Women's Euro - Who will claim the crown?

We take a look at the leading candidates to claim glory at the women's Euros in Sweden.

Women's Euro - Who will claim the crown?

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Fatmire Bajramaj (Germany)


Start as warm favourites for the title, according to bookmakers and the experts in the field. Germany have won seven out of 10 European Championships. They are Europe's top side, and are second in the world behind the USA.

One to watch

Celia Okoyino da Mbabi (Forward)

She scored 17 goals in qualifying supported by Fatmire Bajramaj and Dzsenifer Marozsan.


The host nation are ranked fourth in the world and second in Europe behind the Germans. They will be boosted by home backing and are looking to improve on finishing third at the 2011 World Cup.

One to watch

Lotta Schelin (Striker)

Has recently overhauled 50 goals for her country. The forward represents French side Lyon and was part of that side winning bronze at the World Cup two years ago.


The French finished fourth in the 2011 World Cup and the 2012 Olympic Games. Half of their squad play for Champions League runners-up Lyon. They will fancy their chances.

One to watch

Louisa Necib (Midfielder)

Necib is often compared to French World Cup winner Zinédine Zidane, with whom she shares technical abilities, place of birth – Marseille – and Algerian origins.


England finished runner-ups in this event in 2009. Are bidding to go beyond the last eight. But they have injuries to contend with. Striker Kelly Smith is carrying an injury, and will look to glean inspiration from her younger team-mates.

One to watch

Rachel Yankey (Winger)

Yankey heads into the tournament as her country's record cap holder. Passed Peter Shilton's record of 125 appearances in the 1-1 draw with Japan last week.


Group A—July 10: Italy vs. Finland, Sweden vs. Denmark; July 13: Italy vs. Denmark, Finland vs. Sweden; July 16: Sweden vs. Italy, Denmark vs. Finland

Group B—July 11: Norway vs. Iceland, Germany vs. Netherlands; July 14: Norway vs. Netherlands, Iceland vs. Germany; July 17: Germany vs. Norway, Netherlands vs. Iceland

Group C—July 12: France vs. Russia, England vs. Spain; July 15: England vs. Russia, Spain vs. France; July 18: France vs. England, Russia vs. Spain

Quarter-finals—July 21: Group A winner vs. Group B/C Third Place (match 19), Group A Runner-up vs. Group B Runner-up (20); July 22: Group B winner vs. Group C Runner-up (21), Group C winner vs. Group A/B Third Place (22)

Semi-finals—July 24: Winners of match 19. vs Winner of match 20 (23); July 25: Winner of match 21 vs. Winner of match 22 (24)

Final—July 28: Winner of match 23 vs. Winner of match 24

Tournament odds

Germany: 11/8

France: 7/2

Sweden: 4/1

England: 10/1

Norway: 12/1

Netherlands: 20/1

Denmark: 20/1

Italy: 25/1

Spain: 25/1

Finland: 40/1

Russia: 66/1

Iceland: 66/1

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