It has been a summer to remember for the Netherlands with the whole nation making women’s football their priority during the UEFA Women’s EURO which they finally won.
In front of a record Dutch attendance for a women’s football match (28,182), the Oranje Lionesses defeated Denmark 4-2 in a highly intense final on August 6 at the FC Twente Stadion to claim their maiden Women’s EURO crown.
That success was followed by the qualification of their U-20 women for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup a week later.
Now, how can the overwhelming support for women’s football witnessed so far in the country, rub off on the Women’s Eredivisie scheduled to kick off on the 1st of September?
“There was a huge buzz around the place and it was amazing to see the host nation go all the way to the final and win it. Hopefully, this will attract more supporters to Dutch league and inspire more young girls to get into the game,” Sophia Omidiji noted in an interview with busybuddiesng.com
Nigeria’s Sophia Omidiji will defend the colours of SBV Excelsior in the women’s Eredivisie this season, having joined from Belgian side KAA Gent two months ago.
“Looking at the Dutch national team, they have three players at Arsenal, two from Bayern Munich, one who has just moved to Lyon and one at Barcelona,” Omidiji continued.
“So the league itself is a great export for talent which means that what the Dutch are known for, technique and tactical knowledge, is in high demand all over Europe. As a matter of fact, Lieke Martens who is a Dutch player just won best player in Europe,” She asserted.
In their season opener, Omidiji’s SBV Excelsior take on PSV at home in Rotterdam and she is optimistic of a good start.
The 20-year-old recently scored a brace for her side in a 2-1 victory over a Belgian Division One side, OH Leuven, in a friendly match ahead of the new season.