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									The Queen Of Soccer - Mia Hamm Biography

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Women's soccer never would have been the same if Mia Hamm hadn't started
up soccer when she was little. She had such an impact on women's soccer
that she is often thought to mean as much for it as Pele or Cruyff meant
for men's soccer. But before being a great soccer player and athlete that
broke down almost every possible record at her level, Mia Hamm is a great
person and I'd like you to meet the human behind the soccer god in this
Mia Hamm biography.

If you're like me, ...


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Women's soccer never would have been the same if Mia Hamm hadn't started
up soccer when she was little. She had such an impact on women's soccer
that she is often thought to mean as much for it as Pele or Cruyff meant
for men's soccer. But before being a great soccer player and athlete that
broke down almost every possible record at her level, Mia Hamm is a great
person and I'd like you to meet the human behind the soccer god in this
Mia Hamm biography.

If you're like me, you're probably wondering how and when did Mia Hamm
start playing soccer and what events drove her to become a super star of
women's soccer. Mia Hamm's childhood circled around sports and
athleticism and as her brother recalled, she was faster and more athletic
than most of the boys on the block, so she was able to play competitively
with and against them.

After taking up youth soccer training at her school's football team when
she was only 12 years old, she learned the basics of soccer and started
enjoying the sport more and more. Little did she know that three years
later, when she was just 15, she would be called up for the United States
national women’s soccer team, becoming the youngest player ever to play
for her country at that level (one of her first broken records).

That was kind of a weird situation, since Mia Hamm was a soccer player
for her national squad but didn't have a fully professional playing
contract with a club. But after seeing her performances, the North
Carolina Tar Heels quickly signed her and they made quite a deal, since
Mia Hamm stayed with the club for 4 seasons, scoring over 100 goals
during her time here.
Probably one of Mia Hamm's most important accomplishments is that she
managed to bring women’s soccer to a level close to what men are playing.
She is one of the two women named in Pele’s "List of 125 Best Soccer
Players of All Times" and she is a symbol of women's sports throughout
the World.

She also holds two FIFA World Player of the Year awards, which she got in
2001 (the first year the trophy was given) and 2002. Unfortunately, she
would have gotten a lot more of these awards, but with the World Player
of the Year awards being granted for women when Mia Hamm was already
nearing the end of her career, she didn't really have a chance to widen
her trophy room.

In numbers, Mia Hamm was the United States top goal scorer, with 158
goals in 275 matches, a remarkable record that will probably dust and
rust before it is beaten. She scored more goals than any man or woman for
her national team, although many soccer specialists will agree that the
level of women's soccer is still in an early grade and cannot be compared
to men’s soccer yet.

She won the Women's World Cup twice, in 1991 and 1999 and also put the US
national team through a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in 1996. All
these titles, records and awards make Mia Hamm one of the most important
players in women's soccer and the fact that Pele considered to put her on
the same list as legendary male players such as Maradona, Cruyff, Platini
or Beckenbauer says a lot about the influence she had in the game.

								
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