Women’s Bundesliga club FCR 2001 Duisburg coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg on Thursday on leave with immediate effect. The contract of the 43-year-old ran until 30 June 2011. Responsible for the team is now the former coach Marco Ketelaer.

In an press release said the third table, that is to be taken by this step, the pressure of the team, thus freeing them to approach the remaining tasks. This includes in particular the achievement of the semi-finals in the Champions League.

Association announces separation principle on Sunday

After the Bundesliga match against Wolfsburg on Sunday during the press informed of the reasons for the leave of absence from Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.

Voss-Tecklenburg was in 2008 coach of the FCR 2001 Duisburg. 2009 and 2010 she won with the Duisburg the DFB Cup and the 2009 UEFA Cup. In her career as an Active denied Voss-Tecklenburg 125 international matches, in which she scored 27 goals.

Source: DFB.DE

  1. gromit 10 years ago

    Dear Lars, either I misunderstood you a bit or I disagree with you on some points. Let’s see the various things:

    “Ladies are not interested in football. Worse, they do not understand the concept of solidarity.”

    If I were a woman, I would feel deeply offended by your words. Women can give men lessons about solidarity anytime and anywhere. I’m talking about serious things here, but “solidarity” is a serious concept, since it is the word you used, isn’t it ? Maybe that women don’t intellectualize the concept as well and as much as us, men who are always sooo clever and who love sooo much being it, but women put it in practice everywhere in the world, every day, in the worst conditions and they are worthy of our respect for that (amongst many other things). And even if you used this word much more lightly that I do, does football has anything to do with solidarity, actually ? And vice-versa ?”

    “At this time, women need to stand shoulder to shoulder and help grow ladies´ soccer. Bums on seats result in sponsorship. No audience = no budget = misery and, eventually, bankruptcy.”

    Even if one can do nothing but agree with the end of your sentence, the main thing “at the beginning” (and I do insist on this point, “at the beginning”, for my following words) is not, imho, the audience but the numbers of people practicing. That is for me the highest point. More practitioners you have, bigger will be the audiences. Just because the offer will be wider and the visibility bigger. If you have only one club in your town with one team and 15 girls playing, it won’t go far, even if you sponsor it. If you have 10 clubs with three teams (by age) and 50 girls each, that will be very different. We are talking of how make this discipline grow, aren’t we ? Soccer grew in Usa because there were practitioners in masses, especially in Universities and Colleges. Several millions, more than all Europeans players together ! And in Europe, precisely, Germany with more than one million registered players in more than 8,600 clubs (55,000 players in France in comparison…). Were the sponsors particularly important in Germany ? No, not at the start anyway. But hundreds of thousands little girls who just enjoy playing football. More girls, more teams; more teams, more matches; more matches, more public visibility; more visibility, more attractiveness; more attractiveness, more audiences… More audiences, then yes more money… If USA have been dominating what they call “Soccer” for so many years, it’s because of its millions of practitioners. If USA’s soccer is in crisis today (I’m not talking about its national team, national teams are not always a perfect mirror of a national situation), it’s because of money and because US’s soccer has been sold and bought as a vulgar product, by vulgar businessmen.

       “There is a desperate need to define what this product called ladies´ soccer is and what job it does. What is its role? What need does it fill?  Once that is defined one can look at how to tweak the product to make it function better and be more attractive. It will also help in defining the customer base.”

    We obviously share – as with everybody here – the will to help promoting feminine football (it always takes longer to write “feminine football” than “soccer”, but I must remain French till the end, after all ;). But I really wonder – I don’t have the answer, just wonder – if this ladies’ football really must “fill a need”, if it can’t exist without having a specific role. Do feminine Hand-Ball or Volley-Ball or Basket-Ball fill a need ? I would tend to think that the only need is… to have fun for those who play and get a part of this fun for those who watch. We could even put the word “dream” somewhere, because Sports is not only a practice but also a kind of entertainment, a show like Cinema. Football is maybe only a dream factory, in spite of what all sociologists can think and write about.”

      “To put it bluntly, soccer is played by middle-class ladies in pony-tails.”

    I disagree with this view or, at least, with its radicalism. Maybe that is the case in countries like Scandinavian ones or USA or England. It’s not the case in France for instance. Of course we still have many players who are or were university students. But it is less and less true and to be a student is not a prove of middle-class origin, anyway. Many come from popular boroughs and from working class, from suburbs cities like Necib which has the same exact profile as Zidane. Feminine football is completely absent in Universities but little girls play it more and more at school. And in a country like France where Public Education is a rule and an obligation until 16 years old for everybody, whatever your social class is, it will be mainly the lower-class which will be concerned. And that will be more and more the case, in my opinion.

    And dear Lars, pony-tail is not a sign of social-class but is much more convenient if you wear long hair for playing football, just ask Homare Sawa 😉

      “Define the need and adapt the product. Define the market and expand its boundaries. Occupy the next segment! Act now; not tomorrow.”

    We’re not trying to sell a commercial product like soap or perfume, with slogans, are we ? We’re talking about football, sports. Yes to professionalization, no to unbound commercialization. You complained somewhere else on WSU – and as far as I’m concerned you were right to do it – about how ludicrous is the amount of money spent today in Men’s football (65 millions of Euros paid very likely in next days by PSG for Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, when yesterday PSA announced that 8,000 workers will lose their job in France). Indecency. But it’s another problem…

    The main problem for me concerning Feminine Football, at least as I watch its development in France, is not a lack of female solidarity (women and girls are present in the stadiums) but men’s aggressiveness. Go and have a look on French football forums. Not the ones specialized in feminine football, but the generalist ones. That will make you sick. It’s insults upon insults. There is not a single area in society or in sports in which women’s rights are so denied ! Well, in politics maybe. It’s certainly not the same in USA, but only because men’s soccer is a minor discipline. France is certainly not an exception in this macho way. I suppose that England, Italy, Spain must have the same problems, I don’t know. Maybe that feminism history in England helps to soften the problem ? The question is : why doesn’t Germany know this denial ?

    Let’s not forget that feminine football is nothing but new. It started at the end of 19th century, the first national championship came just after WW1, in France. Men enraged against it and feminine football was banned in most of the countries until the mid-1960’s  !

    Man is woman football player’s enemy and, because he is, he has to be his best friend and best helper. That’s what we try to be, dear Lars, don’t we ?

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