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Hosts Sweden to entertain World Cup finalists

Published: Thursday 12 April 2012, 15.50CET
UEFA Women's EURO 2013 hosts Sweden will entertain 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup finalists Japan and the United States in a mini-tournament taking place from 16 to 20 June.
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Hosts Sweden to entertain World Cup finalists
Sweden will be put to the test against FIFA Women's World Cup finalists the United States and Japan ©Getty Images
 

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Published: Thursday 12 April 2012, 15.50CET

Hosts Sweden to entertain World Cup finalists

UEFA Women's EURO 2013 hosts Sweden will entertain 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup finalists Japan and the United States in a mini-tournament taking place from 16 to 20 June.

UEFA Women's EURO 2013 hosts Sweden, who finished third at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, will host the two finalists from last summer's competition – Japan and the United States – in a mini-tournament taking place from 16 to 20 June.

"It is an extreme delight to get a tournament with the three medal winners from the World Cup," said Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby, who sees the matches as the perfect preparation for this summer's Olympics in London. "Ahead of the Olympics it will serve us well to play two different types of opponents."

Halmstad, which will co-host Group A and stage a quarter-final at next summer's final tournament, is the venue for Sweden's game against the US on 16 June, as well as Japan versus America two days later. The game between Sweden and Japan is scheduled for 20 June in Gothenburg, the other venue for Group A fixtures next summer, as well as a semi-final.

Last updated: 12/04/12 15.58CET

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