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“Red Flames, give this country a quarter-final at the Women’s Euro” – Foot national

For Steve Van Herpe, journalist at Sport/Foot Magazine, women’s football in Belgium desperately needs a historic performance from its Red Flames.

It is surprising to see the interest that the Walloon media have shown in Red Flames those last weeks. Newspapers such as La Derniere Heure and Le Soir have devoted many pages to our women’s national team. And this, while there are only two French-speaking players in the core of 23: Lisa Lichtfus and Charlotte Tison.

North of the linguistic border, the flame also burns for the Flames, but at a lower intensity. The “Belgian feeling” is simply stronger in the south of the country than in the north. This may only change if the Red Flames not sign a performance worthy of their… male counterparts. A qualification for the quarter-finals of this Euro could therefore increase the enthusiasm of Flanders.

Even if the Belgian Football Federation would like it, our Flames are not heroines yet. They won’t be until they’ve written history.

The court of the big ones

Young girls in Belgium, whether they play football in Flanders, Wallonia or Brussels, need strong role models, players with whom they will want to identify. Tessa, Janice, Nicky and co continue to make a great breakthrough, but there is still a long way to go to the top.

But the success of women’s football in Belgium does not only depend on the current generation of Red Flamesas the technical director (and men’s trainer) rightly explains Roberto Martinez. But the more successful this generation is, the bigger the door will be for the next.

Women’s football remains a major project in Belgium. The obstacles are known: too few professional female players, too low budgets within women’s clubs in the Super League Belgian, no equal pay between the women’s and men’s national teams…

Of course, you have to trust the “process”. The football federation and the Pro League show a lot of good will to take women’s football in Belgium to the next level. Investments are more numerous than before, as evidenced by the media campaign organized around the Red Flames by the Belgian Football Union.

But to (really) move things forward, we have to hope that tonight our national players beat Italy and thus offer a quarter-final to our small country. So pull out your evil horns and shout at the top of your lungs in support.

All and all behind Red Flames !

It is surprising to see the interest that the Walloon media have shown in the Red Flames in recent weeks. Newspapers such as La Derniere Heure and Le Soir have devoted many pages to our women’s national team. And this, while there are only two French-speaking players in the core of 23: Lisa Lichtfus and Charlotte Tison. North of the linguistic border, the flame also burns for the Flames, but at a lower intensity. The “Belgian feeling” is simply stronger in the south of the country than in the north. That may only change if the Red Flames put up a performance worthy of their… male counterparts. A qualification for the quarter-finals of this Euro could therefore increase the enthusiasm of Flanders. Even if the Belgian Football Federation would like it, our Flames are not yet heroines. They will only be so when they have written history. The young girls of Belgium, whether they play football in Flanders, Wallonia or Brussels, need strong role models, players with whom they will want to identify. . Tessa, Janice, Nicky and co continue to make a big breakthrough, but there is still a long way to go to the top. But the success of women’s football in Belgium does not depend solely on the current generation of Red Flames, as explained quite rightly the technical director (and trainer of the gentlemen) Roberto Martínez. But the more successful this generation is, the bigger the door will be for the next one. Women’s football remains a big project in Belgium. The obstacles are known: too few professional players, too low budgets within the women’s clubs in the Belgian Super League, no equal pay between the women’s and men’s national teams… Of course, you have to trust the ” process”. The football federation and the Pro League are showing a lot of good will to take women’s football in Belgium to the next level. Investments are more numerous than before, as evidenced by the media campaign organized around the Red Flames by the Belgian Football Union. But to (really) move things forward, we have to hope that tonight our national players beat Italy and thus offer a quarter-final to our small country. So pull out your evil horns and shout at the top of your lungs in support. Everyone behind the Red Flames!

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