The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 promises to be the biggest women’s sporting event in European history, and London will host the finale on 31st July.
As well as the showpiece, the Brentford Community Stadium will play host to three Group B games as well as a quarter-final, with Germany, Denmark and Spain each playing at least two games at Brentford, with Finland the only Group B team to not play a group game in the capital.
Germany vs Denmark
Brentford Community Stadium, Friday 8th July at 8pm, Group B
Germany are the most successful team at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 having won eight of the previous 12 tournaments, including one as West Germany.
They have never lost a UEFA Women’s EURO final they have contested, but missed out on the semi-finals in 2017 for the first time since 1987. It was their opening opponents who knocked them out of the UEFA Women’s EURO five years ago, as Denmark made a run all the way to the final before ultimately coming up short against the Netherlands.
That marked Denmark’s first UEFA Women’s EURO final appearance having been a losing semi-finalist five times previously. It is fair to say Germany will be looking for revenge while Denmark will hope to get one over the serial winners.
Germany vs Spain
Brentford Community Stadium, Tuesday 12th July at 8pm, Group B
Fifth takes on seventh in the FIFA Women’s rankings as Germany embark on their second UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 game at Brentford’s Community Stadium, this time against Spain.
Spain lost to Austria in the quarter-finals last time out, and have only once reached the semi-finals back in 1997, but now they boast a team full of UEFA Women’s Champions League winners.
The star of their team is Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas who claimed the Ballon D’Or Feminin in 2021 following her club’s triumph in the Champions League.
Germany will be led by Olympic gold medallist Alexandra Popp who will be hoping to add a UEFA Women’s EURO title to her illustrious career.
A familiar name to the London crowd will be Chelsea’s Ann-Katrin Berger who will be between the posts for Germany, while Manchester United defender Ona Batlle will line up for Spain.
Denmark vs Spain
Brentford Community Stadium, Saturday 16th July at 8pm, Group B
The final Group B fixture of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 sees Denmark take on Spain with a place in the knockout stages potentially on the line.
Denmark captain Pernille Harder wins trophies wherever she goes, recently adding the Women’s Super League title to her collection with Chelsea, but is yet to claim a Women's EURO title.
She is her side’s top goal-scorer and a constant threat in front of goal. Expect to she her link up with forward Nadia Nadim, who is a qualified doctor and speaks nine languages.
Elsewhere, Tinja-Riikka Korpela of Tottenham Hotspur will be tested in goal by Real Madrid trio Esther Gonzalez, Marta Cardona and Athenea del Castillo.
Quarter-final 2: Group B winner vs Group A runner-up
Brentford Community Stadium, Thursday 21st July at 8pm
Those three Group B teams will be hoping to play one more match at the Brentford Community Stadium, with Finland hoping to make a maiden appearance as they play their UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 group games in Milton Keynes.
Whichever team tops Group B, their prize for reaching the quarter-final could be a meeting with hosts England who are one of four teams in Group A.
Also in that group are Northern Ireland, Austria and Norway. Norway are two-time winners, while England and Austria were the losing semi-finalists last time out.
Northern Ireland are making their debut at a major championships and are the lowest-ranked side.
Wembley, Sunday 31st July at 5pm
Just as it did for the UEFA Men’s European Championships last year, London’s Wembley Stadium will play host to the final of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.
Hosts England have twice finished runners-up, but are seen as genuine title contenders and will hope to use home advantage if they can reach the showpiece at the end of July.
Other challengers for the crown will be the holders, the Netherlands, who claimed the title with a 4-2 win over Denmark in the final with Arsenal’s Viviane Miedema scoring twice.
Sweden and France sit just above the Netherlands in the world rankings, at second and third and are just two examples of why this Women's EURO could be the most open one yet.