Spain's plans to host the Women's Euro Cup were disrupted by the serious injury suffered by Alexia Putellas, its current Golden Ball player. Jorge Vilda's team was hit with an unconfirmed sprain in its left knee. This put the end to the midfielder's chances of being able to participate in the tournament. The worst of the omens was confirmed almost at night when it was announced that the best player in world had left her teammates because she had a torn anteriorcruciate ligament in her right knee. The soccer player was injured and had to leave the hotel. We now have to look at the expectations that were placed before the tournament.
It is the fourth European Championship for Spain's national team, the third consecutive, and with greater ambitions than ever but also resentful of losing its star. This is a serious setback for Spain, and one of the worst. However, we can still dream big because of the progress of Spanish women's soccer and the existence of a roster of players that draws on the immense potential of the current Barca. The selection will be more dependent on the power of the entire team and less experience with the Old Continent's 'of death'.
England awaits, the cradle for the sport of eleven against 11, in an adventure that saw the Dutch'17 and Sweden'13 reach the quarterfinals. Norway and Austria met the Vilda and Ignacio Quereda students. The goal now is to overcome this barrier. To do so, it is important to avoid any unpleasant surprises in the initial phase. This includes the most successful European Championship team, Germany, and the current continental runner up, Denmark. Finland is a Cinderella.
The Spanish team is among the top forecasters for the first time in their history. Their integers have dropped, but Barca's base, which was champion of the Champions League 2021 and runner up last season, is still present. Sandra Panos will serve as the guardian, Irene Paredes, Mapi Leon will be the standard bearers, and the core will remain in good hands with Patri Gujarro and Aitana Bonnemati. The casting is open for third place in engine room, which will also be key to the Spanish game.
It is still an eleven type, which shines with its own lights. Esther Gonzalez, madridista, is required to provide another sensitive loss. Jennifer Hermoso is at the attack point. His 14 goals in the Iberdrola League this season are similar to the 16 scored by former Barca striker and who signed for the Mexican Pachuca. They seem to provide enough security in the scoring aspect, which will be a key factor in the future of Spanish team in the European Championship. Lucia Garcia, Mariona Caldentey, who had some minor injuries, will be able to continue the Spanish attack. The Premier accent will also be present in the lanes with the desire of half of Europe Ona batlle, Manchester back United and Leila Ouahabi (a left back who was recently traded for Barca for Manchester City).
The shocks of the preparation for the tournament have clouded the sensations. First Jenni Hermoso and then, the unexpected absence of Salma Paralluelo as a promise, followed by Alexia's severe injury. After two friendly matches, Spain is at the big event. A 7-0 win against Australia was diminished by absences and a draw against Italy transalpine lands. Even with the physical challenges, there is more and better shooting in these competitions than any other.
The Spanish expedition arrived in London last Sunday and made its way to the Bisham Abbey Natal Sports Centre. Vilda's team will be based there during the European Championship. It will make its debut against Finland on Friday at 6 p.m., and then take on Germany on Tuesday at the Brentford Community Stadium. 12 at 9:00 p.m. and Denmark on Saturday 16th at 9:00 p.m. England, Norway, and Austria are possible rivals in a hypothetical quarterfinal matchup. These teams will be the ones with the most options in Group A. Curiously, they also include the strong host and the two last executioners of Spain during the European Championship. There are still some accounts to verify, but that is another story.
The ball begins rolling today at Manchester's Old Trafford. England and Austria launch the Euro Cup of Illusion. Marta Huerta de Aza is the first Spanish referee to a match in the tournament of selections on the Old Continent.
Matchday 1: Spain - Finland (07/08-18:00).
Matchday 2: Germany and Spain (07/12-21:00).
Matchday 3: Denmark - SPAIN (07/16-21:00)