Nemesia Hijós

Nemesia Hijós

Gabriela Garton. Photo: Courtesy of Stefanía León / AFA.

Four faces of the France 2019 World Soccer Cup

"She dances because she enjoys dancing and she dances what she wants, when she wants and how she wants, and the orchestras are silent before the music that comes from her body." Excerpt from "Isadora" in Memoria del Fuego III. El siglo del viento by Eduardo Galeano Freedom offends The history of soccer has been written and played by males. They have historically been the terms of any comparison. But after this 8th Women's Soccer Cup, nothing will be the same as before. Estefanía Banini, the captain of the Argentine national team that excelled in the match against Japan, says that they are living this World Cup as a prize after having fought and suffered discrimination: "Those who wanted to throw women off the courts, who called them 'tomboys' or 'Carlitos' must be regretting it." That's how the press conference ended after the debut at the Parc des Princes. She, who had to leave the country at age 23 to play in the first division, wants women players to be recognized and called by their own names. She is not "the Messi." Estefanía Banini in the debut game against Japan, passing between two rival players. Photo: NA. But Banini's is...

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