Friday, June 17, 2011

Media pays attention

Just about one week to go before the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 It's exciting to see the tournament getting so much attention. Ireland is obviously pretty quiet as we're not in it but the neighbours over the channel have been really getting behind their team. Most especially The Guardian and Observer newspapers. And as I'm usually carrying on about how little attention women get in the sports pages, I would like to say Thank you! to those papers. 
England manager Hope Powell was interviewed here on Sunday - two full pages with a great photograph.* And just spotted this article: "Panini's football stickers for women's World Cup prove to be a sellout" According to this story, Germany's schoolchildren are swapping women's football cards, something I have never seen before. The company are even having to stock up on another run.
The Guardian's Women's World Cup 2011 site is here.Uh-huh, that's a whole section dedicated to one tournament with female players. And yes, I know I'm not the world's biggest soccer fan but hey, this is exciting. Today soccer, tomorow boxing?? (rhetorical question, do NOT ruin the buzz by saying how crazy that is)
I'll leave you with England striker  Rachel Yankey. Have a great weekend!


3 comments said...

At any rate, there is a huge potential in this even if only because women can be very atttractive to the male audience that usually watches sports on TV.

Snowcatcher said...

Andinia's comment really got me chuckling!

I used to shoot soccer back in my journalist days, so I'm excited about it regardless who plays!

niamh said...

@Andinia (and your company!) - cynical but probably accurate. There is a reason why women's tennis is so popular

@Snowcatcher - yup! Did you really, must have been interesting? Do you still shoot professionally, I had the impression the pics were just for you now?