Ever want to see boys cry? Stick Miedema in front of them and you just might!
Growing up only knowing football, our young Dutch record-breaking striker even went as far as playing for and against boys’ teams’ in order to be able to fulfil her dreams to become a footballer.
It is always interesting to delve into the past of a footballer and more often then not you see a pattern that shows most of them started from nothing, spending their days kicking the ball against a wall. Speaking to the Arsenal website, Vivianne Miedema reminisced about her childhood days back in Holland, stating:
“I’ve always been a goal scorer, even when I played as a No 10 and playing in the boys’ team. Actually, I can remember when I changed club and started playing for VV de Weide because they were in a higher division in Holland. We played a game against Groningen, a first division club in Holland with Richairo Zivkovic and Juninho Bacuna playing for them. Anyway, we beat them 7-5 and I scored five goals, and then assisted the other two. I can’t remember any of the goals I scored, but I do remember all of the boys crying because they were the professional club and we’d beaten them as an amateur team. The goalkeeper and the two central defenders were devastated – they’d just conceded five goals to the only girl on the pitch. That was a good feeling. I was used to beating the boys. I’d played against them since I was five years old.”
Given how she is going in the Women’s Super League and the Dutch National team, I am sure she has made some girls cry and will continue doing so, but all I can say is I am glad she is an Arsenal player and we don’t have to face her week in week out!
Maybe we should try her out in the mens team? Eh Gooners?