It’s crunch time at Women’s Euros, as the remaining teams get set to enter the nerve-wracking knockout phase of the tournament.
With record results and record breaking attendances already gripping audiences this month, there is guarantee to be heightened interest in the latter stages of the competition, as the likes of England, Spain and Germany clash to become the champions of Europe.
The competition has already delivered in abundance, as record breaking scorelines meet record breaking attendances in a tournament that is certainly to break even further through the ceiling of the women’s game.
And here at The Scotsman, we’ve followed it all with our weekly podcast.
Alongside our previous guests – Lee Gibson and Beattie – the 32-year-old Birmingham City midfielder has been one of the countries most successful professional footballers, having appeared for footballing giants such as Arsenal and Liverpool, whilst also forming part of Scotland’s squad for their first ever European Championships in 2017 and, latterly, the countries maiden Women’s World Cup in 2019.
She has also found plenty of success domestically in Scotland, scoring twice during a 4-1 Scottish Women's Premier League Cup final win over Spartans, which helped Celtic to their first ever trophy, while she won three Scottish titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups during her time with Scotland’s most successful club, Glasgow City.
And thankfully for ourselves, the Birmingham City number 10 became our third guest this week, as she joined us to preview the quarter finals of Euro 2022.
Murray shares her thoughts on a real clash of styles between current tournament favourites England, and pre-tournament favourites Spain. With Jorge Vilda’s Spanish side looking slightly lacklustre in the group stages, which player does Christie think they are missing the most?
Alex Popp and Germany have been rolling back the years with some real dominant performances – does Murray believe they can win yet another Euros to add to their impressive tally? Or could dark horses such as Holland find their spark in the knockout stages now that arguably the greatest striker in the world – Vivianne Miedema – is fit to return following a Covid enforced spell on the sidelines.
We also discuss what the European Championship can do for the game across the whole of the United Kingdom, what Scotland’s appearances at Euro 2017 and World Cup 2019 did for the game at grassroots level, while the midfielder also shares her thoughts on what the future of Scottish Women’s football could look like.