Interesting Jewish Facts About The 2019 Women’s World Cup

There may not be any Jewish players in the World Cup, but there is still a presence

At the FIFA Women’s World Cup which started on June 7th and will continue to run till July 7th in France, there aren’t any Jewish players. However, that hasn’t stopped the top-ranked team from the U.S. from looking for their second Cup in a row.

While there aren’t any Jewish players at this years FIFA Women’s World Cup, there are still plenty of fun Jewish facts about the tournament. Let’s take a look at seven of them.

  • Telemundo’s Jewish play-by-play team – Two of the play-by-play announcers for Telemundo are Jewish, Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovanik.
  • Israel didn’t qualify, however, an Israeli player will be in the tournament – It’s unfortunate that Israel’s women’s national football team has never qualified for a World Cup. However, Sashana Campbell is an international player who plays for an Israeli club and she has qualified for this year’s tournament.
  • Carli Lloyd’s coach was a Holocaust survivor – Carli Lloyd has played for the United States since 2005. For the tournament, she will be a co-captain for her country’s team. While she isn’t Jewish, her high school coach Rudi Klobach was born in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1944. He moved to the U.S. when he was four years old. He used to watch Lloyd play and say, “That’s my girl” before he passed away in January 2015.
  • A former Jewish U.S. national team player heads a player’s association – A Jewish soccer player by the name of Yael Averbuch used to play or the U.S. women’s national team. She announced that she was suspending her playing career before the 2019 season began. While this was distressing news, she remains quite involved with the National Women’s Soccer League.
  • A British Jewish TV host stars in one of the World Cup’s ads – There are plenty of World Cup-themed ads to keep you entertained for a while. Claudia Winkleman, from BBC, stars in a fun Head & Shoulders shampoo advertisement.
  • Volkswagen has a major presence – Volkswagen’s CEO Herbert Diess said that the company is committed to fighting anti-Semitism. He went on to say that because of the company’s history in WWII, it is obligated to care about racism and anti-Semitism.
  • One of the biggest fans of the U.S. women’s squad is Ruth Bader Ginsburg – The Jewish justice was chosen by the U.S. women’s team defender Becky Sauerbrunn as the woman that inspires her.
  • These facts should keep you entertained until the World Cup explodes.

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