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[ 1 ] Begins this Sunday:

Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Women's_Euro_2017

website: http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2017/matches/#md/32706

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uefawomenseuro/

twitter: https://twitter.com/UEFAWomensEURO?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author

[ 2 ]  Opening match, the hosts Netherlands ( Miedema ) vs Norway ( Ada Hegerberg).

GROUPS &  SCHEDULE:

Group A : Belgium,  Denmark  Netherlands, Norway

Group B: Germany, Italy,  Russia, Sweden

Group C:  Austria, France, Iceland Switzerland

Group D: England, Portugal,  Scotland ,  Spain

Group stage (KO CET):
Sunday 16 July: Group A
Netherlands v Norway (Utrecht) 18:00    (   9 am PT /  12 pm   ET )
Denmark v Belgium (Doetinchem) 20:45   ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Monday 17 July: Group B
Italy v Russia (Rotterdam) 18:00    (   9 am PT / 12 pm  ET )
Germany v Sweden (Breda) 20:45  ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm ET )

Tuesday 18 July: Group C
Austria v Switzerland (Deventer) 18:00  (  9 am PT / 12 pm  ET )
France v Iceland (Tilburg) 20:45   ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Wednesday 19 July: Group D
Spain v Portugal (Doetinchem) 18:00  (  9 am PT /  12 pm  ET )
England v Scotland (Utrecht) 20:45   ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Thursday 20 July: Group A
Norway v Belgium (Breda) 18:00   (   9 am PT /  12 pm  ET )
Netherlands v Denmark (Rotterdam) 20:45    ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Friday 21 July: Group B
Sweden v Russia (Deventer) 18:00 (   9 am PT /  12 pm  ET )
Germany v Italy (Tilburg) 20:45  45    ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Saturday 22 July: Group C
Iceland v Switzerland (Doetinchem) 18:00 (   9 am PT /   12 pm  ET )
France v Austria (Utrecht) 20:45   45    ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Sunday 23 July: Group D
Scotland v Portugal (Rotterdam) 18:00 (   9 am PT /  12 pm  ET )
England v Spain (Breda) 20:45  ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Monday 24 July: Group A
Belgium v Netherlands (Tilburg) 20:45  ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Norway v Denmark (Deventer) 20:45  ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Tuesday 25 July: Group B
Russia v Germany (Utrecht) 20:45 ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Sweden v Italy (Doetinchem) 20:  ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Wednesday 26 July: Group C
Switzerland v France (Breda) 20:45 ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Iceland v Austria (Rotterdam) 20:45  ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Thursday 27 July: Group D
Portugal v England (Tilburg) 20:45  ( 11:45 am PT /  2:45 pm  ET )

Scotland v Spain (Deventer) 20:45   ( 11:45 am PT / 2:45 pm  ET )

Quarter-finals:
Saturday 29 July
Winner A v Runner-up B (QF1, Doetinchem) tbc
Winner B v Runner-up A (QF2, Rotterdam) tbc

Sunday 30 July
Winner C v Runner-up D (QF3, Tilburg) tbc
Winner D v Runner-up C (QF4, Deventer) tbc

Semi-finals:
Thursday 3 August
QF1 v QF4 (Enschede) tbc
QF2 v QF3 (Breda) tbc

Final:
Sunday 6 August (Enschede) 17:00 (  8  am PT/  11 am ET )

[ 3 ]  Doesn't look like a Canadian broadcaster picked this up but  probably streamed on Youtube ( Yaaay! ):

" Matches will be streamed on UEFA.com and UEFA.tv in territories where no partner has been appointed. " 

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2017/finals/tv/index.html

https://www.youtube.com/user/UEFA/featured

 

 

 



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^[ 1 ] To me, England and Spain are coming out of Group D. The Lionesses have Spain in their second group stage match which will be interesting.  A  handful of Spanish players have played in England and  Toni Duggan is going up against some of her future Barca teammates!

[ 2 ] Canadian connection to the Euros:

- Brampton born keeper with Scotland, Shannon Lynn

-Melissa Antunes with Portugal. born in Montreal, Quebec and moved there  when she was little: Last  March, Antunes  came off the bench and played 20+ minutes against CANWNT in the 2017 Algarve Cup.

https://www.zerozero.pt/player.php?id=189001

http://www.fpf.pt/pt/News/Todas-as-notícias/Notícia/news/11477

You might be able to spot Antunes  sitting back  in the midfield playing for SC Braga ( wearing red and white ) playing against Sporting CP in the Allianz Liga Futebol Feminino  ( the top women's league in Portugal):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIumV3TRuaI

[ 3 ]  Netherlands are the hosts. And here's a video of Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema and Dutch captain Mandy Van De Berg promoting the Euros on late night Dutch television. ( Wolter Kroes sings ' Viva Hollandia' )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0MFpvQa_hA

 

 

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On 14/7/2017 at 9:14 AM, tc-in-bc said:

^[ 1 ] To me, England and Spain are coming out of Group D. The Lionesses have Spain in their second group stage match which will be interesting.  A  handful of Spanish players have played in England and  Toni Duggan is going up against some of her future Barca teammates!

What's Duggan like, I have no idea?

Barça seems to be signing to make the final leap to win a Champions League. Martens just signed (she was their best player when Rosengard played us, IMO). Also Bussaglia from Wolfsburg and Andonova from PSG. We had Andressa Alves injured in key games in knock-out rounds. 

Always thought it would be great for Sinclair to finish in Europe. How much would she be making in Portland?

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I doubt it's a question of money or personal glory for Sinclair.  It sounds like Portland is now her home.  And, she has transitioned to being in more of a supporting and nurturing role for her team mates (club and country).  I don't think you can lure her away as long as she is needed where she is.

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Re. Duggan

I think Toni Duggan is missing a little acceleration when she sprints and she's an awkward dribbler with the ball. But there's some power in her shot and she has a nose for the net. She's been a consistent top scorer in the FA WSL for a few years now ( but she's never finished in first place ) and she scores against top ( Arsenal,Chelsea) and bottom teams  alike. I suspect  Duggan is  leaving Man City because she didn't like being part of a forward rotation that included Jane Ross ( Scotland)  Nikita Parris ( England) Kosavare Asllani ( Sweden) and Georgia Stanway ( England U20 ).When Toni  Duggan  joined Man City in 2014 she was a consistent  90 minute starter  but since 2016 ( and the 2017 Spring Series ) Man City began  subbing her  into the match  off the bench  or starting her and then subbing her off later in the match. To me, Duggan is looking for a fresh start and will score goals for Barca if she feels secure and comfortable in her roster spot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbRbRkOoZyU

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Dutch the better side in the first 45' and deserved a goal for their many efforts. Sooner or later Miedema will beat the two players covering her. Other than a couple runs by Hansen the Norwegians have been unable to find much space in the attacking third.

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Fully deserved win for the home side and a good opener to the tournament.

Norway looking bumbling until they committed numbers up to try and press for the equalizer and they will have trouble coming out of this group.

If the Dutch can put in similar inspired efforts in their next two they will avoid Germany in the quarter.

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Youngest players

1 Viktoriya Shkoda (DF, Russia) – born 21/12/1999
2 Davina Vanmechelen (FW, Belgium) – born 30/08/1999
3 Agla Maria Albertsdottir (MF, Iceland) – born 05/08/1999All-timeOksana Yakovyshyn (Ukraine) v Netherlands, 23/08/2009, 16 years 156 days

Youngest goalscorer: Isabell Herlovsen (Norway) v France, 09/06/2005, 16 years 351 days

Oldest players

1 Ingrid Hjelmseth (GK, Norway) – born 10/04/1980
2 Ifeome Dieke (DF, Scotland) – born 25/02/1981
3 Leanne Ross (MF, Scotland) – born 08/07/1981

All-time: Sandrine Soubeyrand (France) v Denmark, 22/07/2013, 39 years 340 days
Oldest goalscorer: Patrizia Panico (Italy) v Germany, 04/09/2009, 34 years 208 days

Dieke, Ross or England's Casey Stoney (or goalkeeper Hjelmseth) could beat Panico's record as the oldest goalscorer in a post-1991 UEFA European Women's Championship.

Most teenage players

3 – Austria
2 – Belgium, Iceland, Norway, Russia

Clubs with most players

14 – Wolfsburg (GER)
12 – Barcelona (ESP), Lyon (FRA)
11 – Bayern München (GER), Montpellier (FRA)
10 – Arsenal (ENG)

Leagues with most players

61 – Germany
40 – England
36 – Sweden
35 – France
24 – Italy, Russia

Odd BCN is almost the top supplying team but the league itself is behind Italy and Russia who aren't known as strong.

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^Re. Leagues with the most players.( at the Euros) :

The numbers that jump out for me are:   England in second-place with 40 players and Sweden in third-place with 36 players. I haven't looked into it but my hunch is that the number of players from England's league  ( the FA WSL ) is higher than it was four years ago. There certainly has been some notable signings ( most of them Dutch players) by English clubs over the last couple of seasons. In addition, is  Sweden's league ( the Damallsvenskan)  slipping?

 

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 If England ( the Lionesses ) have a disastrous  2017 Euros and Mark Sampson is subsequently  fired then  John Herdman  might be available to take that job. Though Herdman is still under contract to Canada he very publicly let it be known that:

" ... he won’t occupy his current post past 2020 ."   and

" I’ve got to get ready to move on "

These quotes are taken from the  article in thestar.com published on June 17, 2017:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/2017/06/17/canadian-soccers-2020-vision-olympic-gold-then-female-coach-feschuk.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Interestingly, the  publish date for the article is roughly three years before his contract expires ( a tad early perhaps?)  but  serendipitously  one month before the Euros began. Hmmm.

 

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After their Cup run it will take more than three loses for Sampson to be fired.  And they are more likely to win this than for that to happen.  The winner of the massive Spain - England showdown next Sunday has a soft route to the final - Switzerland/Iceland and then Netherlands/Sweden.  The loser likely has France and Germany.

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^[ 1 ] I don't believe that Mark Sampson is untouchable. He received criticism last year for scoring only 1 goal in 3 appearances in the 2016 She Believes Cup and England were only slightly better in this year's edition of that tournament. A lot of people hate his over defensive  style of play which seems to under-utilize all the attacking talent that England have. So if  Mark Sampson had three really bad results in the Euros, then maybe  England would fire him -- which is what they did to Hope Powell in 2013. 

[ 2 ]  It's true, England are a good side; they eliminated us (Canada) from our WWC and finished third in the tournament  Their team is full of professionals and they're leaving quality players  (like  Enio Aluko, Natasha Dowie, and Rachel Daly ) off the roster. So yeah, England's chances of winning the Euros are decent.

[ 3 ]  My original post isn't about the likelihood of England having a disastrous tournament but rather about Herdman positioning himself to be available if that opportunity emerged ( or any good opportunity for that matter). Herdman could have made his departure  announcement next year or in 2019 or in 2020. But a month before the Euros? Maybe that was intentional. When Hope Powell was fired in 2013, the very first replacement name thrown out there was John Herdman's. I suspect that  was his dream job and it slipped through his fingers. So even if's all a longshot, I think Herdman has positioned himself  to respond assertively  should it  happen.

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If you're going to mention Hope Powell's release as a reason Sampson could be let go for losing three games you need to get familiar with the last 20 years of the England program.

Herdman would have many FA contacts and they are well aware of his contract, if he wanted to position himself he would do it there and not in the media.

England didn't just finish third, they beat Germany and should have beat Japan and been in the final.  And they did it playing fantastic football.  It was a transformational moment and as stunning as 1966 and completely rewrote the book on women's football in the country

Today's matches:

12:00pm EST / 9:00am PDT
Italy - Russia

2:45pm EST / 11:45am PDT
Germany - Sweden

Edited by Vic

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^[ 1 ] I don't think any manager is untouchable if they have disastrous tournament.

[ 2 ] We are in agreement that England are a good side and that the chances of that are modest.

[ 3 ]  I think John Herdman's departure announcement tells Canadians and the woso world that he is still with Canada but he has one foot out the door. That basically he's  available for new opportunities and searching for new challenges.  England is his dream job and should history repeat itself then he is available. If not, Mark Sampson contract is up in 2019, maybe there is an opportunity there. It doesn't even have to be the England job just some other good opportunity. To me the  concern here is that over ( or up to )  the next three years, John  Herdman is looking for a new opportunity/job while still with  Canada and I do wonder how committed he is to Canada over this cycle.

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Nobody is untouchable winning either. The previous coach resided 15 years and there were a lot of bombs in there. The pattern is hiring with a long-term vision/plan.

Today's action and streaming links:

Austria / Switzerland neighbourly small country game at noon EST and 9:00am PDT

The main event is the France / Iceland game at 2:45 EST and 11:45 PDT.  Classic match-up of skill versus total lack of fear of grievous bodily harm.

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On 16/7/2017 at 1:37 PM, Vic said:

Youngest players

1 Viktoriya Shkoda (DF, Russia) – born 21/12/1999
2 Davina Vanmechelen (FW, Belgium) – born 30/08/1999
3 Agla Maria Albertsdottir (MF, Iceland) – born 05/08/1999All-timeOksana Yakovyshyn (Ukraine) v Netherlands, 23/08/2009, 16 years 156 days

Youngest goalscorer: Isabell Herlovsen (Norway) v France, 09/06/2005, 16 years 351 days

Oldest players

1 Ingrid Hjelmseth (GK, Norway) – born 10/04/1980
2 Ifeome Dieke (DF, Scotland) – born 25/02/1981
3 Leanne Ross (MF, Scotland) – born 08/07/1981

All-time: Sandrine Soubeyrand (France) v Denmark, 22/07/2013, 39 years 340 days
Oldest goalscorer: Patrizia Panico (Italy) v Germany, 04/09/2009, 34 years 208 days

Dieke, Ross or England's Casey Stoney (or goalkeeper Hjelmseth) could beat Panico's record as the oldest goalscorer in a post-1991 UEFA European Women's Championship.

Most teenage players

3 – Austria
2 – Belgium, Iceland, Norway, Russia

Clubs with most players

14 – Wolfsburg (GER)
12 – Barcelona (ESP), Lyon (FRA)
11 – Bayern München (GER), Montpellier (FRA)
10 – Arsenal (ENG)

Leagues with most players

61 – Germany
40 – England
36 – Sweden
35 – France
24 – Italy, Russia

Odd BCN is almost the top supplying team but the league itself is behind Italy and Russia who aren't known as strong.

Does the club stat include the new signings, Duggan, Martens, for Barça? I see that four of five strikers for Spain are from FCB.

Spain is still mostly an all-Spanish players league, with At Bilbao keeping the men's tradition of only using Basque players. Most of the stars are Spaniards still. There is no name recognition for any foreign players, not in any significant way. What Spain is mostly missing is for Real Madrid to start a team and compete for results, which would raise the entire league level, and fans, tv money, as well.

Right now I see only one Basque on the national team. I think that the At Bilbao players have somehow agreed they don't want to play for Spain, but I am not sure of the details. The Real Sociedad players don't do this.

Barça making these signings from the upper middle class of European football is a statement of intent, to win Champions. But it cuts into the progress of their very strong u-19 and younger players, who should be able to play vs. lesser teams in league play. So I am ambivalent about it, they are signing to get past semis into a final and win it, basically for three games.

Edited by Unnamed Trialist

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How deep is Spain?  Nahikari Garcia is 20 and was a U17 WWC Golden Boot and rocked two U19 EURO tournaments to the finals and was just voted one of the best 11 in the Spanish league this year and can't crack the senior team.  A frightening thought vis-a-vis our system.

Against Portugal the Spanish had 76% possession, 89% accuracy and out-passed them 656-123.

The English ran rampant on the Scots today and that Spain/England game Sunday for the waltz or death march to the final is going to be massive.

 

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On 19/7/2017 at 7:58 PM, Vic said:

How deep is Spain?  Nahikari Garcia is 20 and was a U17 WWC Golden Boot and rocked two U19 EURO tournaments to the finals and was just voted one of the best 11 in the Spanish league this year and can't crack the senior team.  A frightening thought vis-a-vis our system.

Against Portugal the Spanish had 76% possession, 89% accuracy and out-passed them 656-123.

The English ran rampant on the Scots today and that Spain/England game Sunday for the waltz or death march to the final is going to be massive.

 

If you think Barcelona dominate the national team this tournament, then At Madrid who won the league. Then only two more Spanish teams figure, Valencia and Real Sociedad. Only two of the squad were on the last u-20 WC team, the third keeper, and Caldentey who is a Barça striker from Mallorca.

Don't mention Nahikari, I have a rather huge and admittedly juvenile crush on her. 

She has never played for the senior team, but her past with junior national teams suggests she would and will if called. She also happens to be studying medicine btw.

 

 

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[ 1 ] Italy ( in Group B ) are officially eliminated. Elisa Bartoli ( Fiorentina ) picked up her second yellow and a red in Italy's match against  Germany -- Bartoli with a shirt tug and a trip on Mtittag and then a gesture:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFVchVTXkAEIbBV.jpg

 

[ 2 ] Canadians should remember Elisa Bartoli;   she picked up two yellows and a red against Canada in the 2014 Cyprus Cup ( egregious fouls against Christine Sinclair and  Diana Matheson ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ont49zMWUZw

Edited by tc-in-bc

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It was a very interesting match between England and Spain.  The Spanish did well to possess the ball so much, but the English back line was boss in their part of the field.  Bronze was excellent as usual, and Houghton somehow keeps getting better.  It's going to be tough to score on England in the coming games.

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