Et were the same general conditions, but the situation is now completely different. About two months ago, the women’s team of the German Football Association (DFB) most recently attuned to upcoming tasks in Frankfurt. At the time, they were accompanied in their secluded activities by the uncertainty that no one could predict what the summer would bring after a sporty mixed spring.
In the meantime, after four weeks during the European Championships, during which they flew to the finals, with which they inspired themselves and won many observers over and over again, the working atmosphere has changed fundamentally: laughter is back among the selection staff from Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. The DFB women are currently so popular that two thousand spectators a public practice session followed at close range.
Saturday in Turkey
Her appearance during the title fights in England was influenced by the 2-1 defeat to the hosts’ side on 31 July the coronation failed, but despite all the disappointment that still lingers, a feeling has now also solidified that, as winners of hearts, they can be proud of what they have achieved. And, as Voss-Tecklenburg put it, they can now get to work with “tailwind”.
This Saturday (2.30 p.m. CEST on ZDF) the team is in the Turkey required in qualifying for the World Cup. The DFB women won the first leg 8-0, so the assumption is not unjustified that they should be able to win the last missing point in the duel in Bursa in order to buy the ticket for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which begins in mid-July 2023 .
Fan mail for the national coach
On Tuesday the final game will be against Bulgaria, who were no less inferior in the first game with a 7-0 loss. Voss-Tecklenburg spoke of a balancing act between the moving memories of the month on the British Isles and the concentration on the here and now.
A few days ago, after returning from vacation, she took an hour to sort through the fan mail that was piling up on her desk. This year, she said, could become a “key point” in the development of women’s football in Germany.
“We mustn’t sit back”
This is one of the reasons why she and her people want to “set an example” at the first opportunity after the EM, which is seen as a career highlight for everyone – and thus provide the template for the clubs in the Bundesliga, who get started in the middle of the month: “We can each other Don’t sit back,” said Voss-Tecklenburg, who knows only too well that resting on the laurels of success, most recently after the home World Cup in 2011, threw the DFB women back in an international comparison.
This is one of the reasons why she has resolved not only to take the “good feeling” with her into everyday life, but also to immediately ensure that everyone “goes further forward” with power. Perception and appreciation have “arrived among the general public,” said Voss-Tecklenburg, from which she derived an obligation.
In the squad, she saw a “great anticipation” to continue the upward trend together: “We have the clear goal of completing the qualification with two wins.” 19 European Championship players are available. Giulia Gwinn, Marina Hegering (both injured), Lena Oberdorf (flu) and the Ann-Katrin Berger had cancer againfrom which Voss-Tecklenburg reported that her treatment began: “She is a fighter and is optimistic about it,” said the national coach about the goalkeeper, “we are all keeping our fingers crossed that everything will be fine.”