“Football has no gender, you have to dedicate yourself to what you are passionate about”

The life of Amanda Sampedro (Madrid, 1993) goes hand in hand with the Atlético de Madrid. The current captain of the first team began her career in the lower categories of the mattress team almost two decades ago and today, surfing in the wave of constant growth of women’s football, she is, in addition to a star, an example for those who begin the sports dream that she continues to enjoy. In a talk with OKDIARIO Sampedro talks about his feeling towards football, equality in sport and the possibilities of continuing to be linked to sport after his retirement.

Question: How are you? What balance do you make of what we have this season?

Answer: “Things are getting tighter and tighter, it’s getting harder and harder to win, which is beautiful and it is the goal of the growth of women’s football, that every game counts and it takes a lot to get the three points. At an individual level, adapting to the new style of Atleti, to what Óscar –Fernández– asks of each one of us and wanting to continue advancing with the team and getting into the Champions League, which is the goal. “

Q: Little is said about how much women’s football has grown in recent years. What is the secret to this growth?

R: «We have been doing things well, as far as the barriers leave you, especially since Iberdrola entered because of its commitment to women’s football and women’s gender within sport, there it made a very important bet that even made a lot of television enter for rights to issue us. There we took a very important leap in quality, we have grown in a short time although it is true that now we have taken two steps backwards. Let’s see if we get the professional league and that this allows us to move forward again and that the television rights generate income in the clubs, we have a much better agreement and the best conditions for the growth of women’s football ».

Q: Surely there is a little more pressure. How do you cope?

R: “That pressure and responsibility is beautiful, now at Atlético de Madrid after having won the titles we have the pressure that every game has to be won, that we have to be up there and keep watching Barcelona from you to you. It is difficult to carry but it is beautiful, better to have that pressure than to have pressure of any other kind. Women’s football is seen more and more and that means that apart from good comments there are bad comments, that in the end is part of the sport, it means that we are exposing ourselves and that people are watching us. I think that is quite important for our growth and visibility.

Q: There is a public debate about women’s football. There are those who ask for equality in all areas, those who criticize it …

R: «My personal opinion is that right now we are light years away from men’s football, but that is because of all the years that they have taken us forward and because of everything they generate and enter. Right now, in terms of women’s sports, football is up there but it is true that in terms of football and sports in general, men’s football generates a lot of income that women’s football does not generate. We have to take advantage of the fact that ours is also football and of everything that football generates, but we must have that humility that we do not really generate or have that income, so we have to keep our feet on the ground and know how far we can ask. ».

Q: Nor can you ask for a performance like that of boys, especially on the physical plane.

R: «We talk about what human nature itself is and in the face of that there is little that can be done. It is to be realistic that the strength that a man has at the constitutional, hormonal level … is not a woman, it comes by nature. From there we talked about how in football they will beat you in strength, in speed. In all sports there are tastes for everyone, you may like women’s tennis or men’s or women’s soccer more. You have to take advantage of other things that women’s football has, perhaps it is not such a tactical football, the game does not stop so much and that leads to it being watched more often. Everything has its pros and cons.

Q: When it comes to sports, soccer or women’s soccer?

R: “In the end, it’s football, I’m one of those who say that sports have no gender, you have to dedicate yourself to what you are really passionate about and where you have a talent. In the end it is football just like it is tennis, handball … what happens is that in one area it is practiced by women or by men, but it is still football ».

Q: In a recent interview, María Vicente explained to us that she does not consider athletics to be a discriminatory sport a priori… What about soccer? Have you experienced a negative episode?

R: «I have been fortunate not to experience something as discriminatory as we have seen or experienced on social networks, but it is true that there have been colleagues from before, from now and hopefully not, in the future, who have suffered an episode So”.

Q: You have explained the growth of women’s football from the sponsors.

R: “Right now it is very important. The example is the change in football when Iberdrola began to sponsor our League. I think it is important that people invest in women’s football, that the sponsors will add much more when the issue of television rights is clearer and they know that they will be seen much more on television. All of us doing our part we are going to see that we will have exponential growth and that the sponsors bet on us, on Spanish football, it makes everyone very professional ».

Q: She’s only 28 but she’s a veteran. I don’t know if you have thought about the end of the road …

R: «I don’t think about it because I like to live in the present, take care of myself and look good physically. In the end, the body will ask for it and especially the head. She will tell me when my retirement is to come, the moment that I am not motivated to train or I do not feel privileged for having the life that I have, it will be when I have to rethink that I am not qualified to compete, to be at the best level and on all to have that motivation to be better every day ».

Q: Atlético de Madrid has always been linked to your sporting life. Would you like to be a ‘one club woman’ until the end of your career?

R: «I am a person who feels Atlético de Madrid and that Atlético has seen me grow, has educated me and has grown with me by the hand. I can think of Totti with Roma or Koke that I hope his career ends at Atlético de Madrid after all his life here, I would love it although it is true that you have experiences abroad, put yourself to the test, live other things , feel another kind of sensation. In the end this is football, you don’t know what will become of you tomorrow because this changes from one day to the next. At the level of feeling, yes, I would love to end up where I started the life that excites me the most but you never know, every week is a story and from there everything can happen ».

Q: There is still a long way to go, but have you thought about what you will do after you retire?

R: “Being such a soccer fan, I would love for it to be something related to soccer. In the end I have a feeling of attraction for football that makes me passionate and I know that tomorrow I will continue to play sports and that I will be a person linked in one way or another to football ».

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