Shortly before the start of preparations for the Women's World Cup, there is a real clash between the DFB and FC Bayern. The accusations on the part of the association weigh heavily.
Frankfurt/Main - Actually, on the sidelines of the announcement of the extended World Cup squad for the Women's World Cup, the focus should be on a successful tournament. But instead of declaring war, it was mainly negative voices in the direction of FC Bayern that could be heard. There are massive disagreements between the club and the association regarding the release of the players, there is even talk of "breach of word" and gambled trust.
|Extended Women's World Cup squad|
|Gate:||Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea FC), Merle Frohms (VfL Wolfsburg), Stina Johannes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ena Mahmutovic (MSV Duisburg)|
|Defence:||Sara Doorsoun (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marina Hegering, Kathrin Hendrich, Felicitas Rauch (all VfL Wolfsburg), Sophia Kleinherne, Sjoeke Nüsken (both Eintracht Frankfurt), Sarai Linder (TSG Hoffenheim), Carolin Simon (FC Bayern)|
|Midfield:||Jule Brand, Svenja Huth, Lena Lattwein, Lena Oberdorf (all VfL Wolfsburg), Sara Däbritz (Olympique Lyon), Chantal Hagel, Paulina Krummbiegel (both TSG Hoffenheim), Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea FC), Sydney Lohmann, Lina Magull (both FC Bayern)|
|Storm:||Nicole Anyomi, Laura Freigang (both Eintracht Frankfurt), Klara Bühl, Lea Schüller (both FC Bayern), Alexandra Popp, Tabea Waßmuth (both VfL Wolfsburg)|
DFB enraged by FCB's last-minute change of mind
From 20 June, exactly one month before the start of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg wants to start laying the foundation stone for a successful World Cup at the "HomeGround" in Herzogenaurach. However, only 23 of the 28 players called up to the provisional squad are initially involved. The five players appointed by FC Bayern will not join until three days later, on 23 June. FCB player Giulia Gwinn, who has not been called up to the extended squad, will not be included at all.
The reason for the late arrival of the FCB players is that the Munich team will not be releasing players for the national team until 23 June. According to the DFB, this is happening contrary to initial promises. It was not until Tuesday evening, the day before the squad was announced, that FCB's rejection was received by the DFB. Joti Chatzialexiou, sporting director of national teams, was visibly. "The timing is simply frightening," was his reaction on the sidelines of the squad announcement.
Depressed mood at the DFB press conference with Joti Chatziallexiou, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and Sonja Alger (press spokeswoman). © IMAGO/Peter Hartenfelser
National coach Voss-Tecklenburg sees trust damaged
Chatzialexiou did not leave it at a complaint about the timing of the Bayern decision. "They have broken their word. For me, this is very, very disappointing. The reasons are incomprehensible to us," he continued, referring to those responsible at FC Bayern. "This makes a mockery of part of our preparation. That's not appreciative of us and disrespectful of the other clubs."
Even national coach Voss-Tecklenburg, who lets a breach of trust shine through, was by no means enthusiastic about the actions of the Munich team: "I can't play this topic for five or six weeks before the World Cup starts. Not at this point in time, when we had a clear agreement. Where we talk about reliability, about trust." Not being able to start the pre-season with the full squad would disrupt plans that have already been completed "on many levels", according to the coach.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and Joti Chatziallexiou present the extended DFB Women's World Cup squad. © IMAGO/Peter Hartenfelser
FC Bayern invokes FIFA requirements in dispute with DFB
FC Bayern, on the other hand, defends its actions, citing guidelines from FIFA and the European Club Association (ECA), which would recommend the shutdown date of 23 June. The club told the Sports Information Service that "this new decision not to send the FC Bayern national players to the DFB until 23 June was essentially made out of consideration for their (editor's note: the players) health".
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All other clubs for which German national players play will release their players from 20 June. VfL Wolfsburg, who, unlike Bayern, still have one game to play in the Champions League final on 3 June, are also releasing their players in time for the joint World Cup preparations. (sch)