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First title, England, Putellas… Everything you need to know to (well) experience the Women's Euro

2022-07-05T09:46:45.892Z

Postponed for a year due to the health crisis, the Women's Football Euro begins this Wednesday at Old Trafford with a duel between the English and the Austrians (9:00 p.m.). Here are five questions to find out all about the competition.



Where and how to follow the French team?

All the matches of Les Bleues – Italy on July 10, Belgium on July 14 and Iceland on July 18 – will be visible in clear on TF1, but also on Canal+ (kick-off each time at 9:00 p.m.).

The pay channel will broadcast all the matches of this Euro, while the TF1 group will be content with a few posters during the group stage on TMC (such as the opening match England-Austria this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m., or Germany-Denmark July 8 at 9:00 p.m. as well).

For the final phase, the co-diffusion will be total.

If all goes well, Les Bleues will play their quarter-final on July 23 (9:00 p.m.) if they finish top of Group D, or July 24 (9:00 p.m.) if they finish second.

Same date uncertainty for a possible semi-final on Tuesday 26 or Wednesday 27 July.

On the other hand, the final, it,

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What objective for the Blues?

We are aiming for the final, and obviously, if we succeed, it will be to win it,

” affirmed Corinne Deacon last May 30 during the press conference announcing the composition of her group for the Euro.

I don't envisage failure.

We still have time to work, with a stated, collective ambition.

Now we know that not everything will come naturally and easily.

We will have to go through stages, remaining calm, upright in what we want to do, keeping our course

“, she then detailed.

Since then, it was not the clear victories in preparation against Cameroon (4-0) and Vietnam (7-0) that had to divert her from such an objective.

Always in search of a first international title, the France team remains above all on five successive eliminations in the quarter-finals in all competitions (Euro, world and Olympics), the last of which, painful, during the World Cup in France in 2019 against the future American winners (1-2).

An elimination that had cost them their participation in the Tokyo Games.

Hence a three-year tunnel without much competition for the Blues who finally want to defeat the Indian sign and fill their trophy cabinet.

England, an enthusiastic but criticized host?

On July 31, every player will dream of entering one of the legendary temples of world football: Wembley and its 90,000 seats.

A magnificent theater for a final.

Just like Old Trafford will be for the opening match between the English and the Austrians on Wednesday.

Two enclosures which should be full in a country which has considerably opened up to women's football in recent years, under the impetus of professional clubs such as Chelsea, the defending champion, Arsenal, Manchester City or even its neighbor United .

The enthusiasm will therefore certainly be there.

With one downside: the choice of stadiums for the group stage.

In particular in the group of France which will evolve each time in the bucolic New York Stadium of Roterham and its 10,400 seats.

I'm a little disappointed with the stadiums.

It's shocking to be in England, where there are so many stadiums and we inherit a training ground from (Manchester) City which accommodates 4,000 spectators

, ”said Icelandic player Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir in mid-April.

"

It's just shameful (...) it's a lack of respect for women's football

", she continued at the microphone of the podcast specializing in women's football "

Their Pitch

(their land).

Among the nine other stadiums that will host the event, the Leigh Sport Village in Wigan, which will have 4 matches, also pales in comparison with 7,800 seats.

A feeling shared by Mark Parsons, the coach of the Dutch, defending champions and who will play in Wigan, just like the Swedes, another team strongly supported outside.

"

When I see the stadiums where the matches will take place, I am skeptical (...) Have we seen too small as sometimes happens with women's football?

My opinion is that we could have filled bigger stadiums

,” he told AFP in February.

His French counterpart, Corinne Deacon, had issued a slightly different opinion.

At the 2019 World Cup,

there were posters in Nice, in a large stadium, with very few spectators (...) Is it better to have a completely full 4,000-seat stadium or a 20,000-seat stadium filled with 4,000 people?

“, she asked herself last May.

Who are the favorites in the competition?

Credit where credit is due, the Netherlands, about which little is said in the end, will try to keep their European crown.

Which seems largely in their strings since in 2019, during the World Cup in France, the Dutch had been able to confirm their status by failing only in the final against the United States.

Eight times crowned - including six times in a row between 1995 and 2013 - during the Euro, an absolute record obviously, Germany would like to get closer to the Decima but the Mannschaft is no longer as impressive and dominating as in the past.

Which doesn't stop it from being a hell of a bone to gnaw on.

At home, the English would like, like the French, to win the first title in their history.

Nice mix between experienced players and very promising young talents,

the selection at the Three Lions will also be able to count on significant popular support and a group largely within their reach to gain momentum.

Silver medalist at the last Games in Tokyo a year ago, Sweden will also have their say, especially since they are undefeated since their loss in the Olympic final against Canada.

Finally, Spain and, to a lesser degree, Italy should be watched as rising stars in European women's football.

*****: England


****: Netherlands, France, Sweden


***: Spain, Germany


**: Italy


*: Norway

Who will be the stars to follow during this Euro?

Ada Hegerberg, Norway, 26


A few days before celebrating her 27th birthday, on July 10, Ada Hegerberg is already rocking a new career.

Two serious injuries (rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee then stress fracture of the left tibia) deprived her of competition for 20 months in 2020 and 2021. But the Norwegian has worked hard to return to the top this season, with a title in Champions League with Lyon in her favorite competition, of which she is the top scorer (59 goals).

First female Ballon d'Or in history in 2018, Hegerberg is all the more expected as she returns to the selection after five years of withdrawal after a disappointing Euro 2017, when she also mentioned in particular gender inequality in the bonuses paid by the federation.

Alexia Putellas, Spain, 28 Hottest


player of the past two seasons, FC Barcelona captain, 2021 Ballon d'Or, 2021 Champions League winner and 2022 runner-up, Alexia Putellas dreams of taking Spain to the roof of Europe.

The playmaker is the spearhead of this young selection which has rarely shone internationally, with only three appearances in the final table of the Euro in twelve editions.

But in the wake of Putellas, the most capped player in the selection, the Spaniards have not lost a single match since March 2020.

Marie-Antoinette Katoto, France, 23


Just extended by Paris SG until 2025, the top scorer (18 goals) and best player in the French Championship this season has her mind freed before playing her first international competition.

"

The old competitions went badly for the France team so we can only do better

," she promised in an interview with AFP in April, aware of having the opportunity to offer a first international title to France, which has an impressive offensive armada alongside the 23-year-old striker (Malard, Diani, Cascarino, Baltimore).

Pernille Harder, Denmark, 29


At 29, Pernille Harder is arguably the most experienced of this quintet of attacking stars.

The Chelsea player, known for having become the most expensive player in the world in 2020 when she arrived in London against 270,000 euros according to the English press, is also the only one to have won the title of UEFA player of the year twice. , in 2018 and 2020. “

I'm not afraid of anyone.

I don't like fear.

We respect our opponents, but we don't fear anyone

, ”the Dane, Euro 2017 finalist, insisted to AFP in recent days.

Vivianne Miedema, Netherlands, 25


A few days from her 26th birthday (July 15), Miedema is perhaps the most British of the Dutch, she who has played for Arsenal since 2017, with a title of champion of England lifted in 2019 by the way, and who lives in a relationship with Scottish international Lisa Evans.

In front of goal, she impresses, with a complete and prolific attacking profile which led her to the distinctions of top scorer in the history of the Netherlands (92 goals) and the English championship.

"

I always wanted to be the Netherlands' top scorer.

Now that it is, I know that I will reach 100 goals one day or another.

I look forward !

“, affirmed to AFP in February the champion of

Source: lefigaro

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