2019 Women’s Football World Cup
It´s 2019 and it is Football World Cup! What again?! Yes, this year it is time for the women to shine on a global stage!
Argentina is absolutely crazy about football. When wandering through the streets of Buenos Aires during a game of one of the most popular clubs of the country (like Boca Juniors or Rive Plate) one will inevitably hear the fans of the respective club scream, rage and celebrate in front of their home TVs. Unfortunately, women’s football still remains largely in the shadow of the men like in most other countries. However, things are starting to change in Argentina and brave women are pushing old stigmas and regulations aside as you can also read in our last blog-post.
Argentina’s women’s football team started this year’s world cup with a sensational draw against former world champions Japan. Furthermore, in April a couple of female football players signed the country’s first professional contracts just like their male counterparts. The club San Lorenzo de Almagor announced 15 contracts in April after a campaign for equality and professional contracts leaded by the star player Macarena Sánchez.
This year’s world cup takes place in France from the 7th of June till the 7th of July with 24 teams battling out the victory. Stunning skills and goals are already on display like American striker Alex Morgan tying an all-time record by scoring 5 goals in her sides whopping victory against Thailand. It is really about time to credit the achievements of these athletes and give them the attention they deserve. This year’s tournament again is going to be a stunning display of this beautiful sport we all love to see. The FIFA expects around 1 billion people to watch this year’s final. Switch on your TVs or watch the games online and cheer for your favorite country!
With Marina we regularly visit the neighborhood of La Boca which still hosts right in its center the La Bombonera, the stadium of Argentina’s most famous club Boca Juniors. Many students take the opportunity to watch a game in one of Buenos Aires stadiums to experience the sensational atmosphere in Argentina during their stay at Elebaires. Further, there are plenty of opportunities to play football yourself and get in touch with locals.