“No one is going to put women’s football down anymore. This is a sport that is to be reckoned with. We are going to get more and more recognition with the more success we have on and off the pitch.“ Emma Hayes
you are the best thing that
happened to me. You taught me countless lessons that changed my life. The world
is a cruel place. It is often unfair to those who work hard, but go unnoticed.
But you give those people hope, you gave me hope when I was an insecure little
kid and still give me hope today as a young adult. You lifted me up when I was
bullied in school for being too small, too weak, too unathletic at 13 years
old. I always dreaded PE class because every time I stepped into the gym, I was
going to be ridiculed and laughed at once again. And every time I tried, it
wasn’t enough. I was never enough in the eyes of my teacher and in the eyes of
my peers. Phrases like “you never tried” were thrown at me, but how am I
supposed to try when no one even gave me a chance? Women’s soccer has shown me
that my body does not limit my ability to succeed, to thrive, to shine. That
the voice inside of me speaks louder than any bully. Aya Miyama, a 5’1 Japanese
soccer player, played a key role in bringing home the world cup trophy in 2011.
Hope Solo, the former US goalkeeper and an international superstar, never let
her dark past define her performances on the field and her mindset helped her
team to win two Olympic golds and a world cup.
Sports are such a beautiful
thing. It’s the will to optimize yourself, be bolder, be faster, be stronger. And
then the excitement, the happiness when you finally reach your goal…it’s
Soccer unfortunately happens
to be probably the most male-dominated game that exists. Female players
struggle to make a living and usually have second careers to support
themselves, beside soccer. Rachel Buehler decided to continue med school after
retiring from soccer and Whitney Engen has just recently started law school.
These two and many others turned the adversities society throws at them into
being total badasses. And it requires so much for players to take a break from
soccer, have children and then get back to playing professionally. Putting up
with crappy wages, personal sacrifices and endless discrimination, but still
stepping out on the field and keep going, is the definition of strength. Meanwhile, male soccer players
do not even think of second careers because they get a shit ton of money for getting their privileged asses promoted.
Dear women’s soccer, I want to
thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because of you I know what it means to
embrace myself and play like a girl. Because of you I know that gender does not
equal limit. Please never doubt your worth just because the world isn’t as grateful
for you as it should be.
me, on the inside:
how has andres iniesta not won the ballon d'or? i mean. he was came in the top 3 in both 2010 and 2012, both years in which he was an integral part of his international side winning a major tournament. in 2012, he was voted man of the match in 3 of the 6 games he played, including the final to which spain won 4-0 against a strong italian side. he was also voted player of the tournament in a side that featured spanish legends in their prime, such as villa, torres, xabi, xavi, etc. although he wasn't a prolific goalscorer, his impact was still incredible. and in 2010? iniesta and xavi carried spain to the nation's first world cup final. iniesta scored in the dying minutes of the match. and that's not even his job! was voted man of the match. winning international tournaments shouldn't be the end all to rate a player, but it certainly does help. think of zinedine zidane, fabio cannavaro, the ORIGINAL ronaldo. they wouldn't be as highly rated as they are without the world cup trophy to their name. many great players are often overlooked, but this has really bugged me.
1966 FIFA World Cup Final | England Vs West Germany
Wembley Stadium, London, England, 30 July 1966.
Final Score: England 4 - 2 West Germany
The eighth football World Cup and one of the most controversial finals ever. The match was played by England and West Germany on 30 July 1966 at Wembley Stadium in London, and had an attendance of 96,924. The British television audience peaked at 32.30 million viewers, making the final the most watched television event ever in the United Kingdom.
England won 4–2 after extra time to win the Jules Rimet Trophy. The England team became known as the “wingless wonders”, on account of their then-unconventional narrow attacking formation, described at the time as a 4–4–2. The match is remembered for England’s only World Cup trophy, Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick – the first one ever scored in a World Cup Final – and the controversial third goal awarded to England by referee Gottfried Dienst and linesman Tofiq Bahramov.
The final goal gave rise to one of the most famous sayings in English football, when BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme described the situation as follows:
“And here comes Hurst. He’s got… some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over. It is now! It’s four!”