The German women have won the World Cup twice so far, but they didn’t even make it to the semi-finals of the last tournament. But – good news: They want to play. The team, led by national trainer Voss-Tecklenburg, is really up for it: in Australia and New Zealand, in life in a team, in international comparison and, of course, in football. The players confirmed all of this to GLAMOR.
And the DFB selection does not have to hide: At the European Championships in England, the players put on a strong tournament, in the final of which they left the field as runners-up in the world championships.
Women’s World Cup: who will kick for Germany?
National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has called the following players into the squad:
Goal: Ann-Katrin Berger, Merle Frohms, and Stina Johannes
Defense: Sara Doorsoun, Chantal Hagel, Marina Hegering, Kathrin Hendrich, Sophia Kleinherne, Sjoeke Nüsken, and Felicitas Rauch
Midfield/Attack: Nicole Anyomi, Jule Brand, Klara Bühl, Sara Däbritz, Laura Freigang, Svenja Huth, Lena Lattwein, Melanie Leupolz, Sydney Lohmann, Lina Magull, Lena Oberdorf, Alexandra Popp, Lea Schüller
Captain is Alexandra Popp.
Women’s World Cup: Will the games be broadcast on TV?
In July 2023 you can answer this question: yes. ARD and ZDF broadcast all games live and then also make the highlights available as streams in their media libraries.
However, for a long time it looked bad for a broadcast on German TV: the time difference would not attract enough viewers in front of the screens, it was said. It’s too expensive because FIFA, which owns the rights to the World Cup, senses more money here thanks to increased interest in women’s football. It wouldn’t interest enough.
There is exactly one counter-reaction to all of these statements on our part: LOL. When the 2002 Men’s Soccer World Cup took place in Japan with a seven-hour time difference, there was no reason for any TV broadcaster not to secure the rights to the sporting event. The rights for the 2026 Men’s World Cup in Canada, the USA and Mexico have of course been clarified for a long time, despite a time difference of up to nine hours. It’s almost logical that FIFA, an inherently opaque and scandalous club, would want more money to broadcast the World Cup – but it has to be worth it to the TV stations. At the time of the World Cup in Qatar in winter 2022, when they had to plan the typical pre-Christmas program like “Three hazelnuts for Cinderella” for games like South Korea against Ghana, it was never up for debate whether all these games would not be broadcast. And please: Last year, 18 million people watched the final of the European Women’s Soccer Championship in London. Sure, that took place with German participation, but only those who can be seen can build up a fan base and provide enough youngsters. And that brings us to the next point:
It is actually a scandal that the broadcasting rights for the Women’s World Cup were only awarded a month before kick-off: How could a sport arrive in the middle of society if it is not a major global event in Germany live, but only could be followed in the margins of the last page of the sports section of a daily newspaper? Luckily, public service broadcasting has just turned the corner, showing sexism in sport a clear edge and giving us a summer fairy tale with the Women’s World Cup – from July 20, 2023 on television and live on site in Australia and New Zealand !