Another blew was struck for Women's Liberation on Sunday (Aug.15) when the World Women's Soccer Championships opened in Mexico City, normally a bastion of male domination.
Another blew was struck for Women's Liberation on Sunday (Aug.15) when the World Women's Soccer Championships opened in Mexico City, normally a bastion of male domination. female soccer players from Mexico, Argentina, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom and France bore their national flags around the 110,000-seat sanctum of Mexican soccer, scene of the final of the 1970 World Cup. 40,000 male chauvinist soccer fans cheered and jeered, but were treated to an impressive display of soccer in the opening game. Mexico beat Argentina 3-1. The current champions and favourites to win again are the Danish girls who beat the Italians in Rome last year.
SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City, another blow struck for Women's Liberation. This is the Aztec stadium, the soccer stadium where the 1971 World Cup was played. But 1971 is the year of the World Women's Soccer Championship Female soccer teams from Mexico, Argentina France, Italy, Denmark and the United Kingdom carry on the fight of their better halves. The Danish team is favourite. They won last year's series in Rome, beating Italy in the final. But the home team could stage an upset.
Forty thousand soccer and female fans witnessed the opening of the championship on Sunday. After the speeches, the march past and the drum majorities, thousands of coloured balloons were released in a small-score version of the inauguration of the men's world cup last year.
The first match of the championships was played by Argentina and Mexico, the home side.
The emphasis is on youth in all six teams Six of the Mexican side, playing in the dark shirts, are teenagers. And the standard of football was surprisingly high
Personalities are already making themselves felt. The beauty queen of the series is Italy's attractive captain, Ele Schiavo. But her reaction to the male chauvinists is one of disinterest. She says that all she is interested in is playing good soccer. This goal shows what she's up against.
The final will be played on September the fifth in this stadium. The organisers are already prediction that all 110,000 seats will be fulled.