While upwards of six to seven teams have realistic hopes of winning the European Championship 2022 for women, Ireland’s defender Louise Quinn has a feeling that Sweden can potentially be the team that comes out on top when all is said and done on 31 July.
The tournament, which takes place in England, starts on Wednesday 6 July and all 31 matches will be live on RTÉ TV and the RTÉ player with Quinn among the experts.
While the Birmingham City defender will keep an eye on Ireland’s September 1 opponent Finland in the hunt to reach the 2023 World Cup, another team from the Irish qualifying group is one of the main challengers for success in the European Championships.
“I will go to Sweden, they are in our (WC) group”, Quinn told The RTÉ Football Podcast in a team that Ireland famously drew against away in April.
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“I think the quality they have, the loss of the Olympics, I think they just know how to win matches.
“It’s how they tactically set up and frustrate teams and stop other teams from doing what they do well and then catch them at the break with the speed of players they have up like (Stina) Blackstenius.
“She will be huge and obviously (Fridolina) Rolfö who plays for Barcelona, again key players that they will want to keep in shape.
“They have everything, they have strength and speed so I think they will be very difficult to handle.”
When it comes to players to watch out for at the 2022 European Championships, Quinn highlighted a talent from England and Manchester City.
“She has already made a name for herself in England but Lauren Hemp”, she replied when asked to select a potential star in the torunament.
“I think I even nominated her twice this year for Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year because you could not really choose who she should or should not have to be honest and she has been incredible during her season this year and when she then saw (England) play against the Netherlands a few days ago, she is just one of the most difficult players to play against.
“I think she will be one of the most exciting players that you definitely have to look out for.”
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