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Spotlight on: Germany women

November 6, 2015


2013 European champions Germany (FIH World Ranking: 9) – known as Die Danas – are always serious title contenders in every event in which they compete, something that will be no different in Rosario.

The current group is young, exciting and blessed with a number of exceptionally talented individuals. 

Although Germany’s squad for the Argentina Hockey World League Final had yet to be announced at the time of writing, Head Coach Jamilon Mülders has plenty of world class players available for selection including goal-scoring sensation Lisa Altenburg, the versatile Katharina Otte, as well as inspirational defender Julia Müller, who is making a return to the squad after a year long absence through injury, and the industrious Nina Hasselmann.

Anna Schroder and Janne Muller-Weiland are always at the heart of the German team and will play their roles in the key figures of the leadership group implemented by Head Coach Mülders, with Hannah Krüger, Luisa Steindor and Franzisca Hauke – younger sister of Germany men’s superstar Tobias Hauke – also being members.

Nickname: Die Danas

Key player: Charlotte Stapenhorst had a sensational tournament at the EuroHockey Championships in London in August. The young player was a constant scourge to opposition defences and played with a maturity beyond her years. At the other end of the pitch, Mulders is spoilt for choice in goal as he has two world class ‘keepers in Yvonne Frank and Kristina Reynolds. Franks is a shot-stopper extraordinaire, while Reynolds has proven herself agile and a fabulous performer in a shoot-out scenario.

Notable honours
Olympic Gold medallists (2004)
2x Olympic Silver medallists (1984, 1992)
World Cup Gold medallists (1976, 1981)
2x EuroHockey Nations Champions (2007, 2013)
Champions Trophy Gold medallists (2006)
3rd place – Valencia Hockey World League Semi-Final (2015)
Bronze medallists – Unibet EuroHockey Championships (2015)

Additional information: Germany booked their ticket to the Argentina Hockey World League Final with a third place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Valencia, where they defeated Argentina’s Las Leonas in a shoot-out. It is Germany’s second consecutive appearance in the Hockey World League Final, having competed in the 2012-13 Final where they finished in seventh place. Despite that disappointment, their stunning form in qualifying for that event – and subsequently at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – certainly grabbed everyone’s attention. They achieved a remarkable first place finish at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, defeating host nation and world number one Netherlands, the team that eventually went on to win the inaugural Hockey World League title. 

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