Carli Lloyd celebrates scoring for USA at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.Carli Lloyd celebrates scoring for USA at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.LLOYD

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

“I’ll know when it is time to hang up my boots”

Carli Lloyd is undoubtedly one of the hardest-working players to ever take the field and that work ethic has paid rich dividends.

Scorer of the goals that secured gold medals at both the 2008 and 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments are the kind of achievements that would satisfy any athlete. But the goalscoring attacking midfielder is also notably the only player to score a hat-trick in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final™.

One of the greatest players in the history of women’s football has been a key figure throughout a golden decade for USA. Now 38, Lloyd is not done just yet with the Tokyo Olympics still in her sights.

In conversation with FIFA.com, the iconic New Jersey native shares her thoughts on succeeding in the big moments, her insatiable appetite for improvement, next year’s Olympics and the 2023 Women’s World Cup Down Under.

Carli Lloyd is undoubtedly one of the hardest-working players to ever take the field and that work ethic has paid rich dividends.

Scorer of the goals that secured gold medals at both the 2008 and 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments are the kind of achievements that would satisfy any athlete. But the goalscoring attacking midfielder is also notably the only player to score a hat-trick in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final™.

One of the greatest players in the history of women’s football has been a key figure throughout a golden decade for USA. Now 38, Lloyd is not done just yet with the Tokyo Olympics still in her sights.

In conversation with FIFA.com, the iconic New Jersey native shares her thoughts on succeeding in the big moments, her insatiable appetite for improvement, next year’s Olympics and the 2023 Women’s World Cup Down Under.

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CAMEROON

“Emulating the 1990 generation will take a lot of work”

Rigobert Song was only 17 when he played in his first FIFA World Cup™ at USA 1994.

Four years after watching Cameroon’s epic run to the Italy 1990 quarter-finals on television, the teenager found himself lining up alongside his idols for an adventure that would pave the way for a move to Europe and the launch of a fine career.

When he was then shown a red card in his side’s second-round match against eventual champions Brazil, the defender could not have imagined that he would go on to take part in three further editions, at France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010, and join a very exclusive club of Cameroonians featuring Jacques Songo’o and Samuel Eto’o to grace the game’s flagship…

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