- Last night, Germany defeated France 2-1 in Milton Keynes to go to the Women’s Euro final.
- They will play England, who beat Sweden 4-0 to go to the final for the first time since 2009.
- The “Der Klassik” that the German media has dubbed is expected at Wembley.
- To “avenge 1966,” when England’s team defeated West Germany 4-2 at Wembley to win the World Cup, the team has been instructed to “take revenge.”
After Germany’s women’s team defeated France to go to the Euros final against England at Wembley on Sunday, the word “Der Klassik,” which needs no translation, appeared on the back pages of German newspapers today.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz called it “a fantastic final,” and the media used his remarks to create headlines calling it “the gold standard of football” and “the finest dramatic finish” to an amazing tournament.
The 1966 World Cup final between these two teams, in which England’s team defeated West Germany 4-2, would obviously be incomplete without noting the previous time they faced each other on such an occasion.
The opportunity to avenge the storied Wembley goal has finally arrived for Germany after 56 years, according to Bild newspaper and Frankfurter Allgemeine. The Germans also wish to put an end to the English party.
If England prevails on Sunday, it will be the first significant international prize either the men’s or women’s teams have brought home in that time frame.
Given Germany’s success versus England—they defeated the women’s team 6-2 in the 2009 Euros final—it may come as a surprise that they appear uneasy.
Suddeutsche Zeitung claims that following the exquisite Alessia Russo back-heel that gave England a 3-0 lead against Sweden in Monday’s semifinal, the squad “seems unstoppable on their road to the victory.”
The rest of the article stated that Russo’s creative shot “symbolizes the entire performance in this tournament” because it “combin[ed] lightness, a fighting mentality, and a healthy dose of chutzpah.”
“In this magnificent fashion, the abundance of English women’s self-confidence was demonstrated.
And just how challenging, if not impossible, it will be to prevent them from capturing their first championship.
The 19 undefeated games and 104 goals scored by England under Sarina Wiegman “inspire respect, if not pure dread,” the newspaper continued.
It is surprising how readily English supporters now believe that their team will be as successful as possible, according to Newspaper Taz.
After crushing triumphs over Northern Ireland and Norway early in the tournament (8-0 and 5-0 respectively), fans at a fan zone in London overwhelmingly chose a four-goal margin of victory versus top-ranked Sweden on Monday night.
The publication continues, “The most astounding thing is that they were right.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine described England as the “gold standard of football at this tournament” in reference to their triumphs and boasted, perhaps a bit too much, that their record is “at least as remarkable as Germany’s.”