She set a record at her first Euro. It’s time for you to start to fanate from this football player!
The German women’s team reached the semi-finals of the Euro for the 10th time in history, and team captain Alexandra Popp set a new record.
German women’s football player Alexandra Popp scored in four matches in a row – she is the first to succeed in one European Championship. The striker scored in every match of her team at Euro 2022: with Denmark, Spain, Finland in the group stage and with Austria in the quarter-finals. The Germans reached the semi-finals, where they will play with the winner of the France-Netherlands pair.
Heidi Mohr, also from the German national team, managed to score in four Euro matches in a row, but in different tournaments – 1989, 1991 and 1993.
This story would not be so exciting without context: for the most experienced Alexandra Popp, this is the first European Championship in her life. Also, she has a cool personality. We tell you why it’s time for you to start becoming a fan of the Wolfsburg player.
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Popp in the national team since 2010, but this Euro is the first
Alexandra Popp was able to enter the history of her first European Championship in her life. The striker has been called up to the national team for 12 years now, she has played more than 100 matches for the national team, participated in the Olympic Games and led the German team to the field at the World Cups. But she missed the victorious Euro 2013 and Euro 2017 for Germany due to injuries received shortly before the start of the tournament. Euro 2022 was also in question – in the spring, Alexandra managed to recover from knee surgery, and in June, she quickly recovered from the coronavirus.
In the match against Denmark in the first round of the group stage, Popp came on as a substitute and scored a goal at the end of the match. Her emotions are hard to describe – it was clear how much such a debut at the European Championships means to her.
Popp after the first goal at Euro 2022
Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images
“Popp is a strong woman who sets the mood and is a true team player. She has a special personality and is therefore one of the most famous and successful players in Germany. Everyone knows and loves Poppy – that’s her nickname in Germany,” says Sky Sports journalist Lisa de Ruyter.
Popp = charisma
“What are my plans for July 31st? How about raising the European Cup over your head? Sounds like a good plan,” Popp told Deutsche Welle.
For the 31-year-old, Euro 2022 could be her last shot at the title, so she’s going all out.
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And Popp is a real captain and leader of the German national team. Bayern Munich striker Lea Schüller has missed several Euro group stage matches due to the coronavirus. After the victory over Spain, Popp gave interviews and was photographed in a Schüller T-shirt, putting her last name forward. This is cute.
Germany national team after the match with Spain
Popp works at the zoo
She plays in one of the strongest teams in the world (the women’s Wolfsburg is in third place in the FIFA ranking), but at the same time she manages to come to the zoo five times a week. To work.
Alexandra has been trained in professional wildlife care and regularly visits Essehof Zoo, a 20-minute drive from Wolfsburg, to take care of its inhabitants. Popp also has a lot of photos of her dog, an Australian Shepherd, on social networks.
Photo: From the personal archive of Alexandra Popp
“Working with animals is very important for my mind, in football we are constantly in a state of stress, we travel a lot, we get tired physically and mentally. At the zoo, I recover, recharge my batteries. I find inner peace, says Popp. – In communicating with animals, body language is important, as well as on the field. And also, looking at them, you can see team interactions from the side.
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