Brian Parish and Dagenham Dan bring us news of the 2nd biggest European final held in London this week.
The women’s game in England has probably never had a higher profile than it does at the moment. The national team reached the quarter finals of the last World Cup in 2007, and were runners up in the last European Championships, two years ago. On top of this, the new FA Women’s Super League has started this year, and is currently in their mid-season break, presumably to allow the England team plenty of time to prepare for the World Cup to held this summer in Germany.
For the last few years, Arsenal seem to have swept all before them in the domestic game. The Women’s FA Cup Final, normally the only women’s game seen on terrestrial television at least, always had Arsenal and one other team, which would normally end up being beaten. This year’s final, held only a couple of weeks ago, saw Arsenal claim yet another trophy, beating Bristol Academy 2-0.
In Europe though, it’s a different story. While Arsenal are the only women’s team from these shores to have been European Champions, the dominant force in women’s European football at the moment is Germany. Continue reading