world cup trophy

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Yuzuru Hanyu Senior Programs + Costumes

Short Program   l   Free Skate

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raise it with style.

A love letter to women’s soccer

Dear women’s soccer,

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 priceless.

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.

Love, Anne

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  • 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.
  • me, on the outside: a mcchicken please
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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!”