Women’s Footballer of the Year contender Vivianne Miedema
We are profiling the five nominees each for its Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020 award. You can vote for the winner on the Sport site until Monday, 2 March. The end result is going to be shown on Tuesday, 24 on World Service.
Age: 23 Position: Forward Plays for: Netherlands and Arsenal
In her own words
Highlight of 2019?
“Probably a few – winning the league in Brighton with Arsenal. I felt as if this was a special day as the club really needed it and we worked extremely difficult because of it. Then going to the World Cup and enjoying a final which nobody anticipated, I believe is something awesome that you simply experience once in your lifetime ”
Has life changed for you personally in the Netherlands?
“Oh hugely. I can’t go out with no recognised, which will be one of those measures that we wanted, that women’s soccer has always desired. It is enormous – you can not compare it to before, like right now I think since we’ve not had something for a little while, it’s calmed down a bit but particularly with the Olympics coming up it is only going to be larger.
“From the Netherlands we’re probably now more popular than the guys team are. Girls are coming to our matches but small boys are too, and rather than wearing a Virgil van Dijk shirt they’re wearing Miedema shirts too.”
Was football big in your loved ones?
“Yeah. It is just a soccer family – my dad used to play, my granddad always utilised to play. My brother at this time is playing professional football. While I come home my mum is constantly referring to soccer so she is probably the fan. My mother was getting annoyed because when I had been three or two I started kicking against everything in the house and she was only, like, yeah, make her a ball so she could just play out.”
You don’t do large celebrations after scoring…
“I am not actually a goal celebration kind of man. Obviously sometimes with one my brother of the team-mates I earn a deal for a match like,’oh we’re going to do this now’. But I am probably just running to the player that handed me the ballI believe it only shows respect to the other team.
“We have got girls on the group that do something very weird or dumb or funny and I do love that as well. If I look at the women about the national team performing a summersault or even a double hop, it looks pretty cool – but when I did this I’d probably get a broken spine, so I just understand what my qualities are and it is definitely not observing a goal.”
Breakthrough career moment?
“Playing with my first national team game in the home and accomplishing a goal”
A time that you were star struck?
“Never – that’s just not me. Just down to earth probably.”
“This is a significant year again – that the Olympic games have been coming up. As a young girl you dream of going to the Olympic Games. The year after, the Euros are coming up so it keeps rolling and it is only good for us because you’re going to be in the picture the entire time.”