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International press comments on the EM final: "The deepest pain in England's sports soul has been erased"


After 56 years, an English national team wins another major title - and is celebrated for it by the British press. Just like winning goalscorer Chloe Kelly, who “sunk Germany in extra time”.

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Party on the biggest possible stage: England's footballers in Wembley



The German soccer players have missed their ninth triumph at a European championship.

The team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg lost the final against England in London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday without the injured missing captain Alexandra Popp with 1: 2 (1: 1, 0: 0) after extra time.

While the disappointment was great among the German players, the English celebrated their first major title all the more exuberantly.

The international press reviews

Great Britain:

»Daily Mail«:

»The wild EM final showed that women's football is not a tamer and gentler version of the game.

So much hard work and sacrifice paid off in two glorious (and bone-breaking) hours.”

Daily Mirror:


England win Euro 2022 thanks to a late Kelly goal in extra time in an impressive Wembley final against Germany.«

»The Sun«:

»England's lionesses roar with pride as they celebrate their historic triumph at Euro 2022.«

»The Telegraph«:

»The deepest pain in England's sporting soul has been erased.

And it's a liberation accomplished by women - amidst scenes of sheer ecstasy.

(...) This is a sport that was officially banned for women in England for half a century.

As late as the 1990s, women's football on Fleet Street was derided as 'a game to be played only by consent of adults in private'.

(...) But today, optimism has overcome short-sightedness and contempt.

It's a lesson (...): put women first and watch them soar.«

»The Guardian«:

»England crowned champions of Euro 2022 after Kelly sank Germany in extra time.«

»The Times«:

»The fans chanted 'football coming home' and England had to defeat a team known for their resilience and whose representatives have so often stood in their way in the past.

But England has withstood the incessant test of Germany.

They lived up to their expectations.

They took the lead, lost it and then showed their character by winning it back.

That made their achievement even more significant because it was Germany.«

»The Independent«:

»Kelly's goal not only brought victory at this women's European Championship and the lionesses the first tournament success in their history.

One can assume that he will achieve much more.

(...) Admittedly, whether they won or lost, Sarina Wiegman and her players had probably already achieved that.

But now they have a trophy to hang anything on.”



»England ends its curse by winning the women's European Championship.«

»Le Figaro«:

»It was not for nothing that Sarina Wiegman was voted the best FIFA coach of the year 2017 and 2020.

Five years after winning the European Championship at the wheel of the Netherlands, the Dutchwoman kept her crown, but this time with England.«


»The English women rule the Old Continent.«



»It was their European Championship and they couldn't fail.

England wanted to debut and did it in a big way, with a packed Wembley and against a Germany that didn't know what it was like to lose a final."

»La Vanguardia«:

»England has achieved its dream goal.

Not even the best screenwriters could have written such a perfect story.«


»Kronen Zeitung«:

»European Champion!

England celebrates a hot summer fairy tale.«


»England fulfills the big EM dream.«



»England are European champions!

Joker Chloe Kelly decides the final spectacle in London's Wembley Stadium in front of a record crowd of 87,192 fans in extra time.

Germany feels disadvantaged – like in 1966!«


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-08-01

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