On Friday, Alisha Lehmann, the Swiss soccer forward, marked her debut in a Women's World Cup match as her team secured a 2-0 victory against the Philippines in the opening round of group play.
Lehmann, renowned as one of the most popular female soccer athletes participating in the Women's World Cup, encountered an unusual request from one of the enthusiastic fans who filled Dunedin Stadium in New Zealand.
A fan in the crowd held up a sign that read, "Alisha Lehmann can I get your (shirt)," along with a picture of Lehmann's No. 23 jersey. Whether Lehmann fulfilled the request remains uncertain, but the hopeful fan might have another chance as Switzerland faces Norway on Tuesday.
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Lehmann's popularity is evident from her massive following of over 13 million on Instagram. Her impressive performances played a vital role in Switzerland's qualification for the Women's World Cup, where she netted two crucial goals during the qualifiers. Additionally, she showcased her talent in 22 matches for Aston Villa in the Women's Super League, contributing five goals and two assists during the 2022-23 season.
Earlier this month, she shared her excitement about the upcoming tournament in an interview with Sky Sports.
"When you play for your country, you remember where you came from," she said. "You have the badge of your country on your shirt, it means a lot.
"I actually can't wait to play this World Cup. I was waiting all my life to do this because it's the biggest thing when you're a kid. You dream about the big World Cup and playing it.
"It's the biggest dream of every single footballer. It's amazing, and I can't wait to be on the field and start it."
On Sunday, Switzerland will conclude their group stage matches with a match against New Zealand.
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