Trouble about the squad for the Women’s World Cup
Disappointed DFB accuses FC Bayern of breach of word
5/31/2023 1:04 p.m
With 20 runners-up European champions, the German soccer players start their hunt for the title at the World Cup. National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has nominated 28 players for her extended squad for the finals. There is gossip about the deportations with champions Bayern Munich.
Without the long-term injured Giulia Gwinn, but with mother Melanie Leupolz and additional trouble about FC Bayern Munich, the German footballers are preparing for the World Cup. Full-back Gwinn is missing from the provisional 28-man squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, as national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg announced in Frankfurt/Main. On the other hand, midfielder Leupolz from Chelsea is part of the squad just eight months after the birth of her son.
There is unexpected trouble about the release of the five players from FC Bayern Munich. They will only arrive at the training camp on June 23, which is three days later. “Contrary to agreements made at the beginning of the year, one club unfortunately decided not to release their players by June 20, as agreed,” said Joti Chatzialexiou, sporting director of the national teams, in a DFB statement. “We were still in talks until yesterday evening to find a solution that would benefit the team and all the players, but we didn’t get a satisfactory result. We’re disappointed because it has a major impact on preparation.”
The team of vice European champions is led by captain Alexandra Popp and goalkeeper Merle Frohms from VfL Wolfsburg. Gwinn had not played a game since her second cruciate ligament tear in October. “Giulia is very far along with her rehabilitation plan, but she’s missing several weeks of training time,” said Voss-Tecklenburg 50 days before the start of the World Cup tournament (July 20 to August 20). In addition to Gwinn, goalkeeper Almuth Schult (pregnancy) and Linda Dallmann (syndrome tear) are also missing from the EM squad. The core of the squad consists of the players from Champions League finalists VfL Wolfsburg (10), followed by Eintracht Frankfurt (6) and Bayern (5). In addition to the 28 nominees, ten other players are available on call.
After the two training camps in Herzogenaurach with friendlies on June 24 in Offenbach against Vietnam and on July 7 in Fürth against Zambia, the final squad with 23 players will be announced. The DFB women meet Morocco (June 24), Colombia (July 30) and South Korea (August 3) in the World Cup preliminary round. Voss-Tecklenburg relies largely on the trunk of the EM 2022 in England.