Women's soccer is a joke!
Women's football (or soccer as it is called in some parts of the world). For some that is a contradiction in terms; “football is a man's game... women will never be as good as men.... it's not right”, are just some of the comments, usually from men! Some also consider that it's not real football, but women's football is real enough to be included in the Olympics.
Even in Japan
When we think of Japan, we often picture geisha girls and ladies that are very small, delicate and ladylike. Not the vision we would normally asociate with football. However Japan was one of the teams that hoped to win gold at London 2012, having beaten America on penalties to win the Women's World Cup final in July 2011. This was not only a stunning victory against the odds, but one that brought good news to Japan following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country a few months earlier.
Inspirational leader Homare Sawa
Homare Sawa became a national heroine when her goal levelled the score against the Americans, but she maintained her humility even after winning FIFA's Ballon d'Or. Here pregame pep talks to her team-mates are legendary, particularly one that goes “If you're having a tough time, watch my back. I will be there, playing with everything I've got to lead you.” Who wouldn't want a team mate like that?
It reminds me of the famous poem Footprints when someone sees in a dream the important scenes in their life passing by, both good and bad. At times there were two sets of footprints and at others only one. The single set bothered them as they trusted God to walk and talk with them all the way. God replied, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. When you saw only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you.”
Real supporters follow their team for the whole of their life; likewise Christians commit to following God for eternity because of His love and care for them.
What's your goal?