In European football, the UEFA coefficients are statistics used for ranking and seeding teams in club and international competitions. Introduced in 1979, the coefficients are calculated by UEFA, who administer football within Europe and it was first introduced in 2003 and used for seeding the 2004 European Final tournament and 2006 World Cup qualification. Results from the tournaments, Play-off matches and friendly games were all ignored. In those cases where a nation did not take part at one of the two latest qualifying rounds, due to being qualified as a host, only one qualifying round would be taken into account. If two or more nations ended up with exactly the same coefficient, the ranking criteria was applied. Biggest average goal difference per game, found by dividing the sum of all differences by the number of ranked matches. Highest average number of goals scored per game, Highest average number of away goals scored per game. The last three times UEFA used this method was for the final UEFA coefficients in 2003,2005 and 2007.
On 20 May 2008, UEFA announced changes to the coefficient ranking system, Ranking points for all games played inside those two and a half cycles, will be awarded according to the rules listed below. 10,000 points are awarded for each match played, regardless of the match result, each team earns an additional 30,000 for winning and 10,000 for drawing. In case of a game decided by penalty shoot-out, the points are allocated as a draw,501 points are earned for each goal scored, and -500 are given for each goal conceded. Coefficients are calculated for each two and a cycle, by dividing the sum of earned points with the number of games played. When calculating the overall average coefficient for the cycles, the latest full cycle and half cycle will each have double the weight, special arrangements are in place for those nations that did not participate in one of the previous qualifying tournaments due to hosting the competition. The UEFA ranking determines the number of competing in the season after the next.
This coefficient is determined by the results of the clubs of the associations in the UEFA Champions League, two points are awarded for each win by a club, and one for a draw. The number of points awarded each season is divided by the number of teams participated for that association in that season. This number is rounded down to three decimal places. To determine a countrys coefficient for a season, the coefficients for the last five seasons are added
UEFA Women's Euro 2013
The 2013 UEFA Womens Championship, commonly referred to as Womens Euro 2013, was the 11th European Championship for womens national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament, held in Sweden from 10 to 28 July 2013 and it concluded with Germany, the defending champions, winning their sixth consecutive and eighth overall Womens Euro title after defeating Norway in the final. Sweden were selected as hosts by UEFAs Executive Committee in 2010, the other eleven finalists were decided by a qualifying competition, featuring 44 teams, staged between March 2011 to October 2012. It was the last time the finals featured twelve teams, as from 2017 onwards they will be expanded to sixteen teams. Sweden was awarded the hosting of the tournament on 4 October 2010 at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Minsk, the only rival host bid came from the Netherlands. Several other European national associations, including Switzerland and Poland, had shown interest in staging the tournament, Sweden has previously co-hosted the tournament in 1997.
A total of 44 teams entered the process to compete for the eleven available places in the final tournament, alongside host nation Sweden. Six teams were eliminated during an eight-team preliminary round staged in Macedonia. On 14 March 201138 teams – the 36 top-ranked nations, matches in these qualifying groups began in September 2011 and concluded a year later. The seven group winners qualified for the final tournament along with the best-ranked runners-up. The remaining six runners-up entered into two-legged play-offs held in October 2012 to determine the final line-up, the following twelve teams participated in the final tournament, The tournament was staged at seven venues in seven different towns with each group being staged at two different venues. At some venues, the capacity was reduced during the championship, the final draw for the tournament group stage took place on 9 November 2012 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. The ceremony was conducted by the UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, with the drawn out by tournament ambassadors Patrik Andersson.
As hosts, Sweden were automatically placed in the top-seeded pot, the eleven qualifiers were placed into the three final draw pots according to their UEFA coefficient ranking. It was decreed in advance the groups into which the three top-seeded teams would be placed, twelve referee trios were announced by the UEFA on 19 June 2013. All officials were based in Jönköping, the twelve national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 23 players by 3 June 2013 at the latest. Only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament, the final match schedule for the tournament was confirmed on 6 December 2012. All twelve finalists began the tournament at the stage, with those not eliminated advancing to the knockout stage
Pernilla Larsson is a Swedish football referee. She is 165 cm tall and has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2010 and she was selected by FIFA for the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup. In 2014 she was voted ninth in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics Worlds Best Woman Referee poll, Larsson was named Swedish female Referee of the Year at Fotbollsgalan in 2014. The same year, she served as a referee at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup
María Victoria Losada Gómez, commonly known as Vicky Losada, is a Spanish football midfielder currently playing for FC Barcelona in Spains Primera División. She is a member of the Spanish national team, losadas career in the Primera División with exception one season, were played for FC Barcelona where she won four Leagues and three Spanish Cups. In 2014 she played in the American NWSL for Western New York Flash, before returning to Barcelona for the 2014 NWSL season. Arsenal announced the signing of Losada on January 22,2015 having previously worked with manager Pedro Martínez Losa in the United States and she returned to FC Barcelona in 2016. She is a member of the Spanish national team, in June 2013 national team coach Ignacio Quereda selected Losada in the squad for UEFA Womens Euro 2013 in Sweden
Austria national football team
The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association. Austria has qualified for seven World Cups, most recently in 1998, the country played in the European Championship for the first time in 2008 when it co-hosted the event with Switzerland and most recently qualified in 2016. The Austrian Football Association was founded on 18 March 1904 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the team enjoyed success in the 1930s under coach Hugo Meisl becoming a dominant side in Europe and earning the nickname Wunderteam. The teams star was Matthias Sindelar, on 16 May 1931, they were the first continental European side to defeat Scotland. In the 1934 FIFA World Cup, Austria finished fourth after losing 1–0 to Italy in the semi-finals and they were runners-up in the 1936 Olympics, again losing to Italy 2–1, despite having been beaten in quarter-finals by Peru, following the Peruvians withdrawal.
However, according to an investigation, the victory by Peru was deliberately annulled by Adolf Hitler to favour the Austrians. The team qualified for the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals, on 28 March, FIFA was notified that the Austrian FA had been abolished, resulting in the nations withdrawal from the World Cup. Instead the German team would represent the former Austrian territory, in a rematch, the Germans took revenge, winning 9–1. As a result, five players from Austria Wien, Rapid Wien and Vienna Wien were part of the team only managed a 1–1 draw in Round 1 against Switzerland. With Rapid Wiens forward Pesser having been sent off, and not satisfied with two others, Herberger had to alter the line-up on six positions to fulfill the 6,5 quota again, after World War II, Austria was again separated from Germany. Austrias best result came in 1954 with a team starring midfielder Ernst Ocwirk and they lost in the semi-finals 6–1 to eventual champions Germany, but finished third after beating defending champions Uruguay 3–1.
This remains their best result ever, and unfortunately the last time for decades that Austria reached the end round of a major tournament, over the years, a strong yet mainly lopsided rivalry with Germany developed. At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the Austrian team was a disappointment, defeats to the eventual champions Brazil, the emerging Soviet Union and a draw against a weakened England prevented the team to reach the next round. Still holding to the popularity in the country, under new coach Decker again made an international sensation in the era. In front of a crowd of over 90,000 spectators, made possible by the expansion of the Prater Stadium. Due to lack of money, Austria decided not to participate at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and the team fell apart. Abrupt end of Austria’s success in the postwar period eventually formed the clear 0–6 loss against Czechoslovakia in 1962, of many players. After the end of Decker era, the team was unable for a time to connect to the old successes
Stadion De Vijverberg is the football stadium of the football club De Graafschap from Doetinchem. It has a capacity of 12,600 seats, the name is derived from a hotel with the same name, which stood on the present location of the stadium. Because of all the ponds that had to be filled up, the stadium, which was built in 1954, was renovated in 1970, with the construction of the Vijverberg-, Groenendaal- and Spinnenkop stands and the light installation. After the construction of the roofs above the stands in the late eighties, with the positioning of seats on the Spinnekop stand, one of the characteristic parts went lost, so in 2008 De Graafschap decided to remove the seats again. The stadium used to have its own station, but it has been closed in 2005. The venue opened on 4 September 1954
UEFA Women's Euro 2009
The 2009 UEFA Womens Championship, or just Womens Euro 2009, was played in Finland between August 23 and September 10,2009. The host was appointed on July 11,2006, in a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Berlin, the UEFA Womens Championship is a regular tournament involving European national teams from countries affiliated to UEFA, the European governing body, who have qualified for the competition. The competition aims to determine which national team is the best in Europe. The 2009 tournament was won by Germany for a time in ten events. They beat England, appearing in their first final since 1984, the Germans boasted the tournaments leading goalscorer in Inka Grings. Twelve teams competed in the competition, an increase of 4 teams from 8 teams that played in previous tournaments, after a preliminary round,30 teams competed in a qualifying group stage. Those teams were divided into six groups of five, with teams playing each other on a home-and-away basis, the six group winners advanced to the final tournament.
The six runners-up and the four best third-placed teams played a qualification playoff and those 11 teams and the hosts completed the 12-team lineup for the competition. In the opening round of Group A matches and the Netherlands showed that they would be contenders for qualification beyond the group stage. In the opening match of the tournament goals from Kirsten van de Ven, the evening fixture in the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki saw the host nation Finland begin their campaign with a 1–0 victory over Denmark. Maija Saari scored the first goal of the campaign, her first international goal, in Group B defending World and European Champions Germany set the marker, dispatching fellow contenders Norway 4–0. The champions and favourites to defend their title stuttered early on as they took a 1–0 lead, in the other match in Group B, France began their campaign with a win, recovering from a goal down to beat Iceland 3–1. Group C opened with a surprise, World Cup quarter-finalists England beaten 2–1 by Group C outsiders Italy, England led 1–0 thanks to a Williams penalty just before half-time however goals from Panico and Tuttino gave Italy the victory.
England finished the game with ten women after Casey Stoney was dismissed, in Group Cs other match 2003 World Cup finalists Sweden opened their challenge with a comfortable 3–0 win over Russia. Finland continued their form in Group A, following up their 1–0 victory with a 2–1 win against the Netherlands. Kalmari scored twice as the nation moved into the Quarter-Finals as winners of Group A with a match to spare. The win for Finland would prove to be the end for Ukraine, earlier on the Ukrainian team had been beaten by Denmark 2–1, and a result of the Dutch and Danes meeting in the next round of Group games could no longer qualify for the Quarter-Finals. Maiken Pape scored three minutes from time to devastate the debut nation, Group B saw holders Germany progress after another thumping win, this time a 5–1 success against the French
Spain national football team
The Spain national football team represents Spain in mens International association football and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain. The current head coach is Julen Lopetegui after Vicente del Bosque stepped down following Euro 2016, the Spanish side is commonly referred to as La Roja, La Furia Roja, La Furia Española or simply La Furia. Spain became a member of FIFA in 1904 even though the Spanish Football Federation was first established in 1909, Spains national team debuted in 1920. Since then, the Spanish national team has participated in a total of 14 of 20 FIFA World Cups and 9 of 14 UEFA European Championships. These three successive titles make them the national team so far with three consecutive wins of either the applicable continental championship or the World Cup. From 2008 to 2013, a span, the national team won FIFA Team of the Year. Between November 2006 and June 2009 Spain went undefeated for a record-equalling 35 consecutive matches before their loss to the United States.
The teams achievements have led many commentators and former players to consider the 2010 and 2012 Spanish sides among the best ever international sides in world football. The first Spain national football team was constituted in 1920, with the objective of finding a team that would represent Spain at the Summer Olympics held in Belgium in that same year. Spain made their debut at the tournament on 28 August 1920 against Denmark, the Spanish managed to win that match by a scoreline of 1–0, eventually finishing with the silver medal. Spain qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1934, defeating Brazil in their first game and losing in a replay to the hosts, the Spanish Civil War and World War II prevented Spain from playing any competitive matches between the 1934 World Cup and the 1950 editions qualifiers. At the 1950 finals in Brazil, they topped their group to progress to the final round, until 2010, this had been Spains highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, which had given them the name of the underachievers.
Spain won its first major title when hosting the 1964 European Championship held in Spain. The victory would stand as Spains lone major title for 44 years, Spain was selected as host of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, reaching the second round, and four years they reached the quarter-finals before a penalty shootout defeat to Belgium. Javier Clemente was appointed as Spains coach in 1992, leading them to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup, had the official acknowledged the foul, Spain would have merited a penalty kick. In the 2002 World Cup, Spain won its three group matches, defeated the Republic of Ireland on penalties in the second round. They faced co-hosts South Korea in the quarter-finals, losing in a shootout after having two goals called back for alleged infractions during regular and extra time, at UEFA Euro 2008, Spain won all their games in Group D. Italy were the opponents in the match, which Spain won 4–2 on penalties
Her goal in the 2013 cups final made headlines. She previously played for RCD Espanyol and Levante UD, after taking part in Spains triumphs in the 2010 and 2011 U-17 European Championships, she won her first cap for the senior national team in a 2–2 pre-tournament friendly draw with Denmark in Vejle. The following day, national team coach Ignacio Quereda confirmed her as a member of his 23-player squad for the 2013 European Championship finals in Sweden, at the tournament she scored the overtime winner in Spains 3–2 victory over England. Putellas played 90 minutes as Spain were eliminated in the quarter-final by Norway and she was part of Spains squad at the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada. Alexia was ahead of Marta Torrejón, her partner in the club. Alexia was one of the last key pieces in achieving the fourth consecutive League Xavi Llorens whole season, the winning of the 4th straight title of La Liga and her participation in the Women World Cup 2015 were crucial for winning this award
Irene Paredes Hernández is a Spanish footballer who plays as a defender for Paris Saint-Germain and the Spain womens national football team. She previously played for Primera División club Athletic Bilbao and she played her first minutes for the Spanish national team in November 2011 against Romania. In June 2013, national team coach Ignacio Quereda confirmed Paredes as a member of his 23-player squad for the UEFA Womens Euro 2013 finals in Sweden, at the tournament, she scored an unfortunate own goal in Spains 3–1 quarter-final defeat to Norway. On 27 October 2013, she scored her first goal for Spain, in a 6–0 home win against Estonia at a 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup qualification match and she was called up to be part of Spains squad at the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada