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Three Germany Players to Watch: Women’s Football at the 2024 Olympics

Three Germany Players to Watch: Women's Football at the 2024 Olympics

Given the great historical success of the German women’s football team, with no less than eight European Championship titles, two World Cup trophies as well as the 2016 Olympic gold medal, Germany always demand respect at every major tournament they take part in. These are the three German players to watch at the Women’s Olympics Football tournament in Paris.

Three Germany Players to Watch at the Women’s Olympics Football Tournament in Paris

Alexandra Popp

The 33-year-old Wolfsburg striker is the undisputed leader and captain of this team. Despite her advanced age and vulnerability to injuries, Popp is an irreplaceable key player in coach Horst Hrubesch’s side. She can also play in midfield; this versatility adds even more value to what she brings.

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Yet, with her height and heading ability, Popp’s best position is likely still up front. She particularly showed that at Euro 2022, where she finished joint-top scorer with England’s Beth Mead, despite missing the final through injury.

Lea Schüller

The second of the German players to watch is another striker. When Hrubesch took over the team as coach in late 2023, he changed the formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-2-2-2, thereby all but guaranteeing Schüller a starting spot next to Popp. Despite her somewhat personally disappointing season for Bayern Munich, Schüller always seems to deliver for Germany when given a chance. 41 goals in 60 caps is an incredible ratio for any attacker. This will be her first Olympics, which at age 26 was a long time coming.

Klara Bühl

Last but certainly not least on our list of German players to watch at these Olympic games, is the 23-year-old Bayern Munich winger, who was voted the 2023 German women’s national team player of the year. Despite her relatively young age, Bühl belongs as a starter and is indeed a key player on this team. Like Schüller, this will be Bühl’s first Olympics.

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If Germany are to progress from a difficult group with Australia, the United States, and Zambia (and maybe even earn a medal), it will be down to the performance of a difference-maker like Bühl.


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