What an amazing performance the Lionesses put in over this European tournament. From the first game until the very end our ladies put everything they had on the line and its paid off! For me, it's been the first time I've been able to sit and watch full games and see the quality of football being played throughout the tournament. If you haven't watched the final and you are planning to see the highlights on the bbc iplayer app, then I suggest you stop reading and go over there now to see what we are about to talk about...
Now, onto the nitty gritty!
Firstly, lets talk about the amazing goals they scored!!? WHAT A JOKE!
Back heels from Russo to Chips by Toone... I was completely blown away... and enjoying it. The football that led to these goals were amazing and rightly so that the girls deserved individual trophies away from winning the final.
Over the years women's football has been given a hard time and often compared to mens football which is completely unfair for a number of reasons.
Wages, budgets, representation are just some of the hurdles these ladies are having to jump over, but for now, give them their flowers because since 1966 no one else has been able to bring home a trophy on the international level and with an attendance of over 87,000 people! They did it in style against a German team who's only plan was to hit hard and get in our heads, but the Lioness' game plan was simple..... PLAY OUR GAME OUR WAY... and what perfection it was!
The Manager: Sarina Wiegman
Listening to some of the girls talk after each game they spoke highly of the manager who made sure the dressing room was kept right. Sarina Wiegman could have picked any one of her 23 player squad to start each game but interestingly enough she went with pretty much the same 11 each game with subs coming off the bench that made the perfect impact. Some may have thought that it was a negative to have that approach because they are not getting game time, but I guess thats the game at the end of the day. One thing I have understood from experience is... if it's not broken, don't try and fix it! Her faith in each starting 11 was high and the Ladies understood the assignment once they crossed the line.
I could go on and on about the football and at some point I may just bring it back up again lol but I can't leave this post without mentioning the future of women's football.
If this competition and the performance doesn't inspire the next generation…
If schools and grassroots football are not investing into their own women's teams then what was that win for?!