With both Great Britain and Mexico making sparkling — and undefeated — runs to the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade gold medal game, you know that some sublime football awaits.
Headlined by three players that would play their way onto the national team — Sandra Stephany Mayor, Verónica Charlene Corral and Mónica Desirée Monsivais — Mexico routed South Africa 4-1 for their place in the final. While Mexico certainly hopes their first Summer Universiade women’s football medal is gold, their final challenge is a monumental one as Great Britain looks to improve on their silver medal performance from the Belgrade 2009 Summer Universiade.
And what a team Great Britain has, headlined by Izzy Christiansen who helped lead her country to U-19 gold at the 2009 European Championship. Joining the University of Birmingham captain in the midfield and forward positions are fellow standouts Fran Kirby, Aileen Whelan, Danielle Carter-Loblack and several others that would go on from the Summer Universiade to have successful professional careers in the English Premier League.
Who will claim their country’s first Summer Universiade women’s gold medal in football? It’s time for the story be retold as we relive the action on Thursday 21 May, at 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT).