Status: 01.08.2022 4:55 p.m.
The trophy was a little missing the day after the European Championship final, narrowly lost to England after extra time: the German European vice-champions were enthusiastically welcomed by the Römer supporters of Frankfurt the hand.
On Monday afternoon (01.08.2022), around 7,000 DFB team fans gathered in the square in front of the town hall – they were wearing German national team shirts and waving black, red and gold. When coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, captain Alexandra Popp and the rest of the squad stepped onto the balcony around 4:30 p.m., loud cheers broke out. “It’s really overwhelming. We didn’t expect there to be so many people here,” Lina Magull said in the first who provided the temporary equalizer in the final. “I have tears in my eyes. It’s a very big appreciation for us and for what we have achieved.” Team colleague Svenja Huth added: “It’s just nice” – and was confirmed by the Römer fans, who sang the classic “Oh, how nice” out loud.
Disappointment on one side, pride on the other
At 2:19 p.m., the plane of the European vice-champions landed at Frankfurt airport. Even before leaving London, pride mixed with disappointment at having missed out on the European Championship triumph. After Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to the Wembley dressing room and a celebratory banquet, the players danced and celebrated in small groups until the wee hours of the morning. “But we still need a few days to realize what we have achieved,” said captain Alexandra Popp, who had to pass injured in the final, first. National coach Voss-Tecklenburg added: “People were enthusiastic about the way we played football. It makes us proud.”
“We saw the beginning of something really big”
During the reception at the town hall and the entry into the Frankfurt City Golden Book, the team’s great performance in the European Championships was mentioned, but the future of football Women in Germany was also considered: “This team has given a lot to football in recent weeks,” said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf. “This team has prospects. We have seen the start of something big.”
The next big tournament will take place next year: the world championship will be held in Australia and New Zealand. “We hope we will have more success with this team,” defender Giulia Gwinn said. Three years ago, during the World Cup in France, Germany, double defending champions, were eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Enthusiasm in Germany – record audience
The DFB women have delighted millions at home with their six tournament appearances in England. Live broadcast of the European Championship final broke the eleven-year viewership record from the 2011 World Cup. On average, 17.897 million people watched the game against the “Lionesses”.