A crowd of approximately 80,000 spectators will see the final of the European Championship between England and Germany on Sunday. The entire Euro 2022 will undoubtedly have the highest attendance ever. Around the halfway point of the group stage, it surpassed the prior record of 240,000.
Germany and England will face off at Wembley Stadium. A thrilling conclusion that reflects decades of history and highlights the rising prestige of women’s soccer in Europe.
Germany has won all eight of its matches in the European finals—and defeated England 6-2 in the 2009 final. but its pace has begun to decrease recently as other nations have made significant investments in women’s leagues.
With 20 goals total, England leads the competition. More than half of those goals came in two dominant victories over past European champions, 8-0 over Norway in the group stage and 4-0 over Sweden in the semifinals.
England might make history by defeating eight-time champion Germany.
Back in February, England demonstrated that it was possible by defeating Germany 3-1 at home for the first time ever.
Even though it isn’t as much of an unstoppable dynasty as it once was, German fans are accustomed to seeing their club win championships. The first event Germany has advanced past the semifinals of since taking home the Olympic gold medal in 2016 is Euro 2022.
Forwards Alessia Russo and Alexandra Popp each contributed in very different ways. With the exception of the opening match against Denmark, captain Popp has started all five of Germany’s games and scored in each of them, a new record. Russo is the ideal impact replacement despite not having begun a single.
Popp is getting back on track as the joint leading scorer alongside England’s Beth Mead with six goals after missing the 2013 and 2017 European Championships due to injuries. Popp is surrounded by her club colleagues as one of five Wolfsburg players in the starting lineup for the 2-1 victory over France in which she scored twice.
Sarina Wiegman of England and Voss-Tecklenburg of Germany have already cemented their legacy as athletes and coaches, respectively.
Voss-Tecklenburg has scored 125 games for the national team and won four European Championships. She also spent five years as the editor of a women’s soccer magazine and won the UEFA Women’s Cup (now known as the Champions League) in 2009.
She brought up England’s sluggish start versus Sweden in the semifinal, which occurred when the hosts were already on the defensive.
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