However, Group C won’t be a walkover with teams like Brazil, Australia and Jamaica in the running for the first two places in the last 16.
In Ferrara, at the press conference of the match against Switzerland, the coach, Milena Bertolini, was fully confident about the girls: «The important thing is to play against a strong team in order to understand where we are and so that we can be ready for the World Cup».
Certainly, reading and listening to the coach in the national papers and on the news is an interesting sign to be kept in mind since it marks the first steps towards a gradual and substantial gender equality in a sport that, in Europe and Italy, is still the exclusive domain of men, with the only exception being the United States. Adding another little piece to the picture is Mastercard, which is consolidating its commitment to women’s football. Gender equality is therefore, a cornerstone for the company which, during its entrepreneurial career, has focused greatly on inclusion initiatives in sport. This is why, in the last 25 years, Mastercard has financed the rise of these competitions, contributing to making them more competitive and attractive to the public. In fact, this leading society in the financial transaction sector, not to mention sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, has decided to set aside direct funds for women’s Clubs and athletes, starting with Olympique Lynonnais and Arsenal F.C.
The former has reached the final of the European Women’s Champions eight times running, winning 6 times. Moreover, it is the most blazoned club in France with its 17 league titles and one women’s world championship on the board. The latter is the reigning champion team in the Women’s Super League, considered the highest series in English women’s football, and has won 12 trophies obtained during the previous FA Women’s Premier League National Division.