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.
At the 2012 Algarve Cup, Japan’s Women’s National Team won all three of its group matches, including its final group match versus the United States. By topping the group, Japan played in the placement match for first place, where they lost 4:3 in a match that saw 3 goals scored in the final few minutes.
(Edit, 22-Feb-2012: At least a few of the players, e.g. Alexandra Popp and Luisa Wensing, on the rosters have recently switched clubs. Those changes are not reflected below.)
Germany’s roster for the Algarve Cup was announced on Monday. Notably, goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who has/had bursitis and and an inflamed tendon in her left knee, and midfielder Lira Bajramaj, who had a minor concussion, return to the squad.
The roster includes two U-20 eligible players who would be likely starters for Germany’s U-20 WNT in Japan this August: midfielder Dszenifer Marozsán and defender Luisa Wensing. Both are profiled below, along with five other players who have less than ten senior caps. Continue reading “USWNT Rival Watch: Germany’s Algarve Cup Roster”