(sda) Despite good results over long distances, Swiss women had no chance in the first match in Utrecht against the prevailing European champions and lost 0: 3. "The result reflects the sporting reality," said Laurent Prince, Technical Director of the Swiss Football Association. "We are still not competitive enough at this level."
While the Swiss are in the change phase – five players on Friday were 22 or less years old – the Netherlands is a mature and well-trained team over the years. At the 2017 European Championships, Sarina Wiegman's team attacked their home title, causing a wave of excitement. In the case of qualifications, the Netherlands will be among the contenders for the title in 2019 at the World Championships in France.
To improve the mortgage from the first stage, Swiss women in Schaffhausen need at least three goals. Although Ramona Bachmann returns after the suspension, but like the captain Lara Dickenmann Malin Gut will still be missing. Using Viola Calligaris is questionable. The tactics of the Swiss are clear. "We have to take the risk," said Lia Wälti. "We have nothing to lose".
The absence of the third final round in a row would be a slight flaw in the pure book of Voss-Tecklenburg, which met with a change in DFB. If the choice of SFV fails, it will not qualify against the champion of Europe. After the defeat in Scotland and the draw in Poland, the Swiss gave an excellent starting point to finish the group stage from the hand.
Regardless of the outcome of the match on Tuesday, the most successful era of Swiss women's football is coming to an end. Under the almost seven-year lead of the Germans, who play 125 times as a competitor in their country and won four European titles, Switzerland qualified for the first time in Canada in 2015, and in 2017 in the Netherlands for the finals of the World and European Championships. In the meantime, the choice of SFV from the Cyprus Cup also won the international tournament for the first time.
"She was a godsend for Swiss women's football," said Franziska Schild, head of women's football at SFV. Thanks to its social skills, Voss-Tecklenburg has become an important contact point and adviser for the generation of players, also when it comes to career planning. Many young, talented players will dare to jump into the foreign league this morning to continue their sporting development.
Voss-Tecklenburg managed to push women's football away from the grass and became a pioneer in sport, which is still fighting for acceptance and attention in Swiss society – and is still mocked from time to time. She fought for improved structures and professionalization within the association. "She was very demanding, but also forgiving," says Schild.
Likewise, Laurent Prince experienced a 50-year-old from Duisburg who succeeded in achieving sports success, and women's football has temporarily become the object of public interest. "Martina was on the mission." As a trainer she was "extremely focused and committed", equipped with extraordinary social competences. "She was the locomotive of Swiss women's football, a great personality." For this reason, the Prince wishes that on Tuesday, despite the difficult starting position, many went to Schaffhausen. "To complete this era with dignity, Martina deserves a full stadium and a team that is in full swing."