Vivianne Miedema, prolific goalscorer on the field, engaged outside

Vivianne Miedema, prolific goalscorer on the field, engaged outside

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Who plays in club attack at Arsenal, scores a lot of goals and stays decent in their celebrations? In the 2000s, this robot portrait corresponded to Thierry Henry. Today he reveals the identity of Vivianne Miedema, expected as one of the main stars of the Women’s Euro football this summer (from July 6 to 31 in England), in the orange jersey of the Dutch team, defending champion.

Like the French world champion, the Dutch striker holds the record for the number of goals scored for the “Gunners” (117 in 144 appearances). An ephemeral statue, made from recycled plastic waste, was erected in May in his honor in front of the Emirates Stadium, the club’s stadium, not far from the statue, in bronze and permanent this one, at the effigy of “Titi” Henry. Adidas, which sponsors the player, designed this artwork as part of an advertising campaign to raise awareness of women “who break down barriers in the world of sport, fashion and culture”.

European Nations Champion in 2017, vice-world champion in 2019 with the Netherlands, twice German champion with Bayern Munich, English champion with Arsenal, top scorer for Arsenal and the Netherlands … at only 25 years old, the Dutchwoman already has a long track record. By using her notoriety as a spokesperson on societal issues, she has also established herself as a model figure for the new generation of footballers and footballers.

Ambassador of War Child, a network of non-governmental organizations working on behalf of children affected by armed conflicts around the world, Vivianne Miedema has also joined the Common Goal citizens’ movement (initiated by his Spanish colleague Juan Mata in 2017) which encourages footballers to donate at least 1% of their income to charitable foundations.

In a sport where homophobia remains strong, especially among men, but also among women (in France, the first coming out of an active international footballer dates back to only 2020), the Dutchwoman has never hidden her relationship with her club teammate Lisa Evans. ” I do not understand why [l’homosexualité] is still a problem, especially in football, because we all share the same passion.she told the British daily The Guardian in 2020.

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Professional from 14 years old

Back to origins. At the time when young Vivianne kicked her first balls, the Dutch women’s team had never played in any international competition. His reference was Robin van Persie, a top scorer at Feyenoord Rotterdam before making a career… at Arsenal. “I always watched the men’s competitions because when I was younger I didn’t really know the women’s football competitions”narrated the Dutch in a text published on the Arsenal website in 2020.

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