Sweden and the art of the environment
Unbeaten since the begin of the Women’s Euro Football, Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson’s gamers have but to indicate their greatest faces in England, the place the competitors takes place (from July 6 to 31).
In the group stage, their sport plan was first neutralized by the Netherlands (1-1). Then in opposition to Switzerland, their victory proved tough (2-1) earlier than settling down by educating Portugal a lesson (5-0).
Those performances have been, of course, sufficient for prime spot in Group C, however they have been removed from the typical stage of the first European nation in the FIFA rankings. In the quarterfinals in opposition to Belgium on July 22, Blagult (Blue and Yellow, in Swedish) suffered once more, grabbing the victory in further time (1-0).
On Tuesday, July 26, they are going to face England in the semi-finals. “The Swedes must break any of the harmful English offensivesanalyzed Lasse Manheimer, a reporter for the Swedish company TT Nyhetsbyran. But England will likely be tasked with turning round the collective stability of our gamers, their largest problem since the begin of the Euros. »
Solidity, resilience or stability are the phrases generally used to explain a Scandinavian staff whose common age, fairly excessive (28.5 years), displays expertise. One participant embodies all of it: Caroline Seger, the veteran midfielder (age 37) with 232 caps. “Her significance on the discipline is felt most when she is away”, summarizes Lasse Mannheimer. Flanked by Filippa Angeldahl and Kosovare Asllanni, Caroline Seger leads a imply trio whose completely different profiles complement one another.
Offensive accidents and omissions
But motive have to be discovered. Almost seventeen years after her first nationwide choice, Caroline Seger can now not rely a lot on her physique and her significance in the blue-yellow sport should dissipate, below the penalty of seeing the Swedes in ache at the slightest absence.
Coach Peter Gerhardsson was in a position to notice this when he noticed his staff’s issue breaking via the Belgian defence, his quantity 17 touched down in the fifth, unable to participate in the quarter-finals. The gap left by the captain, her stand-in for 2 video games speaks for itself greatest: “Caroline is a implausible footballerdelivered Nathalie Bjorn at the finish of the match in opposition to Belgium. I do not assume anybody can attain his stage. »
Feverish as a result of off-balance in his absence, the Swedish midfielder tried to open the sport ahead, however the forwards virtually failed to take action. This determine speaks for itself: of the Scandinavians’ 9 achievements, just one was accomplished by a striker, particularly Stina Blackstenius in opposition to Portugal.
A brand new era and the want for a trophy
Under the air of a historic big of ladies’s soccer, European champion in 1984, Olympic runner-up in 2016 and 2021, Sweden is a staff that’s struggling to resume itself and that will undergo from it in just a few years.
“This Tuesday we’ll want all the expertise we want in opposition to Englandlaunched by Robert Laul, a sports activities journalist in Gothenburg-Posten. The largest nations are investing their youthful generations sooner than we’re, and in the future the hole between them and us will likely be wider and wider. Maybe this match is our final probability to get a trophy. »
In an growing old workforce, nonetheless, Peter Gerhardsson anticipated the arrival of new faces, notably that of Hannah Bennison, a midfielder who performs for Everton in the English Championship. At simply 19, the youngest of the Swedish group already has 26 caps.
“Hannah Bennison is extraordinarily proficient, says Lasse Mannheimer. And she might be Sweden’s future nice participant in the future. » From there take up the torch of the indefatigable Caroline Seger and perpetuate the conventional Swedish stability? The reply will are available in the subsequent few years.