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After countless years of hurt, it’s finally come home. England’s Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 to become the Euro 2022 winners on Sunday, thanks to a 111th-minute goal by Chloe Kelly.
The goal – a history-making second touch between the legs of Germany’s goalkeeper Merle Frohms – was enough to make the side the first England women’s team to win at a major tournament. And Kelly’s ecstatic celebration was just as fitting.
Kelly tearing off her number 18 shirt to reveal her Nike sports bra underneath as she spun her England shirt overhead is understood to be a nod to USA played Brandi Chastain who whipped off her shirt after scoring the winning penalty in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final against China.
Much like Chastain’s celebration, images of an ecstatic Kelly plastered newspapers across the country on Monday morning. Both have become defining images of their respective tournaments, the two women celebrating in front of a record crowd for a global women’s sporting event.
The 1999 decider has been hailed as the catalyst that made football a viable career for women in the states, and there’s further hope that Kelly’s goal and the team’s win will inspire the same momentum in England.
As author Lucy Ward put it on social media, the empowering image of a woman in a sports bra is “hugely significant” even beyond the game.
“This is a woman’s body – not for sex or show – just for the sheer joy of what she can do and the power and skill she has,” she said.
This image of a woman shirtless in a sports bra - hugely significant. This is a woman’s body - not for sex or show - just for the sheer joy of what she can do and the power and skill she has. Wonderful. #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/Bjrpozf6kj
— Lucy Ward 🇺🇦 (@lucymirandaward) July 31, 2022
Since the final whistle, searches for ‘football sports bra’ have skyrocketed to over 1,590%.
Whether inspired by Kelly, in support of the beautiful game, or in preparation for taking up sport, (or maybe all three) we’re not sure, but one thing is for certain, fans loved her Nike Dri-fit Swoosh Sports Bra.
The £34.95 one-piece cropped sports bra is a sleek and simple design, but that doesn’t mean the racer-back style doesn’t pack a punch.
Nike’s sweat-wicking DRI-fit fabric is made of 50% recycled polyester and keeps you dry even when under pressure and is ideal for medium-impact activities such as spin, cardio and dance classes.
The Swoosh sports bra comes in eight colours, including Kelly’s classic white, and features a removable 1-piece pad designed to load easily from the top and keep a smooth and consistent shape, even after washing.
Whether you’re ready to take up football after the Euros, or just in need of a new sports bra, snap up yours now.
Buy it: Dri-FIT Swoosh Women's Medium-Support Sports Bra | £34.95 at Nike
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