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Nordic rivals mull Women's EURO draw

Published: Friday 9 November 2012, 10.10CET
UEFA.com caught up with Sweden coach Pia Sundhage and players from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway to get their thoughts before the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 finals draw.
by Paul Saffer & Ian Holyman
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Published: Friday 9 November 2012, 10.10CET

Nordic rivals mull Women's EURO draw

UEFA.com caught up with Sweden coach Pia Sundhage and players from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway to get their thoughts before the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 finals draw.

The UEFA Women's EURO 2013 draw in Gothenburg will be streamed live on UEFA.com from 18.30CET today and among the 12 hopefuls are five Nordic nations – hosts Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. UEFA.com caught up with Swedish-based players and coaches from those countries for their thoughts as they wait to find out their group opponents.

Pia Sundhage, Sweden coach
It's been absolutely wonderful [to be back in Sweden after moving from the United States]. It's been a warm welcome and it's something special to host the European Championship. I really can feel that it is something you really look forward to and hopefully it will be a great event.

Pernille Harder, Denmark forward
We don't have any favourites for the draw but every team is good. After we have found out who we will meet we can start preparing. It's my first final tournament – I am very excited.

Mariann Knudsen, Denmark defender
You can't do anything about it – you just have to take the teams that come. When we know who we are going to play, we can prepare better. Everyone, especially in the top two seeding tiers, is tough, so we are just going to cross our fingers that we will do well when we meet them.

Maija Saari, Finland defender
It is going to be a very exciting year next year. After the draw, it will get more real and it will be exciting to know which countries you will have to beat to get to the top.

Edda Gardarsdóttir, Iceland midfielder
Nobody wants to meet the German machine! In 2009, we had a rough game against them where we were absolutely packed in the box and it was a war out there. If we get them tomorrow, we would definitely play better football and wouldn't be so intimidated by their tradition and amazing skill. We also met France a couple of times before the final tournament last time and we got them in the group stage too – on a good day we can beat any team. Our coach and staff are really good at analysing tactics, they prepare us in the best possible way. It doesn't matter which opponents we get, we just want to get it over with to start preparing.

Maren Mjelde, Norway defender
It's a difficult question. Obviously, we don't want to meet Germany, but if we're going to go through the group, we have to meet the best. So, for me, it doesn't really matter who we play as we have to be able to beat anyone if we want to reach the quarter-finals.

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