Football: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg defends itself against criticism after World Cup out
National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has resisted criticism in the direction of the German Football Association (DFB) after the premature World Cup finals in the quarterfinals. "I am far from practicing any kind of monstrosity because I simply believe that we have a good base," said the 51-year-old as part of the "adesso Media Day" in Dortmund.
Voss-Tecklenburg said that other nations did a really good job and saw Germany, as well as the old and new world champions USA as role models for a long time. She resisted "having overslept something". Most likely European nations have been meant as European champions and World Cup finalists Netherlands or the World Cup semi-finalist England. Both countries have adopted some reforms in women's football over the past few years and have made enormous strides towards Germany. Even the European competitors from France, Sweden, Spain or Italy had left a good impression at the World Cup.
There will be changes in the DFB team
Germany had already failed at the World Cup in France in the quarterfinals to Sweden. Thus, the DFB selection in the coming year at the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not be represented. Also at the European Championship 2017, the German team was prematurely eliminated in the quarterfinals. After another early break in a big tournament, there was criticism of a lack of investment and a lack of professionalism in German women's football. Read here a comment on the topic.
Critic had expressed among other things Ralf Kellermann. "Over the past few years, people have been too rested on their successes and not really taking the process that has been hinted at for a long time", wrote the sports boss of double winner VfL Wolfsburg in the "kicker". For the manager of the seven-time champion 1. FFC Frankfurt, Siegfried Dietrich, it is "obvious that invested in other European associations and leagues much and is done for women's football," he told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
In the next international match in the European Championship qualification, the DFB selection against Montenegro on 31 August (12:30 clock, TV: ARD). Until then, the face of the team may have changed. The longtime national player Lena Goeßling has already announced her retirement from the DFB team, immediately after the World Cup, coach Voss-Tecklenburg even hinted at more resignations. Goalkeeper Almuth Schult will miss several weeks due to shoulder surgery. It is also conceivable changes in the defense, which was a weakness in the tournament in France.