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Author Carrie Dunn on the Women’s EURO 2022 Final

  28 Jul '22   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Author Carrie Dunn is a journalist and academic specialising in sports, feminism, and popular culture, making her both educated and enthusiastic about the ongoing Women’s Euros. She has written an inspiring piece for the Telegraph which charts the competition back to the very beginning, stating ‘This year’s tournament is the 13th official European Championship for women’s football, and England were also there for the first one.’

Carrie’s book, Unsuitable for Females: The Rise of the Lionesses and Women’s Football in England, tells the story of women’s football from its 19th-century inception through pen portraits of its pioneers. She highlights the main figures who made the game thrive in the early 20th century, sustaining it after the FA’s de facto ban in 1921, and those who paved the way for the champions of today. Here are Carrie’s thoughts on the upcoming Final between Germany and England this Sunday:

‘After three sensational weeks, it’s all down to this – hosts England against Germany at Wembley for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 crown. Sarina Wiegman knows what it takes to win this trophy – she coached the Netherlands to the title back in 2017. But Germany have already won it a record-breaking eight times, and manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was in the squad for four of those victories. It’s certain that the Wembley stands will be packed, as will the fan zones, which will be veritable street parties – and that there’ll be millions more watching it at home on the television. It’s a far cry from the first Women’s EURO final, in 1984, when England faced Sweden in a two-legged affair, with the decider on a boggy, soggy pitch at Kenilworth Road in Luton (the Swedes won on penalties). And it’s not much like the last time England hosted a Women’s EUROs, either, in 2005, when Germany beat Norway 3-1 in the final, in front of 21,105 fans at Blackburn’s Ewood Park. Now, a century after the FA banned women’s football, it could finally be coming home…at last.’

–Carrie Dunn

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