A German satirical magazine and football online portal suggested that Pope’s performance and goals during the 2022 FIFA Women’s European Championship were worthy of being called up to the men’s World Cup team in November.
In its article, FUMS magazine renamed her Alexander Papp and published a photograph of the attacker wearing a mustache. Der Postillon gate went with Alexander Pope.
Sharp Bob laughing
Bob casually walked in for her press conference and nothing seemed right until she took off her mask, sparking laughter when she revealed a mustache made of black ribbon as she said “hello” in a deep voice.
“We were kind of joking at breakfast this morning and then we said we were going to eat it,” the 31-year-old said. “I really think it fits in with the mood on the team.”
Bob currently leads the charts with six goals – nearly half of Germany’s tally – along with her English rival, Beth Mead.
Why Alexander Pope will be the missing piece of the men’s team puzzle
The reason why German satirical outlets are keen to conceal Bob as a man of additional duty with the national team lies in her position and her style of play.
For years now, it can be said that since Miroslav Klose retired from international football in 2014, Germany’s star-studded men’s team has been on the hunt for a strong striker and goal-hunting on demand. Despite his host of offensive talent, finding the classic No. 9 proved to be an elusive task for national team coach Flick and his predecessor Joachim Loew.
Heading into the men’s World Cup this winter, who might fill that role, remains an open question.
Bob says England is under pressure
Bob pulled off a double in the semi-final against France on Wednesday to lead Germany to Sunday’s final at Wembley.
Popp also plays for VfL Wolfsburg as well as the German national team
Women’s football made strides during the tournament in England, setting record attendance and TV viewing numbers.
It is expected that about 80,000 fans will be in the stadium, and hundreds of millions more will watch the final match on television.
Germany are chasing their ninth European Championship title while England are looking to win their first title and Pope said the pressure was on the hosts.
“I think the pressure is more on the English side, precisely because it’s happening in their country,” Bob said. “We know that since 2011, suddenly everyone is expecting something from you.”
Germany hosted the 2011 tournament where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by champion Japan.
mm, msh / wd (dpa, Reuters)