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14 September 2015

Statistics says Great Britain is favorite to win Euro Championship

By Lauri Jaakkola

 

Sweden is the champion of the two previous IWRF Wheelchair Rugby European Championships, but last time the best teams of the continent met at the 2014 World Championship, Great Britain and Denmark managed to get past them.

 

Worlds were played over a year ago in Denmark, but it is the last time the best national teams from Europe met each other in competitive matches with high stakes. Great Britain beat the home team Denmark twice in the tournament (with the same 52–48 numbers) and finished fifth being the best European team.

 

Denmark managed to beat Sweden in a clash between the Nordic rivals with quite a wide margin (54–47). Great Britain and Sweden didn’t meet at Worlds, but they are facing each other in the last pool match this Thursday at the 2015 European Championship.

 

France won all the matches against European teams in the 2014 World Championship, including Sweden in a pool match which was meaningless for the Swedes, though. France didn’t meet Great Britain and Denmark in the Worlds.

 

Finland beat Belgium by two goals, and Germany by one goal in the World Championship, but lost to Denmark and France with wide margins. Finland was the fifth best European team in the Worlds, an achievement they have yet to reach in the European Championships.

 

Ireland got promoted to the A Division European Championship after their terrific performance in the B Division Euros in April. Ireland is a real up-and-comer of the European Wheelchair Rugby climbing ten places in the World Ranking – from 23th to 13th spot – after their success in the B Division.

 

Last time the European Championship were played in 2013, Ireland wasn’t in the tournament although there were 12 teams instead of eight. Ireland haven’t been playing a lot against other European giants recently. They lost twice to France in the B Division Euros – first 42–57 and then 48–56. Home team Finland meets Ireland in their opening match on Tuesday.

 

2014 IWRF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS BETWEEN EUROPEAN TEAMS 

 

Great Britain: 4 matches, 4 won, 0 lost (finished 5th at 2014 Worlds)

Great Britain–Finland 54–31
Great Britain–Denmark 52–48
Great Britain–Belgium 45–43
Great Britain–Denmark 52–48

 

Denmark: 5 matches, 3 won, 2 lost (finished 6th in the Worlds)

Denmark–Belgium 52–43
Denmark–Great Britain 48–52
Denmark–Finland 57–48
Denmark–Sweden 54–47
Denmark–Great Britain 48–52

 

Sweden: 3 matches, 1 won, 2 lost (finished 7th in the Worlds)

Sweden–Germany 54–50 ot
Sweden–France 50–51
Sweden–Denmark 47–54

 

France: 4 matches, 4 won, 0 lost (finished 9th in the Worlds)

France–Germany 46–44
France–Sweden 51–50
France–Belgium 59–45
France–Finland 59–48

 

Finland: 5 matches, 2 won, 3 lost (finished 10th in the Worlds)

Finland–Belgium 48–46
Finland–Great Britain 31–54
Finland–Denmark 48–57
Finland–Germany 48–47
Finland–France 48–59

 

Germany: 4 matches, 1 won, 3 lost (finished 11th in the Worlds)

Germany–France 44–46
Germany–Sweden 50–54 ot
Germany–Finland 47–48
Germany–Belgium 36–50

 

Belgium: 5 matches, 0 won, 5 lost (finished 12th in the Worlds)

Belgium–Denmark 43–52
Belgium–Finland 46–48
Belgium–Great Britain 43–45
Belgium–France 45–59
Belgium–Germany 36–50

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