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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The Spain women’s national team has put the world on notice once again, taking down France for the first time in their history to win the UEFA Nations League 2-0.

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In Olympic qualifying alone, Spain has taken down World Cup quarterfinalists France and The Netherlands, as well as semifinalist Sweden.

Their Nations League win came in front of 32,657 fans at Estadio La Cartuja, the largest attendance for a women’s international match in Spanish history.

As United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) fans well know, no team has ever won the World Cup and Olympics back-to-back, but Spain, right now, looks like the best team in the world.

Further highlighting their meteoric rise: this will be Spain’s first-ever Olympics, and they’ll likely enter as the favorites.

The World Cup champions have won 18 of their last 20 matches, with their only losses to Japan and Italy dating back to February 2023.

“I played against Spain (men) while coaching Morocco in 2018, against a midfield with Iniesta and Busquets, and it was the same feeling,” France manager Hervé Renard said after Wednesday’s final.

“They’ll be the team to beat at the Olympics. It won’t be easy. We are going to have to keep improving, learn lessons, and keep moving forward.”

Meanwhile…

After a surprising second-place finish in the Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup group stage, the U.S. has a difficult road to the final ahead of them. The USWNT will play World Cup quarterfinalist Colombia on Sunday at 8:15 ET after finishing fourth in overall seeding. Should they win that matchup, they have a prospective semi-final against top overall knockout seed Canada in the semifinal ahead of them.

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The USWNT’s path in the knockout stage of the Gold Cup is reminiscent of their 2023 World Cup journey, though the team will want to change the ending.

The U.S. also finished second in their World Cup group to the Netherlands, setting up a blockbuster Round of 16 matchup against Sweden in which the USWNT bowed out in penalties.

The U.S. does however have a slight advantage in recent head-to-head matchups with Colombia.

In a series of friendlies to close out 2023, the two teams drew 0-0 before the U.S. earned a 3-0 win to close out the calendar year. The U.S. is going to have to make it through the knockout stages the hard way but is likely taking the bounce-back one game at a time.

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