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FIFA Women's World Cup: Bayern Munich players alive in quarterfinals

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With the quarterfinals ahead of us this weekend, FC Bayern players will be represented in two matches.

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This weekend, the FIFA Women's World Cup enters the quarterfinal stage, and there are several Bayern Munich players still alive in the quest for the prestigious trophy.

The hope of seeing a FC Bayern player winning the World Cup rests on the shoulders of Germany and Japan. Both countries are favorites (with the United States) to win the entire competition, and it's very possible that they could find themselves facing each other in the final.

Germany has the largest contingent of Bayern players. Sara Däbritz, Melanie Behringer, Melanie Leupolz, Lena Lotzen, Leonie Maier have the opportunity to replicate the World Cup won by Germany's men last summer in Brazil. Of the three favorites, Germany has the most difficult match in the quarterfinals against darkhorse candidate France. While the French haven't been as impressive as Germany to date, they've shown that they're capable of beating any team at any time.

The lone non-German player left is Japan's Mana Iwabuchi. While the 22 year old has only played in two games (and, as a substitute), she's been absolutely electric when she's been on the field. The Japanese will take on Australia on Saturday. While they will be the favorites in the match, we learned in the Netherlands match that Japan is susceptible to quality counterattacks, and the Australians will be aiming to prove that their victory over Brazil was no fluke.

Quarterfinals

Friday, June 26

Germany vs France - Olympic Stadium, Montreal - 4:00 PM EDT - Watch
China vs USA - Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa - 7:30 PM EDT - Watch

Saturday, June 27

Australia vs Japan - Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton - 4:00 PM EDT - Watch
England vs Canada - BC Place, Vancouver - 7:30 PM EDT - Watch