Inka Grings won the adidas Golden Boot as UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ finals top scorer – matching her feat of four years ago in England.
Grings scored four goals in the 2005 finals as Germany took the trophy and, after claiming two in the 6-2 deciding victory against England, this time she managed six, her and Birgit Prinz now matching Heidi Mohr's competition-record career tally of ten. Grings becomes the first player to finish as finals top scorer in more than one competition, ending three ahead of team-mate Fatmire Bajramaj, England duo Eniola Aluko and final goalscorer Kelly Smith, and retiring Sweden captain Victoria Sandell Svensson.
"I like to play the European Championship!" Grings said. "I'm happy with these awards but you can't forget the team, with these team-mates you always look good. It's just a beautiful night. I just heard [about the record] a few minutes ago. Maybe I'll begin to appreciate it in two or three days but for now it is just pure happiness."
The adidas Golden Boot is the official UEFA award for the top scorer of the tournament. The trophy was handed over to Grings by tournament ambassador Satu Kunnas in a ceremony following Thursday's final at the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki. Klaus Filbry, VP & Head of Global Football Sports Marketing at adidas, said: "UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ has been a big success; the tournament showed again that women's football has continued to improve in all aspects of the game. Yet above all we have seen great football, fantastic players and some amazing goals. We congratulate Inka Grings and thank her for a great show."
For full standings and all the statistics from the finals, click here. Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir's 12 qualifying goals meant she finished as overall top scorer for the tournament despite not adding to that tally in Finland.
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