It’s almost here! One day to be exact…
Anyway, if you didn’t know, England’s women team has the chance to make history if they beat Germany at home, being the first time, as well as trying to set a new record crowd for a women’s match in the UK at the famous Wembley Stadium.
On Saturday 9th November 2019, the two-time world champions, and eight-time European champions will come to Wembley once again and, clearly, they’re going to give a tough test for Phil Neville’s team.
England is not having its best form right now (1 draw, 1 win and 2 losses in their 4 recent games), however, they’re not going to go down without giving one or two headaches to Germany.
So, why is this game more important you may realize? Let’s do a recap:
England and Germany’s rivalry in women’s international football began in 1984, but for 31 years the Germans have been the dominant force. The Die Nationalelf won the first 15 games between the two sides, however, England was able to hold them to a draw for the 1st time in a goalless friendly in China in January 2007.
It took the Lionesses 21 attempts to finally have their first win over their rivals, which came in memorable fashion in the 3rd-place play-off at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Furthermore, England’s most recent game at Wembley was a year back, on 23 November 2014, and it was also against the Germans. It was the women’s national team’s first match at the new Wembley, which opened in 2007, and the night of winger Karen Carney’s 100th senior cap. Sadly, the visitors beat England 3-0.
In total, there have been 25 games between both, with that bronze-medal match 4 years ago remaining as the only sole victory by the Lionesses, who have lost 20 times (and tied 4). Now, Neville’s team’s display are up to the test and see if they’re capable to break the misfortune spell and win. If they do, it could be a great revulsive for the upcoming European Championships in UK’s soil.
Especially, if they are to claim their first major trophy at Euro 2021, they may well need to overcome the Germans in the process. After all, Germany has won the Euros 8times and is the highest-ranked European side in FIFA’s women’s world rankings, 2nd behind only World Cup winners, USA.
Finally, and as I mentioned earlier, Saturday’s friendly (kick-off at 17:30pm, GMT) could see a record attendance for a women’s match in the UK, with tickets for Wembley, sold out. The turnout at the 90,000-seat stadium could beat the previous record of 80,203 for the 2012 Olympic final between the United States and Japan. But my question is:
Will the record be actually beaten?
For sure, it’ll be an exciting match that everyone should watch. So, stay tuned for a full match report tomorrow on this historic game. Wembley… Women’s Football Is Coming Back!