Actually, the German footballers have a lot to offer statistically. The DFB squad is theoretically one of the favorites to win the competition as record holders with eight titles, six of which came at the most recent seven European Championships. However, in actuality, things appear rather different.
The development of the German national team has stalled in recent years as too many other countries have caught up. Because Germany’s players were defeated by Denmark in the quarterfinals of the 2017 EM, this year’s favorites are under more pressure than in previous years.
For instance, consider the tournament’s hosts, England, who are unquestionably the favorites. The “Three Lionesses” are particularly persuasive on the football field and have gone undefeated since September 2021, when Dutchwoman Sarina Wiegman took over as head coach. This is in addition to their home advantage, which can be motivating in a nation as obsessed with football as this one. In 2017, she and the Netherlands won the European Championship in their own country. Wiegmann is skilled at doing it, and he may help England win its first European championship.
Wiegman unexpectedly omitted longtime captain Steph Houghton from the roster, despite the fact that she hasn’t played for her team Manchester City since suffering an injury at the end of January. Leah Williamson, an Arsenal midfielder, took over her duties last year. However, Lauren Hemp, who is only 21 years old and has already developed into one of the best wingers in the world, has the highest star potential for the club.
Can the national squad replicate Barcelona’s success?
Spain is one of the event’s heavy favorites and Germany’s group opponent for the first time in tournament history. The national team, where the majority of FC Barcelona’s players compete, has been impacted by FC Barcelona’s increasing dominance of European football in recent years.
Alexia Putellas, the first Spaniard to win the Ballon d’Or this year, is unquestionably a strong performer. However, goalkeeper Jennifer Hermoso will not be able to play for coach Jorge Vilda’s team due to a knee injury she sustained while practicing.
Irene Paredes, the team’s defensive coordinator, is in charge. Her defense allowed zero goals last season. The Spaniards are still unbeaten this year, and despite their dismal performance in past competitions, they are among the top favorites this time. Finland, Denmark, and Germany are the group’s rivals.
The Dutch European champions, who won the vice-championship of the world in 2019 and advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals in 2021, should not be overlooked. Since last fall, the Englishman, Mark Parsons, has served as the team’s head coach. In attack, the team features future PSG player Lieke Martens, Lineth Beerensteyn, and record goalscorer Vivianne Miedema.
However, the rest of the team, particularly the seasoned midfield led by record holder Sherinda Spitse, Jill Roord from Wolfsburg, and Jackie Groenen, is seen as a goal threat. The dress rehearsal, a 5-1 loss to England, went horribly wrong, but the Dutch ladies shouldn’t be disregarded. They meet Portugal, Switzerland, and Sweden in the group.
Sweden has great expectations going into the competition.
Sweden is the fourth and final tournament favorite. Currently ranked second in the Fifa rankings, Peter Gerhardsson’s team has great expectations for the competition. They came in third at the 2019 World Cup and nearly lost out on a gold medal at the 2021 Olympics thanks to penalties.
Since winning the inaugural European Championship in 1984, Sweden has advanced to at least the quarterfinals each occasion. The team doesn’t have any extremely well-known stars, yet it nevertheless performs at a very high level and is balanced.
Fridolina Rolfö, Stina Blackstenius, and Lina Hurtig in particular make the offense very potent. You can also rely on seasoned players like Magda Eriksson, Bayern’s Hanna Glas, or Linda Sembrant on defense.
Although an outsider team has never ultimately won a women’s European Championship, the Germans only play the role of an outsider in this competition, which is occasionally comfortable.