Germany women's national football team

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August 13, 2022

The Germany women's national football team represents Germany in international women's football. Until 1990, the team represented West Germany, and afterwards the team naturally became the entire German national team. The national team is one of the most successful teams in the world in terms of results. They are double world champions, having won the WC twice in a row. Germany are also the reigning European champions, and they have won the EC 8 out of 11 times (the other three times have been won by Norway (twice) and Sweden), and have taken every EC and WC title from 2001 to 2009. Olympic gold it was first in 2016 during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

History

In 1955, the German Football Association (DFB) decided that women's football should be banned, on the grounds that: "this combative sport is fundamentally alien to female nature" and that "body and soul would inevitably suffer", and moreover, this would be an ugly breach of etiquette . These somewhat old-fashioned views are not unlike what Fløya received from feedback from the NFF. Only in 1970 was the ban lifted, but in the meantime several German women's football clubs had been formed. However, the DFB was skeptical about getting involved, and it was only in 1981 that a women's national football team was founded, and then only after being asked to send one team to an unofficial World Cup. In 1982, the German national team was officially formed, and the coach was Gero Bisanz. Bisanz struggled to catch up to the lead Sweden, Norway, England and Italy had gained. Things didn't go well at first, and despite Germany winning the unofficial World Cup with club team Bergisch Gladbach 09, the team failed to qualify for either the European Championships in 1984 or 1987. However, things improved in 1989, when Germany hosted the European Championships on home ground. Germany reached the final and surprisingly won 4-1 over reigning champions and favorites Norway. Germany repeated the feat in 1991, also against Norway, with 3-1 after extra time. Germany seemed invincible, but already later that year this changed. During the World Cup in China in 1991, Germany lost to the USA in the semi-finals, and later they lost heavily in the bronze final. The same thing happened again in the European Championship in Italy, where Germany lost on penalties against the host nation in the semi-finals, just as Italy had experienced against Germany in the European Championship in Germany four years earlier. Germany also now lost the bronze final, this time against Denmark. This was the last time Germany lost a European Championship. In the World Cup, Germany reached the final after beating China in the semi-finals. However, there was a 0-2 loss for Norway. The following year, Germany made it to the Olympics in Atlanta because of the good effort in the World Cup the year before. However, things did not go so well for Germany, who were knocked out in the preliminary rounds by Norway and Brazil. Bisanz then retired as coach of the national team after coaching the team for 14 years. The heir was former assistant coach Tina Theune Meyer. Her first assignment was the EC in Norway and Sweden. Germany managed to knock out home team Norway in the qualifiers, then went on to knock out the other home team, Sweden, in the semi-finals, before Germany also won the final against Italy. However, the World Cup would continue to be Germany's scourge. In the 1999 World Cup, Germany was knocked out in the quarter-finals, once again by the USA. Theune Meyer's crew wouldn't do it in the Olympics either. After clearly winning the group, which included Sweden and Brazil, Germany lost the semi-final against Norway after an own goal. However, Germany got bronze after beating Brazil 2-0. Already the following year, Germany got revenge, by beating Norway in the semi-finals of the EC. Germany also won the final against Sweden on the Golden Goal. In the World Cup in 2003, Germany met the USA in the semi-finals, but this time Germany won, and went to the final. Once again Sweden waited, and once again the match went to extra time. And again Germany won on a golden goal. Germany had thus won the World Cup for the first time at the third attempt. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, old history repeated itself; no