Xinhua News Agency, Lyon, France, July 7th: 2019, the year of the bloom of "Tulips"
Xinhua News Agency reporter Wei Wei, Zhang Han, Su Bin
At the end of the 7th French Women's World Cup, the Dutch team reached the finals historicly. Although they eventually lost to the United States, they did not prevent them from hearing applause from around the world after the game. Counting the Dutch men's football team won the European national league runner-up in early June, the Dutch tulip "Tulip" bloomed so badly in 2019.
Which two teams will meet the women's football World Cup finals? If you throw such a question a month ago, most people will guess the US team, but I am afraid that few people will bet on the Dutch team. After all, this is only their second World Cup trip. After all, their last performance was only the top 16. However, from the group stage to a three-game winning streak, to the knockout "revenge" Japan, then the Italian and Swedish, the Dutch team step by step to "impossible" into reality.
In fact, the Dutch team won the European Championship two years ago. From the obscurity of more than 10 years ago to the sparkling Europe to the stunning world, why can the Dutch women's football team make such progress in a short period of time?
"Starting in 2007, with the establishment of the Women's Football League in the Netherlands, the players have got better facilities and can play more games and training in the league, so they grow up and improve quickly. Of course, the training of the game is also very important. For example, in the past four years to participate in the World Cup and the European Championships, such as more and more players to play in the big clubs in Europe." Dutch coach Wigman said.
Become the world runner-up and let Wigman have more confidence in the future of the team. She said: "We will participate in the Olympic Games for the first time next year. Players still have great potential. Our average age is less than 26 years old and we can continue to improve. The team has a bright future."