The final of the Women’s Euro 2022 will pit England against Germany. At the head of each of these teams are two women: Sarina Wiegman and Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. While the former hopes to win a second consecutive title as a coach, the latter has already won the Euro four times as a player. Pictures of the cross.
Of the 16 teams in the Women’s Euro 2022, only six are coached by women. However, in reality two coaches will face each other, Sunday July 31, in the final at Wembley. The Dutch Sarina Wiegman in England head against the German Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who leads the Frauen-Nationalmannschaft.
Both of these former players have had busy careers. Sarina Wiegman won the European title five years ago with the Netherlands, while Martina Voss-Tecklenburg won it four times while wearing the jersey of Germany. Sunday, the confrontation can be seen in the field like the bank.
Wiegman, a winning teaching
Sarina Wiegman seems to turn everything she touches into gold. Six months after taking charge of the Dutch team in 2017, he led his team to a surprise victory at the Euros. Two years later, he did it again by allowing his players to reach the final of the World Cup where he lost to the Americans.
In a few months, he became one of the most famous coaches. England offered her to lead its women’s team. A choice that turned out to be a winner. In 19 games under his command, England did not experience a single defeat (17 wins, two draws), while remaining with six defeats in the last 10 meetings before his arrival.
Under his leadership, the Lionesses have produced an attractive game, as effective as they have shown since the start of the Euro by scoring 20 goals in five games.
Before finding success as a coach, Sarina Wiegman also had a long career as a player. From The Hague, he began his career in the late 80s at the University of North Carolina where he rubbed shoulders with future American stars such as Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly. When he returned to the country, he played for the Ter Leede team and recorded 99 caps with the national team.
After retiring from the sport in 2003, he decided to devote himself to teaching. He gradually rose through the ranks until he became an assistant of the national team, then a coach in 2017. Known for his attention to detail and his tenacity, the 52-year-old technician could be the first to win two titles in Sunday. Europeans with two different countries. Beyond her personal success, Sarina Wiegman thinks above all about setting an example. “We want to inspire the Country. We hope that in the end the whole country will be proud of us and that more girls and boys will play football,” he said a few days before the final.
Voss-Tecklenburg , a return to the top of Germany
At 54, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will miss her first Euro final. Four times, he has lifted the trophy as a player (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997). He was also a finalist in the World Cup in 1995.
But this time, he had to experience this unique moment in the seat. The German players will benefit from his experience. Since his arrival at the head of selection, the team seems to have revived. When he was appointed coach of the Frauen-Nationalmannschaft in November 2018, Germany found itself at an unusual low, with the difficulty of turning the page Silvia Neid continued his selection at the top of football in world (world gold in 2007, European in 2009 and 2011 and Olympic in 2016) for more than a decade (2005-2016).
In three years, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg had to rebuild everything. In the 2019 World Cup, the Germans were eliminated in the quarter-finals, a defeat similar to the elimination for the Tokyo Games, where they could not defend their Olympic title. But the Covid-19 pandemic and the postponement of the English European Championship gave him a year to deepen his relationship with the players and instill in them new confidence.
The result is more than talk. Although not necessarily favourites, Germany regained glory at Euro 2022 with five wins in as many games, only one goal conceded against France in the semi-finals and one final in a tournament, which has never been happening since the Rio 2016 Olympics. This success in Euro 2022 paves the way for an extension of his contract, which ends in August 2023, at the end of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where qualification is a formality.
While waiting for this other big meeting, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg knows that the tension will be the highest this Sunday in the end: “It’s a big party. It’s a football classic and England is amazing in this tournament “, he summed up after the qualification of his team. “We will play at Wembley in front of 80,000 people. Most will probably support England, but we accept this challenge.”