The Women’s European Championship will have several prominent names, among which Alexandra Popp shines. The Wolfsburg striker is Germany’s great leader in goals: against France, she became the first woman to score in five consecutive matches at a Women’s EURO and the second player in absolute terms, both male and female, to do so after Michel scored Platini in 1984.
Popp’s goalscoring prowess has drawn much comment in his country, not only because he has shone under Martina Voss but also because there are voices wanting him to play for the men’s team. The praise that sees her as a born artillerist, who could use Hansi Flick’s “crew” who misses her, and those who want to mock her as very manly, are mixed up.
Taking those comments as examples of machismo, particularly in the nets of women’s football mockers, has marred the vital game against hosts England, giving Popp a lesson in how to deal with the situation.
At the press conference, which took place two days before the final this Sunday, he did: when he took off his mask, he appeared with his mustache painted on.
Popp’s carefree manner was unanimously applauded. With a very playful character, this experienced striker (she has already exceeded 120 caps with Germany) wants to make up for it after missing out on the 2013 European Championships due to a serious injury and almost being left out due to an unsuitable positive with Covid a few days before the start of the tournament.