Women’s Euro 2022: Record fees, favorites and which players to watch

The 16-team tournament has already sold around 450,000 tickets, including 73,200 tickets for England’s first leg against Austria at Old Trafford and 87,200 tickets for the Wembley final, well above the previous record of 240,000 tickets set by in the Netherlands four years ago.

The buzz around the tournament followed a season that broke numerous attendance records across the continent.

In Spain, Barcelona set a new world attendance record for a women’s match, with 91,648 people filling the sold-out Camp Nou for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Wolfsburg, beating the record held since the 1999 Women’s World Cup final.

Records were also broken in France, where 43,254 fans came to the Parc des Princes to watch Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League semi-final against Lyon, while the club’s attendance record was also broken in England: 49,094 fans saw how Chelsea beat Manchester City in the match against Lyon. FA Cup Final at Wembley.

The excitement ahead of Euro 2022 can also be felt in Sweden, where a record 33,218 people showed up to watch the national team beat Brazil in the final warm-up match.

This season proved beyond any doubt that there is a huge interest in women’s football in Europe.

For this reason, UEFA’s decision to use stadiums such as Manchester City Academy Stadium and Lee Sports Village caused some consternation, which some players and fans consider too small for such a major tournament.

Barcelona broke the world attendance record for women twice last season.

Euro 2022 favorites

England

Host country England are approaching Euro 2022 with a realistic chance of winning the first major trophy in the history of the team.

A home advantage over a record-breaking English crowd will no doubt play its part, but since her appointment in September 2021, the team under head coach Sarina Wigman has been very impressive.

England remain undefeated under the Dutch who led the Netherlands to league glory four years ago. Under Wigman, England scored an outstanding 84 goals, including a record 20-0 victory over Latvia and only conceded three goals.

The Lionesses continued their impressive preparations for the tournament with a spectacular 5-1 victory over former Wigman team before beating Switzerland 4-0.

A team that boasts the talents of forward Lauren Hemp, forward Ellen White and defenseman Lucy Bronze can compete with the best, but the big question is whether this group can handle the weight of expectations.

The national team reached the semi-finals in each of the last three major tournaments, but each time did not reach the final.

This version of the team is arguably the most talented of them all and after the men’s side reached the Euro 2020 final last year, England fans are understandably optimistic about seeing their national team in the Wembley final for the second consecutive summer.

Jill Scott celebrates England's fourth goal against Switzerland.

Spain

While the bookies see Spain as the favorite for the tournament, it may be more accurate to view this team as the favorite among the dark horses.

The team set a record by thrashing slightly weak Australia 7-0 in the penultimate warm-up before the tournament before drawing 1-1 against Italy on Friday.

AT Ballon d’Or winner Alexia PutellasSpain boasts arguably the most gifted player in the world and one who is able to single-handedly win a match with a moment of individual genius.

Spain’s rise on the international stage has coincided with Barcelona becoming a strong player at national and European levels over the last couple of seasons, with no fewer than nine Barcelona players making Jorge Wilda’s latest squad of 23 players.

This team can sometimes struggle to break down the defenses of stronger or more resilient teams, and will be further hampered by the absence of record-breaking scorer Jennifer Hermoso, who suffered a knee ligament injury earlier this month.

Spain fans were also surprised by the absence of Real Sociedad duo Amayur Sarriega and Nerea Eizagirre, who scored a total of 33 goals in Liga last season, while Sarriegi also scored 11 goals in five World Cup qualifiers.

However, despite the shortcomings of Spain, few teams will be happy to meet the team of Wilda.

Players to watch

Alexia Putellas

Spanish superstar Putellas might in name to look at Euro this summer.

The 28-year-old 2021 Ballon d’Or winner led Barcelona to a winning season in Spain as the team won a national treble and narrowly missed out on a second successive Champions League title, albeit finishing. as the top scorer of the competition this season.

A clinical scorer and world-class creator, Putellas holds the record for most caps for Spain’s women’s national team, and against Italy on Friday she became the first woman to reach 100 caps.

The midfielder is one of those technically gifted players that this Spanish national team can boast of, and Putellas will be the organizer that will allow the likes of Aitana Bonmati and Atenea del Castillo to flourish in the future.

Alexia Putellas celebrates victory by equalizing with Italy.

Ada Hegerberg

Attention, defenders of the opposition: Ada Hegerberg is back. The 26-year-old returned to the Norwegian national team only in April after a five-year absence.

After finishing second at Euro 2013, Norway entered the tournament in the Netherlands five years ago with high hopes.

However, the team finished last in their group and Hegerberg subsequently left the national team squad, saying her experience with the team left her “mentally broken” and disappointed with the way women’s football was treated in Norway.

Hegerberg continued to excel at club level for Lyon and her form led to her being the winner of the first women’s tournament. golden hot air balloon in 2018.

But in January 2020, Hegerberg tore her anterior cruciate ligament, which sidelined her for almost two years.

When she returned in October 2021, she immediately hit the ground running and helped Lyon regain the French league title they had lost to Paris Saint-Germain the previous season. She also scored and provided an assist in the Champions League final to snatch the crown from Barcelona.

Hegerberg, one of the deadliest goalscorers in women’s football – her prowess in front of the net was epitomized by a hat-trick in her first cap for Norway after five years – Hegerberg will look to catch up on the international stage.

Ada Hegerberg scored on her return to the Norwegian national team.

Vivian Midema

Over the past few years, Vivianne Midema has become one of the most productive and dangerous strikers in world football.

At 25, the Arsenal star boasts an impressive 92 goals in 109 games for the Netherlands and is the all-time leading scorer in the Netherlands national team jersey, both women’s and men’s.

Her exploits for Arsenal in the Women’s Super League – now the top scorer in the league’s history – recently landed her a new contract that reportedly makes her the highest paid female player in England.

Miedema finished second in the Euro 2017 Golden Boot race with four goals, including two in the final as Dutch women won their first major international trophy. It seems more than likely that this time she will again be among the top scorers.

Vivianne Midema is reportedly now the highest paid female player in England.

Lauren Hemp

Few players in Europe will lift you up like Lauren Hemp.

A cunning winger with lightning speed, magical precision control and a sense of purpose, the 21-year-old sets almost every conceivable limit for an attacking player.

Konoplya scored 20 goals and 10 assists in 36 games for Manchester City last season on his way to being named the PFA Young Player of the Year for a record fourth time.

Such was her form both at home and abroad, Hemp turned the conversation from the best young player in England to becoming the best player in England.

Her goal against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final, which City ultimately lost, showed all her ability by jumping inside on her weaker right foot and spinning the ball into the far corner.

Entering this tournament, few players will deliver such nightmares to the opponent’s defenders as Cannabis.

Lauren Hemp is one of the highlights of Euro 2022.

How to watch

In the United Kingdom, all Euro 2022 matches will be broadcast by the national broadcaster BBC, while ESPN and TUDN will show the tournament in the United States.

A complete list of UEFA’s official global broadcasters is available here. here.