The Women’s Euro 2022 football championships are almost ready to kick off and, following the excitement that surrounded the 2019 World Cup in France, many are expecting another milestone competition in the women’s game.
It’s easy with the growth of women’s football to always be seeing everything as the next big thing. With more eyes, more funding, more support, it is understandable that there is a sense of everything always growing exponentially.
But the truth is Euro 2022 does feel like another step forward for the women’s game, particularly due to how even the playing field is. In the past, international tournaments have had a tendency to feel predictable in a way that is just not seen in the men’s game: Germany win the Euros and the USA win the World Cup. But with other nations now catching up to those initial trailblazers, Euro 2022 looks more open than any tournament before.
Ahead of the opening game on July 6, here are five teams you should be keeping an eye across the tournament.
Spain are the bookies favourites to win the Euros this summer, in part due to the enormous success that Barcelona have had over the past few years. There are ten Barcelona players in this Spain squad but that does not mean they will play the same way.
Spain will certainly have one of the strongest midfields at the tournament but they have a habit of squandering opportunities in front of goal, and are missing their all-time top scorer Jennifer Hermoso due to injury. If they are to win the tournament, they will also have to progress out of a very tricky group which includes eight-time winners Germany and 2017 finalists Denmark.