Marozsan with home advantage: “title would naturally be a dream”

Marozsan with home advantage: 'title would naturally be a dream'

Dzsenifer marozsan makes no effort to play down the immense importance of the women’s soccer world championship in her adopted country of france.

Rather, the 27-year-old noble technician from champions league winners olympique lyon let everyone in the first-ever packed media room at the team headquarters in bruz share in her anticipation of the highlight of her successful career. "It’s absolutely something special for me," marozsan said, beaming. "I’ve been playing here for three years now. France is a piece of home for me."

Her parents’ house is in budapest, where she won the konigsklasse almost three weeks ago with her club team in a 4:1 final victory over FC barcelona. Her mother and father, once hungarian internationals, and her brother were at the final to support "dzseni. "It was a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed that," said marozsan, who then flew straight back to france for the club’s celebrations.

After that, she spent a few days putting her feet up and relaxing to recharge her batteries before meeting up with her DFB colleagues in grassau for the final stage of world cup preparations. "It’s been a long and tiring season," she admitted. But she won’t allow it now. Schlieblich has rough goals with the DFB selection. The director, who has been crowned the best player in the french league for the third time in a row, has not yet satisfied her hunger for a title.

And there is hardly any room left in her trophy cabinet. She won the U20 world championship in germany in 2010, and is also european champion (2013) and olympic champion (2016). She has also been french champion three times, and won the DFB cup twice (with the 1. FFC frankfurt) and the french cup (with lyon). Only the world cup triumph is still missing. That could now follow. She wants to reach at least the semifinals with the DFB team. Like the world cup finals, these will take place on july 7 in. July in lyon. "The title would naturally be a dream. But for now, I’m going to focus on getting our team off to a good start in the tournament," stressed the number ten with a view to the tough opening match on saturday (15.00 o’clock/ARD and DAZN) in rennes against china.

Although she has never been crowned world champion, marozsan is arguably the best player in the world today. And she feels she is at the best age to accomplish something great. When a media representative said that this would probably be her last chance to win the world cup, the 27-year-old reacted almost amused. "I’m still young. I hope that I will be allowed to play another world championship."

In the young DFB squad, the 90-time national player has a key role to play in the center of the field. She’s the brains of the team, can put her teammates in the best possible light and is also very dangerous in terms of goals. She’s already scored 33 times in the DFB jersey, scores free kicks a la ronaldo and kicks all the corners. Martina voss-tecklenburg is certain: "if she stays injury-free, we will see a very good dzseni."

The national team coach says that world cup successes are becoming less likely without her playmaker. That’s one of the reasons why MVT is keeping a close eye on marozsan to make sure she’s under the right strain. On wednesday they gave her a break from training. "We have to wrap dzseni up in absorbent cotton a little bit."

Almost a year ago, marozsan suffered a major setback when she was paralyzed by a pulmonary embolism during pre-season training with olympique. "That was the most difficult time of my life," she later confessed. Even today, she wears compression stockings on long trips, eats a particularly conscious diet and drinks a lot to prevent a recurrence of thrombosis. Now she is fit and full of energy. And in a joking mood. When asked how a duel between the star ensemble from lyon and the german national team would turn out, she said: "if I play for germany, we will win."