So I just heard a quote that some what shocked me. Former AC Milan player Gennaro Gattuso, said this week, “I can’t really see women in football”. He is referring to the recent reshuffling of personnel in the AC Milan front office. Barbara Berlusconi is now going to share the role of chief executive with long time CEO Adriano Galliani.
I have heard people say that they don’t find women’s football as exciting as men’s. This is a fair opinion, but I would argue that the women’s game is a different style of football compared to the men’s. Both offer a different type of entertainment and tactical approach to the game. Some find that the women’s game does not appeal to them, and for those that have actually watched women’s football, you have to respect their opinion.
But to go ahead and say that women have no place in football takes things to a different level. These days major football clubs are big business. How can you, in this day in age, say that women don’t know how to work for or run a business. Here are a few businesses or should I say corporations that have been pretty successful with women as CEO’s: Meg Whitman, HP (Hewlett-Packard), Virginia Rometty of IBM, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi Co., Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Linda Land of Jack in the Box, the list goes on.
One woman that I think really is relevant to Gattuso opinion of women in football is Karren Brady, the director of West Ham men’s football club. For those not familiar with West Ham United of London, it is one of the biggest club in the English Premier League. Karren Brady has been the director there since 2010. If you want to read more about her, be my guest here’s a link to her Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karren_Brady. She’s actually pretty impressive. Ok I’ll be honest she’s kind of my hero.
There are currently not that many women in football but I hope that is something that will change in the future. I also hope that people like Gennaro Gattuso will see people for who they are instead of being seen for their sex or the colour of their skin.
Also just wanted to share the video of Gennaro Gattuso, this guy is one crazy MoFo!
Til next time
Professional footballer for SC Freiburg in the German Frauen Bundesliga. Fiona is also a member of the Irish Women’s National Football Team. As well as competing at the highest level in women’s football, Fiona also owns her own soccer school ‘Fiona’s Soccer Camp’.