It was well after midnight when Jorge Vilda was supposed to imitate the singing from the dressing room. The world champion coach smiled a little wryly, then choked out a few “Campeones, Campeones” verses that sounded kind of wooden. The first storm of indignation had long since erupted on social media, although lively Spaniards had deservedly won the final of this World Cup against too conservative English women. But why did the national coach say in the TV interview broadcast worldwide: “Somos campeones del mundo!” We are world champions.

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