Dfb boss keller on dfb women: coming back to top of the world

dfb boss keller on dfb women: coming back to top of the world

After an atmospheric and successful end to the season, the german women’s soccer team is once again optimistic about the future.

"It was a great end to the year," said national coach martina voss-tecklenburg after the convincing and highly deserved 2-1 (1-1) victory over england at wembley stadium in london. She added: "we are in the middle of a process, and it is far from over."

The quarterfinal defeat at the world championships in france and the resulting absence from the 2020 olympics in tokyo had put a severe damper on german women’s soccer, which had been accustomed to success for years, this summer. But the flawless start to the european championship qualifiers, with twelve points from four games and 31:0 goals, and the prestigious victory against england, the fourth-place team in the world cup, give hope of a return to their former strength.

"We can go into the future with good hope and will certainly return to the top of the world," said DFB president fritz keller. The head of the german soccer federation, who led a high-ranking DFB delegation to england, said that the current gap to the top international teams must now be closed. Keller was impressed by the "special atmosphere" at wembley stadium with 77.768 spectators. "We have to learn from the english," said keller, expressing the hope that "we can do the same in germany".

Joti chatzialexiou, sporting director national teams, spoke of an "excellent setting" and an "outstanding game of soccer". Alexandra popp (9. Minute) and 18-year-old klara buhl (90.) had the victory of the german eleven at a counter-goal by ellen white (44.) shot out. "Games like this are important, it will help every player progress," said chatzialexiou.