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Evelyne Viens dreams of more success at Olympics

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Evelyne Viens discusses winning Olympic gold in Tokyo, Canada’s adaptation to life without Christine Sinclair and Paris 2024.

  • Evelyne Viens is fresh off an outstanding season for Roma
  • The forward recalls winning Olympic gold in Tokyo
  • She discusses Canada’s hopes of repeating that feat in Paris

Evelyne Viens made herself indispensable to Roma in her first season in Italian football. A truly memorable one it was too, as she helped her new club complete a league-and-cup double.

As if that were not enough, she was also named Forward of the Season in the Serie A Femminile and was its leading scorer with 13 goals. The forward is hoping there is more to come this year, with Canada set to take part in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024, when they will look to defend the title they won at Tokyo 2020.

Reflecting on her amazing debut season with Roma, Viens told FIFA: “It wasn’t a bad one, was it? (laughs) It’s been a great few months for me, but aside from the results, the most important thing is that the team has come on a lot and I’ve improved as a player. That’s the key thing for me.

“I honestly didn’t think I’d have such an impact. Normally, when I move to a new club I need a little time to adapt to new systems and to get to know my team-mates. But the team has helped me so much. “I’ve had tremendous support from the whole coaching staff, who’ve all been very patient with me.

They knew my qualities and put me in a position to use them, even though they were different from the qualities you usually need in Italian football. I’m delighted with how the season went. “Women’s football has really developed a lot in Italy.

I really like how technically gifted the players are in Serie A. There’s a lot of quality and the players know how to hold onto the ball and what to do with it. “I remember my first training session and being so impressed with the way they all wanted the ball without feeling any pressure.

There’s still room for improvement but I like how the clubs are developing and improving. Roma, for example, are looking to grow and become a top club in Europe.”

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