Reactions to the European Championship final: "22 women chase the ball and in the end England actually wins"

"This is a significant achievement for the whole team, including your support staff.

Reactions to the European Championship final: "22 women chase the ball and in the end England actually wins"

"This is a significant achievement for the whole team, including your support staff. The championship and your performance in doing so were justly applauded. However, your success goes well beyond the trophy you deserve. You all set an example that girls and women from will be an inspiration today and for generations to come. I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of today's result."

Queen Elizabeth II.

"We were close after making it 1-1. The second goal was unfortunate. Goals decide games. England played a great tournament."

National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

"It just hurts. We gave our all for 120 minutes and didn't let the 1-0 deficit deter us. Unfortunately, we didn't reward ourselves. We have to let that sink in first. We're still happy and proud that we reached so many people."

Substitute captain Svenja Huth

"I'm very sorry for Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and her entire team that they couldn't crown their great performance with the title. But after the first disappointment, they can look back on this tournament with pride. With what passion and at the same time ease, joy of playing and team spirit the team went through this tournament inspired me."

DFB men's national coach Hansi Flick

"Oh my god, it's amazing. Thank you to every single person who has supported us, it's so unreal. That's what dreams are made of. For a little girl who used to watch women's football, it's incredible."

England's winning goalscorer Chloe Kelly

"Football is a simple game. 22 women chase the ball for 90 minutes and in the end England actually wins."

England football legend Gary Lineker in a modification of his famous saying

"Congratulations to national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and the entire team on a fantastic tournament! Number two in Europe - that's the result of great performances in the past few weeks. It was a great pleasure to follow the games. The German women have a lot impressively demonstrated what is possible with passion, talent and an outstanding team spirit."

Donata Hopfen, head of the DFL

"It's a great pity that we didn't manage to win the ninth European Championship today. Nevertheless, the team played an outstanding tournament and can be very proud of themselves. Our players triggered a huge wave of enthusiasm in Germany with their courageous and passionate manner. "

Heike Ullrich, DFB General Secretary

"Our women's national team did an excellent job of representing German football at the European Championships, and the final defeat in the sold-out Wembley Stadium against the great hosts from England doesn't change that. Our players inspired the whole country, they were likeable, authentic and approachable, They exemplify real team spirit. This cohesion was also transferred to the pitch."

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf

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