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Women’s Euro 2022 teams, star players and predictions

Sweden

  • Manager: Peter Gerhardsson
  • Captain: Caroline Seger
  • Best Euro performance: Winners (1984)
  • Euro 2017 results: quarter finalists
  • World ranking: 2nd
  • predicted finish: semi-finalists

Who is their coach? Peter Gerhardsson has overseen a period of significant stability and consistency in his five years in charge, including a third-place finish at the 2019 World Cup and the silver medal at last year’s Olympics. However, it is time for his team to deliver a major title, before this crop of players pass their peak.

Who is their star player? The main strength of this Sweden side is the consistency across the team, who can usually all be relied upon to give at least a 7/10 performance without any one individual stealing the headlines. However, former Manchester City player Kosovare Asllani, 32, is among the most reliable performers out there.

How do they play? Sweden have not lost a match over 90 minutes since the pandemic began and they will not concede many goals with a solid back four. Going forward, the pace and athleticism of Fridolina Rolfo out wide is a major threat, and the midfield has a mixture of youth and vast experience, led by 37-year-old Caroline Seger.

Best Pointless stat: More than two-thirds of Sweden’s land mass is covered by forest (the rest is covered by Asllani).

Chances of victory in four words: Guaranteed to be strong.

Switzerland

  • head coach: nils nielsen
  • Captain: lia walti
  • Best Euro performance: Groupstage (2017)
  • Euro 2017 result: group stage
  • World ranking: 20th
  • predicted finish: Group-stage exit

Who is their coach? Greenland-born Nils Nielsen previously oversaw Denmark’s run to Euro 2017 final, knocking out the then-holders Germany on the way to being beaten by Holland in a thrilling final.

Who is their star player? PSG’s ex-Chelsea forward Ramona Bachmann is a nuisance for defences, but perhaps doesn’t quite have as much pace as she once did. Arsenal’s Lia Walti, in holding midfield, will be integral to their hopes as they face two of the best-rated sides in the competition in Group C.

How do they play? Switzerland will not be hugely burdened by great expectations as they embark on only their second Euros campaign. Nielsen is capable of a tactical switch-up but his team has recently set up with a 4-2-3-1.

Best Pointless stat: Switzerland is one of 44 landlocked countries in the world.

Chances of victory in four words: Outside chance at best.

Portugal

  • Coach: Francis Net
  • Captain: Ana Borges – although no official captain has been named
  • Best Euro performance: Groupstage (2017)
  • Euro 2017 result: group stage
  • World ranking: 30th
  • predicted finish: Group-stage exit

Who is their coach? Francisco Neto has been in charge for eight years and has led Portugal to two consecutive Euros, however, they initially missed out on qualification for this tournament. Their spot in these finals was only confirmed as recently as May, when Uefa elected them to replace Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

Who is their star player? Benfica’s 19-year-old deep-lying forward Francisca ‘Kika’ Nazareth has excellent control and could be one of their most impressive talents.

How do they play? Neto’s team have sometimes played with wing-backs and at other times they’ve played in a 4-3-3, but whatever they try, this group looks extremely hard for them to escape from. They have plenty of skilful players but the caliber and strength of Sweden and Holland will be ominous.

Best Pointless stat: At the 1992 men’s Euros, when Yugoslavia were disqualified from the tournament finals because of a war, their replacements Denmark went on to win the title – might history repeat itself with another seismic shock?

Chances of victory in four words: Won’t be in contention.

Group D

France

  • head coach: Corinne Diacre
  • Captain: Wendie Renard
  • Best Euro performance: Quarterfinals (2009, 2013, 2017)
  • Euro 2017 result: quarter finalists
  • World ranking: 3rd
  • predicted finish: Quarter-finalists, again

Who is their coach? Corinne Diacre made history as the first woman to manage a team in the top two tiers of French men’s club football, but in the international women’s game it’s fair to say the jury is still out. She controversially omitted Lyon’s Amandine Henry from her squad this summer, despite the midfielder starring in her club’s Champions League final triumph in May. France are blessed with a host of talent but they have not been past the quarter-finals of a major tournament for a decade. If that does n’t change, Diacre might not be able to keep her job from her.

Who is their star player? Of the star names in this France squad that weren’t dropped by Diacre for this summer, lethal striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto will hope to challenge for the Golden Boot, while some trademark headed goals from set-pieces from their towering centre-back Wendie Renard are all-but guaranteed.

How do they play? France are set to continue with the 4-3-3 system that is familiar to their dominant domestic sides Lyon and PSG, whose players make up almost half of Diacre’s squad.

Best Pointless stat: This year’s Women’s Euros will run for two days longer than the Tour de France.

Chances of victory in four words: Things won’t be dull.

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