The European Women’s Championship is about to begin and we’ve looked at some of the star players lined up for a big few weeks.
Pernille Harder – Denmark
Pernille Harder’s Denmark will start the season against Germany on Friday. At Wolfsburg, the 29-year-old scored an impressive 68 goals in 75 appearances and won the league and cup double four times in a row. The two-time European Footballer of the Year then signed for Chelsea in 2020, a move that made her the world’s most expensive footballer. At Chelsea she has won back-to-back league and cup doubles.
The Denmark captain has scored 68 goals for her country in 134 caps, making her her all-time leading scorer. The attacking midfielder was on the losing side in the Euro 2017 final and hopes her Danish side can go one step further in England.
Vivianne Miedema – Netherlands
The 25-year-old is the Netherlands’ record goalscorer with 92 goals in 108 games. Her two goals in the Euro 2017 final secured her country’s first title as they look to defend their crown this month. The Dutch team also became runners-up at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
The Arsenal star is also the all-time leading scorer in the Women’s Super League at 74. She clinched the league’s golden boot in 2019 as Arsenal won their first title in seven years. Her exploits in London led to her being nominated for the 2019 Ballon d’Or Féminin. Miedema was also voted Female Footballer of the Year in 2020 and BBC Female Footballer of the Year in 2021. The Netherlands meet Sweden first at Bramall Lane on Saturday night.
Ellen White – England
If England are to win their first major tournament on home soil, their record goalscorer, Ellen White, will be crucial. They start the campaign against Austria on Wednesday at a packed Old Trafford. England reached the semi-finals at the 1995 and 2017 European Championships and hope home support can help them reach a first final in July.
White made her England debut in 2010 and has since made 107 appearances, scoring 50 goals. The 33-year-old has represented the Lionesses at three World Championships and two Olympic Games. The forward graduated from Arsenal academy and played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Birmingham before joining Manchester City in 2019. She has also won two women’s Super League titles and three women’s FA Cups.
Caroline Seger – Sweden
Caroline Seger made history last summer when she became Europe’s record capper after capping 215 for Sweden. Since her international debut in 2005, she has competed in four Women’s World Championships, four Women’s European Championships and three Olympic Games. The veteran midfielder started her career at Linkopings before playing for Philadelphia, PSG and most recently FC Rosengard.
The Sweden captain won a famous treble in 2017, lifting the women’s Champions League, French league title and French cup with PSG. Awarded five times as the best Swedish midfielder, her country takes on the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland in Group C.
Ada Hegerberg – Norway
Norway meet Northern Ireland in St Mary’s on Thursday night and the 26-year-old is desperate to put a frustrating couple of years behind her at national level. The forward left the national team after finishing bottom of her EURO 2017 group, citing her frustration with how the Norwegian Football Association has treated women’s football.
However, she has excelled at club level for Lyon, scoring an incredible 154 goals in 134 games. The 2018 Ballon d’Or Féminin winner returned to the national team in March. She is hoping to add to her 42 international goals as Norway bid to win a European Championship for the first time since 1993.
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