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France: Norway boss surprised by European dominance at WWC

0 26.06.2019 Инфо

M/S Norwegian women's national football team's goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth and manager Martin Sjogren, arriving at press conference
SOT, Martin Sjogren, Norway women's national football team manager (Norwegian): "They [England] are functioning as a unit, and they have a manager with a certain background as a footballer. We need more attention for women's football. England has great respect."
W/S Press conference hall *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Martin Sjogren, Norway women's national football team manager (Norwegian): "Usually the continent that organises the competition has a lot of teams, but it was hard to think that there would be such European dominance [in the tournament]. The development of football happened for the first time in Europe, and regarding these big clubs there have a lot of investment and a lot of developments, and these developments in football in Europe produce results and we see them now. Football has become more professional."
M/S End of press conference
SCRIPT
Norway women's national football team manager Martin Sjogren told journalists in Le Havre on Wednesday that he did not expect to see European dominance at the quarter-finals stage of the 2019 Women's World Cup. Seven out of eight participants in the quarter-finals are from Europe.
"Usually the continent that organises the competition has a lot of teams, but it was hard to think that there would be such European dominance [in the tournament]," said Sjogren, speaking at a press conference ahead of his team's quarter-final against England.
"The development of football happened for the first time in Europe, and regarding these big clubs there have a lot of investment and a lot of developments, and these developments in football in Europe produce results and we see them now. Football has become more professional," he said.
Norway is due to play against England at Le Havre's Ocean Stadium on Thursday. The kick off is set at 20:00 GMT.