SONIA BOMPASTOR

Born: June 8, 1980, in Blois, France

Position: Midfielder, defender

Clubs played for: La Roche ESOF (France), Montpellier HSC (France), Olympique Lyonnais (France), Washington Freedom (U.S.A.), Paris Saint-Germain (France)

International career: Bompastor earned her first cap in 2000, and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for France. She was a key member of the French side that competed at the last three European championships, as well as the 2003 Women's World Cup, the only time France qualified for the tournament. She was shortlisted for the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award in 2009.

Why is she so special? Possessing a sublime touch on the ball and solid creative skills, Bompastor's greatest asset is her versatility, as she is just as comfortable lining up on the left side of midfield as she as at left fullback. As France's second all-time leading scorer, she also has a knack for scoring highlight reel goals, especially off set pieces.

Her most famous moment: Bompastor sealed World Cup qualification for France last September when she scored on a free kick in injury time to lead her country to a 3-2 win over Italy.

What they're saying about her: "France's Sonia Bompastor dazzles every time she touches the ball." — Jacqueline Purdy, ESPN.com journalist

Here's an interesting fact: Bompastor lists French soccer star Zinedine Zidane as her favourite athlete.