Euros Preview: Germany

by Johnathan Stack (27/6/22).

Above: The Germany squad line-up for their Arnold Clark Cup match against Canada in Norwich earlier this year. Photo: De Fodi Images.

The Germany squad was announced on the 18th June, and features eight players from Women’s Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg and seven from Bayern Munich.

Chelsea midfielder Melanie Leupolz will miss out on this year’s tournament after announcing back in March that she is pregnant with her first child. Also missing out is Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan as she is recovering from a torn ACL that caused her to miss the Champions League final win against Barcelona.

Not quite making the final squad were Martina Tukefovic (Hoffenheim), Maximiliane Rall (Bayern), Jana Feldkamp (Hoffenheim), Sjoeke Nusken (Eintracht Frankfurt). Chantal Hagel (Hoffenheim). Chantal Hagel has been listed as the 24th player in the squad so if any player were to drop out, she will take their place.

The Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ann-Katrin Berger, Merle Frohms, Almuth Schult.

Defenders: Sara Doorsoun, Giulia Gwinn, Marina Hegering, Kathrin Hendrich, Sophia Kleinherne, Felicitas Rauch.

Midfield/Forwards: Nicole Anyomi, Jule Brand, Klara Bühl, Sara Däbritz, Linda Dallmann, Laura Freigang, Svenja Huth, Lena Lattwein, Sydney Lohmann, Lina Magull, Len Oberdorf, Alexandra Popp (C), Lea Schüller, Tabea Waßmuth.

The Head Coach:

Above: Germany’s national coach, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. Photo: DFB.

Germany are led by 54-year-old Martina Voss-Tecklenburg a legend of the women’s game. During her time as a player, she played for KBC Duisburg, TVS Siegen, and FCR 2001. For the national team, Voss-Tecklenburg represented Germany 125 times. She appeared at three World Cups (1991, 1995, and 1999) as well as the 1996 Olympic Games.

Voss-Tecklenburg has fond memories of the Euros, winning the competition four times (1989, 1991, 1995, and 1997) from five attempts. In 2009 she managed FCR 2001 Duisburg to UEFA Women’s Cup (now known as the Champions League) glory before going on to lead FF USV Jena. She led the Swiss national team from 2012-2018, taking them to the last sixteen in their first appearance at a World Cup in 2015. Voss-Tecklenburg also ensured qualification for Switzerland for their first European Championships in 2017. She took over as Germany’s national head coach in 2019.

Euros History:

The Germans are no strangers to Euros glory. They are the most successful team in the tournament’s history holding the record for the most titles. They have lifted the trophy eight times – 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013.

Qualifying:

Germany won eight out of eight matches in Group I as they soared through qualifying for this summer’s tournament, scoring an impressive 46 goals and conceding only one goal in the process with their biggest win coming against Montenegro which was 10-0 victory. They finished nine points clear of second-placed Ukraine.

Strengths:

Going forward Germany has an eye for goal and is a threat. Players like Magull, Freigang, and Popp scored goals regularly in qualifying and will have a goal or two in them once the tournament has begun.

Development Areas:

Despite a very strong qualifying campaign where Germany only conceded one goal to the Republic of Ireland, questions were asked of their defence after a shock 3-2 defeat in World Cup qualifying to Serbia back in April. So, if Germany is to go all the way to clinch a ninth European crown they will have to tighten up at the back.

Key Player:

Above: Lea Schüller, one of Germany’s most prominent players. Photo: Richard Callis/Sports Press Photo.

Lea Schüller. The 24-year-old was named 2021 German Player of The Year back in January. Schüller has had a great season for Bayern Munich scoring 21 goals in all competitions and bagging 11 goals in seven World Cup qualifying games for the national team.

One to watch:

Laura Freigang. The Eintracht Frankfurt forward scored 14 goals in all competitions and four during Germany’s qualifying group for this summer’s tournament.

Prediction:

Latter stages. I think Germany will be within the top eight of the tournament, so with that being said, I expect them to be anywhere from the quarterfinals onwards to the final. Germany certainly has the firepower up top, they just keep it tight in defence.

Group Fixtures:

8th July: Denmark, 8pm, Brentford Community Stadium, London.

12th July: Spain, 8pm, Brentford Community Stadium, London.

16th July: Finland, 8pm, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

This is Johnathan Stack‘s first article for Impetus. To read his bio, and those of the rest of our contributors, click here: https://impetusfootball.org/about-our-contributors/

Impetus is previewing a different nation every day between now and the start of the European Championships. Click below to read the previously published articles:

FRANCE – by Jean-Pierre Thiesset: https://impetusfootball.org/2022/06/25/euros-preview-france/

AUSTRIA – by Jorge Ceron: https://impetusfootball.org/2022/06/26/euros-preview-austria/

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