World Cup warm-up: a family city break in football-mad Lyon

Womens World Cup

With a month till the Women’’ s World Cup begins in France, a mum and child see Lyon –– host for semi-finals and the last –– to see Europe’’ s finest group

As my seven-year-old child, Ella, leapt up and down together with 26,000 Lyon fans, I couldn’’ t aid smiling. Back in the UK, ladies’’ s domestic league video games seldom happen in big arenas. Huge matches –– such as last weekend’’ s FA Cup Final– bring in big crowds, however the play ground taunt ““ football isn” ’ t for women ” is difficult to argue with when it’’ s unusual to discover a females’’ s video game revealed live on terrestrial TELEVISION, or a match at a Premier League ground.

But at Lyon’’ s 60,000-seater Groupama arena –– which will host both semi-finals and the last of next month’’ s Women ’ s World Cup (7 June-7-July) –– and where Lyon play their huge video games, ladies’’ s football is on another level. We enjoyed the very best ladies’’ s club group worldwide bang in 5 objectives versus competitors Paris Saint-Germain to win the title decider, prior to captain Wendie Renard jumped over the barriers, got the microphone and serenaded the fans. We based on our seats and cheered our hearts out, singing, ““ Qui ne saute pas, n’’ est pas Lyonnais …” ” (Whoever isn’’ t leaping, isn ’ t from Lyon). Drums banged, flags waved and deals with were spotted in red, blue and white, the club colours. We had actually just remained in the city 24 hours, however currently we’’d fallen head over heels for the location.

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