Jul 092013
 

womens euro 2013 logo UEFA Womens Euro 2013 Preview

 

Which Country is Hosting?    Sweden.    When does it start?    Wed. July 10, 2013.   Is it televised?   U.S and Canada can watch the games live on ESPN3.  How Often do they play?    Every 4 years.

Where and where will the finals be played?     The final match will be played on July 28 in the 30,000 seat Friends Arena.

Who are the favourites to win?  The Germans will be looking to win their eighth title following their Euro 2009 success in Finland, but England will be keen to win their first Euro title after coming so close in the competition four years ago.

lotta-schelin-sweden

Not all Scandanavians are blond!

England vs Spain 

England, ranked seventh in the world, kick off their Euro 2013 against Spain on July 12 and will compete in the same group as France and Russia. Group C could be labeled as the hardest group in the tournament, with France becoming one of the most dominant nations of late

Germany vs. the Netherlands

Germany, one of the most successful teams in women’s football, will begin their campaign against the Netherlands at Växjö Arena. The two nations will compete in Group B with Iceland and Norway. It will be Iceland’s second time in the Euro’s, having competed in the Championship for the first time in 2009.

Don’t Rule Out Norway!

Norway are former European, World and Olympic champions and thus one of the most successful national teams

First Match:  Italy vs. Finland.

The first match of the tournament will be Italy vs Finland on July 10 at Örjans Vall. The Italians reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2009 and have looked strong under fairly new manager Antonio Cabrini, having remained unbeaten during the qualifying rounds for Euro 2013.

Italy and Finland will share Group A with tournament hosts Sweden and Denmark, who have failed to have much of an impact on women’s football in recent years. The Sweden international side have been granted with hugely generous funds to help develop the side, they are currently ranked sixth in the world, which is also their lowest ever FIFA ranking.

The 2013 Championship will be the final time the competition is held with just twelve teams. From 2017 onwards, 16 teams will compete.     Wow, if there’s anything that will get this lesbian’s heart pumping, it is the sight of strong athletic women playing one of my favourite sports.  (And I’ll be sitting with my Canadian wife, Trish, trying to speculate which of the players are lesbians!!)

 

These are the countries invlolved.

Sweden, Germany, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Iceland, France, England, Russia, Spain,

These are the dates of the first games:

Wed. July 10  Group A          Thurs. July 11 Group B     Friday July 12 Group C

Wednesday 10th July 2013
Group A 20:30 Sweden v Denmark Gamla Ullevi stadiu
Group A 18:00 Italy v Finland Örjans Vall
Thursday 11th July 201
Group B 20:30 Germany v Netherlands Vaxjo Arena
Group B 18:00 Norway v Iceland Kalmer Arena
Friday 12th July 2013
Group C 18:00 France v Russia Nya Parken
Group C 20:30 England v Spain Linköping Arena

Good luck to all athletes.

paula

 

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