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Spain’s World Cup glory inspiring next generation of stars

It has been 101 days since Spain lifted the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ after defeating England 1-0 at Sydney/Wangal’s Stadium Australia in front of 75,784 fans.

During the last three months, not only the players, but also an entire country has been getting used to this unprecedented success. Girls and boys now talk about Aitana [Bonmatí], Olga [Carmona], Alexia [Putellas] or Jenni [Hermoso] as they do about any player in the men’s national team. They aspire to be like them when they grow up; they are examples to look up to.

Olga Carmona’s name is already in football’s history books. Her goal in the Final gave Spain their first-ever senior women’s national team title. Nearly six million people who had been watching in front of their television sets on 20 August, having got up early in the morning, jumped for joy as they watched their team lift the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy.

As well as being crowned world champions in Australia in August, Spain can also currently boast of being the reigning FIFA U-17 and U-20 women’s world champions too. Achievements that Carmona believes demonstrate the talent, quality and grassroots structures successfully implemented in Spain.

The radical change that has taken place to women’s football in the country does not blind the national team to the fact that there is still a long way to go. As world champions, the players are aware that they must take advantage of this momentum and continue to fight for the growth of women’s football.

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