The entrance to a French soccer federation training center by Clairefontaine, about 30 miles outside Paris, is not a replica of 12 trophies of the World's trophy and two huge gold stars, recalls that the country won two world championships. men, the last 11 months to come in Russia.
They also recall that the women's team did not finish better than fourth in a major international competition, where it will have the opportunity to improve if it comes across the US in the fourth quarter of the Friday World Women's Cup in Paris.
“There is some pressure as the men won their World Cup,” continued Dadi Kadidiatou, who drives the statues every day on his way to practice, said an interpreter. “So there will be more motivation as we want to do the same.” T
No country kept the men's and women's World Cup titles at the same time, and the nation has the opportunity to be behind its women. While there was undue attention to the Women's World Cup in France, where it is sometimes difficult to find the games on television, the support for the home team was intense.
Posters around Paris show members of the women's team between the message, “You did a lot of screaming in 2018. Don't stop in 2019. Half of France's football history is not to be written.”
The television audience for four French games on average has more than 10 million viewers, more than double the previous record for women's game.
“It's unusual to play in the World Cup at home,” Diani said. “It is a dream for me as I am a child.” T
It was the only other World Cup in France in the modern era in 1998, when French men won their first title. But that was a surprise. The favorite host country was not clear and she wanted to get more time, then start the penalties, to go through the first two rounds.
When he won the title, thousands of Parisians who were on the streets celebrated the celebrations.
The women entered their World Cup worse than the most ranked United States, the defensive champion, based in part on the French friendly 3-1 win for the Americans in January. to July 2017. France has not met France, fourth in the world, since 2016.
“He trusted us,” said Diani about the victory, where she scored twice. “I have never been afraid of the US. I am not afraid of any team. There are many very good teams and we look forward to playing against them.
“That's why we play football.”
Diani, who plays Paris Saint-Germain, is representative of French soccer in ways that go beyond her talent and confidence. Last year's men's team included 16 players from immigrant families, many of whom grew up in the area. banlieues, or suburbs, in Paris.
The French women's team is different. Diani, 24, is the daughter of the Mali immigrants who played against boys until she was a teenager. She is one of 11 players tracing their roots to Africa, the Caribbean or the island of Reunion of the Indian Ocean.
Star defender Wendie Renard is from Martinique. Sarah Bouhaddi has a goalkeeper from Algerian descent. The midfielder Elise Bussaglia is from Nassau in the Bahamas. And, like team leaders Amandine Henry and Eugenie With Sommer, they all went through the academic system at Clairefontaine, where the diversity of staff was a strength.
“It's just the talent,” said Laura Georges, who played for France in three World Cup Women and now, as general secretary of the country's soccer league, as the local person on this World Cup.
“Our country is a mixed country, people from different places, because we have colonies. And they are black or they are white or are from Arab origin. When they made the selection, they took the best players that could work together. From different colors. ”
Georges, whose family is from Guadeloupe, a French island in the south of the Caribbean, played 17 years of national staff and often said she was the only black player. This has now changed.
“I like the atmosphere,” she said on the current roster.
And so does France. In the Women's World Cup which is less than 20,000 fans in the stands per game, France sold all of its four games, drawing three of the four biggest crowd in the competition in the group stage.
But Diani is not targeting at first; She spent much of this year witnessing the ending of this World Cup. Last summer, she looked at French President Emmanuel Macron, who was a passionate soccer fan, greeting the men's players with a hug and kiss after winning the World Cup in Moscow. Now she wants a hug and a kiss from the French president – and she hopes that a little girl will see that and she gets just as she did.
“I don't know how many global cups I will play in my career, so, of course, I asked myself, nach Why am I not? '' She said. “We hope to bring the Cup back to France.”
Diani then paused and smiled.
“Well, in fact, it will be in France,” she said. “I hope that many little girls will watch the World Cup and see them play for the French team one day.” T
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