It’s been 12 years since Germany last won the World Cup but in that time they’ve won two European Championship and one Olympic final, so they haven’t been particularly poor…
The team has undergone some rapid changes since Silvia Neid departed in 2016, the Steffi Jones era one that will go down as a regrettable mistake more than a failed experiment, Horst Hrubesch’s steady hand enough to see Die Mannschaft through to the World Cup without any hiccups.
Yet there is little that can be said of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg in a coaching capacity when it comes to Germany, the former player one of Germany’s greatest, her time in Switzerland not always smooth sailing but in truth, the world hasn’t seen enough of MVT’s Germany to really judge.
Not that that makes Germany a wild card this summer, the team still one of the best in the world (on paper), in they can hit their stride in France there is nothing to stop them from going all the way to Lyon.
Goalkeepers: Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Laura Benkarth (FC Bayern München), Merle Frohms (SC Freiburg)
Defenders: Carolin Simon (Olympique Lyon), Kathrin Hendrich (FC Bayern München), Leonie Maier (FC Bayern München), Marina Hegering (SGS Essen), Lena Goeßling (VfL Wolfsburg), Sara Doorsoun (VfL Wolfsburg), Johanna Elsig (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Giulia Gwinn (SC Freiburg)
Midfielders/attackers: Lena Sophie Oberdorf (SGS Essen), Lea Schüller (SGS Essen), Linda Dallmann (SGS Essen), Turid Knaak (SGS Essen), Svenja Huth (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Olympique Lyon), Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg), Sara Däbritz (FC Bayern München), Verena Schweers (FC Bayern München), Melanie Leupolz (FC Bayern München), Lina Magull (FC Bayern München), Klara Bühl (SC Freiburg)
Alternates: Kristin Demann (FC Bayern München), Lisa Schmitz (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Felicitas Rauch (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Lena Lattwein (TSG Hoffenheim), Pauline Bremer (Manchester City).
There are few teams in the world that can under no circumstances, ever be discounted when it comes to major tournaments, no matter what their form is. Germany are one such team and have all the potential to progress through the tournament only picking up steam as they face trickier and trickier opposition. They might not win the World Cup, but expect them to be in the mix.
Also see: Our main 2019 Women’s World Cup page.
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