Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Crowd of more than 50,000 watches Lyon repeat
by Paul Kennedy, May 18th, 2012 12:44AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  france, germany

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Women's pro soccer may be struggling in the United States, but it's growing in Europe. A record crowd of 50,212 at Munich's Olympic Stadium -- more than any WPS team totaled for the entire 2011 season -- watched Lyon repeat as the UEFA Women's Champions League champion with a 2-0 win over 1. FFC Frankfurt.

Lyon got goals on a penalty kick by Eugenie Sommer and a  half-volley by former WPS star Camille Abily lobbed over the Frankfurt goalie Desiree Schumann from 25 yards to repeat as European champion.

"It's always special for French clubs to win in Germany, the strongest country in terms of women's football in Europe," said Lyon coach Patrice Lair. "To win this trophy twice in a row ... I would have liked the profile of women's football to be the same in France as it is [in Germany] but that's not the case. We're behind them in everything – even in terms of the league – so it's extra nice for a French club to win this competition. Germany have the best clubs and the best national team, but I still hope we can win this competition for a third year running."

Last year's crowd for Lyon's 2-0 win over Turbine Potsdam at Fulham's Craven Cottage in London was less a third of that for this year's final.

Like last year, UEFA held the women's final in the same city as the UEFA Champions League final. Chelsea and Bayern Munich meet Saturday at the new home of Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena. Thursday's match at the Olympic Stadium, site of the 1974 World Cup final, was the first competitive soccer game there in seven years.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 20] In case anyone had forgotten, the Galaxy is still to be reckoned with. ...
Galaxy turns out lights on Sounders    
[MLS: Monday] The power went out at CenturyLink Field in the second minute, and as far ...
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"When there is success, you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow ...
College soccer returns on NSCAATV    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] The "NSCAA College Soccer Special presented by Continental Tire" will return for ...
Ibrahimovic scores wonder goal in Hong Kong    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the summer off because Sweden missed the World Cup, but ...
Sweet goal from Lewandowski as Bayern preps for U.S. tour     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazos] Bayern Munich, which faces the MLS All-Stars Aug. 6, has been getting some ...
2014 PDL All-Conference Teams    
[AWARDS] Golden Boot winner Dzenan Catic (16 goals) is among three Michigan Bucks players named to ...
Julian Green is happy where he is    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Should he stay or should he go? At 19 and still without any Bundesliga ...
Sacramento shatters USL PRO attendance mark    
[CROWD COUNT] After only nine games into its 14-game home schedule, Sacramento Republic FC has broken ...
U.S. U-17s fall to host Denmark    
[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT] The U.S. under-17 national team lost its opening game at the Open Nordic ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives