Football: the stars to follow during Women’s Euro 2022
The European Women’s Football Championship will take place in England from 6 to 31 July. The best players from the old continent will compete to win the precious trophy. If some stars are already confirmed, others will be nuggets to watch.
The 13th edition of the Women’s Football Euro, the only major football event of the summer, will be catching attention in England from 6 to 31 July.
Since the popular success of the 2019 Women’s World Cup held in France, the players have become more and more famous. While some are already making headlines, such as Norwegian Ada Hegerberg or Ballon d’Or Alexia Putelas, other stars of women’s football will take advantage of the event to spread themselves to as many people as possible.
Ada Hegerberg: The Return of the Queen
The Norwegian team is one of the leading nations in women’s football: the Scandinavians have won the Euro twice – in 1987 and 1993 – and have participated in four finals – 1989, 1991, 2005 and 2013. He has also won the World Cup in 1995 and the Olympics in 2000.
To hope to return to the top, the Norwegian can rely on their star striker: Ada Hegerberg. The first Ballon d’Or in history, Olympique Lyonnais was the player’s long fall. Absent from the field for twenty months due to a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee, he made a comeback this season and once again came closer to excellence by winning the Champions League with his club.
The star also had a painful period with his country. Due to several differences with the Norwegian Football Federation, especially the disparities in behavior between men and women in selection, she did not wear the national jersey for five years and notably missed the World Cup-2019. After realizing that concrete progress had been made for equality, she eventually returned to the team to participate in this Euro. Now in top form, Ada Hegerberg will not miss to make a mark during the competition.
Lucy Bronze: World’s best defender
For many years, English woman Lucy Bronze has become one of the major figures in international women’s football. Recently recruited by FC Barcelona, he revolutionized the full-back position, collecting trophies with Lyon and then Manchester City. In 2020, she became the first defender to be voted the best player by FIFA.
At 30, he is a tollier on the English team, but has yet to win anything in the national team. Third in the 2015 World Cup, England also lost to the United States in the semi-finals after a stellar run in 2019.
Marie-Antoinette Catoto: The French Nugget
PSG star striker and top scorer in club history, Marie-Antoinette Catoto, terrorized the counters at the age of just 23. The player, born in Columbus in the Paris region, is coming off a successful season from a personal point of view, scoring 14 goals for the French team, the title of best player and top scorer in the French Championship (18 goals), as well as the Coupe d’Or. Seven goals in France and the same number of goals in the Champions League.
While she was not selected by Corinne Deacon for Mondial-2019, she is now a pillar of French selection. Marie-Antoinette Catoto responded to the coach on the field who reprimanded her for being an absent customer during important matches. During the Euro, he will have the opportunity to confirm this new position.
Ona Battle: Spanish Hope
Deprived of its best player, the Ballon d’Or 2021, Alexia Putelas, who suffered a left knee ligament rupture on the eve of the start of the competition, Spain will have to find a new leader for this Euro-2022. Manchester United’s full-back Ona battle could be liberating.
Although she is only 23 years old, she is one of the essential starters for the Red Devils and La Rosa, with whom she has played since 2019. In the absence of Barca striker Jenny Hermoso, injured and forfeited for the competition, Ona could take the battle. The key to this young selection from Spain and reveal itself before the eyes of the world.
Pernil Harder: Danish Icon
Denmark still leads women’s football at number two at Euro-2017. The team is led by Captain Pernil Harder. Since 2016, the striker has won the league title in each of his seasons with clubs Linköping, Wolfsburg and Chelsea. His transfer to England in 2020 made him the most expensive player in history.
But this already rich record lacks the trophy its national team has. Not qualified for World Cup-2019, Pernil Harder is expected to be caught in Euro-2022.
Stina Blackstenius: Swedish “Gunner”
After making the heydays of Montpellier, Linköping and BK Hacken, Stina Blackstanius shone in the English league with Dutch star Vivian Miedema wearing an Arsenal jersey.
A seasoned international player, the Swedish striker already has a solid track record. He won two silver medals at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and in Tokyo in 2021. She also finished third in the 2019 World Cup held in France with her selection.
Vivian Miedema: Dutch serial scorer
The best Dutch goalkeeper of all time, Vivian Miedema, displayed startling statistics. In 110 games with his national team, the Arsenal striker named Footballer of the Year 2021 by the BBC has scored 92 goals, almost one goal per game.
The current European champion as well as her country and vice-world champion, she would be keen to hold the trophy along with another star of her choosing, Lieke Martens.
Rachel Furness: Northern Ireland’s Mainstay
At 34, Northern Irish woman Rachel Furness will compete with her country in her first major international competition. The star of the selection, the Liverpool player is also the top scorer in its history with 38 goals.
After a successful season in the Reds jersey with England returning to the Women’s First Division, she enters European competition confidently for an international event that could be one of the last of her career.
Tyne de Cagney: the end of the Belgian attack
With 37 goals in 72 caps, Belgian Tyne de Cagney is one of the Red Flames’ key players. After 2017, she is participating in the second consecutive European Championship and hopes to eventually pass the first round.
In any case, the Offenheim player showed his legs during qualifying. Including all the selections, he scored the most goals during the qualifiers with 12 achievements.
Lee Schuler: Flamboyant German Youth
At only 24 years old, Lee Schouler wasted no time. The Bayern Munich player already has 29 goals in 38 matches, while in the national team, he is equally prolific with 25 goals in 39 matches.
After the mixed 2019 World Cup, the centre-forward will be eager to redeem himself in order to elevate his country to the top of European football once again. Germany has been waiting to win the euro again since 2013.