The Women’s Euro 2022 gets under way on July 6 and France are one of the favorites to end the month with their hands on the trophy. They qualified in impressive fashion, winning seven and drawing one of their matches without conceding a single goal. Such a record suggests France will take some stopping this summer.
Les Bleues have not got a particularly impressive track record in this tournament, however. They have reached the quarter-finals in each of their last three appearances but are yet to make it through to the last four. In a total of four showings at the World Cup, they have reached the semi-finals only once. France would therefore make history by reaching the final of Euro 2022, regardless of whether they win it or not.
France’s squad contains plenty of talent, though, and there is hope within the country that this could be their year.
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France are the joint-third favorites to win the Women’s Euro 2022 with the leading sportsbooks. They are level with the Netherlands, who hosted and won the previous edition five years ago, and sit behind only Spain and England.
France are on the other side of the draw to the two favorites, which means they cannot meet either team until the semi-finals at the earliest. But there are some strong sides in Group C and Group D, so les Bleues will not be taking anything for granted.
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Corinne Diacre will lead France at the European Women’s Championship. She has been at the helm of her country since 2017 following spells in charge of Soyaux and Clermont. She also spent six years as an assistant manager for the French women.
Diacre retains the backing of her superiors for now, but she has fallen out with several experienced players during her tenure. Neither Amandine Henry nor Eugenie Le Sommer will feature this month after clashing with the manager.
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France will begin the campaign against Italy in Rotherham on July 10. Matchday two pitches them against Belgium at the same venue on July 14, before a meeting with Iceland – again in Rotherham – four days later. The lack of travel hands France an advantage: they will be able to base themselves close to the New York Stadium for the duration of the group stage.
If France advance to the knockouts, they will be paired with a team from Group C in the quarter-finals. Topping their group would see them face the runners-up, most likely to be Sweden. If France finish second in Group D, they could be drawn against the Netherlands in the last eight.
France have never won the European Women’s Championship before. They have participated in six editions of the competition, debuting in 1997, and have been eliminated in the group phase three times and in the quarter-finals three times.
They reached the last eight of Euro 2017 by finishing second in Group C, behind Austria but ahead of Switzerland and Iceland. France were then beaten 1-0 by England in the quarter-finals.
There are not many strikers in women’s football better than Marie-Antoinette Katoto right now. A return of 148 goals in 163 games for Paris Saint-Germain tells its own story, while she has been prolific for France too with 25 strikes in 30 matches. Katoto is one of the leading candidates to finish as the tournament’s top scorer.
Lyon’s Delphine Cascarino is another woman to watch. She is a technically gifted footballer who can play in either midfield or attack. Lyon are coming off a brilliant season that brought them another league title and an eighth Champions League crown, so Cascarino’s confidence should be high – as should that of her club teammates Wendie Renard, Melvine Malard and Griedge Mbock Bathy.
The first semi-final will be held at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on July 26. The second semi-final will take place at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes the following day. The final, set for July 31, will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.
The Women’s Euro 2022 is being held in England, which was the only country to submit a bid to host the tournament before the deadline set by UEFA. England was officially confirmed as the host nation in December 2018. It has staged the competition once before, in 2005.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Women’s Euro 2022 on fuboTV.
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