UEFA Women’s EURO preview Netherlands vs Sweden: where to watch, kick-off time, scheduled line-ups
The Netherlands meet Sweden at Bramall Lane in UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Group C on Saturday 9 July.
Where to watch the Netherlands vs Sweden on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
Winner of the first women’s EURO in 1984, Sweden remains the great champion (it was vice-champion in the last two Olympic finals). Its elimination by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in 2017 was therefore a significant result. The Dutch, of course, won the trophy, and this rematch against Sweden is certainly not an easy start to their title defense.
Possible starting compositions
Netherlands: Van Veenendaal; Wilms, Nouwen, Van der Gragt, Janssen; Groenen, Van de Donk, Spitse; Roord, Miedema, Martens
Sweden: Lindahl; Andersson, Eriksson, Ilestedt, Glas; Seger, Asllani, Angeldahl; Rolfö, Hurtig, Rytting Kaneryd
Opinions of journalists
Derek Brookman, Dutch journalist
With key figures like Lieke Martens and Daniëlle van de Donk only recently back from injury, allied to a 5-1 defeat by England in late June, it’s fair to say that the Dutch squad’s preparations for the tournament were not flawless. That said, the mood in the camp is upbeat and provocative. For the players, the opener against one of the tournament favorites is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that they have no intention of giving up the European crown without a fight.
Alexandra Jonson, Swedish journalist
Sweden come to this tournament in great spirits with a tight group of players who firmly believe this will be the time they will go all the way. They will be tested immediately against defending champions Netherlands, who they also lost to in the World Cup semi-finals three years ago. But they are a stronger Swedish side and, although one of the team’s key players, Stina Blackstenius, is uncertain ahead of the game, expectations for Peter Gerhardsson’s side are still high.
Last six games: WWLWWL (newest first)
Last match: Netherlands 2-0 Finland, 02/07
Women’s EURO 2017: winners (W 4-2 vs Denmark)
Last six games: WDWDWW (newest first)
Last match: Sweden 3-1 Brazil, 28/06
Women’s EURO 2017: quarter-finals (L 2-0 vs Netherlands)
View from the camps
Mark Parsons, Netherlands coach“We won’t start the tournament as the best, and I think we’ve accepted that, but we really believe in our qualities and that every minute and every game we face will only make us stronger. They know the quality of Sweden and I have a lot of respect for them, but we also see a lot of opportunities Sweden were probably the best team in the Olympics, even though they were just short, and they did well to continue to move forward. They are a very experienced team with great communication on and off the pitch. We will have to be at our best.
Peter Gerhardsson, Sweden coach: “It’s a difficult first game. It’s always good to start well because if you win this kind of game, you show a high level from the beginning. Then, I hope it will be a long tournament and that you can grow there.”