It is an original and historical showdown at the same time that will be staged at Wembley on the occasion of the final of the European women’s football championships between England and Germany.
In scena Sunday 31 July at 6 pm (Italian time), it is a game that smells of history because two European powers that have always dominated the international football scene will clash.
On the one hand, the nation where football was born in the beginning, both male and female; on the other, one of the states that has been able to develop it the most, reaching excellence.
Before Olympique Lyon and Barcelona, European women’s football had another queen and it was the German one Wolfsburg.
Ma England-Germany it will also be an almost unique final since in the annals it presents only a precedent.
Were the 2009 European Championships in fact when the two Nationals competed for the first time for a final of the tournament. The competition was staged in Finland and if for a good part of the match the result was still in the balance between the two teams, the last 30 minutes proved fatal for England who found themselves overwhelmed for 6-2 from Germany.
History teaches us that the German national team knows how to win and remains the undisputed queen of this competition to this day. In fact, Germany has triumphed 8 times at the European Championshipsestablishing an authentic kingdom since 1995 al 2013 when his dominion was absolute and consecutive.
The last European title, however, dates back to 2013 and after the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the German national team seemed to have momentarily gone off the radar of the biggest teams in the world of women’s football. But the truth is, a queen is never really left behind and following the arrival on the bench of the CT Martina Voss-TecklenburgGermany has started working in the shadows again to regain its rightful place in the Olympus of this sport.
The team that took to the field in England at Euro 2022 is a thick squad, full of young talents but enriched by the experience of veterans who still make the difference. To excel, the captain Alexandra Poppto the paradoxical debut at the European Championships but absolutely overwhelming.
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England which, on the other hand, is preparing for this final is a national team that has been revolutionized from within. The arrival of Sarina Wiegman reshaped the identity and appearance of the team on the pitch, implementing grafts that turned out to be bets won, including the Manchester United players Mary Earps, Alessi Russo and Ella Tooneand reconfirming names already known but invigorated by trust and time.
Entrust the reins of the team to Leah Williamson it proved to be a risky but winning choice. The Arsenal Women defender had already revealed a leadership maturity perhaps unusual for her age but stable and pragmatic.
Either way, she is her clubmate Beth Mead to establish itself as the answer to all the needs of Lionesses. After an impeccable season in the Arsenal attack, Mead has reconfirmed himself as the most constant and profitable striker of the English offensive. Technique, elegance and vision, Beth Mead led England to the final with 6 goals and 4 assists, record numbers.
It will also be true that history does not smile to the English, who previously lost the only other two European finals played, but this England has a new face and a new charge and with them an entire nation will take to the field still waiting for the “come home” trophy.
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A final that promises an extraordinary show between the two national teams that most deserved this goal. This time there are several possibilities to not miss the match between TV and streaming.
Rai will offer the England-Germany broadcast in the clear on Rai 2 is streaming on Rai Play and on the Rainews website. Sky instead will make available to the final Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport Football and Sky Sport 251, as well as streaming services on Sky Go and Now.
Everything is therefore ready for the epilogue of the 2022 European Women’s Football Championships. Wembley is about to turn on the spotlight and anything can still happen.