In Focus: Five Women’s Euro 2022 Superstars to Watch

 

With the Women’s Euro 2022 quickly approaching, the continent’s greatest players are preparing to compete for the crown.

From the plethora of talent due to dominating the European stage this summer, LiveScore has selected five players to keep an eye on.

Alexia Putellas is from Spain.
Winner of the Ballon d’Or Alexia Putellas is the shining star on a star-studded Barcelona team that is attempting to defend their Champions League title.

The 28-year-old attacker has represented Spain since 2013 and is the country’s most capped player, having appeared in 98 games.

Pinellas has a variety of weapons at her disposal, including a well-trained left foot. She is not afraid to challenge players, create in midfield, or shoot from long range.

Last season, she led Barcelona to historic triple success in the Champions League, Primera Division, and Copa de la Reina.

England’s Ellen White

Ellen White has 105 England caps and offers a wealth of talent and experience to her team.

The Manchester City striker, 32, set the tone for what was to follow when she scored on her debut against Austria in 2010. She is her country’s leading female scorer with 50 international goals, just three behind Wayne Rooney’s record.

From the magnificent finish against Japan in the 2011 World Cup to the dramatic last-minute victory over the USA in 2017, White is up there with the finest in the game.

After another successful season in the Women’s Super League, she will be hoping to inspire the Lionesses to victory on home soil this summer.

Jule Brand is a German model.

Jule Brand, a teenage winger, has been a major player for German club Hoffenheim since breaking into the first team last season.

She scored the opening goal in a 4-1 rout of Arsenal in their Champions League group stage match, but the Gunners narrowly missed out on a quarter-final position on goal difference.

The 19-year-old, who also plays fullback, has four goals in 14 international appearances and agreed to join Wolfsburg in February.

“Sometimes Jule doesn’t even know what she can do, she still has so much up her sleeve,” Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said of the prodigy.

Lieke Martens from the Netherlands

Lieke Martens is largely considered one of the world’s top female footballers.

The Barcelona winger was selected Player of the Tournament for her exploits in the 2017 European Championship, which the Netherlands won.

Their triumph catapulted her into the public eye, and Forbes named her the 22nd most powerful woman in international sport a year later.

Martens, 29, has 54 goals in 133 international appearances for her country, and defenders will be wary of allowing her to cut off the flank onto her dangerous right foot.

Wendie Renard is a French actress.

Wendie Renard leads a dominating Lyon team as well as her country.

In a successful club career, the 31-year-old center-back has won 14 Division 1 Feminine titles and seven Champions Leagues, as well as the She, Believes Cup with France in 2017.

Renard is a powerful defender who has also scored 33 goals in 130 games for her country.

 

Everything you need to know about the Women’s Euro 2022 competition

Fans throughout the continent are looking forward to the Women’s Euro 2022, and LiveScore will make sure you don’t miss a single kick.

Tickets for the Wembley final sold out within an hour of being on sale, and the July 31 showpiece is expected to break the record for ANY European Championship match for men or women.

The Bernabeu was packed with 79,115 supporters when Spain defeated the Soviet Union in 1964, but with high demand and 90,000 seats, the national stadium has the potential to make history this summer.

LiveScore has compiled all of the information you need to know ahead of what looks to be an exciting event.

When was Euro 2022 supposed to take place?
The event was intended to take place last summer, but UEFA postponed it until this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ten stadiums throughout England will host 31 matches in July, featuring some of the best teams in women’s football.

Which teams have qualified for the Euro 2022 tournament?
England (qualified automatically as the host nation), the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Iceland, and Russia (temporarily prohibited due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine).

Why is Russia barred from competing in Euro 2022?
Russia was barred from participating in all UEFA events in February as a result of international condemnation of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Russians advanced to the finals after defeating Portugal in a play-off, and the Portuguese could be given their position, though no official declaration has been made.

Which groupings do the teams belong to?
Group A consists of England, Austria, Norway, and Northern Ireland.

Group B consists of Germany, Denmark, Spain, and Finland.

Group C consists of the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia (which has been suspended owing to the country’s invasion of Ukraine).

Group D consists of France, Italy, Belgium, and Iceland.

Who are the current European champions?
The previous edition’s hosts are also the reigning champions, having defeated Denmark 4-2 in the final after defeating England in the semi-finals.

The Oranje won the title after Denmark interrupted Germany’s 22-year stint as European champions in the quarterfinals.

The Dutch, on the other hand, will be without coach Sarina Wiegman for their defense after she accepts the England post in 2020.

England has never won the European Championship but has twice reached the final.

The Lionesses were defeated by Sweden in the inaugural event in 1984 and again 13 years ago.

Spain, led by Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, is the favorite to win the Euros ahead of the hosts.

But, according to broadcaster and England fan Kirsty Gallacher, England’s women might go one step further than the men.

“The Lionesses are growing in strength, and it feels like the appropriate time to do it,” she remarked.

“After the men came close last summer, it’ll be interesting to see if the ladies can go one better this time.” It’s now their turn.”

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