Voss-Tecklenburg: "We didn’t dream of that"

The bitter final defeat of the German women at the European Championships was almost a week ago. National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg can take a lot from the tournament – and hopes for a lasting influence on women’s football.

Good mood: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and her teams showed a great tournament.

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“Of course we hoped that we would play great, thrilling football,” said Voss-Tecklenburg on Saturday evening when visiting the “Aktuelle Sportstudio”. “But in the end almost 18 million will see our final and we’ll play this European Championship the way we played it, that’s something we never dreamed of.”

But the German team showed rousing football and took the whole country with them. The team from Voss-Tecklenburg made it to the final. There England was just ahead and won in extra time. Of course, this team did a lot for women’s football in this tournament. “Of course, the disappointment was great at first, but at the latest when we arrived at the Römer in Frankfurt and saw how we inspired and reached people, how much we were celebrated for second place, that made up for a lot,” said goalkeeper Merle Frohms, who was also in the ZDF studio.

Of course, the hope for players and coaches is that this tournament will also have an impact on the Bundesliga. The national coach knows what it will take in the future to further establish women’s football and make it even more popular. “We need kick-off times at prime time, not just for the women’s national team,” says Voss-Tecklenburg.

Frohms: “Take the euphoria with you”

The 54-year-old coach added: “I would also be in favor of basic salaries in the Bundesliga for all footballers so that they no longer have to work part-time. I’m also in favor of fairness for talented people. Talent is not a question of gender, including top talent among them Girls should be able to go to the NLZ.” For Frohms, it is now clear that it is now a matter of “taking the euphoria with us. It’s also about the clubs supporting it and making us visible, we have to fill the stadiums.”

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