Team England started the tournament with confidence

Team England started the tournament with confidence

aThis Wednesday night, Old Trafford Stadium in south-west Manchester – a time-honored cathedral of English football – will be sold to capacity. And not because Manchester United’s home side will play a Premier League game there, but because it is the opening game of a competition that will break records: it is the start of the 2022 European Women’s Football Championship, against Austria hosting 71,300 spectators. (at 9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Women’s Football Championship, on ARD and on DAZN)

To put this into context: EM 2017 games in the Netherlands brought in a total of 240,000 fans, and in England they are now on course to be able to draw more than double the number of people to stadiums this summer.

England in front of a full house

A certain amount of anticipation could already be felt in the days before the start of the tournament: many bars and pubs in Manchester’s nightlife areas want to show English team games; All matches will be broadcast live on various BBC channels.

However, if you want to effortlessly buy tickets to one of the English women’s group games, you’re out of luck: “Lioness” will play against Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland in front of the full ranks.

On the other hand, there are still tickets for the Games without English participation; The prices were deliberately reduced – as a full-payer you can enter the stadium for ten pounds in the cheapest category. Meanwhile, 87,200 tickets have already been sold for the final at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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It also has to do with expectations in the country. According to many commentators in the media and former players, England is one of the favorites to win the European Championship – although nations such as Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands are also coming in with higher ambitions. England coach Sarina Wigman took charge last September and has been unbeaten in 14 games in a row.

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