Germany, as opposed to Sweden, is one of the marquee healthy-u. S.A.In ladies’ football, with most effective Norway (forty), USA (35) and China PR (30) having faced off more instances in opposition to Germany. And this Saturday will see the two European opponents face off for the twenty-eighth time, at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, before Germany then tackle Japan in a friendly.
“We want to win each match; that’s the goal we’ve set ourselves,” says Lena Goessling in an interview with FIFA.Com. “They are two different opponents. Sweden is a very stable crew who decide on playing the long ball simultaneously as Japan is very technically gifted.”
The 33-12 months-vintage has each purpose of entering the fits brimming with self-assurance. Germany’s recent file is 19 wins for seven defeats and, more impressively, 11 victories and one loss of their remaining 12 suits, and they launched their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ yr with a 1-0 win over France. “We know what the win over France became well worth and add that we’ve still got lots of scopes to enhance. We don’t experience beneath any strain – we’re playing ourselves. We measure up to two remarkable groups, and every participant is calling ahead to it.”
Goessling and her crew-mates also can look ahead to gambling in front of a massive crowd. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the suit in opposition to the Damlandslaget, with the Swedish fans set to show the stadium right into a sea of yellow. “That is certain to bring back reminiscences,” says Goessling, who has plied her home change with VfL Wolfsburg when you consider that 2011. “We performed the final of EURO 2013 there towards Norway in front of a capacity crowd. It was first-rate.”
“You’ve got to look forward to an ecosystem like that. It’s no longer each day that you get that chance – a whole lot as we’d like to. I, in my opinion, love playing in front of a crowd like that. It’s so that a whole lot amusing.”
Along with Alexandra Popp and Dzsenifer Marozsan, Goessling is one of the linchpins of the German group. The midfielder has racked up 103 caps already and knows how essential it’s miles in a Women’s World Cup or to have players enjoying this, the maximum prestigious of global tournaments. France may be Goessling’s third FIFA World Cup, but she does not see this as a motive to set herself aside from the rest of the organization.
“The younger players have all come on so well – they develop up in another way nowadays and are fairly skilled at an early stage. Of route, I’m to be had to them if they have any questions; however, they are all so expert and feature come to date that they don’t want that much help anymore,” she says.
“You can’t go into an event like this wet behind the ears, however, at the identical time; you need green, free-spirited players who come into it without luggage. It’s important to have young and hungry gamers within the squad.” A couple of Bundesliga winner believes that this squad has masses of high and just the right combination of players – so much so that the 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament winner is hoping that her last large footballing dream will ultimately become a reality.
“Playing at a tournament or a World Cup is any such terrific feeling. And it would be high-quality if I ought to fulfill my dream of becoming an international champion. But we additionally recognize that at a match, everything has to return together.
“You need to get off to a great beginning and then have that little bit of success in your facet that everyone talks about. You want to choose up momentum on the way to realize the dream. It’s an extended and difficult procedure.”