On the bill: Germany-Denmark
In the qualifying phase, the Women’s National Team (“women’s national team”, in German) rolled over its opponents: 46 goals scored for only one conceded, eight wins in eight games. After a disappointing quarter-finalist place at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, then at the 2019 World Cup in France, the most successful European team in history (8 European championships won in the 12 previous editions) has had to reinvent itself in recent years, coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg having donned the cap of site manager since 2018.
Without the indispensable Dzsenifer Marozsan (injured) and Melanie Leupolz (pregnant), the Germans have no choice but to rely on their young shoots, as talented as they are inexperienced, in particular Lena Oberdorf (20 years old, midfielder) and Jule Brand (19, versatile player), nuggets from VfL Wolfsburg.
But against Denmark, finalist of the last Euro, the Germans will have a lot to do. The 15e nation FIFA – driven by the indestructible Nadia Nadim and the top scorer of the Reds and Whites, Pernille Harder – also made a strong impression during the qualifications: 48 goals scored for a single take, a perfect illustration of Danish domination. This duel at the top of Group B will start at 9 p.m. this Friday, July 8, at Brentford Community Stadium (London).
Earlier in the day (6 p.m.), the Spanish selection, without its Golden Ball 2021 Alexia Putellas, and the Finnish Tom Thumb will embark on the battle of a group as strong as it is interesting.
European star: Sara Däbritz
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With the abandonment of Alexia Putellas, victim of a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee, and main attraction of La Roja, the spotlight will turn this Friday on the entry into the running of the neo-Lyonnaise Sara Däbritz, tutelary figure of a Germany in transition.
Also injured in the ligaments in December 2019, shortly after her arrival at Paris-Saint-Germain, the midfielder was able to return to her best level, going so far as to break, during the 2020-2021 season, the series of fourteen titles consecutive French champions collected by Olympique Lyonnais (OL). In search of her first Champions League, the native of Bavaria will play for OL next season.
In the ranks of the European ogre of women’s footballEight-time winner of the queen competition, Sara Däbritz will notably join her compatriot Dzsenifer Marozsan. With a left foot as silky as it is clinical, the boss of the selection from across the Rhine will be as much the target of the pressing of Danish circles as of the fears of Lene Christensen, the young doorwoman of Rosenborg.
In the skylight: take advantage of being there… to change clubs
Our first signing of the summer is here… 🇫🇮🔴 Welcome, @emma_koivisto 👋 https://t.co/UqqzQObn3a
Based in Buckingham (the city, not the palace) with the Finnish selection, the side Emma Koivisto took advantage of her participation in the Euro to sign her transfer. Graduated with a master’s degree in economics this year, the ex-Brighton defender wasted no time and went to Liverpool on Wednesday, just promoted to the Women’s Premier League.
Before the meeting against Spain this Friday in Milton Keynes, the one who swapped the Channel for the Mersey even had the right to congratulations from the legendary Sami Hyypiä, adored defender of Anfield for a decade (1999-2009, 464 matches): “Welcome to the best club in the world! I am delighted that you have the chance to put on the Reds shirt and to be able to play in front of the best fans in the world. Well done ! » What transcend it against Spain for the first match of the Helmets ?
Volleyball: Amel Majri, first blue mother
Congratulations to the new mom @AmelMajri7! Welcome to little Maryam 👶🍼 #FiersdetreBleues https://t.co/aB8sSGsGUU
It’s a huge event for Amel Majri, and a small revolution for French football. Dismissed from the field since the start of the season, due to injury and then due to maternity leave, the 29-year-old Lyonnaise gave birth on July 5 to her daughter Maryam, congratulated in stride by the French Football Federation. : “Congratulations to new mom Amel Majri! Welcome to little Maryam. »
The medium with 66 selections for Les Bleues becomes the first active tricolor international to give birth to a child. A major step forward, hailed in the world of French football and supported by his lifelong club: “A new Fenotte in the family. The succession is assured “, tweeted Olympique Lyonnais.
In retrospect: Norway take the lead in Group A
After the timid victory of the Lionesses (1-0) against Austria at the opening of the tournament, Wednesday July 6 at Old Trafford, the Norwegians offered themselves the scalp of the Northern Irish on Thursday at St Mary’s Stadium (4-1). The lowest ranked team in the FIFA rankings (47e) did not resist for long against the opposing offensive armada, conceding 3 goals in the first half hour. Julie Nelson (37), oldest of the defeated team, was able to save face for her selection, scoring after the break (49th).
Norway thus take the lead in Group A, with the same number of points as England, but a greater goal difference. The next group matches are scheduled for Monday July 11: Austria (3e) will face Northern Ireland (4e) at 6 p.m., while England (1re) will face Norway (2e) at 9 p.m., in an already crucial meeting.