England today seeks to Happy endingThe happy ending of a story whose pages have been written chapter by chapter; From the victory over Norway, to the ecstasy over Sweden, passing through the important victory over Spain that gave them wings to dream big. The country has turned into Lyons and they hope to give them a historic victory at Wembley Stadium, Britain’s most famous football stadium. Exactly at the same stage as their male counterparts lost the European Championship last summer. Gareth Southgate’s men’s setback is very present in British society, which he hopes to make up for today with his women’s team.
There are reasons for optimism, and the host tournament is being framed. They passed the group stage with 14 goals and Erbes kept a clean sheet until Esther Gonzalez appeared. He was the only Spanish striker able to score against Sarina Wegmann’s side, who were crushed again in the semi-finals, this time against Sweden (4-0) to achieve his second European final.
The Dutch coach is another reason to dream of victory. Wiegmann already knows what it means to win this trophy with the home team after leading the Netherlands to the title in 2017. His skilful reading of matches is one of the weapons that make the English side even more lethal, as he already showed in the quarter-final against Spain. A duel on the bench against Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will certainly be exciting.
The pressure will be on both of us, because we want to win
Don’t forget how much pressure Wembley will be. With tickets selling out in just minutes, the final against Germany will become the record-breaking attendance record for a women’s soccer match in the UK. For the first time in history there will be a music show before a major sporting event, by British singer Becky Hill, and television audiences are expected to continue to break all records. With an entire nation still clinging to his success, will England be able to withstand the pressure? England captain Leah Williamson reassured: “We’ve played before, it’s a familiar stadium for us.”
Expectations are very high and the challenge is enormous. They face the absolute queens of Europe, the team that has lifted this trophy eight times and plays the tenth final – out of 12 copies -. They may not be at their best after losing in the quarter-finals at the last World Cup and at the last European Championship, but with a solid victory over France in the semi-final they showed they are back. England and Germany will repeat the 2009 final, in which the German team won the title after their rival endorsed the biggest win in the final 2-6.
Germany handed its biggest win in a final against England in 2009
A lot has happened since then and the two teams are more level today than ever. For Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, the pressure will be on England, but her English bench counterpart does not think the same: “I think we are going to have pressure because we want to win and it will be a very difficult and exciting match,” she estimated at the pre-match press conference.
England or Germany. A new era, or restoration. Interestingly enough, the final was between the only two teams that could beat Spain. Two victories with a completely different seal make it clear that the German national team does not need the ball to cause damage, while England suffer more if they do not have it. “We are not afraid,” Wegman warned. Only four countries have ever won the European Championship: Germany (8), Norway (2), Sweden and the Netherlands, so will the lionesses join this exclusive club?