“The mandate of this tournament is to change society”



Alexandra Popp’s drama at Wembley that afternoon announced to the embittered Germans that they had lost a European Women’s Championship final for the first time in their history. Eight out of eight accumulated in 13 editions. Germany’s top scorer first grimaced with her haggard face, then pursed her lips. What a curse in a continental tournament. He had to wait 114 games to debut in a European championship; exploded en route to six-goal final; he proclaimed his pride in the “battle” against the wounds that herd is going on; and as everyone looked at her, during the warm-up the striker approached her trainer Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and told her that her muscles weren’t responding. There was a banner in the stands that read ‘Popp, save the team’, but the striker had no choice but to flee to the second row of benches and look who knows where.

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Mary Earps, Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Leah Williamson, Lauren Hemp, Fran Kirby, Keira Walsh, Beth Mead, Georgia Stanway and Ellen White



Merle Frohms, Flota Hegering, Giulia Gwinn, Felicitas Rauch, Kathrin Hendrich, Lena Oberdorf, Lina Magull, Sara Däbritz, Svenja Huth, Lea Schüller and Jule Brand

Goals 1-0 Min 61: You Toone. 1-1 mins. 78: Lina Magul. 2-1 mins. 109: Chloe Kelly.

yellow cards Georgia Stanway (min. 22), Ellen White (min. 23), Felicitas Rauch (min. 39), Lena Oberdorf (min. 56), Lea Schüller (min. 56), Alessia Russo (min. 99) and Chloe Kelly (at least 111)

The final featured two headliners enjoying an environment as musical as London and Wembley: Popp and Beth Mead. The body of the first separated at zero minutes and that of the second one hour later. After a hitherto inconsequential step into the sampler (she had scored six goals in six shots on goal and provided five assists), a run-in with Hegering in the nobody area put her on the final edge, with her hand on the back of the left thigh. . Even with the home win, yes, the Englishwoman won the tournament’s best player award and the Golden Boot. “Sometimes football breaks you down, but resting is the best thing you can do. I I’m still in shock, I can’t believe we have a herd, ”reacted the Atarazana player.

Coming on was Chloe Kelly, the girl with the water-soluble braid, who in the 110th minute upset the team with the goal that gave her country their first European title. The burnt temple omitted in the Aryan sector and with a woman, Sarina Wiegman, the circumscribed trainer, barely out of her usual order. Serious face, pure restraint. So determined emerges from this celestial event, he rubs shoulders with Kelly, this 52-year-old Dutchwoman who made her country European champion in 2017 and vice-world champion in 2019. She was the medicine of the English Coalition which was to him dedicated. championship and the overall winner. The first foreigner to lead the three lionesses and the only one to win the cup with two different teams and consecutively.

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Seriously, in a white shirt and high school teacher’s glasses, Weigman had a plan and hadn’t budged an inch in weeks. Six games, six lineups tracked. Not even when Alessia Russo uncovered four goals, including one from a hoe. He didn’t care and it turned out to be consumed. He took over 10 months ago and managed 18 games and conceded just two draws and five goals (scoring 106 goals under his roof) on his way to European popularity. Spain put her on the brink of the quarter-finals (they won in the 84th minute), but she escaped alive and shot for the title. “It’s amazing. The players are eager to succeed and improve every day. We’ve seen that,” he said after faking a hasty celebratory dance.

She symbolized the success of the fraternity of trainers. The last seven European Championships, five of the last six World Cups and the last five matches, all women, have been led by teams managed by a woman. The triumph of all represented more than ever in the serious face of Sarina Wiegman. “The mandate of this tournament is change in society. We managed to unite everyone and satisfy the stadiums. Now we want the crowd to come to union games,” concluded England captain Leah Williamson.

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