The Red Flames draw for Euro 2022: France – Belgium again on the program

Ives Serneels, the coach of the Red Flames, wanted to avoid England (host country) and Spain in the final phase of the European Championship played next July, it was understood!

The draw made this Thursday evening in Manchester in the presence of Ruben Dias and Juan Mata while Roberto Martinez accompanied his counterpart in the ladies, however, offered a strong group for the Belgians.

From pot 3, Belgium (19th in the Fifa ranking) inherited group D where it will successively find Iceland (16th), France (5th) and Italy (14th). Suffice to say a group on paper very raised.

“But it opens up opportunities”, launches Ives Serneels. “It’s an open group where we can create possibilities. I wanted to avoid England and Spain, I think we can be happy with the draw. These are teams we know well, there will therefore be many possibilities.dra s e beat every game. “

If Old Trafford and its 75,000 seats will not host the Flames for the opening match, they will still play at Manchester City Academy (4,700 seats) that Tessa Wullaert knows well, two of their matches: July 10 against the Iceland and Italy on July 18, four days after a much anticipated France – Belgium on July 14 (French National Day) at New York Stadium in Rotherham (12,000 seats).

Best team of the group, the selection led by Corinne Deacon (whom the Flames played in a friendly in 2017 with a victory and a defeat) finds in its passage a Belgium brought to often meet France in recent weeks with the Red Devils. “But we do not feel this scent of rivalry at home”, smiles Ives Serneels. “Before the draw, I had also discussed with her and very kindly, she had predicted that we would end up at the Euro. It will be a very big match because we knew automatically that we would draw a big team. But we should not only focus on the Blues. ” The last time the two neighboring women’s teams met in an official match, it was already May 22, 1988 in qualifying.

Iceland, determining for the quarters?

With Italy (which the Belgians beat on September 4, 2018 in qualifying for the 2019 World Cup) and Iceland (whose last clash dates back to March 2016 and a friendly defeat), the Belgians have indeed drawn two other very strong nations accustomed to the final stages, where the Belgians are only at their second participation in a row. Facing the Icelanders of Thorsteinn Halldórsson, quarter-finalists in 2013, first can prove to be a trap. As it is always good to start a tournament, the outcome of this match could already trace the destiny of the Red Flames whose ambition is clearly to go for the quarter-finals.

“I don’t think it will be decisive”, retorts Serneels. “In 2017, we did not start with a victory and yet until the end, the possibility of continuing existed. Winning the first match is an advantage but not decisive. It is in any case a country that works well for the women’s football, we have to be ready to beat them. We have to work calmly for that. “

Attention Brexit

After seeing Flames fans land en masse in the Netherlands in 2017, the Belgians hope to see fans again cheering them on in large numbers on the spot to take them, who knows, to Wembley, venue of the final on the 31st. July. For supporters, it is therefore important to note that Brexit requires, it will be mandatory to have a valid passport to cross the Channel, a simple identity card is no longer sufficient since October 1.

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The Red Flames draw for Euro 2022: France – Belgium again on the program