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WOMEN’S EURO 2022 FOOTBALL: WILL THEY BE SINGING ABBA AT THE END?
The French are fighting themselves, England poached the Netherlands’ coach and a Barca-heavy Spain side are the team to beat. It’s the Women’s Euros, it starts this week and here’s the full lowdown on it.
Here’s your lowdown on the five favourites, an exclusive betting tip, some cool pub-talk ammunition about some of the team’s languages and some further insight from different members of All-In Global.
Note: The odds mentioned is from last week.
LeoVegas Odds: 4.3
FIFA World Ranking: 7
Spain go into the tournament as favourites after a near-flawless qualifying campaign that saw them win seven out of eight games, score 48 goals and concede just one.
That included some real thrashings such as 10-0 and 13-0 win against Moldova and Azerbaijan respectively.
Key to their success has been the success of Barcelona. The progress made by the players at club level has transferred to the national side, where Barca players make up the spine of the side and have brought their winning mentality to the table.
Results aside, there’s probably no better side in women’s international to watch than this one.
But it may not be all plain sailing for them.
They’ll have to make do without the brilliant Jenni Hermoso for the campaign after she was ruled out through injury, and she’ll be badly missed.
Spain will also have to do something they’ve never done before.
In three attempts, they’ve never made it past the semi-finals of the Euros, losing the last two editions at the quarter-final stages. So, their tournament pedigree isn’t the best.
Key Player: Alexia Putellas (injured).
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 5, 2022
They tick all the boxes except having a strong record in the competition. Let’s wait and see how they handle the biggest games under the utmost pressure.
Team’s official Language: Spanish
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LeoVegas Odds: 4.75
World Ranking: 8
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
Well, almost. You’d think the bridesmaid at least makes the final before losing.
England have now been knocked out the semi-final stage of the last three major championships: the 2017 Euros and the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.
So, what do you do to take the step up? You hire the coach who guided the champions to their Euros win the last time round.
Sarina Wigman won Euro 2017 with her native Netherlands on home soil and the English FA identified her as the right choice to try to replicate that success with England, also with home advantage on her side this time.
There’s already a notable difference when it comes to an extra level of ruthlessness.
— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) July 6, 2022
Both in terms of the way the team is playing and in terms of her own decisions. Top of those was leaving out skipper and talisman Steph Houghton from the squad after an injury-plagued season in a move similar to what Spain did with Sergio Ramos at the Euros last year.
Wigman has some extremely in-form players at her disposal and a nice blend of youth and experience. Results have been good in qualifying and warm-up games, too.
A further advantage is of course home advantage. But the bad news is that they’re likely to face either Germany, Spain or Denmaark in the quarters and probably Netherlands or Sweden after that.
Home advantage and a proven winner as a coach gives them an edge and the home fans will start to believe as they’re likely to dominate their group. But strong teams await them all the way till the end and winning three in a row against the best may prove a bridge too far for a side who’s never won a major tournament.
Key player: Lauren Hemp.
Team’s official Language: English
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LeoVegas Odds: 6.75
World Ranking: 3
With a world ranking of 3, only Sweden are higher from sides who will be at this tournament (the USA are top).
And when a special computer called ‘The Analyst’ worked out the likeliest winner of the Euros, France were given a 19% chance, the joint-highest alongside England, based on endless metrics including recent results, tournament form, goals scored and conceded, and chances created.
Women’s Euro 2022 team guide No 14: France https://t.co/4bY0S3AMSz
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 3, 2022
But what the computer doesn’t tell you is that this is a side in turmoil.
There have been too many incidents of in-player fighting, club rivalry and fallouts between manager and senior players to go into here.
But on the subject of the last point, they’ll be going to battle without two of their best players in Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer, both of whom fell out with the controversial coach Corinne Diacre.
So very much shades of France at the men’s World Cup in 2010 where half the side didn’t want to play under the eccentric Raymond Domenech, and it all ended in farce with Patrice Evra and Nicolas Anelka among those instigating a full blown-out mutiny.
And we all know how that ended up: they went home as early as was possible.
If tournaments were won by talent alone, France would be favourites. But they’re won by lots of things other than just raw talent and the jury is out as to whether they’ve got the other elements to go all the way.
Key player: Wendie Renard.
They have the players of course but it will be virtually impossible to win such a competitive tournament unless everyone is pulling in the same direction. The suspicion is that sooner or later, they won’t. The task is made harder by absences to senior players left out by Diacre, but they should at least make the semis despite all that.
Team’s official Language: French
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LeoVegas Odds: 7.5
FIFA Ranking: 4
The defending champions caused a massive upset when winning at home back in 2017. They beat the highly fancied England 3-0 in the semis and then put on a good show to beat surprise finalists Denmark 4-2 in the final.
But things will be much harder this time. They’ll have to make do without their coach from that win, Wigman, now in charge of England. They’ll also have to make do without the priceless home support they got last time.
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That 2017 win was a bit of an anomaly because performances at both Euros and World Cups haven’t been great, aside from that one.
And a recent 5-1 loss to England suggests this isn’t the same side from five years ago, although it was admittedly just a friendly.
Key Player: Lieke Mertens.
They had their moment of glory five years ago but that may just be as good as it will ever get for them. Under English coach Mark Parsons they had a brilliant qualifying campaign and with Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden for the company, they should get out of their group pretty easily.
But they may just be a couple of notches below some of the other teams when the biggest games come.
Team’s official Language: Dutch
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LeoVegas Odds: 8.5
FIFA World Ranking: 2
Imagine a well-drilled side where everyone knows their role, there are no grumpy star players, physically they’re strong and will always fight till the bitter end. If you can picture that, you can picture Sweden.
“8,5 odds for Sweden to win the championship? I would take that bet any day”, said All-in Global’s Swedish Head of Sales Sebastian Delsinger.
In many ways they remind us of those men’s teams Italy have put out in the past at major tournaments with such success. They’re not flashy or high scoring. But good luck in beating them.
But perhaps they’re far better than just being a resilient side. Their FIFA world ranking of 2 certainly suggests that and it’s worth remembering this is the side who won silver at last year’s Summer Olympics. And it’s worth remembering they only lost the final to Canada on penalties.
In the last seven editions of the Euros, they made the quarterfinals or semis in all of them, but not the final. So, they’re solid in this competition rather than spectacular.
Portugal and Switzerland should be easy pickings for them and a place in the quarterfinals will mean a match-up against Italy, Belgium, Iceland or worse-case scenario…France.
They could easily be too good for any of those.
Key player: Fridolina Rolfo.
If you want to have a decent bet on a side who has a lot going for them including a decent record in the tournament, a sky-high FIFA ranking, a good coach, great team morale, strong defensive skills and proven goalscorers, then go with Sweden at very interesting odds of 8.5.
Ok, they’re not the best team in terms of individuals but then again, that’s why they’re considerably bigger odds than others.
And as we all know, it’s the best team that wins thee tournaments, not the team with the best individuals. They could all be singing to ‘Waterloo’ come July 31.
Team’s official language: Swedish
You’re on your ‘moped’ on your way to buying some ‘gravlax’ and ‘rutabaga’ that you’re going to take with you to eat when you go ‘orienteering’ later on in the day. While out in the woods, you’ll be keen not to slip on ‘tungsten’ because, you know…falling on a heavy stone can be painful.
All the words in inverted commas in the paragraph above are all Swedish words that have become widely accepted terms in English.
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PS: Portugal is not among the five favourites but since we have our headquarters in Porto we figured it would be strange to leave them unmentioned. Ana Pereira, Junior QA Manager at All-in Global gave the following verdict: