Memorable moment: Riise fires Norway to glory
As the world of football counts down to the reveal of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ official emblem and slogan – in Paris on 19 September – we are counting down the 10 Most Memorable Moments in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.
The background The Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden 1995™ was an all-European affair. After losing to USA in the Final four years earlier, Norway were anxious to scale the heights on this occasion. Facing them was an equally ambitious Germany side featuring the likes of Bettina Wiegmann, Heidi Mohr, Silvia Neid and Birgit Prinz. The Scandinavians were without their captain Heidi Store, who was suspended, though Hege Riise made them forget about that when she took possession of the ball in the middle of the German half eight minutes before the interval.
Why so special? After nutmegging the first defender to close her down and skipping past the second, the midfielder curled a right-footed shot into the bottom corner to set the Norwegians on the way to their first and, as yet, only world title. Riise’s sublime strike also helped her secure the adidas Golden Ball, as the tournament’s most outstanding player.
What she said “Some moments you just can’t forget and that goal in the final is one for me. But although we were so clearly on top, we always knew it was Germany, who never give up, so we didn’t relax until the final whistle. That '95 World Cup was my best experience, and the Golden Ball is something I’m still really so proud of. I did feel like I had a fantastic tournament and I enjoyed every minute of being out there. I was in such good shape; I just felt like nothing could stop me out there.”
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