Giulia Gwinn + Martina Voss-Tecklenburg: This is how Giulia Gwinn and Martina Voss-Tecklenburg tick

Giulia Gwinn + Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
The best of both worlds

Giulia Gwinn and Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

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The European Football Championship is giving us a lot of happy moments – and that’s also due to Giulia Gwinn and Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.

Shortly before kick-off, the adrenaline shoots through your body, the air in the stadium vibrates, the fans cheer – our women’s national team is experiencing great happiness at the European Football Championship in England. In the meantime, the DFB team has even earned a role as favourites. While right-back Giulia Gwinn, 23, kicks her way into the hearts of the spectators on the lawn, national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, 54, gives everything on the sidelines. Two women from two generations – with a common goal.

Giulia is one of the shooting stars

And the native of Munich, who was born on Lake Constance, also knows how to stage herself off the field. Almost 400,000 fans follow her on Instagram, where she presents pictures from her vacation, for example, or with her boyfriend Constantin, also a professional football player. Giulia posts herself in a training outfit, but also with stylish jeans or in a glitter dress. This brings glam to football – and attracts people who have not previously been interested in the sport.

Julia Gwinn

Proud to wear the federal eagle: Giulia Gwinn is a pillar of the team after a serious injury two years ago.

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Giulia now earns almost as much from Instagram as she does from football. You can also meet her parents Gabi and Florian on the social media account: They are currently sacrificing their annual leave so that they can cheer on their daughter at the European Championships in England.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg made her dream come true

When national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg started her career as a player at home in Duisburg in the 1980s, there was no social media. The support of the family was also not a matter of course, quite the opposite: her mother had never liked it that the small, delicate Martina spent all her free time on the soccer field. So she trained in secret – and became a world-class player.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has been training the DFB women’s team for four years – and now she wants to win her first title as national coach at the European Championships.

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At just 16 she made her debut in the national team, at 17 she became German champion, and in 1989, at the age of 21, she made a significant contribution to Germany winning a women’s European Championship for the first time. At the same time, she completed her studies in social work. But football is still her life today – just like Giulia Gwinn.

The coach and her players grew up in different worlds. But one thing connects them: they will give everything to give themselves and us a summer fairy tale.

Lisa Rosanski

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