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DFB women win against Norway: development on the pitch. But also beyond that?


In the prestigious duel against Norway, the youngest players on the DFB team impressed, as did an older goalkeeper. DFB President Fritz Keller caused a stir during the half-time break.

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Laura Freilang (r.) Celebrates her goal


Hansjürgen Britsch / imago images / press photo Baumann

The scene of the game:

The DFB team is in a state of upheaval.

International matches, especially test matches, can be tough during this time, as the players who have been thrown together have to get used to it first.

In the 17th minute against Norway, however, the national team showed how beautiful upheaval can be: Sara Däbritz secured the ball in midfield and played a diagonal pass to Laura Freilang, who put the hoe on Tabea Waßmuth.

And Waßmuth did not stay long either, playing the ball sharply into the penalty area on Linda Dallmann, who completed the most remarkable attack of the game in the far corner.

The result:

The DFB team won 3: 1 (2: 1) against Norway in Wiesbaden.

The fact that the guests are expected to be stronger in the future was shown by the replacement of star player Caroline Graham Hansen after around an hour.

Jugend forscht:

Nevertheless, the performance of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's team should not be underestimated.

With Sjoeke Nüsken, Paulina Krumbiegel, Jule Brand and Sophia Kleinherne four players were used who were born in the new millennium (19-year-old, almost experienced Lena Oberdorf is missing after the Corona struggle for the Wolfsburg women and therefore in this list).

After the game there was special praise from the team's star, Sara Däbritz.

"We're glad we have our young chicks with us," she said.

Incidentally, Däbritz is only 26 himself.

First half:

The start of the game went completely wrong, Leonie Maier headed a long diagonal ball from the Norwegians uncleanly, the ball came to Guro Riding via Caroline Graham Hansen, who pushed in (4th minute).

The DFB players didn’t dwell on the deficit for too long. Freilang showed that she was born to be a goal-scorer, after a corner she took a rebound ball directly and hit from the turn to equalize (8th).

But she proved that outdoor activity can also be playful when she took the lead, see point one.


Fritz Keller took over as DFB President, declaring women's football to be an affair of the heart.

During the break, Keller was asked about criticism of the lack of development towards professionalization, which led to a broadside:

  • According to Keller, the professional clubs (of the first three men's leagues) would at some point have to be obliged to spend part of their sales on women's football.

    It must mean that women play football full-time at some point, he said.

    This requirement could, for example, become part of the licensing.

    In some offices in the second and third division, the pulse is likely to have shot up.

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Thoughtful with the ZDF microphone under his nose: DFB President Fritz Keller

Photo: Eibner-Pressefoto / imago images / Eibner

  • In response to statements by Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who said that women had to "reposition themselves analogously to men's football" in order to work sustainably, Keller said that there could not only be clubs that "buy up players and then form a professional team.

    It's always easier with money «.

  • After the national goalkeeper on maternity leave, Almuth Schult, referred to the British role model in a ZDF interview - the BBC jointly took over Sky the rights to the Women's Super League - Keller also spoke to ZDF.

    The public broadcaster could think about showing not only the international matches, but also the women's Bundesliga, said Keller.

    He did not say that the DFB itself could certainly do more to promote women's football.

Second half:

Both teams made a lively change, among other things, Voss-Tecklenburg took out their midfield virtuoso with Däbritz to spare them for the Champions League second leg with their club Paris Saint-Germain at Olympique Lyon on Sunday.

After all: Brand once took over the role of playmaker, pushed from her position on the right back into the attack third, causing chaos on the Norwegian defensive and allowing the Krumbiegel, who had moved in from the left, to slide in freely (62nd).

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With your hands as good as with your feet: Ann-Katrin Berger

Photo: Sebastian Gollnow / dpa

Without problems:

DFB goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger was only between the posts against Norway for the second time.

Given their performance and capabilities, the low number of internationals seems grotesquely low.

On the line she was not really challenged, in the build-up of the game she was sometimes far in front of her goal and played challenging passes that were played with pressure just above the sward to quickly shift the side.

Not to mention her outstanding control of the penalty area: Once she was not surprised by a cunning cross from riding on the first post, but held the ball.

Then she got up, took a few steps and made calming gestures in the direction of her teammates.

"I've got it all under control," she seemed to be about to say.

And she did.

There is no plausible reason why the number of Bergers international matches should not multiply in the coming months and years.

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-04-13

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