USWNT Rival Watch: Germany at the 2012 Algarve Cup (Catch-up)

Germany won the 2012 Algarve Cup after winning all its group matches (versus Iceland, China, and Sweden) and then winning the first place match over Japan 4:3.  Celia Okoyino da Mbabi had two hat tricks (versus Sweden and Japan). Germany was missing several veterans due to injuries, including Simone Laudeher (meniscus), Kim Kulig (torn ACL in 2011 WWC) as well as two players who were on the squad’s Algarve Cup roster: Nadine Angerer, and Fatmire Bajramaj. Also, veteran strikers Inka Grings and Martina Müller were not available.

(No real analysis this time, this is mostly just bookmarking of links and notes.)

Notes: Bahmaraj was not available due to a sprained ankle. Nadine Angerer was also not available as she was still affected by her bursitis. And, Bianca Schmidt missed the first match (versus Iceland) due to a minor injury.

Germany 1, Iceland 0 (29-Feb-2012).
25: Anja Mittag.

DFB.de write-up, DFB.de box score, Neid quotes.

Starting XI: Schult; Bresonik, Krahn, Henning, Peter; Odebrecht, Goeßling Mittag, Okoyino da Mbabi, Behringer; Popp.

Germany 1, China 0 (02-Mar-2012).
42: Melanie Behringer (PK).

Dfb.de write-up, DFB.de box score, Neid quotes.
Note: After the 24th minute, China played with 10 women due to a red card (via double yellow).

Starting XI: Schult; B. Schmidt, Krahn, Henning, Peter; Odebrecht, Goeßling, Bresonik, Okoyino da Mbabi, Behringer; Mittag.

Germany 4, Sweden 0 (05-Mar-2012).
23: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
30: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
64: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
90+1: Alexandra Popp.

Dfb.de write-up, DFB.de box score, Neid quotes.

Starting XI: Schult; B. Schmidt, Krahn, Henning, Peter; Odebrecht, Goeßling, Bresonik,  Okoyino da Mbabi, Behringer; Mittag.

Germany 4, Japan 3 (07-Mar-2012).
20: Dzsenifer Marozsan.
22: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
88: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
90+1: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.

Dfb.de write-up, DFB.de box score, DFB TV highlights video (Okoyino da Mbabi’s game-winning goal is a must-see).

Starting XI: Schult; B. Schmidt, Krahn, Henning, Peter, Odebrecht, Goeßling, Mittag, Marozsan, Behringer; Okoyino da Mbabi.

Also: Post Algarve Cup interview with Neid (text, English version, German version).

TABLE: Playing Time, Germany, 2012 Algarve Cup

Player              P.   ISL  CHN  SWE  JPN   Total
Almuth Schult       GK    90   90   90   90     360
Kathrin Längert     GK     0    0    0    0       0
Josephine Henning   DF    90   90   90   90     360
Annike Krahn        DF    90   90   45   90     315
Babett Peter        DF    90   45   90   90     315
Bianca Schmidt      DF    NA   67   90   90     247
Saskia Bartusiak    DF    24   45   45   34     148
Verena Faißt        DF     0   45   15    0      60
Luisa Wensing       DF     0   23   15    0      38
Melanie Behringer   MF    90   90   75   90     345
Viola Odebrecht     MF    90   45   90   90     315
C. Okoyino da Mbabi MF    90   45   81   90     306
Lena Goeßling       MF    66   67   75   56     264
Linda Bresonik      MF    90   90   45    0     225
Svenja Huth         MF    24   23   45   27     119
Dzsenifer Marozsan  MF     0    0    0   45      45
Lena Lotzen         MF    11   21    9    0      41
Anja Mittag         FW    66   69   68   63     266
Alexandra Popp      FW    79   45   22   45     191
Nadine Angerer      GK  not available due to injury
Fatmire Bajramaj    MF  not available due to injury