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🏅 Four women's players to watch as the Olympics approaches

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Emily Wilson

With less than 50 days left until the Olympics, the upcoming women’s international break will give key insight into how the teams will perform at the summer games.

Hosts Japan will compete against Great Britain, Chile, China, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Zambia, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and the United States for medals.

Here are four players you need to watch out for during the upcoming friendlies as the teams prepare for Tokyo.

Christiane Endler (Chile)

Throughout the 2020/21 season, goalkeeper Christiane Endler has been a key figure for Paris Saint-Germain in their fight for the Division 1 Féminine title and during their route to the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Coincidentally, her recent performances are set to carry over to international duty and the Chile captain’s performance in between the sticks will be crucial against Germany and in Tokyo.

Sam Kerr (Australia)

After a spectacular season with Chelsea across all competitions, there’s no doubt plenty of eyes will be on Sam Kerr to see if she can bring her good fortune to the national team.

In particular, how she links up with her fellow Australians against Sweden will give key insight to see how they plan on getting the most out of her in Tokyo.

Catarina Macario (USA)

Another star to watch from Division 1 Féminine is Catarina Macario who plays with Lyon.

The 21-year-old American is deemed as one of the bright stars of the future and has already made a spot for herself in the talent-packed USWNT’s squad — sometimes even as a starter.

Depending on her performances during the friendlies, the agile midfielder could make the Olympic team and be one to watch in Tokyo.

Lieke Martens (Netherlands)

2020/21 treble-winner Lieke Martens also makes the list after acting as a key figure for Barcelona throughout the entire season.

Her individual performance in this year’s Champions League final, in particular, showed that the 2017 Best FIFA Women’s Player award winner continues to be a powerhouse in women’s football.

If her good form continues in the Netherlands’ two friendlies, the midfielder will undoubtedly be a game-changing player to watch as the Dutch chase gold.

After the international break, the Tokyo Olympics will kick off on 21 July with Great Britain against Chile.