SYDNEY – Rally slogan “It’s coming home” is one game away from reality and it’s the end of England 57 year drought in global football.

The World Cup trophy could return to the birthplace of football this Sunday for the first time since 1966. But if that happens, the return trip to England will be with the women’s national team, not the men’s.

lionesses roar for the first time women’s world cup title game, Sunday against spain (Coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET Kickoff at 6PM ET on Fox and the Fox Sports App, This is the first all-European final since 2003. Germany Beat Sweden.

It has been a magical journey for both teams: England top the global game since winning the European Championship last summer, and Spain are in their first final in less than a year as 15 players quit in protest. given.

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But England were expected to be here, and around the world, in pubs and at viewing parties, England supporters were singing “It’s Coming Home”, an unwitting reminder that the football team had not won the World Cup since 1966. Has won The men’s team were winners that year, and the Lionesses’ appearance in Sunday’s title clash is England’s first final in 57 years.

England’s return to prominence has been led by coach Sarina Wigman, who was appointed as the team’s first non-British manager in late 2021. Wigman is now back in her second consecutive final, and is the only coach in tournament history to lead two countries to the final.

Wigman’s coach was Netherlands When the Dutch team lost 2-0 United States of america In 2019.

He added, “Every step has been really, really hard. But then again, we’ve found a way.” “And I think the competition, the women’s game, has grown so much that it’s really hard to beat. So I know it’s very, very special and it feels like that.”

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Wiegmann is on the verge of winning his second major trophy at the helm of England after guiding the Lionesses to their first European Championship last year.

England are winning 3-1 over the hosts Australia In the semi-finals, the second consecutive game was played without a leading scorer. Lauren James, against which he was suspended Colombia and Australia for pressuring a Nigerian player after a tackle in the knockout rounds.

The 21-year-old has three goals and three assists at this World Cup and apologized to his team-mates for his second-half play on the field which saw England go through the tournament without a draw. Chelsea Midfielder.

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Meanwhile, Spain has dashed hopes at the World Cup Reaching the finals despite almost a player revolt last time, In Spain, 15 players quit the national team, citing mental health concerns. The players called upon the federation to create a more professional environment.

three of them players – midfielder aitana bonmatiAhead Marion Caldenti and guard ona battle There is a settlement with the Federation and they are back for the tournament. Jorge Vilda has repeatedly thanked the federation for the coach’s support during the tournament, and his players have said they are focused on the present.

Spain booked their place in the final with a 2-1 win over Sweden on Tuesday. Salma Parluelo He ended the scoreless deadlock with a goal in the 81st minute. After Sweden tied it, Olga Carmona The final minute of regulation resulted in the game winner.

At the start of practice on Friday, the 19-year-old Parluello was treated for a cramp in his left foot. Forward Alba Redondo was also absent, riding a stationary bike on the sidelines.

Battle said, “Our entire team is ready for the final. We will be 100% ready, everyone is ready for the game. Nothing to worry about.”

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In addition to scoring the decisive goal against Sweden, Paraleulo scored the winning goal in extra time against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

″I play against him every day in training. I knew what she was capable of before this tournament, so seeing her do so well for Spain, I’ve seen that in training,” said the England international. Lucy Bronzea partner of parelulo in the spanish club barcelona, There are nine Spanish players in the Barcelona team, as well as two Lionesses.

Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Spain has not seen a consistent game during the World Cup alexia putellas, who tore her ACL ahead of the 2022 European Championships and is still working her way back to form. But Bonmati’s sportsmanship has helped in his absence.

this red After the men’s team won the World Cup in 2010, they also have the opportunity to bring home a new trophy. Spain’s women have never won a major tournament.

“Now we have a chance to do that,” Bonmati said. “It’s magic. Amazing.”

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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