Women's Euro 2022 / France in a pack of contenders: the favorites scrutinized

Women’s Euro 2022 / France in a pack of contenders: the favorites scrutinized

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Scarecrows

FIFA Ranking : 4th
Euro 2017: Winner
1st tour: Sweden (09/07), Portugal (13/07), Switzerland (17/07)
Coach: Mark Parson

Euro 2022

I promise, this Euro will be completely “crazy”

AN HOUR AGO

One of the world references. Defending champions and vice-world champions in 2019, the Dutch enter the tournament with the status of a team to beat. A favorite costume legitimized by an ultra-competitive collective articulated around a Spitse-Groenen-van de Donk midfielder and enhanced by two high-class offensive individuals. On the one hand Lieke Martens, best player of Euro 2017, recently moved from Barça to PSG, and in full possession of her means unlike the 2019 World Cup, where she suffered from ankle pain. And on the other hand Vivianne Miedema, the serial-scorer of Arsenal, who totals 92 achievements in 109 selections under the jersey of Oranje. Enough to aim for the double.

FIFA Ranking: 3rd
Euro 2017: Quarterfinal
1st round: Italy (10/07), Belgium (14/07), Iceland (18/07)
Coach: Corinne Deacon

On paper, it is perhaps the best armed team of the Euro. France will certainly present itself without a few emblematic figures, Amandine Henry, Eugénie Le Sommer and Gaëtane Thiney in the lead. But she can always rely on an exceptional leader in the person of Wendie Renard and now on a top scorer with the Parisian Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who is playing her first international tournament. An emerging generation led by Selma Bacha and Melvine Malard can make a great contribution to allowing Corinne Deacon’s Bleues to finally reach the quarter-finals after the failures of 2017 and 2019. And to win their first international title.

Malard, the future of the blue attack with red mats

FIFA Ranking: 8th
Euro 2017: Semi final
1st round: Austria (06/07), Norway (11/07), Northern Ireland (15/07)
Coach: Sarina Wiegman

It is an understatement to say that it is expected. Already, because England comes out of a rather positive World Cup even if it failed at the foot of the podium. She had notably shaken the Americans in the semi-finals (2-1). Also because it has a team made more competitive by the progression of a championship that has become very attractive, with experienced elements like Lucy Bronze, Ellen White, Fran Kirby or Nikita Parris and rising stars like Ella Toone. Finally, and above all, because the English will be pushed by a whole people at home. A popular enthusiasm further reinforced by the card passed in the Netherlands (5-1) in preparation for Leeds. Ideal for gaining confidence.

Safe bets

FIFA Ranking: 5th
Euro 2017: Quarterfinal
1st round: Denmark (08/07), Spain (12/07), Finland (16/07)
Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

This is the first time since 1995 that Germany will not approach the Euro with the status of defending champion. Crowned six times in a row between 1995 and 2013, the Germans had disappointed in 2017 by losing to Denmark in the quarter-finals before falling at the same stage of the competition against Sweden at the 2019 World Cup. Since then, they almost fired at all costs with 8 wins in 8 qualifying matches and… 46 goals scored. Germany may seem at the bottom of the wave, but that only makes it more dangerous. Even if she will have to compose without her strategist, Dzsenifer Marozsan, away from the field for six months after having undergone knee surgery. And with an ultra-strong group in the group stage…

FIFA Ranking: 2nd
Euro 2017: Quarterfinal
1st round: Netherlands (09/07), Switzerland (13/07), Portugal (17/07)
Coach: Pierre Gerhardson

The Swedes reacted perfectly after their surprise elimination in the round of 16 of the Euro by reaching the last four of the last World Cup, only losing in extra time to the Netherlands. Victorious in 1984, three times finalists (1987, 1995, 2001), three times semi-finalists (1997, 2005, 2013), they are regulars of the continental meeting and can legitimately harbor ambitions for the English tournament after taking silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Well armed in defense around Magdalena Ericsson, formidable in attack with Kosovare Asllani, Stina Blackstenius, Sofia Jakobsson and Fridolina Rolfo, Sweden have very solid arguments to put forward. As usual, finally…

The “Balloons of Gold”

FIFA Ranking: 11th
Euro 2017: 1st tour
1st tour: Northern Ireland (07/07), England (11/07), Austria (15/07)
Coach: Martin Sjogren

What if it regained its former prestige? World champion in 1995, European champion in 1987 and 1993 and gold medalist at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, Norway recovered in the right direction after a catastrophic European campaign in 2017 with a quarter-final at the 2019 World Cup. She had already been able to rely on a very solid collective block in France, especially athletically, and already had two attacking talents with Guro Reiten and Caroline Graham-Hansen. But above all, Norway recovers Ada Hegerberg. The Lyonnaise has returned to a selection she had been shunning since 2017 and has fully recovered her physical means after her serious knee injury. With the 2018 Ballon d’Or in its ranks, that changes everything…

FIFA Ranking: 7th
Euro 2017: Quarterfinal
1st tour: Finland (08/07), Germany (12/07), Denmark (16/07)
Coach: Jorge Vilda

It is the rising nation. She has shown this internationally for ten years with two consecutive quarter-finals at the Euros in 2013 and 2017, and her first round of 16 at the World Cup in 2019, with after a narrow defeat against the United States (2 -1). But it has also made great progress at club level under the impetus of FC Barcelona, ​​winner of the Champions League in 2021 and finalist in 2019 and 2022. Jorge Vilda also relies on a Barcelona backbone led by the former Parisian Irene Paredes or rising star Aitana Bonmati. But not Alexia Putellas. The winner of the last Ballon d’Or, victim of a serious left knee injury on Tuesday in training, is forfeited for the competition and will be unavailable for several months. A huge and new blow after the absence through injury of Jenni Hermoso, combined with a very complicated group in hens, which can thwart the rise of Spain.

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