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An unforgettable football story...

As UEFA Women's EURO 2022 reaches its climax, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin hails the fantastic success of a tournament that has taken women's football to another level.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin: 'A tournament for the ages'
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin: 'A tournament for the ages' Getty Images

There are not enough superlatives to describe UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Quite simply, it has been a tournament for the ages.

Over three captivating weeks, remarkable new standards have been set for women’s football. Records have been smashed across the board, with fans of all ages enthralled and wonderfully engaged by what has become a fantastic festival on and off the pitch. We hoped this would be the best ever Women’s EURO, but it has been even better than we imagined.

One victory away from making history

The hour of reckoning is here for England and Germany – two high-calibre teams meeting at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, just one more victory away from writing themselves into the history books.

The two finalists have overcome formidable challenges to get to this stage, and they know that a last successful effort will bring them footballing glory and renown in their country and beyond. The team that brandishes the trophy after the final whistle will savour their reward at the end of an exhilarating journey.

'Thrilling new dimension'

Since 6 July, Europe’s finest players – stars and talented newcomers – have risen to exciting new heights in front of enthusiastic record-breaking crowds. They have captured the headlines, attracted particular global interest and, most importantly, given women’s football a thrilling new dimension.

The English Football Association deserves special thanks for the professional and expert touch that it has provided in hosting this EURO, along with the host cities throughout the country for their crucial contribution to the event’s resounding success.

'Important legacy'

And one more special ‘thank you’ goes to you, dear fans, for creating such a vibrant atmosphere across the 31 matches. Legions of new devotees have been attracted to women’s football, and an important legacy has been created which will hopefully inspire an increasing number of women and girls across our continent to get involved in the beautiful game.

The scene is set for the last chapter of an unforgettable football story. So enjoy the game – and may the best team win!