the strongest players in European history

The Women’s European Championships football, officially UEFA Women’s Championshipon balance, represent the oldest international competition with the longest history in the field of women’s soccer.

Its roots can be found as early as 1969, well before the competition was institutionalized and became in effect official, in the 1984.

Thanks to this deep-rooted history, the tournament saw the most important and strongest players on the European football scene take to the field: let’s see the 15 brightest stars took the field in the history of the women’s European football championships.

Soccer - Women's International Friendly - England v Sweden

Europeans disputed: 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017

The English legend Carney scored his debut in his first European championship, that of 2005, a non-trivial fact if you think that that edition was played in England and that the footballer was just 17 years old.

That was the beginning of a path that would later see her protagonist in three other editions of the European Championships, including the one that (in 2009) saw the English go up to the final and then (in 2017) in the semifinals.

Victoria Svensson

Europeans disputed: 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009

Sweden have consistently stood at the top of the class, coming one step away from success or the final over the course of Victoria Svensson’s career.

With the striker born in 1977 on the field, in fact, his national team reached the semifinal in ’97 and in 2005, also reaching the final in the 2001 edition (later won by Germany).


Europeans disputed: 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013

Norway has a first-rate history in the European Championships, a great tradition made up of important results, resulting in a real constant among the top four Nationals and collecting six finals and two victories.

Gulbrandsen, for her part, has never failed in the mission of reaching at least the semifinals, showing a rare continuity and scoring even five goals.

Tournoi de France 2022"Women's France v Women's Netherlands"

Europeans disputed: 2017

Great protagonist of the European Championship won by Holland at home in 2017, a historic milestone if you think about what was the tradition of the Dutch themselves before that edition.

Elected player of the tournament, she would then have obtained FIFA recognition as the best player of 2017 a few months later, also in the wake of that European Championship lived as a protagonist.

Jon and Ljungberg battle for the ball

Europeans disputed: 1997, 2001, 2005

Swedish star Hanna Ljungberg deserved to win at least one European in the course of her important career. In particular, in 2001 she was the best player of the tournament and she led her national team to the final.

The prolific striker has collected 6 goals in the various editions in which he participated. A curiosity: Gaucci, historical patron of Perugia, tried to put her under contract for the men’s team, receiving no for an answer (fate shared with compatriot Svensson).

German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer reacts

Europeans disputed: 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013

Thinking about the relationship between Angerer and the Europeans, the discussion ends up being explained simply by numbers: five editions won out of five editions in which the German took part, as Germany’s goalkeeper.

Beyond the numbers, it is clear that Angerer had to be patient before getting the starting position (in 2009). In 2013 she won Germany captain by her and was later named best FIFA player for that year.

Pia Sundhage

Europeans disputed: 1984, 1987, 1989, 1995

Pia Sundhage is known as a coach capable of leading the United States to the conquest of Olympic gold, twice, but the Swede was one of the most important players between the 80s and 90s, with the Europeans as a favorite scenario.

In particular, it is emphasized how Sundhage led Sweden (with very heavy goals) to the title in 1984, the first official edition of the tournament and the last success of the Swedes.


Europeans disputed: 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995

The late Heidi Mohr possessed a keen eye for scoring and an impressive average of goals scored and games played, both in clubs and with the national team.

In 1991 she was top scorer of the tournament, leading her Germany to success. She is third in the ranking of the total goals scored in the tournament, after the 1991 title she also repeated herself in 1995 (she had also raised the trophy in 89, with West Germany).

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Europeans disputed: 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997

The current coach of the German women’s national team can boast an important career with Germany itself, from 1984 until 2000.

Four European Championships out of five participations, first in 1989 with West Germany and later with unified Germany. He missed the appointment with the victory at the European Championships only in 1993, stopping in the semifinals.

Silvia Neid, assistant coach of the Germ

Europeans disputed: 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995

In addition to the two European Championships she won as a coach, there are three successes as a football player for the German national team: in 1989, 1991 and 1995.

A midfielder with the habit of scoring, in 1991 she gave the best of herself and led Germany to success, emerging as the best player of that edition.

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Europeans disputed: 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997

The Italy of women’s football hopes to return to the most competitive national teams in the next edition but I had to face a long absence from the top floors of the European Championships.

Previously, however, Morace herself led Italy to play two finals and a final for third place: a clear sign of the impact of a single player on the entire panorama of the national team and on its competitiveness.


Europeans disputed: 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001

La Riise led Norway both thinking about the World Cup and the European Championships, in the space of two years, coming to be elected the best player of both major international competitions.

The midfielder has played five European Championships in total, in exactly one decade, reaching the final twice and also achieving a success. She has also reached the semifinal on two occasions, testifying to her great impact on that cycle of her national team.

Inka Grings

Europeans disputed: 2005, 2009

She has played in the European Championships on only two occasions but that hasn’t stopped her from making a big impact on the tournament. You have scored ten goals in total, between the two editions in which you took part, making a decisive contribution to Germany’s success.

Despite being at its peak in the period when Germany dominated the world of women’s football, she regrets not having won the World Cup, having been injured in 2003 and left out in 2007.

Bettina Wiegmann

Europeans disputed: 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001

Bettina Wiegmann’s international career spanned 14 years and the midfielder took part in five editions of the European Championships, achieving four victories and being crucial in the 1995 final and 1997 semifinal.

After the success achieved in 1997 she was also elected the best German footballer of the year, reflecting her weight in the umpteenth success of Germany.

Birgit Prinz, striker of the German wome

Europeans disputed: 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009

Undisputed protagonist of the international scene and winner of five editions of the European Championships: in fact all those in which he took part with his Germany.

She shares the record of successes with compatriot Angerer but has certainly played a more crucial role than her partner: she is the player who has collected the most European appearances (23 specifically) and the one who has scored the most goals (10, like compatriot Grings) .

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