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FC Nordsjælland To Celebrate International Women's Day By Having Names Of Inspirational Females On Shirts

Josh Lawless

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FC Nordsjælland To Celebrate International Women's Day By Having Names Of Inspirational Females On Shirts

Danish football team FC Nordsjælland are celebrating International Women's Day by having names of inspirational female role models on their back of their shirts.

Instead of their own names, as is traditional in the game of football, they will gives props to key female figures in a number of different industries for the game against FC Copenhagen on Sunday.

Initially the team were sceptical when they were told of the idea but top scorer Andreas Skov says they soon became aware of the thinking behind it.

"When it was presented there were a few laughs," the 19-year old told DR, as translated on the /r/soccer subreddit.

"However, in the big picture I think it's a good idea. I hope people will be more aware about the issues in our society today and if we can make a difference, then we're happy. We've learned a lot about women's rights, so it has been exciting."

Players were able to choose which famous trail-blazers they honour, with Beyonce, Mother Teresa, Ellen DeGeneres, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks and J.K Rowling among those to be commemorated.

They also gave an explanation as to why they have selected them as their role model, with the club's official Twitter account posting some of the entries in a thread.

Commenting on the concept, Søren Kristensen, Director for FC Nordsjælland, said: "International Women's Day is about focusing on Women's rights and equality, and the best way to do it is by using the team's media presence.

"We have a big focus on equality in FC Nordsjælland and that's why we also think it's reasonable that our Superliga-players focused on the issues that surrounds equality.

"Our players have been through a couple of internal sessions, and which female role models they wanted to bring attention to and why."

Kudos to FC Nordsjælland for the brilliantly unique idea. Here's hoping they pick up the win on Sunday.

Topics: Football News, Football, Serena Williams, Denmark

Josh Lawless
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