For the former French international, the 2010 World Cup fiasco was a boon for women’s football.
The difficulties for FIFA and the French Football Federation to sell the TV rights to the World Cup or the matches of the French women’s team prove that there is still a long way to go. However, mentalities have changed. Being a woman and playing football no longer seem contradictory. Laure Boulleau, who was launched into the international deep end at only 19 years old in 2005 can testify to the evolution of mentalities.
In 2011, the former international tricolor saw a radical change. And to believe it, the episode of Knysna is not there for nothing. “Everything changed in 2011 for me. We came a year after the boys fiasco in South Africa and we had a super World Cup, she confided in remarks relayed by The Parisian. In the media, it was also a crazy thing after our victorious quarter-final against the English. When we came back, we were even received at Nike, on the Champs-Élysées, and there was a crazy crowd. So yes, we took advantage of the context but we also brought some freshness. We showed that we had given it our all and that we loved the jersey. »
It was another World Cup that inoculated him with the football virus. “I started after the title of 1998which was a revelation for me, she explained. I quickly imposed myself in a team of boys by my skills. Everything was positive for me because I was playing well. »