Women's Euro 2022

Women's Euros: Greatest ever teams

Ali Rampling
The Netherlands 2017 side are one of the Euros all-time greats
The Netherlands 2017 side are one of the Euros all-time greats / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

The Women's European Championships officially began in 1984, following a pair of unofficial tournaments in 1969 and 1979.

The tournament has served up a range of formats in its 38-year history - from two-legged finals (1984) to a two-and-a-half month gap between the semi final and final (1995) - but the competition's ability to showcase a selection of the best teams and players in the world has remained a constant.

Let's take a look at the pick of the bunch.

10. Denmark (2017)

Germany v Denmark - UEFA Women's Euro 2017: Quarter Final
Denmark stunned Germany at Euro 2017 / Maja Hitij/GettyImages

Denmark became the first side to beat Germany at a Euros knock out match in 24-years when they stunned the reigning champions in the quarter finals of Euro 2017.

Despite their underdog status, this was a Denmark side who boasted world class quality in the shape of Pernille Harder and Nadia Nadim. Although ultimately beaten 4-2 in a thrilling final, to reach the showpiece event was an achievement in itself, and a testament to the class of this Danish side.

9. Sweden (1995)

Sweden finished runners up at Euro 1995 - and sure did put on a show in the process.

They came from 5-3 down to run out 7-5 aggregate winners over Norway in the semi finals thanks to a second half Lena Videkull hat-trick, before narrowly losing 3-2 to Germany in the final. The 1995 tournament also marked a final Euros appearance for Swedish footballing icon Pia Sundhage.

8. Germany (2013)

Anja Mittag, Nadine Angerer, Lena Goessling
Germany won their sixth consecutive Euros title in 2013 / Martin Rose/GettyImages

Germany won their eighth European title - and sixth on the bounce - at Euro 2013, with a team built on defensive robustness.

Die Mannschaft suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Norway in the group stages, but this would be the only goal they would concede all tournament. Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was at the peak of her powers, and kept three successive clean sheets as Germany recorded three consecutive 1-0 wins en route to glory. A ruthlessly efficient of way of continuing their unprecedented dominance.

7. Germany (1995)

Germany stormed into the final of Euro 95 with a 6-2 aggregate victory over England, before beating Sweden 3-2 to be crowned champions of Europe.

Euro 95 saw a first European Championship appearance for a teenage Birgit Prinz, who netted in the semi final and final en route to being named player of the tournament. The great Bettina Wiegmann was appearing in her penultimate Euros, and scored the crucial third in the final.

6. Sweden (1984)

Sweden won the first official European Championships in 1984, beating Italy 5-3 on aggregate in the semi finals, before emerging victorious over England via spot kicks in a two-legged final.

The iconic Pia Sundhage was the star of the show, netting four goals in four games to finish as the tournament's top scorer and be named player of the tournament. Despite their proud history in the Euros, 1984 remains Sweden's only European title.

5. Germany (2001)

Bettina Wiegmann
Bettina Wiegmann netted twice for Germany at Euro 2001 / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Germany conceded just once at Euro 2001 as they stormed to glory on home soil. Die Mannschaft twice had to get the better of a strong Sweden side in the group stages and final as they secured a third successive European title.

Bettina Wiegmann marked her final Euros with a pair of goals, while Claudia Muller and Sandra Smisek shared the golden boot after each netting three times. The former was on target with the all important winner in the final - the only Euros final to be decided via golden goal.

4. Norway (1993)

Norway boasted a fabulous side in the 90s, winning the World Cup, Euros and Olympics in the space of seven years.

With the great Hege Riise pulling the strings in midfield, Norway got the better of Denmark in the semi finals and Italy in the final with a pair of 1-0 wins to secure their second European title.

3. Germany (2005)

Pia Wunderlich
Germany triumphed at Euro 2005 / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Germany followed up their first World Cup triumph in 2003 with another European title in 2005 as they established themselves as the dominant force in world football. They scored 15 goals across five matches in tournament, lifting the trophy in emphatic style.

Their prowess in front of goal was unsurprising; this was the first tournament where the legendary strike partnership of Inka Grings and Birgit Prinz lined up together, and they netted seven goals between them en route to Germany being crowned European champions.

2. The Netherlands (2017)

Lieke Martens, Sherida Spitse, Vivianne Miedema
The Netherlands were awesome at Euro 2017 / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

The Netherlands lit up Euro 2017, surging to victory on home soil in a wave of infectious, orange, feel good fun.

With just one previous Euros knockout match victory to their name heading into the tournament, the Dutch soon captured the hearts of the neutral with their brand of exciting, attacking football. Lieke Martens and Shanice van de Sanden wreaked havoc down either wing, while Vivianne Miedema netted four times - including a brace in the final - as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in front of an adoring home crowd for a famous maiden European crown.

1. Germany (2009)

England v Germany - UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Final
Germany's 2009 team were elite / Ian Walton/GettyImages

Germany cemented their place as the force to be reckoned with in world football with victory at Euro 2009 - their fifth successive major tournament triumph, having lifted the Euros in 2001 and 2005, and the World Cup in 2003 and 2007.

This was some Germany team. Inka Grings was on target six times to secure the golden boot, while Birgit Prinz marked her last Euros appearance with a brace in the final. Germany were goal happy at Euro 2009, scoring 20 goals in five games - including six in the final against England.