THEY'VE MADE FOOTBALLING HISTORY! CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS INCREDIBLE AMERICAN TEAM!
As Official Timekeeper of the 2019 tournament, Hublot congratulates the victorious USA team on its performance throughout this outstanding competition, and in particular Alex Morgan, friend of the Brand and world football superstar. This year, the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ has enjoyed unprecedented popularity: with twenty-four countries competing this year, compared to sixteen in 2011; the semi-finals and the final in Lyon sold out as far back as March. The historic pre-eminence of the Americans proves once and for all that football is a universal sport, and that stereotypes and professional maturity – not gender – are the only real issues facing the game…
“For decades, women were kept out of football in Europe. The Americans have served as a valuable example of how women can excel in this sport, given the necessary resources, organisation and publicity. If you want proof of that, just look at the stratospheric appeal and scoring record of Alex Morgan, a friend of Hublot. It has been a pleasure to be involved in showcasing these women and the way they easily rival the men in their passion for the game.”
The USA has finished in the top three in every Women's World Cup tournament since the first one back in 1991. Their opening match in this competition, on 11 June, saw the players set a world record by demolishing Thailand 13-0 in Reims, including 5 goals from Alex Morgan. This fourth World Cup title adds further to their chapter in the history books. It's the history of a "winning machine" with roots in a completely different footballing culture and driven by a burning desire to win. Simple?
The USA are truly titans in the world of women's football. Three wins in seven Women's World Cup tournaments; four gold medals in six Olympic Games – this is a major competition for women. For thirty years the Americans have dominated their adversaries, fed by a stream of talented players from colleges and universities in a country where – unlike the rest of the world – "soccer" was long considered a women's sport rather than a men's. This cultural quirk proved decisive in propelling the women's game to the professional level ahead of the Europeans and establishing an almost unchallenged dominance.
But this dominance looks set to be put to the test, as heavyweights Japan hinted with their win in 2011 and their presence in the 2015 final. In Europe, Germany, Norway and Sweden – trailblazers for female participation – are now feeling the heat from the English and the French. Professionalisation and professionalism are the only differentiators.