Monday, January 10, 2011


Since being under head coach, Carolina Morace, the CANwnt has been more successful than before.

  Carolina was born February 5 1964 in Venice, Italy. She was very successful as a player. Marking her first cap with the Italian national team as the age is 14. She scored 105 goals in just 153 appearances. Playing in the Italian national women's league, she scored 550 goals. She participated in 6 European Championships as well as in the inaugural Women's World Cup in China in 1991 where she scored 4 goals, 3 of them came from a 5-0 win against Chinese Taipei. There is no denying in her skills.

  As a coach, she made a remarkable start. Being best known for the only women to ever coach a professional men's team, Viterbese, of Italian Serie C1 in June 1999. However, she resigned after just 2 matches due to heavy media pressures. Up till June 2005 she coached the Italian women's national team. In February 2009, she took post as head coach of the CANwnt, and boy were we excited.

 Under Morace's lead, the CANwnt won the 2010 Cyprus Cup in March. Ever since, our ladies in red and white gained a new found confidence. Playing in the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup, they went 5 games without conceding a goal and scoring 17, and ultimately qualifying for the Women's World Cup 2011 in Germany. A few weeks later, the team played in the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo. They made it to the final match against Brazil, where win or tie they would clinch the title due to goal differencial and so they did, drawing 2-2 versus Marta and crew.

  No other Canadian national team, men's or women's has ever had this amount of success. What makes it even more remarkable is that Morace turned this team around in such a short amount of time to get to this point. After watching many interviews with the players, you can tell that they have so much respect and appreciation for Carolina's commitment and drive for success. With the World Cup just a few months away, the potential that this team has, and Carolina's ever thriving coaching techniques, soccer is bound to get exciting here in Canada, and quick.

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