The Continental Championship is currently underway in England.
The 2022 UEFA European Women’s Football Championship is already underway in England. The first game of the tournament saw hosts England defeat Austria 1-0 with a goal from Beth Mead in the 16th minute. The match was held at the Theater of Dreams Old Trafford and attracted a record total crowd of 68,871.
Netherlands head into the 2022 UEFA European Championship as the current holders of the trophy and are once again one of the favourites to lift the trophy. Here are the top five favourites to lift the UEFA EURO’s 2022 trophy:
Sweden women’s national football team have one of the most in-form forward in the world currently in Arsenal’s Stina Blackstenius. Barcelona star Fridolina Rolfo scored 9 goals in the Primera Division last term and will lead the line. Sweden finished as the runners-up at the Olympics and finished 3rd at the 2019 World Cup. They will be looking to push on and get their hands on the trophy after missing the last two tournaments narrowly.
Germany have won the competition a record eight times and won five consecutive titles till 2017. However, the current German side is relatively young and might lack the experience to go deep into the competition. But they do have top players the likes of Lena Oberdorf, Lea Schüller and Klara Bühl.
The Netherlands won the Euros back in 2017 on home turf and are the current Euros holders. But they did lose their charismatic manager Sarina Wiegman to England back in September. Wiegman was replaced by English manager Mark Parsons. The Dutch have a great chance to go deep into the completion with Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema leading the line and Lieke Martens’ return to full fitness is also a big plus for the team.
England are not only the host of the tournament but are also one of the favourites to win the competition. The Lionesses have reached the semi-final of the past three UEFA tournaments but with the addition of new manager Sarina Wiegman, this finally may be the year England fans see their side lift an international trophy. Beth Mead scored the first goal of the tournament against Austria on the opening day of the tournament and will play a big part in the lionesses’ progression in the tournament.
Spain are the clear favourites to win this edition of the Euros despite never winning it before in their history. Most of this is down to Barcelona’s dominance last term and most of the Spanish players coming from the Blaugrana. The midfield of Patri Guijarro, Aitana Bonmati and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas is the best midfield in the tournament. While the centre-half pairing of Maria Pilar Leon and Irene Paredes is also one of the strongest in the tournament. The squad is stacked with very talented players and this could be Spain’s year to lift the EURO trophy for the first time in their history.