European Team Championships Badminton 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream and More

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European Team Championships Badminton 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream and More
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One of the biggest events in the badminton calender kicks off on Tuesday in Basel, Switzerland. 

There are 26 men’s teams and 21 women’s teams confirmed for the tournament.

Two years ago in Amsterdam, Denmark beat Germany in the men's final with England third. In the women's event Germany beat Denmark with the Netherlands taking third.

Here is all the key information fans need to know to see how everything will unfold in 2014.

 

What: European Team Championships 2014

TV: Eurosport 2

When: Eurosport 2. Friday, Feb. 14 Quarter-finals 4 a.m. ET (9 a.m. GMT) Eurosport 2. Saturday, Feb. 15 Semi-finals 7 a.m ET (12 p.m. GMT) Eurosport 2. Sunday, Feb. 16 Finals 5 a.m. ET (10 a.m. GMT)

Live Stream: Badminton Europe on YouTube

Where: Basel, Switzerland

 

The draw was originally streamed live on YouTube in December last year for what will be a highly anticipated competition.

Men's Group Stages:

Group One: Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ireland. 

Group Two: Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Slovenia

Group Three: England, Scotland, Belgium and Iceland.

Group Four: Russia, Finland, Israel, Italy

Group Five: Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Estonia, Wales

Group Six: France, Lithuania, Spain, Norway, Ukraine. 

 

Women's Group Stages:

Group One: Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary

Group Two: Germany, Latvia, Spain, Iceland

Group Three: Bulgaria, Ireland, Netherlands, France

Group Four: Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Scotland

Group Five: England, Estonia, Ukraine, Wales, Finland

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Denmark's men have dominated this competition since its inception in 2006, and are overwhelming favourites to retain their title once again.

Strength in depth is reason for Denmark’s dominance, and with three singles playersJan Jorgensen, Vittinghus and Viktor Axelseninside the world’s top 25, per BWF, and a host of doubles pairings to back up Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, the Danish have little to worry about in retaining their title.

Denmark's ladies are also favourites to top their group. They will be looking for a showdown with Germany later in the competition, who took their crown as the queens of Europe in 2012. 

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The German men are in pole position to take Group Two, and might have the luxury of resting some of their stars given the opposition. Their ladies have struggled in recent months but are boosted by the return of Karin Schnaase from her self-imposed exile. 

The English men should overcome their rivals Scotland in Group Three, with their overwhelming strength in the doubles. However, Belgium are the dark horses of the group and could cause a huge surprise.

The Bulgarian woman are favourites for Group 3, but face serious opposition for Ireland, France and the Netherlands in a "group of death."

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Russia is by right the top team in Group Four in the men’s event, but if plucky Finland can click in singles there might be an outside chance of them causing a major upset at the group stages of the event.

In the women's, the Russians should also progress despite Scotland giving them competition. 

The least fancied teams occupy Groups Five and Six. 

Sweden's men have the opportunity of reclaiming past glories, as they were once one of the great badminton nations of Europe. France's men should easily progress from the final group, with their skill and flair.

The English ladies should prevail in Group Five despite stiff opposition from a good Estonia side. 

As with previous years it feels like this will be a procession for Denmark. They are still the premier nation in European badminton and will have far too much ability as the competition powers on.

Their men's team is imperious and unrivaled, and despite the disappointments of their women in recent times, they should have far too much in their locker for any opponent. 

Germany might have the audacity to mount a challenge to the Danish ladies, as they did successfully in 2012, but they do not have the depth that they once did. 

Basel will belong to the Danes, and the silverware will be theirs once again. 

 

 

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