Euro 2022 women’s teams, star players and predictions

Sweden

  • Administrator: Pierre Gerhardson
  • Captain: Caroline Seger
  • Best performances in euros: Winners (1984)
  • Euro 2017 result: Quarter-finalists
  • World ranking: 2nd
  • Expected end: Semi-finalists

Who is their coach? Peter Gerhardsson has overseen a period of significant stability and consistency in his five years in charge, including a third-place finish at the 2019 World Cup and silver at last year’s Olympics. However, it’s time for his team to deliver a major title, before this crop of players reaches its peak.

Who is their star player? The main strength of this Swedish team is the consistency within the team, which can usually be counted on to give at least a 7/10 performance without any individual making headlines. However, former Manchester City player Kosovare Asllani, 32, is among the most reliable players.

How do they play? Sweden haven’t lost a game in more than 90 minutes since the start of the pandemic and they won’t concede many goals with a strong four-man defender. Going forward, Fridolina Rolfo’s pace and athleticism are a major threat, and the midfielder has a mix of youth and vast experience, led by 37-year-old Caroline Seger.

Best useless stat: Over two-thirds of Sweden’s land mass is covered in forest (the rest is covered by Asllani).

Chances of victory in four words: Guaranteed to be solid.

Swiss

  • The Head Coach: Nils Nielsen
  • Captain: Lia Walti
  • Best performances in euros: Group stage (2017)
  • Euro 2017 result: Group stage
  • World ranking: 20th
  • Expected end: Exit from the group stage

Who is their coach? Greenland-born Nils Nielsen previously oversaw Denmark’s run to the Euro 2017 final, knocking out then-holders Germany before being beaten by Holland in a thrilling final.

Who is their star player? PSG’s ex-Chelsea striker Ramona Bachmann is a nuisance to defences, but may not have as much pace as before. An integral part of their hopes will be Arsenal’s Lia Walti in midfield as they take on two of the competition’s highest-rated teams in Group C.

How do they play? Switzerland will not be burdened with high expectations as they enter only their second Euro campaign. Nielsen is capable of a tactical change but his side have recently set themselves up with a 4-2-3-1.

Best useless stat: Switzerland is one of 44 landlocked countries in the world.

Chances of victory in four words: Out of luck at best.

Portugal

  • Coach: Francisco Neto
  • Captain: Ana Borges – although no official captain has been named
  • Best performances in euros: Group stage (2017)
  • Euro 2017 result: Group stage
  • World ranking: 30th
  • Expected end: Exit from the group stage

Who is their coach? Francisco Neto has been in charge for eight years and led Portugal to two consecutive Euros, but first they missed out on qualifying for this tournament. Their place in these finals was not confirmed until May, when UEFA elected them to replace Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.

Who is their star player? Benfica’s 19-year-old deep striker Francisca ‘Kika’ Nazareth has excellent control and might be one of their most impressive talents.

How do they play? Neto’s side have sometimes played with wingers and at other times they have played in a 4-3-3, but no matter what they try, this group seems extremely difficult for them to escape. They have plenty of talented players, but the caliber and strength of Sweden and the Netherlands will bode ill.

Best useless stat: In the 1992 Men’s Euro, when Yugoslavia were disqualified from the tournament final due to a war, their replacements Denmark won the title – could history repeat itself with another clash? seismic?

Chances of victory in four words: Will not be in the running.

Group D

France

  • The Head Coach: Corinne Deacon
  • Captain: Wendie Fox
  • Best performances in euros: Quarter-finals (2009, 2013, 2017)
  • Euro 2017 result: Quarter-finalists
  • World ranking: 3rd
  • Expected end: Quarter-finalists, again

Who is their coach? Corinne Deacon made history as the first woman to captain a side in the top two tiers of French men’s club football, but in international women’s football it’s fair to say the jury is still out. She controversially omitted Lyonnaise Amandine Henry from her squad this summer, despite the midfielder starring in her club’s Champions League final triumph in May. France are blessed with a host of talent, but they haven’t made it past the quarter-finals of a major tournament in a decade. If that doesn’t change, Deacon might not be able to keep his job.

Who is their star player? Among the stars of this France team who have not been abandoned by Deacon this summer, deadly striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto is hoping to challenge for the Golden Boot, while some trademarks have headed the goals on kicks arrested by their imposing central defender Wendie. Fox are almost guaranteed.

How do they play? France are expected to continue with the 4-3-3 system familiar to their dominant national teams Lyon and PSG, whose players make up almost half of Deacon’s squad.

Best useless stat: This year’s Women’s Euro will last two days longer than the Tour de France.

Chances of victory in four words: Things won’t be boring.

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