The tournament of the Summer, The UEFA Women’s Championship. Everyone’s eyes will be glued to their televisions or the players as this highly anticipated, highly sold-out event, the championship will occur from June 6 to 31.
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Breakdown of the UEFA Women’s Championship format:
Before getting to know more about the superstars, we need to break down how they will compete with each other throughout the championship.
Teams that qualified for the UEFA Women’s Championship will be divided into four groups: Group A, B, C, and D. The top two teams from each group then go on to play in the knockout round.
- Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland.
- Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland.
- Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal.
- Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland.
Players to Watch
Now if tournaments like the NCAA basketball tournament have taught us anything, anyone could come in and change the narrative. Talent is everywhere throughout the tournament, from the veterans to rookies, everyone is talented.
Here are some names you should keep an eye out for.
- Team: Manchester City, England
- Position: Wing
At just 21 years of age, Hemp is definitely making a name for herself. Coming into this Euro she has already won her fourth PFA Young Player of the Year award. With her quickness and excellent ball control she is bound to wreak havoc throughout this tournament. She will also find some sort of way to get her teammates to score as she has the most assists (13) going into. Lauren hemp “can win a game on her own” and is “key” for England’s Euro 2022, says Sue Smith
Caroline Graham Hansen
- Team: FC Barcelona, Norway
- Position: Wing, Midfielder
England are fan favorites to take home the glory however that might be stopped by CGH and her Norway team. Throughout qualifying, Hansen has already scored 10 goals, made 7 assists, and played in 6 games. She ranks 4 amongst ESPN’s top 50 women’s players in the world, being the dribbling master as well as assist machine makes her a force to be reckoned with.
- Team: Norway
- Position: Striker
First Ballon d’Or Féminin winner, 6x Champions League winner, UCL all time top scorer. These are just some of Hegerberg’s accolades. Hergberg’s finishing will be crucial for Norway to have a repeat like they did in 2013. With CGH and Hegerberg duo-threat up front, Norway may be able to claim victory.
- Team: FC Barcelona, Spain
- Position: Midfield
Putellas is a household name in Spain. She eats, breathes, and plays for the country. Alexia Putellas has become the first ever player to reach 100 caps for Spain. She is currently the reigning UEFA Women’s Player of the Year UEFA Women’s Champions league winner. Putellas is also the 6th best scorer for the Spanish Women’s team, talk about records sheesh.
Now these are just a few of the fantastic women to keep an eye out for. This show stopping, star studded, trick pulling tournament will be one to tune in to.
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