2017 UEFA Women's Championship Odds
An additional four teams will be given the chance to compete for the 2017 Women’s European Championship after UEFA announced that they would be expanded the competition from 12 participants to 16 ahead of the tournament.
After a tense qualifying stage, it was confirmed that Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Russia, France, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Spain and Portugal would be travelling to the Netherlands this summer to take part in the tournament to determine Europe’s best side.
The Women’s Euros will kick off on July 16th, beginning with a group stage consisting of four groups of four, with the top two sides from each group moving on to the knockout rounds, with the final eventually taking place on August 6th at the 30,000-seater De Grolsch Veste in Enschede.
Fans of women’s football will know that Germany have dominated this competition for a number of years. In fact, no other country has won the tournament since Norway secured their second title back in 1993.
Germany have now claimed six consecutive titles. However, they weren’t quite their dominant selves at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where they finished fourth after losing to England in their third place play-off in Canada.
That defeat could be a sign that Europe is set for a new champion for the first time this millennium, but which teams are most likely to emerge from the tournament as champions?
It is impossible to see a side that have claimed the trophy on six consecutive occasions as anything less than favourites. They weren’t at their best at the 2015 World Cup, but they recovered well to take the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Hugely successful manager Silvia Neid stepped down following the Summer Games, with former player Steffi Jones stepping in as her replacement. There will undoubtedly be a huge amount of pressure on her to keep up Germany’s winning ways. Yet, as this is Jones’ first managerial position, it’s too soon to say whether she will cope, but this tournament could prove to be make or break for the emerging coach.
France will go into the summer tournament as the world’s third best side, ranked only behind the United States and Germany.
They disappointed at Euro 2013, going out to Denmark in the first knockout round and were unfortunate to draw Germany at the quarter-final stage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, in a game that eventually saw them crash out via a penalty shootout. However, Olivier Echouafni’s side will be looking to put their recent failures behind them and go all the way in the Netherlands.
There are undeniably better squads at the tournament, but Mark Sampson’s side proved themselves to be among the best at the 2015 World Cup.
What they lack in quality they more than make up for in tactical awareness. Their defensive approach saw them overcome the likes of Norway and Canada at that tournament and they will be hoping that a similar approach carries them through once again this summer.