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    Rise in Popularity of Women’s Sports in Poland Signals Changing Attitudes

    In recent years, the landscape of women’s sports in Poland has shown promising signs of progress, yet challenges remain. Women athletes aspiring for professional careers still encounter outdated stereotypes and unequal support compared to their male counterparts. However, a shift in societal attitudes offers hope for a brighter future.

    According to a study by Klarna, a global payment network supported by artificial intelligence, 45% of Polish respondents believe that female athletes have become more visible in the media over the past five years. Furthermore, 64% of Poles regularly follow women’s sports, positioning Poland among the leaders in interest in women’s sporting disciplines. This contrasts with countries like Spain and Italy, where despite long-established women’s clubs like FC Barcelona, interest remains relatively lower.

    Athletic Achievements Highlight Shifting Perceptions

    Polish women in sports such as athletics, tennis, and volleyball have been consistently raising the bar, winning medals, and capturing the hearts of fans. The successes of athletes like Iga Świątek and Maja Włoszczowska have drawn significant media attention and sponsorship competition. Yet, women’s football in Poland still lags in popularity compared to its international counterparts.

    Despite global popularity, women’s football in Poland has much room for growth. Ewa Pajor, a Polish player in the Bundesliga, potentially signing with FC Barcelona as one of the world’s most expensive female footballers, highlights this disparity. The need for greater media engagement and sponsorship in women’s sports is critical for achieving popularity on par with men’s sports.

    Strategic Partnerships Boost Women’s Sports

    Klarna’s partnership with Legia Ladies exemplifies effective support for women’s sports. Since becoming the main sponsor nearly two years ago, Klarna has significantly impacted the team’s development, funding international training camps, new uniforms, and recruitment of talented players. This cooperation also includes marketing efforts demonstrating that women on the field are as capable and effective as men.

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