Sacred European champions at Bercy in 2018, the Bleues are defending their title this Sunday (6 p.m.) against the formidable Norwegians. Here’s what to remember.
1 / “It all started with a France-Norway”
This is the fourth international final between France and Norway, the first in a Euro. The Scandinavians won at home at the 1999 World Cup, after extra time, then more widely at the 2011 World Championship. The Blue won the last opposition, in 2017, against their rivals who remained on three titles in a row. “It’s always a very nice final, a final that I like to play. There is a little historical side, it all started with a Norway-France”, smiles the French coach Olivier Krumbholz, who has lived through these three shocks.
2 / Favorite Norway?
The two teams in this final have not lost a single match in this European Championship (7 wins for Norway, 6 wins and 1 draw for France). An expected reunion between the two best nations of the competition. The Scandinavians, who have not won a single title since Euro-2016, are favorites against the reigning European champions. “They are at their best. They may be more advanced than us in exploiting the potential. They don’t have any more than us, but their players are a little more mature. They will probably be in better places. conditions for the final that we “, recognizes Olivier Krumbholz. “Norway played big games from the start of the competition, we climbed crescendo. We will see in the final, but I think the two teams are equal. I have confidence,” positive left-back Kalidiatou Niakate.
3 / An attack / defense shock
The impressive French defense against the prodigious Norwegian attack … The shock promises. The Blue rely on the best rearguard in the Euro (157 goals conceded; 22.4 on average per game), just ahead of the Scandinavians (160). They also show the best success in attack (63%), tied with Norway. But the latter scored 43 goals more than France (232 against 189)!
4 / An “All Star” final
Thirteen of the players in this final are nominated for the typical team of the competition. On the French side, Amandine Leynaud, best goalkeeper of the Euro two years ago already, Chloé Valentini (left wing), Estelle Nze Minko (left back), Grâce Zaadi (center half), Alexandra Lacrabère (right back) and Béatrice Edwige (defender) are in contention for the All-Star Team which will be unveiled this Sunday before the final.
5 / Dembélé – Lunde, the eternal ones
The two most capped players in a European championship will be on the field this Sunday in the final. French captain Siraba Dembélé, 34, will play her 54th continental game, while eternal Norwegian goalkeeper Katrine Lunde, 40, is at 52.