The veteran goalkeeper, who was in the squad for the 2003 edition in the United States, recalls her emotions when the national men’s team was crowned world champions last December.
An estimated five million people took to the streets of Buenos Aires to give Lionel Messi and his teammates a hero’s welcome home after defeating France on penalties in the final in Qatar.
Seven months on from those incredible scenes in Argentina’s capital, La Albiceleste is preparing for their opening match at the Women’s World Cup against Italy at Eden Park, Auckland, on 24 July (07:00 BST).
No country has yet managed to hold the World Cup for both men and women at the same time. That is unlikely to change in the coming weeks.
While Argentina is on top of the world in the men’s game, the women – ranked 28th in FIFA’s rankings – have not won a match in their three previous appearances at the global tournament in 2003, 2007, and 2019.
Perhaps that explains why there is little evidence in the football-mad country that boss German Portanova and his players are about to take part in the biggest women’s sporting event. ”
Most people in Argentina are fans of football – but women’s football is not that popular,” Daniela Lichinizer, a sports reporter for TN Deportivo in Argentina, tells SurgeZirc UK
“I’m sure most of them don’t know that our national team is playing in a World Cup in a few days’ time. There are no TV commercials promoting it right now. It’s a bit sad.”