Women's EURO 2022: Meet the Teams Coming to Rotherham
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 promises to be the biggest women’s sporting event in European history, and it makes its way to Rotherham United’s New York Stadium this summer from the 10th July.
France will be playing all their group-stage fixtures in Rotherham and will be joined by Italy, Iceland, and Belgium in Group D. Since 1997, France have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in every single edition of the UEFA Women’s EURO and will hope that a stint in Yorkshire can help fire them one step further this time around.
France vs Italy
New York Stadium, Sunday 10th July 2022 at 8pm, Group D
France will make their first appearance at the New York Stadium against 2019 World Cup quarter-finalists Italy. The Italians are two-time UEFA Women’s EURO runners-up, although the last edition in 2017 was the first time they have ever failed to progress past the knockout rounds. The two nations have met twice before in the Women’s EURO group stages, with France claiming the win on both occasions.
Seven-time Champions League winner, World XI player and France captain Wendie Renard is a key defensive player to watch alongside teammate and winger Delphine Cascarino whose biggest attribute is her speed and ability to cut in and set up the centre forwards.
As for Italy, the French will need to be wary of Juventus’ Cristiana Girelli who was on fire for Le Azzurre in qualifying with eight goals and has found the back of the net 46 times in total on international duty.
France vs Belgium
New York Stadium, Thursday 14th July 2022 at 8pm, Group D
Coined the “derby between pals”, France will take on neighbours Belgium in their second outing. Les Bleues will take on a Belgium side that are looking to improve on their 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO debut when they were eliminated after the group stage.
But their friendship will turn to rivalry on the pitch as both teams aim to secure an important victory.
During qualifying for UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, Belgium topped their group and Hoffenheim's Tine De Caigny led the scoring charts with 12 goals. Belgium will be looking to write themselves into the history books with a victory in Rotherham as the team have not registered a win against their neighbours since 1985.
Former Manchester City striker Tessa Wullaert is Belgium’s captain and all-time leading goalscorer. Now back in her native Belgium, Wullaert has scored 54 goals in just 38 appearances for Anderlecht.
Iceland vs France
New York Stadium, Monday 18th July 2022 at 8pm, Group D
The final Group D fixture in Rotherham will see Iceland in action against France. Although Corinne Diacre's side will have played two matches in the New York Stadium, their Group D opponents will not be so easily swayed and are sure to receive vociferous support.
This will be their fourth straight UEFA Women’s EURO finals after their tournament debut in 2009 was the first time any senior men’s or women’s team reached a major finals.
Iceland have a particularly strong group of midfielders, including West Ham’s Dagny Brynjarsdóttir who has been particularly impressive in the Barclays FA Women's Super League this season, playing a pivotal role as her club side achieved their highest ever points total.
New York Stadium, Saturday 23rd July at 8pm, QF4
Rotherham United's New York Stadium will bid farewell to UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 when the winners of Group D face Group C’s runners-up for a chance to book a spot in the semi-finals. And there's some tasty teams that could be part of this intriguing fixture. Group C boasts 2017 Women’s EURO winners the Netherlands alongside Sweden, Portugal and Switzerland.
The Netherlands won the competition on home soil last time around before finishing as runners-up at the 2019 World Cup. Internationally acclaimed Arsenal ace Vivianne Miedema, the Netherlands’ all-time top-scorer, could be on show if her side fail to top their group.
Sweden go into the competition as a strong favourite, having made the semi-finals of four of the last five major international tournaments.
Portugal will be competing in their second ever Women’s EURO having reached the group stage in 2017 and will face tough competition to make it through to the quarter-finals.
Likewise, Switzerland will be at their second Women’s EURO after beating the Czech Republic on penalties to make it through the play-offs.
How you can be there
Excitement for UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 is building up. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Be sure to visit uefa.com/womenseuro to purchase your tickets now and enjoy the festivities in and around Rotherham.