Matil­das to learn Cup fate

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE mam­moth chal­lenge await­ing the Matil­das as they gun for Aus­tralia’s first foot­ball World Cup tri­umph will be­come clearer this week­end.

Aus­tralia will be plucked out of the hat in Paris to­mor­row morn­ing (Qld time) along­side their group stage op­po­nents at the Women’s World Cup next year in France. As a seed, the Matil­das will avoid world cham­pi­ons and hosts United States as well as pow­er­houses Ger­many, Eng­land and Canada.

But there are other mas­sive chal­lenges like Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Nether­lands, Scan­di­na­vian gi­ants Nor­way and Swe­den, and the un­pre­dictable Brazil.

“It’s ex­cit­ing but I ac­tu­ally gen­uinely don’t care who we get in our group,” coach Alen Sta­j­cic said. “I know all the teams there, we’ve played against vir­tu­ally all of them.

“They are all at a high level now, so it’s more just an­tic­i­pa­tion of see­ing who we have to pre­pare against.”

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