picture by Mark 92 at Dutch Wikipedia Tomorrow, August 3rd, the semifinals of the European Championship - more commonly referred to as the Euro - four European powerhouses will face off, with 2nd-ranked Germany facing off against 3rd-ranked France while 5th-ranked England battles the home side in the Netherlands...at least that was what the headline… Continue reading 2017 Women’s Euro: Upsets Abound as the Semis Approach
Friendlies Before the Olympics The early ouster from the 2016 Olympics in Rio was a shock for all of the new fans of the USWNT. How could a team, fresh off the ultimate victory in all of sports - winning the World Cup - be defeated in the quarterfinals of a less prestigious tournament… Continue reading The Tournament of Nations and a Great Year for the USWNT
Can you feel which way the wind is blowing?
The final group of the tournament is very similar to Group B in that there are two teams expected to push through and two teams expected to falter. Group D consists of the favorites - England and Spain - and the underdogs -Scotland and Portugal. Portugal was the very last team to qualify through the… Continue reading 2017 Women’s Euro: Handicapping Group D
Group C is expected to be dominated by France. While Austria, Iceland and Switzerland are all quality sides, France is on a whole different level, especially in 2017. France was the second favorite, after Germany, to win the whole tournament at 3-1 odds, so you can imagine that they are huge favorites in this group.… Continue reading 2017 Women’s Euro: Handicapping Group C
Group B is the exact opposite of Group A. Instead of having 4 teams of relatively equal quality we have the best team in Europe - Germany - a perennial championship contender - Sweden - and a pair of filler teams - Italy and Russia -. The only real questions here will be whether Germany… Continue reading 2017 Women’s Euro: Handicapping Group B
Group A is usually the hardest group to predict in a tournament like this since the home team gets priority placement at the top of the group. The end result of this procedure - designed to give the home squad the best possible chance of advancing for their fans - is that all four of… Continue reading 2017 Women’s Euro: Handicapping Group A