Dumon Coleman July 5th, 2015 – Germany Women 0 England Women 1

Germany Women0
England Women1

Williams 108′ (pen)

  • ET 30 +3
  • FT 90
  • HT 0-0

4 July 2015Last updated at 22:50 GMT

  • England finish third in the Women’s World Cup
  • Fara Williams scores her third penalty of World Cup
  • Germany are top of the world rankings
  • England had not beaten Germany in 20 attempts

Fara Williams’s extra-time penalty ensured England beat Germany for the first time in 31 years to finish third at the Women’s World Cup.

The performance was the second best by an England team following the 1966 win by the men’s side and eclipsed the 1990 men’s team, who finished fourth in Italy.

The Lionesses had not beaten two-time World Cup winners Germany in 20 attempts but they more than matched their opponents and won the spot-kick in the second period of extra-time after substitute Lianne Sanderson was brought down by Tabea Kemme.

Williams, who is England’s record cap holder and was homeless at one point in her England career, beat retiring German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer for her third penalty of the tournament.

It brought to a close a superb campaign for England, who finished as the top European nation and are now set to climb from sixth in the world rankings after a tournament during which they generated strong and well-deserved support at home.

However, they were thankful for a glaring miss from Bianca Schmidt four minutes from the end as they held on to their slender lead.

The result was tribute to the progress that England have made under Mark Sampson after the Welshman took over 18 months ago. It also put a positive spin on their campaign after the cruel 2-1 semi-final defeatfollowing Laura Bassett’s injury-time own goal against Japan.

The team are set to receive an additional £2,000 for winning the bronze medal, taking their World Cup bonus payments to £14,000.

Sampson’s education as England head coach has now come full circle, following a 3-0 defeat by the eight-time European champions last November.

This time the 32-year-old Sampson chose to be more conservative in his tactical approach and it paid off as his team lined up with three centre-backs, which included Jo Potter alongside Steph Houghton and Bassett, who showed no hangover from her semi-final heartache.

But the formation allowed space in front of the defence and the European champions could have scored three times in the first 10 minutes, with tournament top scorer Celia Sasic wasting a great chance before the impressive Houghton cleared off the line.

England v Germany

Laura Bassett, who scored an own goal in the semi-final, excelled against Germany in the third-fourth play-off

During an open start to the game, Houghton had the best opening of the first half but mistimed her shot from seven yards. There was also a strong penalty appeal as Kemme appeared to block Potter’s shot with her hand.

In her last World Cup game in charge, German coach Silvia Neid became frustrated with England’s aggressive approach, but it ensured the match remained goalless at the break.

Having named an under-strength side, Neid brought on Melanie Leupolz to add more mettle to the German midfield and they began to create the better chances. Bardsley saved Sara Daebritz’s header before Houghton blocked Lena Petermann’s close-range shot.

But the introduction of Eniola Aluko, who had not played since England’s second game against Mexico, swung the game back in England’s favour and she laid on a pass to Jill Scott, who wasted a great opportunity with 13 minutes remaining.

The Lionesses were buoyed going into extra-time and their determination to not bow down to a world superpower of women’s football helped create the penalty, which led to joyous scenes at the final whistle as a superb campaign ended on a high.

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Fara Williams scored her third goal of the Women’s World Cup as England beat Germany to claim the bronze medal

Karen Bardsley

Karen Bardsley made an excellent save to deny Germany’s Sara Daebritz

Mark Sampson

England boss Mark Sampson is thrown in the air in celebration by the England players


Germany Women

  • 01 Angerer
  • 02 Schmidt
  • 14 Peter
  • 03 Bartusiak
  • 22 Kemme
  • 06 Laudehr
  • 20 Goeßling (Popp – 101′ )
  • 07 Behringer (Leupolz – 45′ )
  • 23 Däbritz
  • 13 Sasic (Mittag – 73′ )
  • 19 Petermann


  • 04 Maier
  • 05 Krahn
  • 08 Bremer
  • 09 Lotzen
  • 10 Marozsan
  • 11 Mittag
  • 12 Schult
  • 15 Cramer
  • 16 Leupolz
  • 17 Henning
  • 18 Popp
  • 21 Benkarth

England Women

  • 01 Bardsley Booked
  • 05 Houghton
  • 06 Bassett Booked
  • 17 Potter
  • 12 Bronze
  • 08 Scott
  • 04 Williams (Stoney – 112′ )
  • 16 Chapman Booked (Sanderson – 80′ )
  • 14 Greenwood
  • 23 White (Aluko – 61′ )
  • 10 Carney


  • 02 Scott
  • 03 Rafferty
  • 07 Nobbs
  • 09 Aluko
  • 11 Moore
  • 13 Chamberlain
  • 15 Stoney
  • 18 Duggan
  • 19 Taylor
  • 20 Sanderson
  • 21 Telford
  • 22 Kirby


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As It Stood Table

Last updated 04 Jul 2015 UK

Position Team Played GoalDifference Points
No movement1 Canada Women 3 1 5
No movement2 China Women 3 0 4
No movement3 Netherlands Women 3 0 4
No movement4 New Zealand Women 3 -1 2
Position Team Played GoalDifference Points
No movement1 Germany Women 3 14 7
No movement2 Norway Women 3 6 7
No movement3 Thailand Women 3 -7 3
No movement4 Ivory Coast Women 3 -13 0
Position Team Played GoalDifference Points
No movement1 Japan Women 3 3 9
No movement2 Cameroon Women 3 6 6
No movement3 Switzerland Women 3 7 3
No movement4 Ecuador Women 3 -16 0
Position Team Played GoalDifference Points
No movement1 USA Women 3 3 7
No movement2 Australia Women 3 0 4
No movement3 Sweden Women 3 0 3
No movement4 Nigeria Women 3 -3 1
Position Team Played GoalDifference Points
No movement1 Brazil Women 3 4 9
No movement2 South Korea Women 3 -1 4
No movement3 Costa Rica Women 3 -1 2
No movement4 Spain Women 3 -2 1
Position Team Played GoalDifference Points
No movement1 France Women 3 4 6
No movement2 England Women 3 1 6
No movement3 Colombia Women 3 1 4
No movement4 Mexico Women 3 -6 1

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Dumon Coleman – HAPPY 4TH OF JULY (July 4th, 2015)

Independence Day (United States)

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Independence Day
Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986.jpg

Displays of fireworks, such as these over theWashington Monument in 1986, take place across the United States on Independence Day.
Also called The Fourth of July
The Fourth
Observed by United States
Type National
Significance The day in 1776 that theDeclaration of Independencewas adopted by the Continental Congress
Celebrations Fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbecues, picnics,parades, baseball games
Date July 4
Next time July 4, 2016
Frequency annual

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of theDeclaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.[1] Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs,picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.[2][3][4]


During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congressvoted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule.[5][6] After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.[7]

Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.[8]

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, andBenjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.[9][10][11][12][13]

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.


  • In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at morning and once again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.[14]
  • In 1778, from his headquarters at Ross Hall, near New Brunswick, New Jersey, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute (feu de joie). Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.[15]
  • In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.[15]
  • In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.[15]
  • In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled “The Psalm of Joy.” This is recognized as the first recorded celebration and is still celebrated there today.[16]
  • In 1791 the first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred.[citation needed]
  • In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.[17]
  • In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.[18]


An 1825 invitation to an Independence Day celebration

Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people.

Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. In New England, towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from barrels and casks. They were lit at nightfall, to usher in the celebration. The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts (on Gallows Hill, the famous site of the execution of 13 women and 6 men for witchcraft in 1692 during the Salem witch trials, where the tradition of bonfires in celebration had persisted), composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels; these are the tallest bonfires ever recorded. The custom flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries, and is still practiced in some New England towns.[19]

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthemThe Star-Spangled Banner“, “God Bless America“, “America the Beautiful“, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee“, “This Land Is Your Land“, “Stars and Stripes Forever“, and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and “Dixie” in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.

Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states.

A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.[20]

In 2009, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the country, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded.[21] Other major displays are in Chicago on Lake Michigan; in San Diego over Mission Bay; in Boston on the Charles River; in St. Louis on the Mississippi River; in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay; and on theNational Mall in Washington, D.C..

During the annual Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, Detroit, Michigan hosts one of the world’s largest fireworks displays, over the Detroit River, to celebrate Independence Day in conjunction with Windsor, Ontario‘s celebration of Canada Day.

While the official observance always falls on July 4, participation levels may vary according to which day of the week the 4th falls on. If the holiday falls in the middle of the week, some fireworks displays and celebrations may take place during the weekend for convenience, again, varying by region.

The first week of July is typically one of the busiest American travel periods of the year, as many people utilize the holiday for extended vacation trips.[22]

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