Having lit up the Norway finals, Vivianne Miedema talks about her next challenges: impressing at FC Bayern München, learning German and passing her driving test.
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FC Bayern München have a lot to look forward to if Vivianne Miedema's impact at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship is anything to go by. Hampered by a groin problem, the 18-year-old scored twice and forced an own goal within 24 minutes of her first appearance, then struck a semi-final hat-trick before hitting the only goal of the final. UEFA.com talked to her about post-finals ambitions – with a lurking Jill Roord, the 17-year-old FC Twente midfielder, chipping in.
UEFA.com: You arrived here after a really good season, as the BeNe League's 34-goal top scorer with sc Heerenveen?
Vivianne Miedema: It was 39 actually, but that doesn't matter. We weren't champions but that never was our objective. As a team we lacked the quality to compete with teams like Ajax, FC Twente or Standard Liège. I think we did as well as we could in finishing fourth.
UEFA.com: Your fantastic form earned a fantastic transfer. How did it come about?
Miedema: There was a lot of interest from different clubs and what you do then is go and look around a few. The feelings I had with a club was really what I predominantly based my decision on. Bayern felt like a family and that was what I was looking for. That and their ambitions – they want to finish in the top two next season and qualify for the Champions League.
UEFA.com: Munich is not just around the corner, is it?
Miedema: [Laughs] No, it isn't, but when you are looking to join a foreign club you know you will not be home much, and that your parents will not be able to watch every match. But travelling to Munich will be easier than Malmo or to an English team. They can come to watch me when I play just over the border – it is only a two or three-hour drive.
UEFA.com: But how do you think you will manage this new life? You've just turned 18 so you'll be able to get your driver's licence.
Jill Roord: [Laughs] If you pass this time.
Miedema: [Laughs] Yes, if I pass. I flunked last time. But seriously, I finished school this year and the plan is to do nothing but play football and focus on that for six months, aside from three hours a week studying German. I'm lucky that the deal means I won't have to work outside of football.
UEFA.com: Jill, is making a move like that something that you aspire to do?
Roord: Yes, of course, but not for now. I play for FC Twente at the top of our league and we also play Champions League and for me that's good for now. I'm happy there and I still have a one-year contract. I'm a year younger than Vivienne and I need to finish my studies. Like I say [looking at Miedema, pretending to boast], I will be playing in the Champions League next year. This year we won't have to qualify.
UEFA.com: What is it like being a top sportswoman at your age, watching your peers going out and partying?
Miedema: Our childhoods were really different to our peers because we have always had football. Although we might miss out on some things, we experience other things that most of them will never do. It's a choice that we've made and I understand that not everybody wants to be the same. We see girls drop out of the game because they want to do other things. I think I speak for both of us when I say that as long as you enjoy this life you are willing to make sacrifices.