Long-time head coach Silva Neid named 15 players from the 2015 Women’s World Cup and added eight players with a combined 39 senior team caps to the SheBelieves Cup roster.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)
DEFENDERS (7): Saskia Bartusiak (1. FFC Frankfurt), Kathrin Hendrich (1. FFC Frankfurt), Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies), Tabea Kemme (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Annike Krahn (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Leonie Maier (FC Bayern München), Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Melanie Behringer (FC Bayern München), Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), Sara Däbritz (FC Bayern München), Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), Lena Goeßling (VfL Wolfsburg), Svenja Huth (Vfl Wolfsburg), Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg)
FORWARDS (6): Mandy Islacker (1. FFC Frankfurt), Lina Magull (SC Freiburg), Dzsenifer Marozsan (1. FFC Frankfurt), Anja Mittag (Paris St. Germain FC), Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg), Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg)
Since the Women's World Cup
Since finishing fourth at the Women’s World Cup in Canada, Germany has been in qualifying for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Championship, dominating the competition as usual and leading Group 5 with 12 points, defeating Hungary, Croatia, Russia and Turkey. This will be the first match of 2016 for the Germans and the first tournament game since their most recent of Euro qualifying action back in October. Qualifiers continue April 8 against Turkey in Istanbul.
Who to Watch
Even with the retirements of famed goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and prolific striker Célia Šašić, the Germans still have multiple players with extensive experience at the international level. Leading the way is forward Anja Mittag, who has scored 39 goals in her 132 caps and who won the Bronze Boot with five goals at the Women’s World Cup, as well as veteran midfielder Melanie Behringer (30 goals in 128 games). Almuth Schult will likely take over in goal, but she has a group of veteran defenders in front of her, including Annike Krahn (128 caps) and Saskia Bartusiak (89 caps). Germany has some of the most dangerous attacking players in the world, first and foremost attacking midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, who at 23 is widely considered one of the best young players in the world. Only two players on Germany’s roster play outside of their home country in Mittag, who plays for PSG in France, and defender Josephine Henning, who plays for the Arsenal Ladies in England.
2015 Women’s World Cup Finish
The two-time World Cup champions were drawn into one of the less challenge groups, facing Norway, Thailand and Ivory Coast. In the group stage, Germany thrashed Ivory Coast (10-0), tied Norway (1-1) and finished off Thailand (4-0) to top the group. Germany ramped up their play in the Round of 16 match, defeating Sweden, 4-1. The quarterfinal was a tight game for Germans, but they advanced to the semifinals after defeating France in penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie that featured a late equalizer in regulation time. The semifinal clash with the USA was an epic match in which Germany missed a penalty kick and Carli Lloyd converted her spot kick before Kelley O’Hara scored her first WNT goal to finish off the 2-0 win. Germany then fell to England 1-0 in the third-place match on a penalty kick in overtime.
The Germans qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games due to their finish as one of the top two European nations at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Germany will be highly motivated this summer as it has won eight European titles – and six in a row – as well as two Women’s World Cups and three U-20 Women’s World Cup titles, but the Olympic gold medal has eluded them. Germany has participated in four Olympic Games, failing to advance out of group play in an eight-team tournament in 1996. Germany won its group at the 2000 Olympics, but fell to Norway 1-0 in the semifinal and then won the bronze medal, defeating Brazil for third place. In the 2004 Olympics, Germany won its group in an odd 10-team tournament that featured two three team groups and one four-team group. The Germans then defeated Nigeria in the quarterfinal before falling in overtime in to the USA in the semifinal by a 2-1 score with a young Heather O’Reilly scoring the winning goal. Germany then won the bronze medal again, defeating Sweden for third place. At the 2008 Olympics that featured 12 teams, Germany won its group again, defeated Sweden in the quarterfinal, but fell at the semifinal stage again, this time to Brazil. However, Germany once again won the bronze medal, this time defeating Japan for third place. Germany failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics after falling in the quarterfinal at the 2011 Women’s World Cup that it hosted, and failing to finish high enough in that tournament to earn qualification for London.
vs. FRA (March 3; 5 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.)
This will be a rematch of the 2015 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal that France had every chance to win. It was the effort of two now-retired players – Šašić with an 84th-minute equalizer and Angerer with a save on the fifth penalty kick of the shootout – that helped Germany advance. Prior to the World Cup, Germany lost its last match-up with France (2-0) in a friendly back in 2014 in Offenbach, Germany that at the time was seen as perhaps a changing of the guard in European women’s soccer. With great younger talent always emerging and a solid core of seasoned veterans, Germany is a favorite in every competition they enter.
vs. ENG (March 6; 2 p.m. CT at Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.)
Germany will be looking for revenge against the Three Lionesses after falling in the third-place match in Canada. The two teams played a friendly match last November on German soil, but the Germans were unable to get the upper hand, drawing 0-0.
vs. USA (March 9; 7:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.)
The most recent meeting between the teams was one of the most watched Women’s World Cup matches to date as nearly 8.4 million people tuned to see Germany fall to the USA 2-0 in Montreal in the semifinal of the Women’s World Cup. The USA-Germany series dates back to 1991 and the second meeting ever came in the semifinal of the 1991 Women’s World Cup in China, a 5-2 upset victory for the United States. The teams have met 30 times, with the USA winning 19 and Germany winning four, along with seven draws. The USA also defeated West Germany twice, in 1988 and 1990. The last five matches since 2012 have featured two wins for the USA and three ties, including a wild 3-3 draw in Offenbach in April of 2013.