The World Cup is hosted by Women’s Soccer Day in Australia and Norway

The World Cup is hosted by Women's Soccer Day in Australia and Norway

Wiesbaden (dpa) – Australian benchmark: After Belgium and the Netherlands are European champions at the start of the 2021 international match, one of the most interesting teams in world football is the German women’s national team test on Saturday (4.10 PM / ARD) in Wiesbaden.

Matilda, as Australians are called, has stepped up step by step to the top of the world, and rightly so, she is now among the favorites in the major tournaments – especially in 2023, when she hosts the World Cup with New Zealand. On Tuesday (4 PM / ZDF), the next strong contender in the German Football Association selection awaits in Wiesbaden with the Norwegians.

“Australia is an interesting opponent and we rarely play against them. They are physically strong, well trained and have some excellent players,” said Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, coach of the team. The last meeting so far was the 2016 Olympics. Games in Sao Paulo. As for the Olympic gold medalist, Matilda almost became a stumbling block after trailing 2-0 and calling Sarah DeBritz, two minutes before the end of the preliminary round, the Aussies were happy with an own goal.

“It was a very high-profile game,” says Däbritz. “I don’t remember the match just because of my goal.” The PSG playmaker will also be important in Wiesbaden. You have to lead the young team in the absence of some regular players like Dzsenifer Marozsan. All in all, the German team is about to take another step forward. “The team has developed very well since the 2019 World Cup Final. At 1: 2 in the Netherlands in February, we also saw that the nails still had to be turned. We are on our way to EM 2022 in England in an incomplete process.

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Against Australia with the best striker in the world currently Samantha Kerr, who plays for Chelsea and recently learned to fear Wolfsburg in the Champions League, it is important for the DFB to take advantage of their strength. “We should not engage in physical duels, because we will have problems. Playing without the ball is important for us, but it is also direct and fast groups. The motto for this match and next Tuesday against Norway is: maximum and quality,” says Voss-Tecklenburg.

Given the many matches her national players have played from Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg, the national coach wants to pay a lot of attention to pregnancy control and accept exemptions. “We are not going to ask for everything, so we don’t see everything,” says Voss-Tecklenburg.

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