Germany & the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Flaming soccer ball in German flag.

Vancouver, BC – August 23, 2023 – In Vancouver, there wasn’t much fuss made about the German Women’s Team and, as far as I could tell, no watch parties were instigated. Instead, local German-related websites announced things like:

🚨 Countdown: only 366 days left until the kickoff of the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship in Germany! 🎉⚽️
Get ready for the ultimate football extravaganza! 🌍🏆🔥 With the official claim “Heimspiel für Europa” (Home Game for Europe), the UEFA Euro 2024 promises to be a tournament like no other. 🌍
We will celebrate the values of respect, fairness, unity, and the spirit of Europe! 🤝🌍 Let’s come together to witness the best teams battle it out for glory on the big stage! 🌟🏆
Stay tuned for updates and exclusive content as we countdown to the UEFA Euro 2024! 🗓️🔜🙌

And I realized that the Women’s World Cup had suddenly ended, with Spain being the big winner against England, and yet no one had really talked about what happened to the German Women’s Team. So here it goes.

First of all, who was on the team for 2023?

Goalkeepers: Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea FC), Merle Frohms (VFL Wolfsburg), Stina Johannes (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Defenders: Sara Doorsoun (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marina Hegering (VfL Wolfsburg), Kathrin Hendrich (VfL Wolfsburg), Sophia Kleinherne (Eintracht Frankfurt), Sjoeke Nüsken (Eintracht Frankfurt), Felicitas Rauch (VfL Wolfsburg)

Midfielders: Sara Däbritz (Olympique Lyonnais), Chantal Hagel (1899 Hoffenheim), Svenja Huth (VfL Wolfsburg), Sydney Lohmann (Bayern Munich), Lena Lattwein (VfL Wolfsburg), Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea FC), Lina Magull (Bayern Munich), Lena Oberdorf (VfL Wolfsburg)

Forwards: Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg), Nicole Anyomi (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jule Brand (VfL Wolfsburg), Klara Bühl (Bayern Munich), Laura Freigang (Eintracht Frankfurt), Lea Schüller (Bayern Munich).

The first game was July 24th, 2023, where Germany played against Morocco and scored 6:0.


German Team

  • 1 Merle Frohms
  • 9 Svenja Huth
  • 3 Kathrin-Julia Hendrich
  • 23 Sara Doorsoun
  • 17 Felicitas Rauch
  • 18 Melanie Leupolz
  • 13 Sara Dabritz
  • 22 Jule Brand
  • 20 Lina Magull
  • 19 Klara Buhl
  • 11 Alexandra Popp

German Substitutes

  • 12 Ann-Katrin Berger
  • 16 Nicole Anyomi (s 64′)
  • 10 Laura Freigang (s 82′)
  • 2 Chantal Hagel (s 89′)
  • 5 Marina Hegering
  • 4 Sophia Kleinherne
  • 14 Lena Lattwein (s 65′)
  • 8 Sydney Lohmann
  • 15 Sjoeke Nusken
  • 6 Lena Oberdorf
  • 7 Lea Schuller (s 64′)
  • 21 Stina Johanne

Germany’s second game was against Columbia, and they lost 2:1 on July 30th, 2023 in the Sydney Football Stadium in Australia, thanks to a last-minute goal by Manuela Vanegas. It was really an amazing goal, I have to say. There were 17 fouls and 3 yellow cards by the Columbian Team, while Germany had 8 fouls and 1 yellow card.

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Finally, Germany played against South Korea and the score was 1:1. South Korea had no yellow or red cards, although 11 fouls, while Germany had 1 yellow card and 14 fouls. Apparently the German team passed the ball 559 times, while Korea passed the ball 230 times. It was also the first time that the Korean Republic played against Germany, so it was a good game.

But it was sad that Germany did not advance past the group stages of the FIFA World Cup for the first time! They had to leave the World Cup 17 days before the final!

So there you have it, that is what happened to the German Team during the World Cup.

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