. I feel better when I do it once a week. I like doing yoga but haven’t done it as much lately. I think when I retire I’ll do more of it.
In the final England beat Germany 4-2 after extra time at Wembley Stadium in London, with an attendance of 96,924. The England team become known as the “wingless wonders”, on account of their then-unconventional narrow attacking formation, described at the time as a 4–3–3.
After seven days missing, the Jules Rimet trophy is found by a border collie named Pickles. It has been wrapped in newspaper and dumped at the bottom of a South London garden hedge. Pickles discovers the cup while on a walk with his owner, dockworker David Corbett. Other reports say the trophy is propped up against the wheel of a car parked next to the hedge. Pickles is treated as a national hero in England.
The £30,000 solid gold Jules Rimet trophy disappears while a church service is taking place in another part of the building. Thieves remove the cup from the Sport with Stamps display at the Stampex exhibition, but stamps worth £3m were left behind. Vice-chairman of the Football Association Council, Jack Stewar was reluctant to accept blame for the trophy’s disappearance but said:
We are responsible for it in the end because we are the organizing association
Police are looking for a suspicious man in his early 30s, of average height with thin lips, greased black hair and a possible scar on his face.