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The less talked about final in Lisbon: Women's Champions League - Tyreso FF vs Vfl Wolfsburg

UEFA women's Champion League
Tyreso FF v/s VFL Wolfsburg – Women’s Champions League final

With all the buzz and hype about the Champion’s League final on 24th of this month, the  women’s Champions League final between Tyreso FF and VFL Wolfsburg has been somewhat cast aside. The final will kick off on 22nd night, with very little known both about the teams as well as the final.

For those readers who know less or little about the competition, well UEFA women’s champions’ league was started in 2001-02 season and has been running successfully since then. This time the final will played between Tyreso FF and VFL Wolfsburg on 22nd May.

Tyreso FF

Tyreso FF is a Swedish women’s football club in Tyreso. Founded in 1971, it is first time the club is playing in the Champions league and is on the verge of winning it in their debut season. They paved their way into the final quite easily ; they have been unbeaten so far and have conceded only 3 goals in the competition.

Road to final:-

Stage

Opponent

Home Leg

Away Leg

Aggregate

Round of 32

PSG

0-0

2-1

2-1

Round of 16

Fortuna Hjørring

4-0

2-1

6-1

Quarterfinal

SV Neulengbach

8-1

0-0

8-1

Semifinal

Birmingham City

3-0

0-0

3-0


The club came into the spotlight when it poured heavy cash into the transfer market, to bring top players to their club. They reached the Swedish Cup final in 2011 and in 2012 defeating FC Malmö in an intense decider to win the League for the first time. Losing their title the next year when they finished second, but impressed everyone on their UEFA Women's Champions League debut, knocking out ambitious Paris, 2003 runners-up Fortuna, Neulengbach and Birmingham to reach the final.

The squad comprises of many top women footballers of the present generation. With the likes of Marta (5 times Fifa women’s player of the year), Christen Press (top scorer of Women’s Champions League), Veronica Boquete of Spain and many more, they are bound to be a serious threat to Wolfsburg. Their coach is Tony Gustavsson, who was assistant to Pia Sundhage at the US national team helping USA to win the Olympic gold.

Their playing style mostly consists of quick passing and counter attacking, with a lot crosses into the box. They destroy their opponents with their attacking mentality and the desire to get high up the pitch. They play with a 3-1-2-4-1 formation, pushing their wingbacks up every time they attack and with one defensive midfield dropping down to support the two centre backs. Most of the crosses are provided by Marta through the left side and with a clinical finisher such as Press waiting in the box, the outcome can be deadly.

Player to watch: Christian Press

  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Forward
  • Jersey no.: 13
  • Stats: 9 goals in 8 matches with 5 assists.

VFL Wolfsburg (women)

They were founded in 1973 and are the women's section of VFL Wolfsburg playing in the top division of the Bundesliga. They were runner ups in the 2011-12 season and made history by winning the treble (Bundesliga, UEFA women’s Champions League, DFB Pokal) the next season, making them the first female team to achieve so. Throughout the competition no team have posed any threat at all, as they easily marched into their second final in two years. They remain unbeaten since the last campaign and hope to retain the title, and will become the third club to do so after Umeå IK and Olympique Lyonnais.

Road to final:-

Stage

Opponent

Home Leg

Away Leg

Aggregate

Round of 32

Pärnu JK

13-0

14-0

27-0

Round of 16

FCR Malmö

3-1

2-1

5-2

Quarter-finals

FC Barcelona

3-0

2-0

5-0

Semi-finals

FFC Turbine Potsdam

4-2

0-0

4-2


Wolfsburg in 2011-12 season signed top class players, mostly all German, leading them to second position in the league and earned them a European debut.

Their squad include the tournament all time top goal scorer Conny Pohlers (48 goals), along with Alexandra Popp and Martina Muller (8 goals this campaign) in the forward line. Their midfield consists of Nadine Kessler and Lena Gosling in the centre forming the heart of the team. The defence is spearheaded by Josephine Henning and Luisa Wensing, both German internationals.

They heavily rely on crosses and long balls into the opponent’s box, with most of their goals coming from crosses. Apart from this they have the upper hand, as they know how to handle the pressure of the final much better than Tyreso FF.During the competition they have scored 41 times with a staggering average of 4.56 goals/match compared to Tyreso who have a much lower 2.11 goals/match ratio. They play with a typical 2-4-4-1 formation.

Player to watch: Nadine Kessler

  • Nationality: Germany
  • Position: Midfield
  • Jersey no.: 13
  • Stats: 5 goals in 8 matches with 5 assists.

It’s going to be a great final with one team seeking glory on its debut, and the other wanting to defend their crown at all cost.

Here is a short statistical comparison between the two teams.


VFL Wolfsburg

Tyreso FF

Shots on target

Total-85   Avg-9.44 per game

Total-55   Avg-6.11 per game

Fouls Committed

12

14

Goals scored

Total-41   Avg-4.56 per game

Total-19   Avg-2.11 per game

Goals against

Total-4   Avg-0.44 per game

Total-3   Avg-0.33 per game




  

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