England Exults After Its Women’s Soccer Team Wins a Major Trophy

Aug 2, 2022

For over 50 years, English soccer fans have hoped, prayed and sung that a major trophy would “come home.” Now it finally has. And they can hardly contain themselves.

On Monday, pictures of the Lionesses, as the team is known, dominated the front pages of British newspapers after their 2-1 win over Germany at Wembley Stadium in London, the headlines lauding the new European champions as “game changers” or “history makers” and declaring “No more years of hurt.”

Trafalgar Square, the site of a huge viewing party a day before, was the scene for more jubilation, as thousands turned out for a trophy-lifting ceremony with the team.

Many fans arrived in team jerseys, carried England flags and sang “Three Lions” — the song whose “football’s coming home” chorus had come to express English fans’ yearning for a trophy — by heart as the team took to the stage.

“We said we wanted to make our legacy about winning and that’s what we did,” said the team’s captain, Leah Williamson, taking in the crowd’s thunderous applause.

“We’ve changed the game in this country and hopefully across Europe across the world,” she said.

Source: The New York Times