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Women's Euro 2013: Who are the early favourites?

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Women's football has been under the radar for so long but with the European Championships being played in Sweden this month it has a chance to increase its popularity.

Germany were winners four years ago thrashing England 6-2 in the final. The reigning champions will start as favourites again although they failed to beat the Netherlands in their opening game. 

Look out for Celia Okoyino da Mbabi who netted a record 17 goals in qualifying. They should get through their group with Iceland and Norway making up the other teams. 

Hosts Sweden are also fancied and should progress from their Group A with record goal scorer Lotta Schelin likely to play a big part. There is likely to be strong support from Sweden where women's football is very popular. 

The group to watch though is definitely Group C. France and England are likely to fight it out for top spot but might be pulled back by a strong Spain side. 

With Spain's dominance in the men's game at the moment no one would be surprised if they finished top. 

Watch out for an experienced England team with four players with over 100 caps. They will hope to better their last competition performance where they were well beaten by seven-times champions Germany in the final. Coach Hope Powell told BBC Sport: "If they perform well they have a good chance of doing well."

The tournament is likely to be an exciting one and will hopefully raise awareness for women's football, which at times can be a lot more exciting than the men's game. 


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