Berlin (AP) – Former national player Inka Grings sees German women’s football going through difficult times.

“If you are not ready to take a different professional path, you have no chance internationally in the long term,” said the 41-year-old in an interview with ” Chillreport”. With national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, the German Football Association (DFB) found “a person who is going exactly this way”.

Last year, the German female soccer players were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Not exactly surprising for Grings, who played in the DFB selection from 1996 to 2012 and won two European championships, among other things. Because in Germany the appreciation of women’s football is not everywhere. “You have to be willing to invest, because good quality costs. Period. And Germany can and must catch up,” said the former striker. “Other countries go much further than us because they have a different appreciation for sports.”

She has gained her own experiences with it. “When I got my coaching license and someone was stupid, I wondered, crazy, who do you think you are? German society is“ far from as tolerant and friendly as some think. In terms of equality, we are at the bottom of the table compared to other countries. “

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