World Cup winners have focused on big picture by challenging not just individuals, but oppressive systems and institutions

In Spain more than 1.4 million people watched the RTVE broadcast of the world champions’ first match since their triumph over England in Sydney 33 days ago. The 3-2 win over Sweden, a rematch of their World Cup semi-final, reached a peak audience of 3.47 million and had an 18.2% share of viewers, as Spain tuned in to see the impact on the pitch of a more than month-long battle off it.

The impact of the Spanish women’s team’s fight has gone far beyond their shores and borders though, and that was reflected in a very visual way in the opening round of Nations League and other international fixtures. Wrapped around the wrists of many players were bands of tape with “Se acabó” (it’s over) written on them in marker.

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