IIn German women's football, there was already a dominant field player who stood far above all others with her skills. Her name is Birgit Prinz. On Monday helped during the World Cup in France as a team psychologist active German record national player and record goalscorer in goalkeeping training. And as she drummed on Almuth Schult three times in a row from the right corner of the six-yard box and then flicked the ball into the goal after the same trick with the outside of the goalkeeper, that had quality.
If it would be so easy to rejuvenate the 41-year-old prince and this Wednesday (18 clock in the F.A.Z. live ticker for the Women's World Cup and ZDF and DAZN) against Spain in the second group game in Valenciennes on the lawn? Then Martina Voss-Tecklenburg would have the solution ready for a scenario that the DFB women announced on Tuesday after two days of secrecy and also targeted misinformation ("We have to look from day to day"): Dzsenifer Marozsan is not only against the game Spain, but according to the words of coach Voss-Tecklenburg at least for the third round match on Monday against South Africa.
Already on Saturday evening after the brutal entry of the Chinese Wang Shanshan at the beginning of the German 1-0 inaugural victory in Rennes in the hospital a fracture of the left middle toe was diagnosed; The information was withheld because of collusion with Marozsans club Olympique Lyon and also to gain time for the "processing of the shock", as Voss-Tecklenburg said. The playmaker herself was combative. There is no reason to "hang your head. Anyone who knows me knows for sure that I will not give up easily, "wrote Marozsan on Instagram.
For the time being, however, the German team is missing the best player, whose skills in the passing game and goal ending the entire game was aligned. "She can not be replaced because she has unique skills," said Voss-Tecklenburg. "We have to compensate as a team." The coach gave no indication of their plan B: It would be conceivable renunciation of a classic playmaker and a variant with the dual tip Alexandra Popp and Lea Schüller. Then, of course, the DFB-Elf would open rooms in the center where the Spaniards could raise their Tiki-Taka short-pass match. As the only 17-year-old Lena Oberdorf as a center player would be the better solution.
In any case, the game against Spain is now more of a "duel at eye level", as Voss-Tecklenburg put it, where now the "difference player" in the German team is missing, who had already missed the 2011 World Cup and 2015 only severely impaired could play through an ankle injury, which then missed the FFC Frankfurt for months because of the consequences. Unlike Lyon today, the FFC was not included in the decision to continue the World Cup.
Spanish coach Jorge Vilda may have been relieved to hear the news, even though he claims to continue with a Marozsan mission. "I have played with a broken toe even before. It is possible, "he said. The Spaniards, who after unexpected problems and a 1-0 halftime deficit have won their first game against South Africa 3-1, but speculate now all the more on the first success after two defeats and two draws against Germany. "We have respect. But we are not intimidated, "said captain Marta Torrejón, whose brother Marc has just risen with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga. Many players of the Spanish squad have already had good experience against Germany. Of the twelve U-17 European Championships so far, Germany have won seven, Spain four, the two most recent U-19 European Championships won Spain as well as the U-17 World Cup last year.
"Everything has to start somewhere," said Amanda Sampedro, who was present at the first Spanish success of the juniors at all. "Since 2010, we have moved forward." The Spaniards, who had failed in 2015 in their first World Cup participation in the preliminary round, also feel the tailwind of the upswing of the domestic league: A name sponsor guarantees the club annually two million euros, a TV contract brings another three million and guaranteed live broadcasts. In addition, April caused a sensation that in the top flight Atlético Madrid FC Barcelona against 60,000 people watched. Nearly 20,000 spectators came to the semi-final of the Champions League in the Mini Estadi in the vicinity of Camp Nou, while FC Bayern Munich had the first leg played one week earlier in the only 2500 spectators stadium on the club's own campus – to the annoyance of his players.
But coach Vilda wants the progress of the Spanish Do not overstate women's football. "One day we want to stand in front of Germany. But they are still far ahead of us and are World Cup favorites, "said the 37-year-old Spaniard:" If you look at the players, then you know what they can. "Without Dzsenifer Marozsan, of course, the Germans can do a little less.
. (tagsToTranslate) Dzsenifer Marozsán (t) Birgit Prinz (t) Almuth Schult (t) Jorge Vilda (t) ZDF (t) DFB (t) Olympique Lyon