In Austria, all eyes will, of course, be mainly on the Austrian Football Association team at the 2022 European Women’s Championship in England.
But the tournament, like every Final Round, will also be a showcase for the sport’s greats, who are unfortunately not as well known in this country as some of their male counterparts.
This could of course change over the next few days! These are the names and faces to look out for among other nations:
Alexia Putillas (Spain, 28)
The FC Barcelona striker was the standout player in the 2020/21 season. Botelas won the Champions League with the Catalan team, was awarded the best player in the world and the best player in Europe, and was awarded the Ballon d’Or from France. Last season, as the Champions League top scorer (11 goals in 10 matches), she played a key role in Barcelona’s finals again and was named UEFA Champions League Player of the Year. The powerful Potillas is the main player for the Spaniards who are hoping to secure their first medal in a major event.
Wendy Renard (France, 31 years old)
The central defender, from the Caribbean island of Martinique, is the dominant figure in both penalty areas due to her height (1.87 m). Renard is the captain of the Champions League-winning Olympique Lyonnais and the national team. She has scored 33 goals in 131 caps with Equipe Tricolore, has been in all 15 tournament titles (since 2007) and all of Lyon’s eight Champions League wins and is the CL player of record with 102 appearances. Renard was named the first FIFA World Selection in 2015. Now she must lead France to her first medal at a major tournament (Olympics, World Championships, European Championships).
Pernel Harder (Denmark, 29)
Since her debut with her national team, which she celebrated at the age of 16 and with a hat-trick, the Dane has been considered one of the best attacking players. She is the only one to have won the European Player of the Year award twice (2018 and 2020) and after 134 caps she has 68 goals and the 2017 European Championship title. Harder has been a three-nation champion for the past seven years (Sweden 2016, Germany 2017, 2018, 2019 2020 and England 2021 and 2022) and was the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League top scorer and three times in Germany.
Ada Hegerberg (Norway, 26)
Hegerberg stormed to the top in the 2015/16 season. At the age of twenty, the striker won leagues, cups and the Champions League with Olympique Lyonnais, was the top scorer in France, then was voted the best footballer in Europe, and was the second woman to win the title of best footballer in Norway. In 2018, she was awarded the inaugural Ballon d’Or. Hegerberg is the Champions League’s record scorer with 59 goals in 60 matches. In the summer of 2017, Hegerberg ended her career with the team after disagreements with the Norwegian Federation over unequal treatment and wages between men and women, but returned last March with three goals against Kosovo.
Vivian Medema (Netherlands, 25)
Only 25 goals, but already 94 international goals – Midema is Europe’s top scorer at the moment and already European champion (2017) and vice world champion (2019). The striker was one of the Dutch champions at Euro 2017 on home soil, when Germany’s 22-year reign came to an end. She scored two goals in each knockout match and in the final 4-2 against Denmark. At the 2021 Olympics, she set a record with ten goals. Midema joined Arsenal from Bayern Munich in 2017 and is a teammate with Austrians Manuela Zinsberger and Laura Weinrother in London.
Lucy Bronze (England, 30)
The defender, whose middle name is ‘Tough’, joined Olympique Lyonnais in 2017 as a three-time English champion with Liverpool (2x) and Manchester City, where she celebrated her biggest successes. In addition to three Champions League victories, the Bronze also received individual awards: she was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year 2019, 2nd Best Women’s Player at the 2019 World Cup and, most notably, was named FIFA Women’s Player of the Year 2020. In 2020, the right-back made his return to ManCity on the island.
Carolina Seger (Sweden, 37)
The 37-year-old led Sweden to Olympic silver medals in 2016 and 2021 and also won two bronze medals at the World Cup. England will be its fifth participation in the European Championship, having played four times in the Olympics and four times in the World Cup. Seeger is the record holder in Europe and has played 230 more Qatari matches than the women’s team in its history.
Amandine Henri (France, 32)
As a defensive midfielder, Henry is the backbone of Olympique Lyonnais and the French national team. Her acquisitions and quick transfers have earned her a 2015 World Cup call-up, voted runner-up to the 2015 World Cup, twice UEFA Champions League Final Player of the Year award twice (2018 and 2022) and four times in the top three (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) in the Player of the Year elections. Football in Europe. Henry has appeared in seven of Lyon’s eight Champions League wins and 13 of 15 league titles, while also gaining experience in women’s American football in Portland.
Jennifer Hermoso (Spain, 32 years old)
The record scorer for Barcelona and the Spanish national team is used in attacking the midfield and forward. Hermoso is a six-time champion of Spain, winning the Champions League with Barcelona in 2021 and finishing second behind teammate Botelas in the 2021 European Footballer of the Year election. With 51 goals, she was the most successful professional female player in the world in 2021.
Text source: APA / LAOLA1.at
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