Two of the top women’s national teams will square off at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon when Canada meets Germany in an international friendly.

The countries have a history together that spans over three decades, and one might say Canada’s loss to Germany in the opening match of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and subsequent last-place finish at the tournament forever changed the women’s soccer program in this country.

Canada Soccer releases roster for Canada v Germany on 10 June in Hamilton #CANWNT

— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) May 29, 2018

Germany is currently number three in the FIFA world rankings, one spot above Canada. Canada’s record versus the Germans isn’t good, with one win and 14 losses. Interestingly enough, the two sides have never played to a draw. The Canadians only win versus Germany came at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where Melissa Tancredi’s brace secured a 2-1 victory for the Reds.

Sunday’s match is Kenneth Heiner-Møller’s first home game as Canadian head coach. It is also the team’s first match on home soil since a 1-1 result against the United States last fall in Vancouver.

Here’s a closer look at Canada and Germany throughout the years.

2 — This marks Canada’s second time playing in Hamilton. In 2015, the home team defeated England 1-0 at Tim Hortons Field with 23,197 spectators on hand in a World Cup tune-up match. Sophie Schmidt scored the lone goal, while Erin McLeod earned a clean sheet.

9 — For much of her career, Candace Chapman wore no. 9. The long-time centre-back was recently named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, and she will be honoured ahead of Sunday’s match. In a recent interview with Sportsnet, Chapman said wrapping things up in Hamilton truly makes her career feel full circle. She is the first member of the 2012 Olympic team to enter the hall.

12 — No, not Christine Sinclair’s jersey number. The captain is 12 goals shy of tying Abby Wambach’s record of 184 international goals.

20 — The number of players on the German roster travelling to Hamilton. Head coach Horst Hrubesch has gone with a younger group and elected to give the likes of Alexandra Popp, Lena Goeßling, Babett Peter and Dzsenifer Marozsan a rest. Hrubesch is only the temporary bench boss for Germany. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will take over the role once qualification for the …read more

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Canada, Germany gear up for women’s international friendly in Hamilton

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