Dzsenifer Marozsán: I can’t wait for the Algarve Cup
The daughter of former Hungary international János Marozsán, Dzsenifer Marozsán was born with the beautiful game in her genes.
At the age of just 15 Marozsán became the Frauen Bundesliga’s youngest scorer with 1. FC Saarbrücken – her father’s old club – and has since helped her country triumph at the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and UEFA EURO 2013.
Now 22 and a key figure for Bundesliga heavyweights 1. FFC Frankfurt and the German senior side, she made time for an exclusive chat with Women’s Soccer United on the imminent Algarve Cup, her career ups and downs, and Germany’s aims for this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Women’s Soccer United: This season you’re competing on three fronts with Frankfurt (the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League), as well as representing the national team. Do you sometimes feel that the strain is too big?
Dzsenifer Marozsán: Yes, that’s true! This year is really packed with football and it is the case that there is not much time left for anything else. But at the same time, it’s great to have the opportunity to take part in so many competitions.
WSU: You recently struck a superb free-kick goal in a resounding 5-1 win over fellow Bundesliga powers Turbine Potsdam. How did you manage to beat such tough opponents so comprehensively?
DM: I am very happy about this victory. Nobody would have expected such an emphatic result. We really wanted to win and I think that was noticeable from the first minute. Moreover, we showed some super combination play, vibrant football and aggressive tackling. That was our key to success!
WSU: What are your most special memories from Germany’s success at EURO 2013?
DM: I always enjoy remembering the semi-final against the hosts Sweden. I managed to score the decisive goal in a 1-0 win: I’ll definitely never forget that.
WSU: With a view to this summer’s World Cup in Canada, Germany took part in a preparatory training camp in early February in Marbella. What were the focal points and what is there still to work on?
DM: First of all each of us went through a fitness test, in order for us to be able to do specific individual training on the basis of the results. Afterwards we left for Marbella, where we had very intense training sessions and worked with maximum concentration. There were a variety of focal points, but above all we worked on tactical and technical factors as well as fitness ones.
WSU: At the World Cup you will share a group with Côte d’Ivoire, Norway and Thailand. What do you know about these three teams?
DM: We know Norway quite well by now and are aware that they are a very solid and tough-tackling team. I can’t tell you anything about Thailand and Côte d’Ivoire yet, I’m afraid, but I‘m really curious about how these two teams will shape up out on the pitch. I’m sure that we will soon be given some detailed analysis on these opponents in preparation for the World Cup.
WSU: In individual and collective terms, what are your goals for Canada 2015? What’s your view of the fact the competition will be played on artificial turf?
DM: I want to be in top form and take the next step in my development. At this point we cannot change the fact that the World Cup will be played on artificial turf, while of course I want to help my team go all the way to the Final in Vancouver. To achieve this it will be important that we always focus on the next match, take one step at a time and put into practice all the things we have been working on for months.
WSU: The prestigious Algarve Cup tournament is about to start and features no fewer than nine Women’s World Cup participants. Germany have been drawn in a group with Brazil, who are making their Algarve Cup debut. What’s your verdict on the current Brazilian team?
DM: I have never played against Brazil, so for me it’s a first. I’m expecting a strong and technically gifted team, but I’m looking forward to the other matches in a strong group just as much [Editor’s note: Group A also features Sweden and China PR]. The Algarve Cup is excellent preparation for us for the World Cup and provides us with a good opportunity to test ourselves against strong opposition. I can’t wait for it to start.
WSU: One last question. Despite your youth, you’ve been playing at the highest level for a long time and won a lot of medals and individual awards. Can you pick out the biggest high- and lowlight of your career?
DM: I’d say the worst moment was when we lost out in the Bundesliga championship race in 2013/14 in our last match against VfL Wolfsburg. They scored the decisive goal in the dying minutes of the match to win 2-1 and snatch the trophy from our grasp at the very last moment. As for beautiful moments, there have been many in my career but the best of all was winning EURO 2013. It was my first major tournament with the senior national team and then it was crowned by taking the title. That was really something!
Based in Cologne (Germany) I am a season ticket holder at Eintracht Braunschweig. I have been working as a freelance translator and editor of football-related content for more than 15 years.