the data in the women’s Eurocup 2022

The Spanish women's soccer team starts as one of the favorite teams to win Euro 2022, which takes place from July 6 to 31 in England. The final a

The Spanish women’s soccer team starts as one of the favorite teams to win Euro 2022, which takes place from July 6 to 31 in England. The final at Wembley (London) is the great objective of a team that has the fifth best European position in the ranking FIFA World Cup.

Finland, Germany and Denmark will measure the level of a group that has suffered two major setbacks with the loss due to injury of two of its stars, Alexia Putellas and Jenni Hermosowinner and finalist of the Ballon d’Or 2021, respectively.

Alexia Putellas, injured, watches a training session for the women’s soccer team during Euro 2022. PHOTO RFEF.

Spain’s matches at Euro 2022

07/08 | 18:00 Spain – Finland (group stage, Milton Keynes)

07/12 | 21:00 Germany-Spain (group stage, London)

07/16 | 9:00 p.m. Denmark v Spain (group stage, London)

Generational change in the women’s soccer team

In just five years, the women’s soccer team has changed the core of its structure for different reasons. Taking Euro 2017 as a reference, which was played in the Netherlands, Jorge Vilda’s team has experienced a generational change that implies being one of the youngest teams in the championship, with a median age less than 25 yearscounting on 12 players who were born from 1998.

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Among the most notable casualties is that of Virginia Torrecilla, who recently overcame a brain tumor. Added to the recent injuries to Jenni Hermoso and Alexia Putellas are the withdrawal from the national team of historical players such as Marta Torrejón and Silvia Meseguer, in addition to Marta Corredera’s pregnancy.

Esther González, Spain’s leading striker in the Women’s European Championship

The players with the most appearances in a European Championship are Jenni Hermoso, Alexia Putellas, Marta Torrejón, Silvia Meseguer and Irene Paredes. Only the latter has been in the last three European Championships, but she coincided in the previous one with seven other players who repeat experience in a European tournament: Sandra Paños, Lola Gallardo, Mariona Caldentey, Esther González, Leila Ouahabi, María León and Andrea Pereira.

The 12 players born between 1998 and 2000 predominate in a squad marked by youth and the ambition of a generation that has won European and World Cups in the lower categories of Spain. Led by Patri Guijarro, Aitana Bonmatí and Lucía García, who were already present at the 2019 World Cup, up to 15 players make their debut in a major international event.

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The absence of Jenni Hermoso and Alexia Putellas gives the pressure of the goal to a veteran like Esther González (Real Madrid), who along with midfielder Aitana Bonmatí (FC Barcelona) have the best team statistics during the qualifying phase of Euro 2022.

However, the player with the best statistics in relation to the number of games she has played for Spain is Amaiur Sarriegi. The Real Sociedad striker, who has come into the squad to replace Alexia Putellas, has an average of 1.09 goals per game played, followed by Esther González herself, with 0.65 goals per game.

The women’s soccer team during the qualifying phase

Spain qualified for the Women’s Euro 2022 as first in Group D against the Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova and Azerbaijan with the following outstanding statistics:

  • 8 games played | 7 wins | 1 tie | 0 losses.
  • He scored 39 goals with an average of 5.58 points per game.
  • He made 242 total shots, 119 of them on goal.
  • He only conceded one goal, keeping a clean sheet twice.

The women’s soccer team in previous European Championships

Spain has only participated in the European Championship four times, including this one in 2022, its best position being a semifinal in 1997. From that date and until 2013 it did not play any major continental tournament, being absent on nine occasions. In both 2013 and 2017, she reached the quarterfinals, where she was eliminated.

  • Euro 1997 | Coach: Ignacio Quereda | Captain: Arantza del Puerto

06/29: France 1-1 Spain (group stage)

07/02: Spain 0-1 Sweden (group stage)

07/05: Russia 0-1 Spain (group stage)

07/09: Italy 2-1 Spain (semi-finals)

  • Euro 2013 | Coach: Ignacio Quereda | Captain: Vero Boquete

07/12: England 2-3 Spain (group stage)

07/15: Spain 0-1 France (group stage)

07/18: Russia 1-1 Spain (group stage)

07/22: Norway 3-1 Spain (quarterfinals)

  • Euro 2017 | Coach: Jorge Vilda / Captain: Marta Torrejón

07/19: Spain 2-0 Portugal (group stage)

07/23: England 2-0 Spain (group stage)

07/27: Scotland 1-0 Spain (group stage)

07/30: Austria 0-0 Spain (quarter-finals) lost 5-3 on penalties.