The Women’s Euro 2022 gets under way on July 6 and Spain has as good a chance as ever to win the tournament for the first time. There is considerable excitement around the national team at present, with Barcelona’s recent success at club level raising hopes that La Roja can get their hands on a piece of silverware this summer.
Jorge Vilda has an abundance of talent at his disposal. His team’s performance in qualifying was fantastic: Spain accumulated 22 points from a possible 24, scoring an astonishing 48 goals and conceding only one. You do not get much more dominant than that.
Spain’s women team does not have much of a track record of success, but neither did the men’s side before their triumphs at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. With the Women’s World Cup set to take place next summer, Spain are dreaming of a quick-fire double.
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Spain are the favorites to win the Women’s Euro 2022, ahead of the host nation England, the holders the Netherlands, and France. Their status owes to the talent within their squad, plus their excellent results in qualifying. If the team performs as it is capable of doing, Spain have every chance of going all the way.
There is one main doubt, though: can they deal with the pressure that comes with being expected to deliver? Spain do not have much past success to fall back upon, and it will be interesting to see whether the team is sufficiently streetwise to deal with the unique environment of a major tournament. Will they be able to dig deep and respond if they go behind in a knockout tie?
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Vilda knows the Spain players inside out. He has come up through the national team network, having managed the Under-19s and the Under-17s before taking charge of the senior side in 2015. The Madrid-born coach has been a part of the Spain women’s setup since 2009, and most of the members of his squad for Euro 2022 were handed their debut by Vilda.
After guiding Spain to the semi-finals of the European Winner’s Championship in 2017, Spain suffered a disappointing last-16 exit at the World Cup two years later. With such a gifted squad at his disposal, Vilda is now under pressure to deliver.
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Spain will begin their campaign against Finland in Milton Keynes on July 8. A game against Germany, the eight-time winners, will follow in London four days later. Spain will conclude the group stage against Denmark, also in London, on July 16.
Spain are expected to finish in the top two of Group B. If they win the group, they will face the runners-up from Group A in the quarter-finals – likely to be Norway or Austria. If they finish second, Spain will probably be drawn to face England in the last eight. That is a situation they will want to avoid given the Lionesses’ status as the second-favorites.
Spain have never won the European Women’s Championship before. Their best ever performance came in 1997 when they reached the semi-finals. They advanced from Group A alongside Sweden after finishing above France and Russia, but were beaten 2-1 by Italy in the last four.
Spain have reached the quarter-finals twice, in 2013 and 2017. This will be only the fourth edition of the tournament that they have been involved in. La Roja did not enter in 1984, then failed to qualify in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2009.
Spain will hope that club chemistry helps them on the international stage this summer. A total of nine squad members ply their trade for Barcelona, who won the Spanish league and the Spanish cup last term, as well as reaching the final of the Champions League.
Alexia Putellas is one of those Spain internationals who plays for Barcelona at club level. She is not only her country’s top player, but also the best women’s footballer in the world – as evidenced by her Ballon d’Or triumph in 2021. She will be central to Spain’s hopes of victory.
Esther Gonzalez has a fine scoring record for her country, having found the back of the net 14 times in 21 caps. Irene Paredes, the experienced captain, will anchor Spain’s defense.
The final of the Women’s Euro 2022 will take place on July 31, at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will kick off at 5pm local time, which is 12pm ET. Spain will hope to be involved in the showpiece event.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Women’s Euro 2022 on fuboTV.
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