Here’s Tom Gary: Some Guys Are on the Pitch
“The German players are currently out on the pitch in front of us, taking in their surroundings. They look very relaxed. Meanwhile, arriving outside the field is the England team bus, surrounded by flag-waving fans .
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On the England team by his friends, former teammates etc.
Our Heroic Lioness – by those who know her best
Interesting life by the sound of it. Degree in Architecture and Town Planning. The final of the Women’s World Cup has been cancelled. She also performed the men’s top flight sport in her native country, the first woman to do so. England’s male fans may be reminded of her becoming the first woman to lead England’s men’s game (October 2021) for the World Cup qualifier against Andorra.
For obvious reasons fled this year from his native Kharkiv. He traveled by car with his two sisters and his three boys through Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic before arriving in Germany. “It was stressful and difficult,” she told UEFA’s website. “When we left Ukraine, we had no idea what the next step would be for us.”
With the help of UEFA, she has moved to Italy and is living in Turin.
Tonight’s Match Officials
Let’s hope these don’t focus too much!
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Here’s tonight’s match official, and what a moment for Ukrainian referee Katerina Monjul. And it must be said, his appointment is not a token gesture of solidarity in the midst of a war in his home country. For many years now, she is one of the top-ranked female referees in Europe:
Referee – Katrina Monjuli (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 1 – marina strieltska (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 2 – Paulina Baranowska (Poland)
Fourth Official – Stephanie Frapart (France)
War – paolo valeric (ITA)
Auxiliary VaR – Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
Auxiliary VaR 2 – Pol van Bocelli (Netherlands)
Here Molly McElwee is reporting from the field.
A much healthier scene at Wembley Way than last year’s men’s final – a cast is also finding a quieter place to take in the scenes at the stadium.
A Wembley security staff member told me he was glad there were no fires being thrown his way today!
Red and White Sea at Wembley
Tyres here, looking forward to creating this exciting opportunity for you. Without further ado, here is our women’s football guru Tom Gary:
The sea of red and white outside Wembley is like nothing I’ve ever seen in a women’s game before, and it should come as no surprise as an attendance of around 87,500 tonight is a staggering amount for any Euro, man or woman. Will set a new record.
Thousands of people were meeting outside even at 10 am and 11 am, but now the atmosphere has completely reached several degrees. And the mood is so remarkably opposite compared to last year’s men’s final, such a safe, joyous experience for the vibes outside this stadium.
Bands are playing music, families are enjoying packed lunches and everywhere you see red and white shirts and flags.
There will be a flyover of RAF Typhoon over Wembley prior to kick-off and we gather that the aircraft will be entirely manned and crewed by women.
Meanwhile, Luke Edwards is soaking up the atmosphere on his way to the fray.
In my travels from south-west London to north London on public transport, I’ve seen shirts from England everywhere, many of them bearing the names of our lioness.
I have been saying since the beginning of the tournament that we need a breakthrough moment to achieve real crossover success in the mainstream. We already have – I think that probably came on the back heels of Sweden and Alessia Russo with a semi-final win – but now we need to win the tournament. Nothing will have more effect than this.
As for the match itself, the Germans, who beat France 2-1 in the semi-finals, have won the title an incredible eight times – including a 6-2 win over England in the 2009 decider – and are out to steal Wembley’s Martina Voss- According to Tecklenburg, Down English, who said yesterday: “Wembley will be English in the beginning and I hope it will be ours in the end.”