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Women’s DFB Cup final: Alexandra Popp complains about the “changing of the guard”

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Women’s DFB Cup final: Alexandra Popp complains about the “changing of the guard”

As of: April 18, 2024 7:14 p.m

Wolfsburg’s captain Alexandra Popp vehemently opposes the fact that the balance of power in German women’s football is currently shifting.

Signed boxing gloves from Muhammad Ali hang on the wall of the gallery named after the reporting legend Kurt Brumme. An announcement poster with Boris Becker’s original signature can be found behind glass in the Sports and Olympic Museum, as can a slightly faded jersey of the Brazilian national team from the 1974 World Cup.

The fact that Giulia Gwinn and Alexandra Popp were also in this room talking about the upcoming women’s cup final in Cologne on May 9th was fitting because the defender from FC Bayern and the striker from VfL Wolfsburg also have something historic planned.

Cologne stadium sold out again

Rarely has the constellation been as exciting as in this edition, when the cup winner is chosen in Cologne, as has been usual since 2010. Bayern leads the women’s Bundesliga by seven points with four match days to go and could win the double in the cathedral city for the first time in its history.

Wolfsburg, on the other hand, would like to celebrate their tenth cup triumph in a row; VfL has won 49 cup games in a row. This showdown in the Rhein-Energie Stadium with a colorful fan and family festival on the stadium lawns will be sold out for the second time.

The actress Liz Baffoe raved about the “second most important event after the Rose Monday procession”. Which sounded a bit exaggerated, but the Wolfsburg women do it year after year celebrated cabin party fits into this image of happiness, which is particularly popular in the Rhineland.

Uninhibited celebration in the fatigue pool for nine years

VfL leader Popp, who was back in action for the weekend, said with a broad grin how, year after year, after the final, “everyone jumps into the pool of fatigue with a beer in their hand – and the trophy floats along too.”

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Gwinn could only report with embarrassment that he had “failed at Wolfsburg every year.” Previously with Freiburg, then with Bayern. But now they want to finally win “a final that football Germany wanted”.

Your club president Herbert Hainer recently announced the changing of the guard. And because the competitor is increasingly losing the competition for the best players – national player Lena Oberdorf is moving to Munich, Dominique Janssen is not extending her contract, striker Ewa Pajor wants to activate her exit clause for a move to Barcelona – this terminology is also being used outside of Munich .

Popp: “That’s absolutely disrespectful”

However, when asked about the sports show at the bar table, Popp’s veins of anger immediately swelled – and she started screaming as if someone had kicked her behind the Achilles heel. “I hate that word, honestly!”

And the 138-time international player continued: “Changing of the guard? That’s absolutely disrespectful.” Just because the Munich team has been ahead for one or two years doesn’t mean it can be said: “For me, it’s only a changing of the guard when you win titles consistently over the years.”

Her employer is actually the figurehead in German women’s football; “Incredible work” is being done in Munich, said the 33-year-old, “but it has to be delivered over several years before we talk about a word like that.” Just a few weeks ago, Bayern made a show of force by winning 4-0 in Wolfsburg.

Bayern have been undefeated in 35 league games

Her national team colleague Gwinn didn’t want to fuel the explosive topic with taunts. “I wouldn’t speak of a changing of the guard at the moment. We’re doing quite well to live in the here and now,” said the 24-year-old.

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“We are of course very proud that we are first in the league and now have the opportunity to reach for another title in the cup final.” Across all seasons, your team has been undefeated in 35 league games and has only conceded six goals this season.

What is the secret of success on the Bayern campus? “We have made great commitments, found ourselves as a team and are also a huge community off the pitch,” explained Gwinn, who played in the national team’s recent victories in the European Championship qualification against Austria (3:2) and Iceland (3:1). for the injured Popp wore the captain’s armband.

Alexandra Popp could stop wearing the DFB dress in the summer

The Wolfsburg native was completely fine with the decision; she fully believed Gwinn could do it. “I was curious to see how Horst Hrubesch would decide.”

The goalscorer once again indicated that this summer’s Olympic Games in the DFB uniform could be over after her clubmate Svenja Huth has already resigned. “It’s also an issue for me as to what happens next.” Many people in the association are now expecting her to resign before Christian Wück takes over as the new national coach.

Gwinn would wear the armband again starting in the summer

Gwinn, who has recovered from two cruciate ligament tears, would certainly not turn down the leadership role (“I’ve learned a lot in the last few years”). But on Thursday she was smart enough not to start an unnecessary power struggle with the previously irritable incumbent.

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The last time there was one like this was around the 2010 World Cup for men between Philipp Lahm and Michael Ballack.

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