Women's national team: Farewell to Ratzburg:

Martina Vos-Tecklenburg was unable to immediately answer the question of whether she had actually been to Estádio de São Luís in Faro in her long career.

In a video press conference before the World Cup qualifier against Portugal (7:00pm / ZDF live), the national coach of German footballers said with a smile: “I have to point out Hanne, maybe you’ll know.” Hannelore Ratzburg has been the head of the women’s national team delegation since 1982 – and now for the last time.

The vice president of the German Football Association is leaving due to age reasons Bundestag From the Executive Committee in March. She was the only woman there for many years. “You can’t describe what Ratzburg has achieved in women’s football,” said former international striker Voss-Tecklenburg. “I especially admire your long-term memory.”

For the interim president of the German Confederation, Rainer Koch, Ratzeborg is “the Hannedampf of all the streets”. Ratzeborg was already there when this happened DFB 1970 lifted the ban on women’s soccer and propelled the development forward for decades. Watch how German women were world champions in 2003 and 2007, Olympic champions in 2016, and eight-time European champions.

“Not everything was always so easy,” said the 70-year-old from Hamburg. “I learned a lot. We still have a lot of great things ahead. But it won’t always be elephant steps.”

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