The best female football player in the world

It is true that when it comes to football in America, there is no man comparable to Mia Hamm.

The former 1972-born player holds the record for the most goals scored for the national team with 158 goals in 257 matches. Mia’s goals helped the US national team to win 2 world championships and 2 Olympic gold medals.

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Football is not the King sport in America. In the 1990s, football was even lower in the land of the Goddess of Freedom, although in 1994, the United States was the host of the World Cup finals. But Mia Hamm has always been a hot spot for American media, both on and off the pitch.

In 1997, International Soccer Business voted Mia into the Top 40 most influential people in world football, Esquire Magazine put Mia in the Top 100 influential people in the world. Along with teammate Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm was also the only two female players Pele was voted into the list of “125 Greatest Players alive”. Even People in 1997 voted Mia Hamm into the Top 50 most beautiful beauties on the planet. People ‘s coercive and ridiculous vote also partly reflects Mia’ s great influence on football and, more broadly, in American society.

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But Phil Knight’s evaluation of Mia Hamm is more than the same. Nike president Mia Hamm is on par with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, because they are both legendary icons, who opened a new trend in their sport.

Knight is not exaggerating, because since the mid-1990s, Mia has become the model of millions of young girls who love football and want to follow, including the famous junior like Alex Morgan, Hope Solo or Abby Wambach. The number of girls in American high schools playing soccer increased to nearly 10 million, exceeding the number of boys. Europe, where the most developed football in the world can not get the percentage of women playing football than men like in the United States.

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Mia’s role in American football is like Michael Jordan of basketball and Tiger Woods of golf. But like other countries in the world, female players have not been recognized and invested on par with their male counterparts. So in every participating forum, Mia has always raised the flag of gender equality to fight for the rights of women in football and sports.

But not only exhortation but from the time of competition, namely in 1999, the American long-haired football legend founded a non-profit fund called the Mia Hamm Foundation. The purpose of this fund is to call for the whole society to help victims of marrow transplantation and invest, support young women to participate in training and sports.

Wang Shan story of Chinese women’s football queen (Part 4)

In January 2013, I was first called up to the national team, at the age of 17. I went to the training team to prepare for the Big Four tournament. At that time, I didn’t have any confidence. But, the coach still trusted me and said that the team needed a player like me.

I trained pretty well until the tournament. In the first match against Canada, I was a substitute. When the game had 30 minutes left and the score was 0-0, the coach told me to change into the pitch. I was so worried I almost resisted the order. “Don’t let me in the yard,” I thought. I bring anxiety to the field. I could only run and chase the ball, I couldn’t think of anything. I almost never touched the ball. 20 minutes later, I was replaced.

In football, being substituted and replaced is rare. That usually means the player has been a major disappointment. We lost 0-1. After the battle, I went back to the hotel to take a shower and take a nap. I was too ashamed. The only positive thing was that I didn’t have to tell my family about the match. But the whole family knew, when the match was broadcast on national radio. With a country as densely populated as China, many people will definitely see my performance.

But this time, no one criticized me. Actually everyone said to me that I should not worry because this is just the first match. The coach said he still trust me. A few months later, I and the Wuhan Club members were trained in Korea, preparing for the Chinese Games. I played so well that I caught the eye of a coach there. He wanted to sign contract with me. It is so interesting to be concerned by a foreign team.

Mia Hamm – American women’s football legend

Mariel Margaret Hamm was recognized as the best female football player in history. She was born in Selma, Alabama, the USA on March 17, 1972. She has played for the American women’s football team for the past 17 years and has the largest fan compared to any American athlete.

Mia Hamm won the Women’s World Cup championship in 1991, 1999 and Olympic gold medal in 1996 and 2004. She was voted FIFA’s “Best Player of the Year” for two consecutive years in 2001 and 2002. Mia Hamm holds the record for most international goals until June 2013, after which her record was broken by teammate Abby Wambach.

As the daughter of an air force pilot, Hamm often had to relocate with her family and her brother who was supposed to encourage her to pursue a career in sports. At age 15, Hamm is the youngest female player to play for the national team. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she helped the school’s female football team win four consecutive NCAA championships.

International achievements

In 1991, at the age of 19, Hamm was the youngest female player in history to win the World Cup. Five years later, Hamm and his teammates include Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly winning the 1996 Summer Olympics gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1999, Hamm set a new scoring record when scoring the 108th goal for the US team. She holds this record until June 2013 and is broken by another American player, Abby Wambach.

Hamm won American football’s “Best Female Athlete of the Year” for 5 consecutive years (1994-1998), MVP of the Women’s Cup (1995) and 3 ESPY Awards in the category “Female athlete of the year” and ”Player of the year”. In 2004, Hamm and her teammate Michelle Akers were named in the list of “125 Greatest Living Players”. At that time, they were the only female athletes and the only American elected to this list.

Life outside the lawn

In 1994, Hamm married her college lover Christiaan Corry. In 2001, they divorced and Hamm married a second time with baseball player Nomar Garciaparra in 2003. After helping the US team win the 2004 Summer Olympics gold medal, Hamm decided to retire from his career.

In 1999, Mia founded Mia Hamm Foundation to support bone marrow studies after her brother died of a rare blood disease.