a reconstruction, a blue baby and an instant transfer

On the account: Germany-Denmark

German coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, here at Roazhon Park in Rennes, during the quarterfinals of the 2019 World Cup against Sweden, lost 2-1.

In the qualification phase, the Frauen-Nationalmannschaft (“Women’s national team”, in German) rolled over his opponents: 46 goals for just one opponent, eight wins in eight games. After a disappointing place in the quarterfinals at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and then at the 2019 World Cup in France, the most successful European team in history (8 European Championships won in the 12 previous editions) has had to reinvent itself in recent years, coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has taken on the hat of location manager since 2018.

Without the indispensable Dzsenifer Marozsan (injured) and Melanie Leupolz (pregnant), the Germans have no choice but to rely on their young shoots, as talented as they are inexperienced, in particular Lena Oberdorf (20 years, midfielder) and Jule Brand (19 , versatile player), nuggets from VfL Wolfsburg.

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But against Denmark, finalist of the last European Championship, the Germans will have a lot to do. the 15e Nation FIFA – driven by the indestructible Nadia Nadim and Reds and Whites top scorer Pernille Harder – also made a strong impression in qualifiers: 48 goals scored from a single take, a perfect illustration of Danish dominance. This game in the head of Group B starts next Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m. at the Brentford Community Stadium (London).

Earlier in the day (6pm) the Spanish squad, without their 2021 Golden Ball Alexia Putellas, and Finland’s Tom Thumb will battle a group as strong as it is interesting.

Eurostar: Sara Dabritz

Leaving Alexia Putellas, victim of a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee, and the main attraction of La Roja, the spotlight this Friday will be on the entry into the running of the neo-Lyonnaise Sara Däbritz, patron of a Germany in transition.

Also injured in the ligaments in December 2019, shortly after her arrival in Paris-Saint-Germain, the midfielder was able to return to her best level, going so far as to break the string of fourteen consecutive French champions during the 2020-2021 season. collected by Olympique Lyonnais (OL). In search of her first Champions League, the native Bavaria will play for OL next season.

In the ranks of the European ogre of women’s football, eight-time winner of the queen competition, Sara Däbritz will notably join her compatriot Dzsenifer Marozsan. With a left foot as silky as it is clinical, the over-the-Rhine squad boss will be as much the target of the pressures of Danish circles as of the fears of Lene Christensen, Rosenborg’s young porter.

In the skylight: take advantage of your presence… to change clubs

Based in Buckingham (the city, not the palace) with the Finnish roster, Emma Koivisto took advantage of her entry into the European Championship to sign her transfer. The ex-Brighton defender, who graduated this year with a master’s degree in economics, wasted no time and left for Liverpool on Wednesday, where he had just been promoted to the Women’s Premier League.

Before meeting Spain next Friday in Milton Keynes, whoever left the Channel for the Mersey was even entitled to congratulations from the legendary Sami Hyypiä, an adored Anfield defender for a decade (1999-2009, 464 matches“Welcome to the best club in the world! I am delighted that you have the opportunity to don the Reds jersey and play for the best fans in the world. Well done ! † What tops it against Spain for the first game of the helmet ride

Volleyball: Amel Majri, first blue mother

It is a major event for Amel Majri and a minor revolution for French football. The 29-year-old Lyonnaise, who has been sent off since the start of the season due to an injury and then due to maternity leave, gave birth to her daughter Maryam on July 5, who was congratulated on great steps by the French Football Association. “Congratulations to the new mom Amel Majri! Welcome to little Maryam. †

The 66-roster midfielder for Les Bleues will become the first active tricolor international to give birth to a child. A great step forward, praised in the world of French football and supported by his lifelong club: “A new Fenotte in the family. Succession is assured tweeted Olympique Lyonnais

In retrospect: Norway leading in Group A

After the Lionesses’ timid victory (1-0) against Austria at the opening of the tournament, Wednesday, July 6 at Old Trafford, the Norwegians offered themselves the scalp of the Northern Irish in St Mary’s Stadium (4-1) on Thursday. The lowest ranked team in the FIFA rankings (47e) didn’t resist the opposing team’s attacking armada for long, conceding 3 goals in the first half hour. Julie Nelson (37), the oldest of the defeated team, was able to save face for her selection and scored after the break (49th).

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Norway thus takes the lead in Group A, with the same number of points as England, but a larger goal difference. The next group matches are scheduled for Monday 11 July: Austria (3e) takes on Northern Ireland (4e) at 6 p.m., while England (1d) takes on Norway (2e) at 9 p.m., in an already crucial meeting.

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