She is Germany’s female soccer player of the year!

She is Germany’s female soccer player of the year!

Wolfsburg – If not her, then who? German national team captain Alexandra Pope, 32, is with Germany for the third time Footballer of the year in which he was elected. She was able to obtain this award in 2014 and 2016.

Alexandra Popp (32, centre) has been named German Footballer of the Year for the third time. © William West/AFP

in history soccer schedule In the elections that took place, the Wolfsburg player got 257 votes out of 386 votes, thus winning a clear difference over her Wolfsburg teammate Lena Oberdorf (21, 39 votes) and Leah Schuller (25, nine votes), which seeks to achieve the goals of FC Bayern Munich.

All three play for the German national team, and Schuller won the title last year.

Pope celebrated a very successful year with her club: Wolfsburg won the DFB Cup, finished second and reached the Champions League final, which the team narrowly lost to FC Barcelona.

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In addition, the German header, who doesn’t actually play up front at the club, became the top scorer in the Women’s Bundesliga.

On the other hand, things were not going well with the national team after finishing second in the European Championship in the summer of 2022: in the World Cups in Australia and New Zealand, the national team was eliminated from the preliminary round of the tournament. First time.

However, Pope was able to excel here too: the trailblazer scored four goals in three matches and was instrumental in ensuring that the hope of reaching the last 16 could continue to the last.

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Alexandra Pope: “Now I can ignore it and stand on top of it”

As a captain, Alexandra Popp (32, CM) led Wolfsburg to the cup, the runners-up title and the Champions League final. © David’s Hindi Song / dpa

Could the ‘Footballer of the Year’ title be a consolation for Pope in a disappointing World Cup?

“I am very happy about this,” the German captain said in an interview with Kicker newspaper about her award. “It is recognition of my achievements over the past 12 months. It makes me very proud.”

However, she hasn’t forgotten the failed World Cup: “It’s a huge disappointment for all of us and for German football. The quality of our performance hasn’t changed since last year. But it wasn’t the performance in all three group stage matches, including ‘against Morocco’ that we envisioned, that It’s disappointing and upsetting.”

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But with about three weeks to go, she can now deal with the frustration: “It’s the same with men: there are 80m national coaches – and everyone knows better. I can now ignore that and stand on top of it.”

Things are supposed to improve in the Nations League scheduled for next September. Even if she has yet to make a final decision about her career with the national team, the newly crowned Footballer of the Year said, “As of now, I’m going there.”

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