In photos: Five female footballers to look out for at the Olympics

With women’s soccer group games already underway in Tokyo even before the Olympics have officially begun, we list five footballers who can star for their team in the coming days.

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The most valued player of the National Women’s Soccer League in 2018, Lindsey Horan was a major part of the US team that won the World Cup in 2019. She plays a very important role as a midfielder in the US team. She will have redemption on her mind, after the team had to exit early from the Rio Olympics, losing in a penalty shootout to Sweden. (Photo credit: Twitter @LindseyHoran)
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One of the best strikers in modern women’s soccer, Vivianne Miedema is the all-time leading goal-scorer in the FA Women’s Soccer League. She has scored the most international goals for Netherlands across both men’s and women’s teams. The women’s squad didn’t feature in Rio 2016 and the fourth-ranked team would look to make it big this time, having beaten Zambia 10-3 already in the Group Stage game. (Photo credit: Twitter @VivianneMiedema)
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Having scored 40 goals for Brazil, Debinha, who has won the NWSL twice, will try and pull her team onto the podium this time. Brazil missed out on bronze medal by one goal and has started off well, beating China 5-0 in the group stage. Debinha has been termed as one of the best footballers in the world by the USA’s coach. She can well tear through the toughest defences and has to do the same at Tokyo this time. (Photo credit: Twitter @Debinha7)
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The skipper of Canada’s national team Christine Sinclair is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist. She has won Canada’s player of the year a whopping 14 times. She has scored the highest number of international goals (186), between both men and women. At 38, she is still kicking it around and Canada’s opening game against Japan will be her 300th game in the national jersey. After two successive bronzes, Sinclair, at the fag end of her career, would undoubtedly gun for gold. (Photo credit: Twitter @brfootball)
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Samantha Kerr, the captain of the Australian team, is the all-time leading scorer in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US. She is able to turn the game upside down at any time and can perfectly blend speed and strength into her game. At Rio, Australia lost out to Brazil in the quarters, and this time, will try to go two steps ahead. (Photo credit: Twitter @samkerr1)