The Weekend Sports Review

The Weekend Sports Review

Ultimately, there is only one place to start; England are the European Champions. The Women’s team have been the beacons of hope for English sport and for women’s sport, reaching a level that no England national team has been able to reach. Welcome to the Weekend Review.

Women’s Euros

Sarina Weigman continues her unbeaten run in the European Championships as the Lionesses defeat Germany for only the third time in their history to claim the European title.

Given that the FA lifted the ban on women’s football in 1971, five years after England mens side won the World Cup in 1966, also against Germany, the transformation Sarina Wiegman and her staff have undertaken is truly otherworldly.

As the 87,192 spectators took their seats to watch Leah Williamson lead the Lionesses out onto the Wembley pitch, there was an unshakable sense of confidence and legacy emanating from the England team. There was little doubt that the match would be a physical battle, with heavy challenges hitting both sides as they tussled for possession and control. Germany were the stronger side in the opening quarter of the game before England managed to close out the first half on top.

The second half continued in the same vein, with the Germans preventing England from finding the half-spaces in the midfield. Well, that was until England did. Kiera Walsh played a supreme through ball to Manchester United’s young star Ellan Toone who shouldered the dreams of millions, deftly lifting the ball over Merle Frohms, allowing the ball to hug the side netting as England took the lead.

Despite the 1-0 lead, the German pressure failed to dissipate, culminating in an equaliser twenty minutes later from Lina Magull who poked the ball in at the near post. With the full ninety over, extra time beckoned. The strength of Germany in big games began to plague the minds of England fans, right up until Chloe Kelly, a standout performer in the Final, managed to scramble in the winner ten minutes from time. The whistle blew, England are Champions, and women’s football in England will never be the same again. A legacy has been built and legends have been created.

Following the match, England Captain Leah Williamson explained:

“With something like this, we talk and we talk and we talk, and we have finally done it. I tell you what, the kids are alright!”

 “The legacy of this tournament is change in society, it is everything we have done, we have brought everybody together, we have got them to games, we want them to come to WSL games. The legacy of this team is that of winners, and that is the start of the journey.”

She’s right. The England Women’s side have done their part and much more. Now, it is our time to support women in football, and in sport more generally.

Tessuti Talks Transfers

Chelsea continue to dominate the transfer speculation at current, with the club reportedly interested in Wesley Fofana from Leicester and Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan as Thomas Tuchel looks to improve the defensive solidity of his side. Yet, with reports suggesting that Leicester would be unwilling to sell their central defensive star for anything less than £70m, Chelsea may be forced to find other options such as RB Leipzig’s Joško Gvardiol.

Manchester United are also looking to continue to bring in some players to fulfil the Ten Hag project with Stuttgart’s Austria striker Sasa Kalajdzic, and RB Salzburg’s 19-year-old Slovenia forward Benjamin Sesko being tipped for moves to the Red Devils.

Fulham are looking to bolster their defensive qualities by submitting offers for Arsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Chelsea’s central defender malang Sarr, and West Ham’s Issa Diop. Having been branded as one of England’s yo-yo clubs, Fulham will be looking to maintain their place in the Premier League by the end of the season.

Having already secured the services of Dwight McNeil and Ruben Vinagre, Frank Lampard is looking to bring back Idrissa Gueye from Paris St Germain as midfield reinforcements are most definitely needed if Everton are to avoid another relegation battle.

Newcastle have been following the footsteps set by Chelsea and Manchester City by disrupting their near rivals as the financial revolution continues. This time, the Baggies have been looking into the Leicester duo of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes. These signings would no doubt elevate Newcastle once again, yet, as we know, Leicester are not easy to take players from.

In Other News

Day four of the CommonWealth Games kicks off as Australia sit atop of the leaderboard with 52 medals, including 22 gold medals. England sit second in the table with 34 medals in total, 11 of them being gold. Given Adam Peaty’s disappointment in the men’s 50m Breastroke, England will be hoping for success elsewhere.

In boxing, Chris Billam-Smith retained his European and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles with a hard-fought points victory over Isaac Chamberlain in Bournemouth, winning 117-111.

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