Women’s EURO team guide: France | UEFA Women’s EURO

Group D Encounters

Sunday July 10
France v Italy (9:00 p.m., Rotherham)

Thursday July 14
France v Belgium (9:00 p.m., Rotherham)

Monday July 18
Iceland v France (9:00 p.m., Rotherham)

Women’s EURO 2022 schedule

How they qualified: Group G winners (P8 W7 D1 L0 F44 A0)
Best of Women’s EURO
: Quarter-finals (2009, 2013, 2017)
Women’s EURO 2017
: Quarter-finals






Great France Women’s EURO goals

Key Player: Wendie Renard

An imposing presence at the heart of Les Bleues defence, Captain Renard has 126 caps and made her size count at both ends of the field, with 29 goals for France. His experience and his dynamism are key elements for the team.

Watch: Marie-Antoinette Katoto




Marie Antoinette Katoto


Marie Antoinette KatotoUEFA via Getty Images

A lightning-fast and skilful dribbler, the young Paris Saint-Germain striker has shown incredible efficiency in the France jersey with 19 goals in just 23 appearances.

Coach: Corinne Deacon

Former France captain and most-capped player (121), Deacon was the central defender who secured her place in history by scoring the decisive goal against England in the play-offs to send Les Bleues to their first-ever European Cup final. FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2003. She began her coaching career with six years at ASJ Joyaux, the club where she spent her entire playing career, while also working as one of Bruno Bini’s assistants for The french team.

Deacon led Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot between 2014 and 2017, before taking up his current role following the departure of Olivier Echouafni after another quarter-final at Women’s EURO 2017.

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Tactical

Defensive solidity and offensive explosiveness are the main qualities of the Deacon outfit. Les Bleues have a backbone of players from Paris and Lyon and are organized in a 4-3-3 formation, relying on speed on the flanks. Kadidiatou Diani (Paris), Viviane Asseyi (Bayern) and Delphine Cascarino (Lyon) set the pace, revolving around an essential pivot in Katoto (Paris).

Pedigree




2005 highlights: France 3-1 Italy


2005 highlights: France 3-1 Italy

Deacon’s biggest challenge is undoubtedly trying to break the “quarter-final hoodoo”. Although often seen as one of the powerhouses of European football, Les Bleues have been knocked out in the quarter-finals of their three previous Women’s EURO finals, two World Cups and their last Olympics in 2016.

In fact, France have only won two knockout games in major competitions, on penalties against England at the 2011 World Cup in Germany and 2-1 against Sweden at the 2012 Olympics in London, but even then they suffered a defeat in the semi-finals. of both tournaments.

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