We are in the World Cup final. It is said fast and is written with 27 characters. It does not hurt to repeat it several times to assimilate it. We are in the World Cup final and I have dreamed of this before. I have dreamed of making history and history is written with equipment like this.
A few months ago it was unthinkable to reach the last day of the championship and be in the most important game with very real options to get the first star. Now, we are getting used to that “Spain has made history”.
But yes, the Spanish team has done it again. In a few months we will be much more aware of what this means. Making history means that girls and boys remember Salma Paralluelo’s goal against the Netherlands, remember where they were that day watching the game, yes, after five in the morning or when they woke up, and remember how they celebrated it, like Salma, running without heading, euphoric.
Making history means remembering how much the loss to Japan stung, and how these players woke up the next day with the mentality of champions. History is seeing the current Ballon d’Or title enjoyed on the pitch again. Even without being 100% there, it’s always there. It is enjoying Aitana’s solfeggio, preserving the rhythm and marking the beat.
The tears of Jenni and Alexia hugging on the bench after the quarterfinal match are history of this sport. What to say about the tournament that Tere Abelleira, the best midfielder in the World Cup, or the solidity of Irene Paredes in the rearguard is marking.
To make history is to feel and be superior in the semifinals to a team that we had never beaten. It is also to submit to one of the best teams in the world like Sweden, which occupies number three in the FIFA ranking.
The entry of Salma Paralluelo in the 56th minute that changed the match against the Swedes is already historic. She had to sit at nine, an unusual position for her and, not only did she revolutionize the game in Spain, but she also scored with the least good leg, her right. Second goal framed in our retinas of the Barça player. Peter Gerhardsson’s team was running as a serious contender for the world title after an immaculate group stage and after sending home two world champions: the United States, in the round of 16, and Japan, in the quarterfinals. They will have many things, but they don’t have Salma. 19 years old and his first season dedicated exclusively to football couldn’t be better (or yes, we’ll find out on Sunday).
Nor do they have Olga Carmona, who controlled, hit and scored with her left foot to make us believe that yes, this is our year and this World Cup is ours. Olga of my life Nor do they have the security of Cata Coll, who has played three games in this tournament and it seems that she has spent her whole life.
Making history is that girls no longer want to be just Alexia. They also want to be Aitana, Salma, Jenni, Olga, Cata, Alba… This is the victory of many people, of an entire generation. It is the triumph of many girls who dream one day of being where they are now, and who will never again think that they cannot get where they have dreamed of being.
Because this is no longer a dream, it is a reality. Whatever happens on Sunday, this team, this team and these players, the ones that are there and the ones that aren’t, have made history and history will last forever. The best is missing, because history continues to be written. Go for the star
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