Olympic Games in Heerenveen

olympic games in heerenveen

Last Update: 27.02.2024 19: 18

In the Nations League, the DFB women’s team will meet on Wednesday (28.02.2024, from 20:45 in the Audio Livestream sportschau.de) in Heerenveen on the Netherlands. Only the winners of the match are qualified for the Olympic football tournament. Horst Hrubesch’s team missed the first Chance by winning 1-2 in France last Friday.

By Inka Blumensaat, Heerenveen

The small town of Heerenveen in Friesland is known for Speed Skating, regularly hosting world and European Championships. The stadium of the local football club SC is now not about medals on the grass, but still between the Netherlands and Germany it’s all about qualifying for the Summer Olympics. “We will try again to determine the game, we want to push through our game and carry out our clear match plan”, says national coach Horst Hrubesch in the press conference before the game.

This was also the clear direction of the March before the match against France last Friday, but the Hrubesch team failed to implement the planned dominance in the first half in Lyon. After the break, the game of the Germans improved, but in the end there was a 1:2 defeat. “We shook ourselves again and then adjusted to the game against the Netherlands. We will bundle everything to make it positive”, so Hrubesch.

Stronger at home than away

Notable in the games of Nations League since last autumn:the team’s performance is much stronger at home than away, followed in December by a convincing victory against Denmark in Rostock, an extremely close 0-0 at The Last of the preliminary round group in Wales. “Home games feel better.”, says captain Alexandra Popp and adds with a view to the expected number of spectators at Abe Lenstra Stadium: “But we have to deal with it when 20,000 are against us. That can also be quite cool.” The national coach added: “It must be fun to quiet this stadium.”

Hrubesch summons the fun factor

The Netherlands have a disappointing game against Spain: with 0: 3 the Team of ex-Bundesliga coach Andries Jonker lost the world champions in Seville and got only a few chances. At the World Cup, the “Oranje”Eleven had reached the quarterfinals, while the Germans had to travel home after the preliminary round for the first time in a major tournament. Hrubesch nevertheless sees both Teams on an equal footing: “The question is: who wants it more and who gets it better? This is an endgame that you have to accept like this. And you have to have fun with it. Even if you have to torment yourself and work, in the end, having fun with football is also crucial.”

The last success against the Netherlands

In the most recent meeting of both Teams in a Test match in April 2023 in Sittard, the German footballers narrowly won through a goal from Sydney Lohmann. Goalkeepers Merle Frohms and Ann-Katrin Berger, each one half in action, saved their Team from defeat with outstanding parades, as Alexandra Popp recalls: “Anne (Ann-Katrin Berger, the editor) saved our ass, we want to do that better this time. We know the speed of the Dutch attacking players and want to tackle it.”

Great importance of the game

After the early exit at the World Cup and the failure of the German Teams in the group stage of the Champions League (for which top club VfL Wolfsburg did not even qualify) missing the Olympic Games would be another deep blow for German football, whose weak phase comes at an inopportune time anyway: Women’s football has never been more accepted and popular, the marketing opportunities for Teams and players are becoming greater and greater. But if the sporting success is missing, all this would be deprived of the Basis. Captain Popp explains the importance of the game: “We know what it is about: also about preserving one’s own face. We want to put it on the record. We need to put it on the plate.”

Hrubesch announces that he will also travel to France as a Tourist in the summer if necessary: “It’s on the itinerary anyway, but preferably with the girls.” Would he prefer these” girls ” to his wife Angelika? “She would also go to the Olympics. My wife and the girls, that would be fine.”, he says. Should his Team lose to the Netherlands, the quick farewell of the national coach would be certain: “If we don’t make it, it would be time off.”

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