How did Bayern’s women perform in the Euro qualification

Jolle Separator September 24, 2016

Six of the sixteen qualified woman’s national teams (Netherlands are included as hosts) have at leat one current Bayern player in their squad. The last spot for the Euros will be determined in a playoff game between Romania and Portugal in October. Followed up by the drawing of the group-stage on the 8th of November in Rotterdam.

Germany advances without any struggles

The German national team left no doubt about their aim to qualify for the Euro with a series of eight straight wins, scoring 35 goals and conceding none. France copied their dominance and qualified nearly as convincing as the Germans with eight straight wins as well, but with a goal difference of “only” 27-0. Plus there were two other teams without any points lost, Spain and Switzerland, who were so nice to let their opponents score at least a couple of times (Spain 39-2, Switzerland 34-3).

Quite a few Bayern players were part of the German success. Especially Leonie Maier was a standout player with 585 of 720 possible minutes played and three goals scored. Melanie Behringer, who ended her international career just after he Olympic games, contributed two goals in 334 minutes up to that point. So did Sara Däbritz in 450 minutes. Melanie Leupolz (292 minutes) and new signing Simone Laudehr (158 minutes) each managed to score once. Finally there is Verena Faißt, also new at Bayern Munich, who played 108 minutes in total.

Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Scotland

For Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Scotland it will be the first time participating at the Euros. Lisa Evans and the Scottish national team finished their group second behind Island. Evans played 611 minutes, while scoring twice.
Switzerland and Austria are always likely to have some Bayern players in their teams – or is it just the other way round? Viktoria Schnaderbeck and Manuela Zinsberger went for the whole of 720 minutes of the qualification for Austria, while Carina Wenninger was on the field almost as long (683 minutes). The Austrians were second in their group as well, just behind Norway (22 points, 29-2 goals) with Nora Halstad in their team. She played for 630 minutes.

Like we already mentioned the Swiss women’s national team had quite a nice qualification, with captain Caroline Abbé not missing a single minute. In addition to that Vanessa Bürki was part of the squad. She played for 220 minutes and scored one goal.

Who did not qualify?

Melike Pekel (second team) sadly finished last in the German group with Turkey, but was permanently featured in the team with 630 minutes in total. The Finnish team with goalie Tinja-Riikka Korpela (540 minutes) failed to qualify as well running in on third behind Spain and Portugal in their group.

What else?

The Netherlands as hosts did not have to go through qualification and played a friendly vs. the US women’s national team, which they lost with 3:1.

The US women are certainly not involved in the UEFA tournament, but it is worth mentioning that Gina Lewandowski made the preliminary squad for the Olympics. Claire Falknor made the under 23 squad for the Nordic cup and was subbed in several times. (1, 2, 3).

Our Japanese international Mana Iwabuchi played the first US women team twice (1, 2), but stayed unsuccessful both times as well.

The FC Bayern women will continue their Bundesliga run on Sunday vs. VfL Wolfsburg. The game is broadcasted live on DFB-TV at 2pm CET.

»Eier, wir brauchen Eier!«

— Oliver Kahn

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