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Dutch Lioness Sherida Spitse receives musical tribute

Today, the Dutch singer Roxeanne Hazes releases her latest song ‘’Omdat je me ziet’’ (Because you see me). This track serves as a tribute to Sherida Spitse, an icon of Dutch women’s football and Ajax. In addition to being a top athlete, Spitse is also an inspiration for young girls and women to pursue their dreams. 

Sherida Spitse

Over the last few years we’ve seen an increase in songs that reference to football players. The British rappers AJ Tracey and Dave produced a hit single ‘’Thiago Silva’’. Drake mentioned Balotelli in his song ‘’Enough Said’’ and Cristiano Ronaldo in his track ‘’Blue tint’’. Stormzy, one of the most successful British rappers, has also given plenty of shoutouts to football personalities such as José Mourinho, Kylian Mbappé, Scott Parker and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, we rarely hear a female footballer being shouted out during songs. 

Roxeanne Hazes is bringing a change and has chosen to team up with Sherida Spitse, who has made over 200 appearances for the Dutch national team. For this single, a music video featuring Spitse in the lead role has been filmed. The video illustrates the journey she has taken to become a top athlete and the determination required to reach her level. Spitse often had to fight for her place but never gave up. According to Spitse, the song perfectly matches her life philosophy to always keep going. 

In the song ‘’Omdat je me ziet,’’ Roxeanne Hazes pays homage to Spitse because she understands how important it is to determinedly pursue your own goals. ‘’For years, I was only seen as ‘the daughter of’ and only booked as ‘Hazes-kids’.’’ Her father, André Hazes, who passed away in 2004, is one of the greatest Dutch singers of all time and has produced many songs that, to this day, are still hugely popular. ‘’At some point, I consciously decided to tell my own story. It was scary, but I am my own person and people should hear that. Sherida’s story inspires me. She truly stands for what she wants. There was also an immediate great connection between us, which helped a lot in the writing process. It was fantastic to see her first reaction to the song, that’s what you do it for!’’