An incredible summer of women’s football is creeping closer, with Euro 2022 set to kick-off at Old Trafford on July 6th.
Sixteen talented teams will battle it out for European glory, with some of the continent’s best female stars on display. Want to know who to keep an eye on? Well, GiveMeSport Women has compiled a list of the top 50 players to watch.
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40) Name: Katrine Veje
The versatile Katrine Veje can play at full-back, in midfield or on the wing. She has been a stalwart for Denmark, racking up 140 appearances since her debut in 2009.
The 30-year-old is used to winning – she won the Women’s Super League with Arsenal in 2019, and also has two Swedish league and two Danish league titles to her name. Veje currently plays for FC Rosengård.
39) Name: Alexandra Popp
Alexandra Popp has made 113 international appearances for her country, scoring 53 goals. She returned to the national team set-up in April after a year on the sidelines with a knee injury, and is set to feature at her second Euros.
The 31-year-old has played at Wolfsburg for the majority of her career, winning the Women’s Champions League on three occasions with the club.
38) Name: Simone Magill
Nationality: Northern Ireland
Simone Magill made her senior debut for Northern Ireland at the age of just 15. She has since made 68 more appearances, scoring 21 goals.
The 27-year-old even has the record for the fastest goal in a women’s international football match, hitting the back of the net after just 11 seconds against Georgia in 2016.
Magill was crucial for Northern Ireland as the country qualified for its first ever international women’s football tournament, scoring in the play-offs to help her team to a 4-1 on aggregate victory against Ukraine.
37) Name: Manuela Zinsberger
Manuela Zinsberger has played for Arsenal since 2019 and kept 13 clean sheets in the WSL last season, the highest in the league.
The 26-year-old has made 76 appearances for Austria so far in her career, and will be playing at her second Euros.
36) Name: Ada Hegerberg
Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, has returned to her national team set-up for Euro 2022.
The 26-year-old, who finished second with Norway at Euro 2013, stopped playing for her country in 2017 due to poor treatment of the women’s team.
It was a big loss for Norway – Hegerberg is regarded as one of the best talents in women’s football. She has won six Women’s Champions League titles with Lyon and is the all-time highest scorer in the competition with 59 goals.
Hegerberg announced she was returning in March, saying: “I am very glad to be able to come back with the team and get a new story started.”
Hegerberg will look to follow in the footsteps of her favourite player, Cristiano Ronaldo, who inspired Portugal to Euro glory in 2016.
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35) Name: Lucy Bronze
Lucy Bronze thrives on the international stage – she was named the Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2020 after earning the Silver Ball at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Who can forget her stunning goal in the quarter-finals against Norway – and David Beckham’s superb reaction?
The full-back, who is a columnist for GiveMeSport Women, will now be looking to make an impact at Euro 2022. She has made 87 appearances for England so far, becoming an integral part of her country’s defence.
34) Name: Dagný Brynjarsdóttir
West Ham midfielder Dagný Brynjarsdóttir is a former NWSL and Frauen-Bundesliga champion, and has also won four Icelandic Top Division League titles.
The 30-year-old has made 101 appearances for her country, and will play at her third Euros.
33) Name: Tessa Wullaert
Tessa Wullaert is Belgium’s all-time top female scorer, with 65 goals in 106 appearances.
The 29-year-old has played for Wolfsburg, Manchester City and Anderlecht, and currently stars for Fortuna Sittard.
32) Name: Barbara Bonansea
Versatile forward Barbara Bonansea has been described as “pacey and snake-hipped”, and her performances earned her a place in the Italian Football Hall of Fame last year. She has earned nearly 80 caps for her country, hitting the back of the net 26 times.
Bonansea has won five consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus, who she moved to in 2017 after stints at A.C.F. Torino and ACF Brescia.
31) Name: Griedge Mbock Bathy
Griedge Mbock Bathy is a mainstay in the French defence, racking up 65 appearances since 2013.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career so far, winning five Division 1 Féminine and four Champions League titles with Lyon.
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