The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off in France on Friday with 24 teams battling to be crowned world champions.
Barcelona will have 15 players at the tournament, more than any other club, representing five countries (Spain, Brazil, Netherlands, England and Nigeria). There is also Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen, who will join the club on July 1 from Wolfsburg.
Here’s a look at the Barcelona Femeni stars who will be in France for the World Cup over the next couple of weeks and how you can watch them in action.
The Spain squad is simply packed full of Barca stars with 10 players from the club hoping to help La Roja to victory in France.
Goalkeeper Sandra Paños and defenders Marta Torrejón, Andrea Pereira, Maria Leon and Leila Ouahabi have all made the cut. They are joined by midfielders Patri Guijarro, Vicky Losada, Aitana Bonmatí and Alexia Putellas and forward Mariona Caldentey.
Midfielder Bonmati is definitely one to watch at the tournament. She has come through the ranks at Barca but has already demonstrated her quality for club and country despite only turning 21 in January.
Spain have been handed a testing draw and are in Group B with Germany, China and South Africa. They will be bidding to make it to the knockout stages for the first time.
Germany are one of the favourites to lift the trophy, and if Spain do progress as group runners-up they are likely to face holders and favourites United States in the last 16.
Fixtures: Spain vs South Africa, Saturday June 8; Spain vs Germany, Wednesday June 12; Spain vs China, Monday June 17
Netherlands are the reigning European champions and their most famous player is Barcelona winger Lieke Martens.
Martens was named the world’s best player in 2017 and is a tricky winger known for her dribbles, assists and goals. The Dutch star has admitted in an interview with The Guardian that her idol was Ronaldinho growing up and was happy to explain why.
“Because I was a Barça fan. He had long hair like me and great dribbles. I loved him. He was technical, made a lot of goals.”
Barcelona defender Stefanie van der Gragt is also in the squad but comes into the tournament after a season disrupted by injury.
Netherlands are in Group E along with New Zealand, Cameroon and Canada and will be expected to make it through the group stages and possibly even further.
Fixtures: Netherlands vs New Zealand, Tuesday June 11; Netherlands vs Cameroon, Saturday June 15; Netherlands vs Canada, Thursday June 20.
Barcelona forward Andressa Alves is in the Brazil squad but expectations surrounding the team are pretty low ahead of the tournament.
The team will still look to 33-year-old Marta to provide the inspiration in what may be her final outing with the national side.
Brazil take on Italy, Australia and Jamaica in Group C and will be expected to get through to the knockout stages.
The Canarinhas did win the 2018 Copa America but their form since then has been poor, and they have lost nine straight friendlies in the run-up to the World Cup.
Barcelona striker Toni Duggan will feature in England’s attack in France, and Phil Neville’s side will be hoping to do well after making it to the semi-finals in 2015.
Duggan has made a real impact in her two seasons at Barcelona, scoring 20 goals, including the winner against Atletico Madrid in front of a record crowd back in March.
England are in Group C with Scotland, Argentina and Japan which should make for some pretty interesting fixtures, although it will be a shock if the Lionesses do not progress.
Fixtures: England vs Scotland, Sunday June 9; England vs Argentina, Friday June 14; England vs Japan, Wednesday June 19
Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala will feature for Nigeria at the World Cup shortly after making her stay at the Camp Nou permanent after a successful loan spell.
Oshoala racked up eight goals in 11 appearances for Barca in a fourth-month loan which secured her a three-year deal.
Oshoala has won the African Cup of Nations three times with Nigeria, and was the second highest goalscorer in the 2018 tournament with three goals in five games.
The 24-year-old also came off the bench and scored in Barca’s 4-1 defeat to Lyon in the Women’s Champions League final last month and seems to thrive on the big occasion.
Nigeria are an exciting team but there is no doubt they are in a tough group with hosts France as well as Norway and South Korea (France thrashed Nigeria 8-0 in a friendly in 2018).
Fixtures: Nigeria vs. Norway, Saturday June 8; Nigeria vs South Korea; Wednesday June 12, Nigeria vs France, Monday June 17.
The full fixture list can be found on FIFA’s official website right here.
How to Watch
Fox and FS1 will have coverage in the United States, Telemundo and Universo will also be showing the action in Spanish. You can also watch on fuboTV. A comprehensive list of broadcasters is available here.