With fewer top teams around the continent, women's football in Europe has the luxury of breaking more frequently for international play. It's a luxury if you love international football or a subtle annoyance if you prefer the club game. No matter your preference, the most recent break in play offers a trio of attractive international tournaments, as the women's federations of the world hit pause on league play in favor of the Cypress Cup, the SheBelieves Cup and the Algarve Cup, each of which kicks off play in the next few days.
Given the growth of the game and spread in media coverage, these three tournaments are likely to battle it out for P.R. supremacy in the near future, meaning the Algarve Cup's once undisputed standing as a “mini-World Cup” is in danger. With the United States and England taking part in the SheBelieves Cup in the states, the majority of the world's eyes will likely be turned towards Orlando on Thursday when the United States, the reigning World Champions, take on England.
However, if you'd like to get a jump on your international football itch, never fear, Roma is here, as four Giallorosse players could potentially see action in the first round of the Algarve Cup tomorrow in Portugal.
So, let's have a look!
Denmark vs. Norway
A late addition to the Denmark squad, Roma forward Amalie Thestrup could be in line to earn her third senior call-up with the Danish National Team. Thestrup has been an important piece in Betty Bavagnoli's 4-3-3 this season, serving as a focal point between the club's blazing fast wingers. Thestrup has made 12 league appearances for Roma this season, including nine starts, and has scored three goals.
Thestrup and the rest of the Danes kick-off the tournament tomorrow at 15:00 CET/9:00 EST. The victor advances to take on the winner of the Germany v. Sweden match.
The match will be streamed right on the Danish National Team's Twitter and Facebook Accounts.
Portugal vs. Italy
The Azzurre will feature three Roma standouts in this tournament, including World Cup mainstays Elisa Bartoli and Manuela Giugliano, as well as Agnese Bonfantini, who was a late addition following the removal of Milan-based players due to COVID-19 concerns.
With Giugliano nursing an ankle injury and Bonfantini likely down in the pecking order behind the likes of Cristiana Girelli, Barbara Bonansea and Daniela Sabatino, among others, Bartoli seems like the only safe bet to play, adding to her list of caps that dates back to 2013. Though if Giugliano can go, she's Italy's best midfielder, while not many players in Italy are as hot as Bonfantini right now, so Roma could make it a perfect 3-for-3 in tomorrow's fixture.
Italy and Portugal take the pitch at 21:15 CET/3:15 EST. The match will be streamed via RaiSport. The winner advances to play the winner of Belgium and New Zealand.
Not to be forgotten, Andressa Alves will join the rest of the Brazilian Nation Team as they travel to France for the inaugural Tournoi de France. Brazil takes on the Netherlands tomorrow at 1 PM EST.