Cologne upstarts Nelles: "Do not see me as a heroine"

Cologne upstarts Nelles: "Do not see me as a heroine"

August 12, 2019 0 By admin

The women's league is in its 30th year. In a series looks DFB.de Likewise on special moments in the history as well as on current developments for the start of the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga on 16 August. Today in Focus: promoted 1. FC Cologne with U 17 European champion Pauline Nelles,

Pauline Nelles was recently on vacation. She enjoyed the sun, the sea and the weather in Turkey. The German junior national player had earned that. In the past few months, a lot has changed in the life of the 1. FC Cologne goalkeeper. It was exciting, it was turbulent, it was not commonplace for a 17-year-old. It was good that she could switch off something. These were eventful weeks, they were great weeks for Nelles. Only winning the European Championship with the U 17 selection of the DFB in May, then the rise with the 1. FC Cologne in the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga.

Although she is not the type to spend a long time with stories in the past, that is inevitable in her case. Too much has happened, too fast was the development. Especially due to the events surrounding the U17 European Championship in Bulgaria Nelles has penetrated into the public consciousness. The final against the Netherlands developed into their big stage. She held four of the opponent's five penalties. She was suddenly celebrated, hailed, the media suddenly knew her name.

"The biggest and best game of my life"

Nelles has answered all inquiries conscientiously – even if she is not keen to get so extremely into focus. "That was of course the biggest and best game of my life," she says: "I still do not see myself as a heroine, we have achieved this huge success as a team, only then was that possible, only together we could bring the title to Germany. That was by no means my own merit. "

Since then, more than two months have passed and Pauline Nelles has made further fundamental changes. With the 1. FC Cologne she has risen to the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga. She has already played four matches in the championship and one in the DFB Cup for the team, she was mostly in the U 17 in the Bundesliga in action. She hopes that she will be able to show her skills on the big stage more often in the coming season. Then against VfL Wolfsburg, Turbine Potsdam or Bayern Munich.

"I want to attack now, there is no clear number one goalkeeping position in our club," says Nelles. I want to give the coaching team as many arguments as possible to put myself in the goal, and my clear goal is to get more time off than last. " You can clearly see that the successes of the past have made them more self-confident – in personal as well as in sporting terms.

Permanently establish in the women's Bundesliga

For the 1. FC Köln is a good goalkeeper an important element. Because the club is waiting for a complicated task. The FC wants to establish itself after a few ascents and descents now permanently in the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga. The time as elevator team should finally belong to the past. "Place ten would be a great success in the first year," says coach Willi Breuer. "As 1. FC Köln it should be our claim, also with the women in the highest German league to be there .It is not about to play in the German championship, but the eternal commuting should in my estimation now come to an end. We all really want to avoid another descent – nobody can use that frustration. "

But can that succeed? After the first three match days, those responsible will know if their hopes are realistic. To kick off the FC receives with the MSV Duisburg a direct competitor in the fight for the class whereabouts. Then it goes to Hoffenheim, then Potsdam is a guest. It's a challenging start, but it opens the possibility to put a first exclamation mark directly.

"It's important that we adapt quickly to the higher tempo"

In fact, there are some indications that the women of Cologne can achieve their goals. You have strengthened the team meaningful. The newcomers are almost always national players. Lucia Ondrusova plays for Slovakia, Elvira Herzog for Switzerland, Amber Barrett for Ireland. There are also Francesca Calo and Sabrina Horvat from SV Werder Bremen, Madeline Gier from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Eunice Beckmann from Madrid CFF and Rachel Rinast from ASA Tel-Aviv FC.

"We have a good level in training," says young goalkeeper Nelles. "It's important that we adapt quickly to the higher tempo, then we can play a good role and leave at least two other teams behind." The FLYERALARM Women's Bundesliga can begin. Pauline Nelles is ready for the next adventure.



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The women's league is in its 30th year. In a series looks DFB.de Likewise on special moments in the history as well as on current developments for the start of the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga on 16 August. Today in Focus: promoted 1. FC Cologne with U 17 European champion Pauline Nelles,

Pauline Nelles was recently on vacation. She enjoyed the sun, the sea and the weather in Turkey. The German junior national player had earned that. In the past few months, a lot has changed in the life of the 1. FC Cologne goalkeeper. It was exciting, it was turbulent, it was not commonplace for a 17-year-old. It was good that she could switch off something. These were eventful weeks, they were great weeks for Nelles. Only winning the European Championship with the U 17 selection of the DFB in May, then the rise with the 1. FC Cologne in the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga.

Although she is not the type to spend a long time with stories in the past, that is inevitable in her case. Too much has happened, too fast was the development. Especially due to the events surrounding the U17 European Championship in Bulgaria Nelles has penetrated into the public consciousness. The final against the Netherlands developed into their big stage. She held four of the opponent's five penalties. She was suddenly celebrated, hailed, the media suddenly knew her name.

"The biggest and best game of my life"

Nelles has answered all inquiries conscientiously – even if she is not keen to get so extremely into focus. "That was of course the biggest and best game of my life," she says: "I still do not see myself as a heroine, we have achieved this huge success as a team, only then was that possible, only together we could bring the title to Germany. That was by no means my own merit. "

Since then, more than two months have passed and Pauline Nelles has made further fundamental changes. With the 1. FC Cologne she has risen to the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga. She has already played four matches in the championship and one in the DFB Cup for the team, she was mostly in the U 17 in the Bundesliga in action. She hopes that she will be able to show her skills on the big stage more often in the coming season. Then against VfL Wolfsburg, Turbine Potsdam or Bayern Munich.

"I want to attack now, there is no clear number one goalkeeping position in our club," says Nelles. I want to give the coaching team as many arguments as possible to put myself in the goal, and my clear goal is to get more time off than last. " You can clearly see that the successes of the past have made them more self-confident – in personal as well as in sporting terms.

Permanently establish in the women's Bundesliga

For the 1. FC Köln is a good goalkeeper an important element. Because the club is waiting for a complicated task. The FC wants to establish itself after a few ascents and descents now permanently in the FLYERALARM women's Bundesliga. The time as elevator team should finally belong to the past. "Place ten would be a great success in the first year," says coach Willi Breuer. "As 1. FC Köln it should be our claim, also with the women in the highest German league to be there .It is not about to play in the German championship, but the eternal commuting should in my estimation now come to an end. We all really want to avoid another descent – nobody can use that frustration. "

But can that succeed? After the first three match days, those responsible will know if their hopes are realistic. To kick off the FC receives with the MSV Duisburg a direct competitor in the fight for the class whereabouts. Then it goes to Hoffenheim, then Potsdam is a guest. It's a challenging start, but it opens the possibility to put a first exclamation mark directly.

"It's important that we adapt quickly to the higher tempo"

In fact, there are some indications that the women of Cologne can achieve their goals. You have strengthened the team meaningful. The newcomers are almost always national players. Lucia Ondrusova plays for Slovakia, Elvira Herzog for Switzerland, Amber Barrett for Ireland. There are also Francesca Calo and Sabrina Horvat from SV Werder Bremen, Madeline Gier from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Eunice Beckmann from Madrid CFF and Rachel Rinast from ASA Tel-Aviv FC.

"We have a good level in training," says young goalkeeper Nelles. "It's important that we adapt quickly to the higher tempo, then we can play a good role and leave at least two other teams behind." The FLYERALARM Women's Bundesliga can begin. Pauline Nelles is ready for the next adventure.

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