Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 5: Germany

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook World Cup 2019: Guardian Experts’ Network Did you know?Goalkeeper Almuth Schult comes from a tiny village in Lower Saxony where her family still runs a farm. As a side business, the keeper has come to supply Wolfsburg colleagues as well as her teammates from the national team with fresh eggs. “As long as it is well received, my family is proud to be the official egg supplier of top football,” says Schult.A brief history of women’s football in Germany Share on Twitter She was put in charge of a team that is in transition. Long-time linchpins such as Annike Krahn, Melanie Behringer, Anja Mittag and Simone Laudehr are no longer there. The new leaders are players such as Wolfsburg’s powerful striker Alexandra Popp and Dzsenifer Marozsán, the magnificent Lyon playmaker. Another important player is the goalkeeper Almuth Schult, although she has struggled for form recently after a bout of measles last winter.The rest of the squad is made up of talented prospects such as Giulia Gwinn, Sara Däbritz, Lea Schüller and Lina Magull as well as seasoned veterans such as Svenja Huth and Kathrin Hendrich, giving Voss-Tecklenburg a good blend of zestful youth and experience.It is hard at the time of writing to predict what the formation and the tactics of this team will be. In her short time in charge Voss-Tecklenburg has experimented with both a back three and a back four, but the most likely formation is 4-2-3-1. In any case, Germany’s game is usually characterised by an attacking mindset and a strong physical presence that could prove critical against skilled teams like group opponents Spain and China. Share on Messenger Pinterest ‘We play for a nation that doesn’t even know our names’: Germany’s Women’s World Cup advert – video Twitter Dzsenifer Marozsán has starred for Lyon as the French club won a fourth successive Champions League last season. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 3: Norway Read more CoachThe partnership of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and the DFB is an unlikely one, and certainly one that no one would have thought possible 20 years ago. Back then Voss-Tecklenburg retired from the national team after a row with teammate and then-partner Inka Grings. Now, though, she was the preferred choice, not least because, after the disappointing tenure of the inexperienced Jones, the federation was looking for a safer option. Voss-Tecklenburg certainly fits the bill, having coached on various levels for more than 10 years and, above all, impressing with Switzerland. Among her role models she cites Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp, whose work she was able to observe first-hand in 2011 as a guest coach during his time in Dortmund.Star playerLyon’s Dzsenifer Marozsán is universally considered one of the best women’s playmakers on the planet and, at 27, is now in her prime. The youngest player ever to appear in a Bundesliga game when she was 15, she has won the Champions League both with Frankfurt and Lyon and has been voted the best player in the French league twice – ahead of standout teammates such as Ada Hegerberg and Eugénie Le Sommer. She is back at her best despite missing three months in the summer of 2018 due to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Share via Email Facebook Share on LinkedIn Women’s football Giulia Gwinn, on her way to Bayern Munich after the World Cup. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images for DFB Share on WhatsApp Topics All they wanted was to play, when in 1930 a handful of women congregated to found the 1. Deutsche Damen-Fußball-Club, the 1st German Ladies Football Club, in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen. It didn’t go down well, however, as passers-by grumbled and even threw stones at the players. After just one and a half years, the club disbanded, under pressure in the political climate of the emerging national socialism. Things did not improve after the war and in 1955 the DFB decided to forbid its clubs from offering women’s football – a ban that was not lifted until 1970. Only then did the women’s game gain momentum, albeit slowly. In 1974 the first national championship was played and in 1982 the first official international game. The breakthrough came seven years later, when the West Germany team (in East Germany women’s football was just an afterthought at the time) made its debut at the 1989 European Championship and promptly won a tournament they hosted. Twenty-three thousand fans attended the final against Norway in the sold-out stadium in Osnabrück, and millions more watched on TV.The DFB, sparing no expenses, rewarded the players for their effort with a coffee set each. The win marked the beginning of an impressive run for Germany’s women’s side, which saw them win two World Cups, seven European Championships and two Olympic gold medals. Their biggest moment of infamy, by contrast, came in 2011, when Germany, highly favoured to win their third World Cup title on home soil, bowed out in the quarter-finals in a huge upset at the hands of surprise champions Japan. Which player is going to surprise everyone at the World Cup?Nineteen-year-old Giulia Gwinn, who after four years at Freiburg will join Bayern Munich in the summer, has been a revelation in the run-up to the World Cup. In the friendly against Japan she impressed in an attacking role on the right wing but she can also play on the right side in a back four. She is known for her pace and is capable of contributing goals too.What is the realistic aim for Germany in France and why?With wins over France and Sweden as well as a draw against Japan in friendlies in 2019, the Martina Voss-Tecklenburg era has got off to a promising start. However, considering the short time the coach has had with the squad, it remains to be seen what this talented German team is capable of when the games matter. Anything is possible, from a third World Cup title to another early exit.Annual budget for the women’s national team (compared to men’s):The women have an estimated budget of €5m (£4.35m) while the men’s is €40m.Registered female players:200,000Jens Kirschneck is the editor of 11Freunde. Read more Share on Facebook 1:27 Play Video Women’s World Cup 2019 Germany women’s football team This article is part of the Guardian’s 2019 Women’s World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who have qualified for France. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 7 June.OverviewGermany are currently unsure of where they stand. On the one hand, they are reigning Olympic champions; on the other they were eliminated in the quarter-finals at Euro 2017. A last-place finish at the prestigious SheBelieves Cup in the US in the spring of 2018 proved the last straw for a federation that is spoiled by success and sealed the fate of hapless head coach Steffi Jones.After securing qualification for the World Cup with the DFB’s utility man and former head coach of Germany’s men’s Under-21 and Olympic teams, Horst Hrubesch, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is now in charge. She is 51 years old, won 125 caps for Germany in her playing days and was most recently head coach of a Switzerland team that she took from also-rans to perennial dark horses. Voss-Tecklenburg, everyone agrees, is a good choice. Far from ideal, however, is the timing of the change in leadership. As she was under contract with the Swiss federation until November 2018, she was left with only four friendlies and a handful of training camps to prepare for this World Cup. Share on Pinterest Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 1: France features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Teams get down to the nitty gritty

first_imgBy BEN HARRISSydney Rebels got win number 34 but only just.The three-time defending mixed open champions were pushed to the edge by ACT Pirates on day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.After racking up consecutive win number 33 by downing North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 9-4, the Rebels had to dig deep to defeat the Pirates 12-11 in round four.Rebels lead Pool A by four points and will meet second-placed Sydney Mets on day three.The Pirates and Cyclones are third and fourth followed by Hunter Western Hornets and Japan.In Pool B, Brisbane City Cobras are five from five and lead the group.South Queensland Sharks were circling the Cobras as the two teams were undefeated, however last year’s runners-up hammered their southern neighbours 12-3 to go it alone on top.Behind the Sharks are Sunshine Coast Pineapples in third and Northern Eagles in fourth. They are followed by Northern Territory, Defence Warriors and Sydney Scorpions.Five Queensland sides dominate the men’s T-League division.South Queensland Sharks (A) lead Pool A and Brisbane City Cobras are in front in Pool B.But closing the gap are Central Queensland Bulls and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – both in Pool A – and South West Queensland Swans in Pool B.Rebels and Scorpions are the only NSW sides putting up a fight to the Queenslanders while the international teams, Japan and Papua New Guinea, continued to impress.It’s tight in Pool A of the women’s T-League division with Hornets, Swans, Cobras, Victoria and Northern Territory all within eight points of each other.It is a little spread out in Pool B with Scorpions and South Australia leading the way.The Sharks remain unbeaten following six matches of the men’s 30s division.They are in front of Pineapples, Hornets and Scorpions.Scorpions have their own problems as ACT and Sydney Mets are on the same points as Scorpions but behind on percentages.Swans finished on top in the women’s 35s and will play the winner of the Hornets-Pirates preliminary final match.Cyclones and Northern Territory play in the other preliminary final with the loser eliminated from the title race.Scorpions and Sharks are equal on points in the men’s 40s but the Sydney side has a game up their sleeve.Defence Warriors are third, and Hornets and Cyclones are in a battle for fourth spot.Scorpions will be hard to beat in the women’s 40s after winning all their round matches.They will meet Hornets or Northern Eagles in a qualifying final tomorrow. Western Tigers take on ACT in the other qualifying final.Men’s 45s seems to be a two-horse race with Scorpions and Hornets undefeated.The men’s 50s is set to go down to the wire with four points separating the top four.Mets, Pineapples, Sharks and Hornets occupy the top four positions in the division.Eagles, Cyclones and Scorpions will be battling each other for the two spots in the men’s 55s.In the senior mixed, Sharks have all but confirmed their spot in the grand final but the Hornets and Cobras are going head-to-head for the last spot.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL results day twolast_img read more