Germany lost 2-1 to Sweden in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Saturday evening. The defeat against the Scandinavian side hurts the team coached by Martina Voss- Tecklenburg in two ways.
Not only will they not advance to the World Cup semifinals, but due to the absence of a European Olympic women’s qualifying competition, the FIFA WWC also serves that purpose.
As a result of the fact that three teams from the continent will do better than the Germans, the latter will not get a chance to defend their Olympic gold medal from Rio 2016, at Tokyo 2020!
Missing the games in Japan will be a huge setback for women’s soccer in Germany, which as critics state has already stood still for almost a decade, as other countries have made enormous progress in that time span.
As I pointed out in the previous post, there was a major debate going on among German soccer fans and experts about what to make of this women’s national team.
I am now ready to admit that I was on the wrong side of that debate.
I was part of the group that out of hope rather than expectation thought that the team was in good shape, given its four victories from the first four games without conceding a single goal in the process, despite the fact that they never played up to their potential in those matches.
The truth is that they were hopeless with the first bit of adversity that they faced. Part of that is certainly down to the team’s lack of experienced players.
After a first half against Sweden in which Germany was lucky to go to the locker room even at 1-1, Martina Voss- Tecklenburg brought in Dzsenifer Marozsan who recovered from a broken toe, sustained in the group match against China.
She clearly could not perform the messianic role assigned to her, after an injury that normally takes months to recover from. The team needed more veteran leadership.
The semifinals will feature the US vs. England and Sweden vs. the Netherlands.