Two dark horses of the World Cup meet in the opening match of Group B. Who will win in the clash of Germany vs China: the more physical Europeans or the more technical Asian side?
Both the men’s and the women’s German national team are usually considered to be competitive at international tournaments no matter the circumstances. But just like Joachim Low’s players disappointed in France last year, their female counterparts did the year prior when they were knocked out in the EURO’s quarterfinals against Denmark.
Between 1995 and 2013, the Germans defended the EURO championship at every tournament, but somewhere after that, the train derailed and has never gotten back on track. Steffi Jones, a former German international, was supposed to be the saviour, yet she had to go following the disappointing display in 2017.
While Jones‘s appointment was often linked with political power play, since she has strong ties with the German FA, now-national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg seemed to be the more qualified candidate. But Voss-Tecklenburg appeared as a harsh critic towards the FA and was forced to work her way up by leading the Swiss national team onto the international stage.