• Alexia Putellas Out due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee

Two

35-minute

halves , a

muddy

and

impassable

field due to a non-stop deluge, just over

2,000 people

in the stands of a stadium with a capacity for

10,000,

a

smaller ball

than those used by men and no live broadcast on TV.

In

1984

, the first Women's European Football Championship crowned

Sweden

in an agonizing penalty shootout against England, who were playing at home, and accelerated the path of women and the ball in the old continent.

A path that now,

38 years

later, treads

Spain

with the stripes of an applicant, finally, for the

Eurocopa

that begins this Wednesday.

European women's football returns to English lands to host a tournament radically different from the one experienced in

1984

.

That championship was held throughout the year in small fields, without fans, television or interest and with the participation of

16 countries

, among which Spain was not.

The Spanish Federation had 'officialized' its

women's soccer team

a year earlier, but it was left out of the event.

After a group stage and several knockout stages, the European Championship, without the UEFA

naming

in the denomination (it is now

UEFA Women's EURO

), was decided with a two-legged final.

The first leg was played in Sweden, already a power at that time due to the tournaments that were played in Scandinavia, and it was a success.

The duel was held at the

Ullevi stadium in Goteborg

in front of 6,000 people and was even broadcast on television.

An unprecedented milestone and something that left

the English players in

shock : “

It was incredible

.

The television, the coverage in the newspaper... It was something we had never experienced, ” Carol Thomas, captain of the British

team, recently explained to

The Guardian .

The second leg was played at

Kenilworth Road

,

Luton

's home ground , and had nothing to do with it.

The rain left the grass

full of water and mud

and raised the suspension, although it ended up playing because the next day, Monday, all the soccer players had to work: «Today it would have been suspended.

The conditions were horrible.

There was no grass, it was all mud

, the ball did not run, and it was impossible to play, ”explained the Englishwoman Hope Powell a few weeks ago, who played in the final at just 17 years old and who remembers the null interest that the event aroused in her country: "There was no press.

We showered and went home because the next day we had to go to school or work.'

From Old Trafford to Wembley

Almost 40 years later,

England and Austria

will meet tonight (9:00 p.m.) at

Old Trafford

,

The Theater of Dreams

for women's football.

It will be the opening match of a European Championship to be decided at

Wembley

on July 31.

Two stadiums that are football legends and that will put the players on the first step of the ball.

To play on their iconic grass, Spain will have to beat

Finland

at

Milton Keynes

and

Germany and Denmark

at

Brentford

.

It will try it under an economic movement that will be close to

100 million dollars

, according to studies by the English Federation, with

half a million tickets sold

, breaking the record of

250,000 tickets

for the last European Championship, with a television broadcast that will reach

195 countries

and with a global audience that UEFA estimates at

250 million people

.

The national team shirt will be from

adidas

, which will dress all the RFEF teams until 2030, and the

bus, tracksuit and backpacks

will be accompanied by

advertising brands

with which years ago no one dreamed of collaborating.

It is your new dimension.

In addition, Rubiales announced two weeks ago the

equality between the men's and women's teams

in the

percentage

of the prizes and the

publicity

generated by the teams.

The women's European Championship

will distribute 16 million

euros, for the

371

of the last boys' tournament.

Spain will make its debut on Friday, with the giant loss of

Alexia Putellas

, current

Ballon d'Or

, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in training on Tuesday and will be replaced by

Amaiur Sarriegi.

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