The FIFA Museum has unveiled a dedicated display for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, showcasing significant artifacts, including the boots worn by Zambia’s Copper Queens captain, Barbra Banda, when she scored the 1,000th goal of the tournament.
Banda’s historic goal was netted from the penalty spot during a Group C match against Costa Rica, resulting in a 3-1 victory. Alongside her boots, the museum is proudly exhibiting the ball used to achieve this landmark goal, offering football enthusiasts a tangible connection to the historic achievement.
Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, expressed enthusiasm about the newly inaugurated segment at the FIFA Museum. She emphasized that the display is a celebration of women’s football, providing fans with a captivating glimpse of standout objects from the recent tournament.
“The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will, for sure, go down in history as the game-changing moment that took women’s football to the next level,” said Bareman. “To see it immortalized in a showcase at the FIFA Museum, where fans can come and remember this landmark tournament is amazing. What a beautiful way to wrap up this year of women’s football.”
The FIFA Museum, located in Zurich, is renowned for having one of the most comprehensive collections of objects dedicated to international football.
The Women’s World Cup display encompasses not only Barbra Banda’s boots but also features Linda Caicedo’s home shirt, highlighting one of football’s biggest talents.
Additionally, the boots of Casey Phair from Korea Republic, who became the youngest player ever to partake in the tournament at the age of 16, are also on exhibit.
Other noteworthy objects include Yoshimi Yamashita’s headset, marking her historic role as the first referee to announce a VAR decision live in the stadium during the opening match between New Zealand and Norway.
From jerseys to match balls and tactical notes, the FIFA Museum aims to narrate the compelling story of the historical tournament, ensuring that these artifacts resonate with future generations of football enthusiasts.