Team analysis

Germany

Germany

Germany squad
No.PlayerBornPos.ESPSUIAUTGSClub
1Lena Pauels02/02/1998Goalkeeper9090 SV Werder Bremen (GER)
2Lisa Karl15/01/1997Midfield11*
3Anna Gerhardt17/04/1998Defender9090 FC Bayern München (GER)
4Michaela Specht15/02/1997Defender53*90 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (GER)
5Melissa Friedrich06/05/1997Defender37+ 90 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
6Saskia Matheis06/06/1997Midfield 45* 1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
7Pia-Sophie Wolter13/11/1997Midfield66* 45* VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
8Lina Hausicke30/12/1997Midfield909073* FF USV Jena (GER)
9Nina Ehegötz22/02/1997Forward9028+901 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
10Laura Freigang01/02/1998Midfield9045+902 Pennsylvania State University (USA)
11Lea Schüller12/11/1997Midfield9029+45+ SGS Essen (GER)
12Vanessa Fischer18/04/1998Goalkeeper 90 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
13Isabella Hartig12/08/1997Defender909090 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (GER)
14Melanie Ott13/04/1997Midfield 62*17+ FSV Gütersloh 2009 (GER)
15Isabella Möller04/02/1998Midfield79+9045+ 1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
16Jana Feldkamp15/03/1998Midfield909090 SGS Essen (GER)
17Jasmin Sehan16/06/1997Midfield 61*45* VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
18Stefanie Sanders12/06/1998Forward24+90902 SV Werder Bremen (GER)
19Katja Orschmann08/01/1998Defender 90 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Germany coach Maren Meinert

Coach: Maren Meinert
05/08/73
"We are obviously disappointed more than anything else. We imagined we would do better and wanted to progress from the group. However, Spain and Switzerland were clearly better than us. Competitions are also always important as they help you to develop because you can compare yourself to the other players at international level."

Germany team analysis

Germany team analysis

  • Held a compact defensive shape with the full-backs tucking in, starting from an invariably high defensive line which also formed the foundations for their attacking play.
  • Effective in winning possession in dangerous areas and then distributing the ball intelligently.
  • The wide midfielders' roles were very important in the defensive phase, leading to them holding a lot of the possession in their games.
  • 4-4-2 was the basic formation, but this mutated into a 4-2-4 when they would press high.
  • Full-backs used effectively to make the pitch very long and wide; happy to get up in support of attacks on both sides.
  • Stefanie Sanders (No18) played a big role in games against Switzerland and Austria, often the target for Germany's attacks.
  • Holding midfielder would often drop into the defence when Germany had possession, allowing the full-backs to push forward while guaranteeing cover at the back.
  • Had excellent options in attack with Laura Freigang (No10), Lea Schüller (No11) and Sanders all able to fill different roles.
  • Employed zonal marking from set-pieces as a team, leaving one player free for transitions.