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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Dutch discover women's football

The Dutch national women's football team is competing in the Women's World Cup championship for the first time, and won its first match on Sunday. Women's football should get more attention, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad admonishes: "Tennis, hockey, speed skating, athletics: in most sports women are taken seriously at the highest levels. Football is lagging behind here. Not everywhere. It's big in Sweden and Germany, and in the US and Canada women's football fills the stadiums. And now it's getting more attention in the Netherlands, where around 140,000 girls and women play it. … Male football stars have always been adored for their brilliant game, their courage, their agility and their elegance. And these are all things that women excel at."

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