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UEFA.com shines a light on the winning captains at the 12 Women’s EUROs. Can you name the only player to captain her side to glory three times?

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Women’s EURO winning captains

1984: Anette Börjesson (Sweden)
1987: Heidi Støre (Norway)
1989: Silvia Neid (Germany)
1991: Silvia Neid (Germany)
1993: Heidi Støre (Norway)
1995: Silvia Neid (Germany)
1997: Martina Voss (Germany)
2001: Doris Fitschen (Germany)
2005: Birgit Prinz (Germany)
2009: Birgit Prinz (Germany)
2013: Nadine Angerer (Germany)
2017: Mandy van den Berg (Netherlands)



Nadine Angerer celebrates Germany’s 2013 successGetty Images

Youngest Women’s EURO-winning captain

23 years and 345 days: Heidi Støre (Norway, 1987)

Oldest Women’s EURO-winning captain

34 years and 260 days: Nadine Angerer (Germany, 2013)

Women’s EURO-winning captains by position

1 Goalkeeper
4 Defenders
2 Midfielders
5 Forwards

Women’s EURO-winning captains by club

3 Frankfurt, Siegen
1
Duisburg, Jitex, Philadelphia Charge, Reading, Sprint-Jeløy, Trollhättan

The winning captains in profile

Silvia Neid and Nadine Angerer bring the trophy home in 2013


Silvia Neid and Nadine Angerer bring the trophy home in 2013Bongarts/Getty Images

1989, 1991, 1995: Silvia Neid (Germany/West Germany)

Being part of West Germany’s maiden success at home in 1989 was good, but the second success in Denmark was even better for captain Neid. “Winning the European title was a key moment for German women’s football,” she told UEFA.com. “Defending the title two years later was proof [of how good we were].” Neid captained her side to a third success before moving into coaching. She was Tina Theune’s assistant for the wins of 1997, 2001 and 2005, then stepped up and led the victories of 2009 and 2013, as well as in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and, in her last tournament in charge, the 2016 Olympics.

Heidi Støre in action for Norway in 1991


Heidi Støre in action for Norway in 1991Bob Thomas via Getty Images

1987, 1993: Heidi Støre (Norway)

The tall, powerful central midfielder made her international debut aged 16 in 1980, and was approaching her peak as a player by the 1987 Women’s EURO final, her side beating neighbours Sweden 2-1 in the final. “The final was the first time the Norwegian media really made a fuss about women’s football, something us players weren’t used to,” she told UEFA.com. “We really enjoyed it!” Her class showed again as Norway were champions again in 1993 and then won the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, though she missed the final in Sweden.

 Birgit Prinz wins the trophy for the fifth time


Birgit Prinz wins the trophy for the fifth timeBongarts/Getty Images

2005, 2009: Birgit Prinz (Germany)

The supreme Frankfurt striker scored a European record 128 international goals in 214 Germany appearances and picked up a winners’ medal at all five of the Women’s EUROs she played at, the final two as team captain. “Over time the EURO has grown not only to a full-scale tournament but to a great event in European football calendar,” she told UEFA.com. A trained physical therapist, since retiring in 2011, Prinz has worked as a sports psychologist at Hoffenheim.

Sweden celebrate victory in 1984


Sweden celebrate victory in 1984PA Images via Getty Images

1984: Anette Börjesson (Sweden)

Women’s football was in its infancy when the 29-year-old Börjesson steered her side to success in the inaugural final: a shoot-out in Luton decided the two-legged final. “It was something fantastic and big when we won,” she remembered. The Sweden sweeper also represented her country at handball and badminton, and additionally “managed to drive a little taxi to get money for the rent”. After retirement, she ran a women’s football magazine, and remains an expert pundit.

Martina Voss in 1999


Martina Voss in 1999Bongarts/Getty Images

1997: Martina Voss (Germany)

Another member of West Germany’s 1989 winning team, attack-minded midfielder Voss took up the national-team captaincy from former team-mate Silvia Neid. Since hanging up her boots in 2003, Voss (now Voss-Tecklenburg) has edited a women’s football magazine and worked as a pundit as well as coaching. After coaching her old club Duisburg to 2009 UEFA Women’s Cup success, and briefly leading Carl-Zeiss Jena, she was Switzerland boss from 2012 to 2018, and is now in charge of Germany.

Doris Fitschen kisses the trophy in 2001


Doris Fitschen kisses the trophy in 2001Bongarts/Getty Images

2001: Doris Fitschen (Germany)

Dubbed the Franz Beckenbauer of ‘Frauenfussball’, the stylish sweeper was 20 when she helped West Germany to win their first international title in 1989. When she captained Germany to glory in 2001, she was playing professionally in the United States with Philadelphia Charge. “I had a great career, with the chance of being part of the sport’s development from its early stages,” she told UEFA.com. She stayed in the game as an administrator.

2013: Nadine Angerer (Germany)

As the long-term back up for Silke Rottenberg, Angerer won three EUROs from the substitute’s bench before getting the chance to prove her class as the established No1 in 2009 and 2013. As captain in the latter tournament, she was extraordinary, conceding just once and becoming the first-ever official Women’s EURO Player of the Tournament, despite having struggled with injury in the previous year. She is now a goalkeeping coach in the United States with Portland Thorns.

The Netherlands' 2017 captain Mandy van den Berg


The Netherlands’ 2017 captain Mandy van den BergUEFA via Getty Images

2017: Mandy van den Berg (Netherlands)

Forced to withdraw from the 2013 finals with a knee injury, defender Van den Berg did not perhaps enjoy the Netherlands home-soil triumph in 2017 as much as she might have. She was thrilled by the home crowds (“I’ve never played in front of a sold-out stadium,” she said. “The only thing we saw was orange”) but spent the latter stages of the tournament on the bench, and made only a brief cameo appearance at the end of the final.



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