Alexia Putellas Out due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee
halves , a
field due to a non-stop deluge, just over
in the stands of a stadium with a capacity for
than those used by men and no live broadcast on TV.
, the first Women's European Football Championship crowned
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,
with the stripes of an applicant, finally, for the
that begins this Wednesday.
European women's football returns to English lands to host a tournament radically different from the one experienced in
That championship was held throughout the year in small fields, without fans, television or interest and with the participation of
, 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
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
'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
The Theater of Dreams
for women's football.
It will be the opening match of a European Championship to be decided at
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
Germany and Denmark
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
for the last European Championship, with a television broadcast that will reach
and with a global audience that UEFA estimates at
250 million people
The national team shirt will be from
, which will dress all the RFEF teams until 2030, and the
bus, tracksuit and backpacks
will be accompanied by
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
of the prizes and the
generated by the teams.
The women's European Championship
will distribute 16 million
euros, for the
of the last boys' tournament.
Spain will make its debut on Friday, with the giant loss of
, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in training on Tuesday and will be replaced by
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