Germany Plays in Arnold Clark Cup, 17 Players Missing

“One who is injured cannot be replaced, but it’s not too bad if another one has to pull out,” Voss-Tecklenburg told the DFB website.

“But when you have six or seven players out within a short space of time it makes for energy-sapping news. The timing is not good.”

Voss-Tecklenburg was already without two key starters, Frankfurt’s Marozsan and Wolfsburg’s Leupolz as well as Popp, who all remain out. Her latest dilemma is to replace Wolfsburg defender Josephine Henning and Frankfurt striker Lina Maghull – both of whom have been ruled out through injury.

“It’s a shame for both players because they’ve been with us several times and done well in our internationals. Now we have to find a solution, especially considering the amount of time we’ve had on the training pitch together is very limited.” 

It seems like Germany hasn’t had the time to be in top form and has had a lot of issues with injuries. Having half of your team injured isn’t very good either, but what they’re saying is that this tournament isn’t vital for them.

They’re basically trying to test new players instead of getting all their stars together and maybe losing twice in such quick succession. “The timing is not good.”

It’s the beginning of the Champions League which is quite a big competition, so I can understand why they’re missing players, but losing 6/7 in only 3 days isn’t good for your team spirit 

We will probably see many strong teams with just 1 or 2 injured players making it through to the Semi-Finals.


Arnold Clark Cup

The Arnold Clark Cup will feature four of the world’s top 10 teams competing in February, with England, Germany, Spain, and Canada representing the host country.

The tournament will span across three stadiums in the United Kingdom: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough), Carrow Road (Norwich), and Molineux (Wolverhampton) , allowing English football supporters to get a chance to see many of the planet’s top players in action.

All games will be broadcast live by Sky Sports and the final tournament takes place next month from 17 to 23 February between England, Germany, Spain, and Canada. On February 17, England will play Canada at Riverside Stadium in their first World Cup match, before facing a star-studded Spain on February 21 at Carrow Road. The home side’s final game will be against Germany, the world number three, at Molineux on February 23. 

Speaking about the Arnold Clark Cup, England head coach Steve Sampson said: “We’re looking forward very much to playing in this tournament. It will be our last major test before next year’s European Championships and it will give us the chance to play against some excellent opposition.

“The games against Germany and Spain are obviously very important to us and they will be big tests for us. We know Germany really well from playing them in the last World Cup and in many other major tournaments, while Spain is always an excellent team to play against.

“The game against Canada is also important because it allows us to get used to playing on artificial surfaces, which we know our players will have to adjust to in the European Championships next summer. We’re expecting a good test against them and we know they don’t always make things easy for us.”

England’s opening fixture will see them take on Canada at Middlesbrough’s 26,000-seater Riverside Stadium. The tournament then moves to Norwich where England faces Spain three days later.


New squad

Because of the large number of injuries that Voss-Tecklenburg was aware of last week, the German team already included a few lesser-known players.

Germany is up against great women football players from different countries。

On Sunday, Svenja Huth (Covid-19), Lena Lattwein (illness), and Almuth Schult (quarantine) were all declared out of the Arnold Clark Cup. Four players were also named as close contacts who needed to be tested multiple times to be allowed on the team for the event.

On the other hand, two of the athletes who tested positive for Covid-19 – Tabea Wassmuth and Kathrin Hendrich – were forced to withdraw from the competition two days later. Monday, Sjoeke Nuesken was also excluded from the tournament due to a confirmed test.

Of the six players called up to replace these absentees, four are uncapped.

That leaves Voss-Tecklenburg with just six players to cover her three outfield positions and two keepers.

The remainder of the squad is drawn from Potsdam, Turbine Potsdam reserves, and Freiburg who are plying their trade in the second division.

Competition rules state that each team must put out a squad of 15 players.

A new squad has been called up to represent Germany at the Arnold Clark Cup, and this time it includes a few more established names.


The stakes

Germany has played in Arnold Clark Cup before, having won it twice (in 2011 and 2012). They are currently at 8th place out of 12 (2011 standing), neck-to-neck with Sweden.

Their last match, a friendly against England on June 28th, ended in a 2-2 draw.

Spain is known as “underrated” and it’s just another proof that we’re going to see some interesting fights tomorrow. We will also see what Germany can do without many of its stars and how far they can go with their substitutes.

Spain has won the Cup once (in 2009), with England/Great Britain as its runner-up on all other occasions. Their latest game was also a friendly against Belgium, which they started off bad by losing 2 goals in the first 15 minutes, but they turned it around to win 5-2.

All of Spain’s matches so far (from 2011 to 2013) have ended up in a win.

I think Germany will get into the final. They’re making some great changes and I’m pretty sure they’ll get their revenge on Spain, even though it’s going to be tough.

The last time these teams met was in 2008 and it was basically a tie (0-0).

Whilst Germany’s substitutes will most likely be able to hold themselves in the final if ever. They have a great team, even without their best players. They may not win it all alone, but I’m sure they’ll be one of the finalists along with Spain.

The winner match can go either way, but I’m going to pick Germany because even though they might feel a bit pressured, they have a stronger spirit and more determination to win it all. The article ends here.

The German team side has the advantage is that they have a wider range of players to choose from. This will be for two reasons: 1) They are deeper in terms of quality, which will mean that there’s always someone coming off the bench who can step up and change the game, 2) Because they have a wider range of players to choose from, they will be more used to coming up with solutions for injuries.

Basically, they’re more flexible, which can change things up in an instant.

Moreover, there seems to be a great underestimating of Germany’s substitutes. Whilst they might not have as much experience as their starters, there are some diamonds in the rough and they will be able to meaningfully contribute.

I think that this match is going to come down to the wire, but considering how little time Spain has had with their substitutes (and also because of Germany’s great depth) I’m going for a German win in extra time.