DFB women. joy with Berger – horror with Oberdorf – sports news about ice hockey, winter sports and more

Ending an unusual year, the DFB women lose to world champions USA. The scene is well ahead of the 2023 World Cup tournament.



14.11.2022 |: Status: 12:05 p.m

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg once again gave “a big compliment” to the German national team for this very varied, intense and also successful year.

Then, after a training trip to the USA, the European vice-champions flew back from New York. For the national coach, the next stage of preparation for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand began on Monday. From the beginning, there were concerns about Lena Oberdorf.

Because the DFB women had a lot to put up with on Sunday night in Harrison. Three days after a 2-1 win against the world champions in Fort Lauderdale, this time it was a 2-1 loss. Wolfsburg’s Jules Brand scored for the visitors in front of 26,317 spectators at the Red Bull Arena (18th minute). Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh then turned the game around (54th/56th). After a dominant first half, Germany were rocked by the Americans after the break.

“Light break” to Oberdorf-Aus

Voss-Tecklenburg saw a “slight break” in their team’s game after Oberdorf’s early dismissal (33′). The defensive midfielder of “Wolfsburg”, who is so important, had to go to the hospital for an X-ray examination with a shoulder injury. “He fell on his shoulder, we hope it’s not that bad,” the national coach said about the 20-year-old. There should be further investigations after Oberdorf’s return to Germany.

“We started very, very well in this game,” concluded Voss-Tecklenburg. After the break, however, you’ve made mistakes and acted impurely at times, ‘so they did United States were punished for their outstanding quality.”

It is from this that Voss-Tecklenburg and his coaching team hope for a huge learning effect. While the players now throw themselves back into the everyday life of the Bundesliga, with the VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich aces also continuing in the Champions League, the DFB staff are planning a training camp in Spain and a home international in February. At the same time, the opponents of the preliminary round of the World Cup are considered Morocco, Colombia and South Korea.

Berger’s return makes the DFB team happy

Voss-Tecklenburg is also counting on the experience of substitute goalkeeper Anne-Kathrin Berger for the July 20-August 20 tournament. The 32-year-old Chelsea player replaced goalkeeper Merle Fromms in the second match against the USA, and was replaced by Almut Schult in the second half. After the European Championship in England, Berger publicly announced that the thyroid cancer had returned.

However, after radioiodine therapy, he has been on the field for some time, even if the results of the treatment are still pending. Berger listened to the national anthem with a happy face. “I saw that smile too. It made me very happy because I know it was special for him after cancer to play here in front of 26,000 fans. And those are really important moments,” said the national coach.

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