The stakes were high when Sarina Wigman took on work in England in September 2021.
Never before has the FA appointed women manager with established international pedigree, not to mention one with main tournament winner certificate.
risk shared by all parties. Expectation immediately increased, and with only 10 short months to fully implement new philosophy ahead of Europe championship in the center of attention of home crowds, decision should have been right one.
Wigman herself had to weigh up leaving her homeland in the Netherlands and the team she sent to the continental success in 2017, in service of management abroad for very first time and implementation of its European strategy on a side previously only watched by English coaches – except for a short interim period in 2021.
Purpose made her first non-brit permanent lioness managerat the time when investment in interior game have outgrown the notion that English women can compete in international tournaments, but never discussed as legitimate candidates for silver plate.
The tension, at times, was palpable, and the Dutch presented 7.9 million viewers who set to english quarter-final victory over Spain at a glance of what a clear relief it looks like in full- time whistle.
But even then the celebrations were momentary – a transient wave of an emotion that was quickly dispelled by pragmatism in her post-match press conference.
Wigman is often underestimated as in front and behind in camera. It’s a demeanor that commands respect.
The notorious glass ceiling already was hacked by England this summer. Sunday final, should they come out victorious, would completely destroy it.
It was Wigman’s directive. Take England out team on periphery of realize their seismic potential and put them first and foremost of success on the biggest stages.
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She has worn this mantle ever since she entered the role, but what followed no doubt even exceeded her own predictions.
former ADO Den Haag boss turned England’s traditionally gloomy summer forecast into one loaded with unforgettable moments that ignited up stadiums up as well as down country – even when weather did his best to overshadow the event.
Generations of football fans man and woman, young and old, will tell about the night that the lionesses tore apart up European record disassembly books Norway 8-0. they will rejoice in pure delight of Gorgeous overtime goal by Georgia Stanway against Spanish. And they will forever honor insolence of Inspired heel by Alessia Russo finish against Sweden is a moment that perfectly epitomizes the whole impressive atmosphere of 23-year old explosive tournament.
The truth is England’s breakthrough tournament with Wigman. It is here that they claim to have a permanent seat at the top table of Europe.
So the rise of England in fortunes were led by a brilliant tactician, or their plight was adventurous, driven by converging of positive circumstances all at the right time? Or both?
Bold tactician who breaks the archaic routine
There is no doubt that 52-year- old influence on this team has changed.
She was steadfast in her confidence that England was “ready to write history”and become first womenx team – second English national side – to win main tournament trophy.
Based on on recent evidence, who can you argue?
Her approach is unlike any of the previous ones. She makes bold, unshakable decisions that benefit development of squad, even if they attract examination. Exile former captain Steph Houghton from her 23-player squad up start of in tournament personifies her feelings for sentimentality.
England teams of old, both men’sand women were accused of holding on to what they know – an archaic routine. Not Sarina. Nine of her euro selection never played second of main tournament football until July 6th.
She won the love of the nation by delivering on her promise. No tricks, PR moves, smart rhetoric. win over masses. She want win football matches on playing brand of football it entertains crowds, inspires young generations, and leaves an indelible mark on factory of football community.
“We said before tournament and in all this we want to inspire a nation, I think that’s what we do and change the world for the better. The whole country is proud of us”, she said after Tuesday’s speech. win over Sweden.
Her words are unmistakable and the impact she has with this is team is creating heritage. A 19-match unbeaten the strip contributed to this – and should game number 20 to be crowned with European glory at Wembley Stadium, then her name will be inscribed in English folklore in constant black ink.
Wigman’s winning formula
Not afraid of expertise – coming with task – Wigman named unchanged starting lineup in all five of England matches on the way to final. Should she stick to with this formula again on Sunday, she will become first coach in Euro history call the same starting line-up in each game – men or womens.
When she led the Netherlands to back-to-back major finals in 2017 and 2019 she made three and five changes to the compositions, respectively. When the Dutch were crowned champions on home turf five years ago, she used just 13 players all tournament. it’s straight out of her management book.
She prefers permanence, but more most importantly, she knows how organize this England team.
The old adage applies: “Never change your winnings.” team.’ But that is not why England remained unchanged. This is because Wigman believes very much in responsibility rests with each player their value is more or less worthy of the substitutes bench. In fact, because everyone of Rousseau’s performances were so impressive that she could not understand start.
Her title role is “super sub” and she playing it’s to perfection. Don’t forget that Ellen White run yourself into the ground for hour, shifting the defenders and questioning their positional play at every step, until the timely arrival. it strategyand it works. Plans B, C and D are well rehearsed and can be implemented at any time.
People are thriving, not least Golden Boot contender Beth Meade. who was excluded from the previous squads of the Lionesses and the Great Britain team at the Tokyo Olympics. on perceived disadvantage of the form.
When asked about the impact of Wigman, top scorer at Euro 2022 Mead, responded: “She brought such great environment and culture team. There’s a lot of clarity in in way we played.” And it was this identity that helped England a lot.
Wigman’s “no frills” approach also helped build more confidence in performances, midfielder Kira Walsh recently explained. Always in the spotlight on England’s strengths, not opponents. This belief has permeated every England display in this tournament so much so that both experts and bookmakers considered the Lionesses to be the favorites to force out FIFA. second-best ranked team in in world, Sweden. They did it in style.
Their pressure game It has also improved hallmark of Wigman’s continental upbringing. White and Meade were both beneficiaries of high press that led to turnover of possession as well as soon after goal first against Norway.
Russo blow against Sweden – moment of solo magic – was possible because Walsh won in ball deep in Swedish territory before feeding Fran Kirby, who in turn found fearless feet of Manchester United forward. This side packed full of technology.
Despite the burden of expectations, England has never been in a better position to end a momentous summer of football with a winner a medal and their first-Always big honors tomorrow. But the camp is relaxed. This is very foundation of Dutch principles and, collectively, group believe in this process.
Wigman changed it side hot tournament favorites in less than year and knows too well how cope with the increased pressure home popular hysteria. If this is what can be achieved in under the age of 12 months, every Lioness fan has the right to be extremely optimistic that future holds.
Football may well be on edge of coming home.