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2013 was the year of the greatest success in women’s history at Wolfsburg: the team won the treble of the championship, the DFB Cup and the UEFA Champions League – as the second German team after 1. FFC Frankfurt (2002 and 2008). That was almost nine years ago and she was there as a young player in her first season at Wolfsburg: today’s captain Alexandra Pope.

The 31-year-old has just returned after nearly a year of suffering through injury and could do the same for VFL this year with the Frankfurt side and win the treble for the second time. Wolves are currently top of the league, four points behind their long-time rival Bayern Munich. In the cup, coach Tommy Strutt’s team won 3-1 in a confrontation between the two best teams in Germany. And in the Champions League, FC Barcelona, ​​perhaps the best team in Europe at the moment, awaits the leaders of the German Bundesliga.

Full Camp Nou

However, this should be more motivation for the good-tempered women of Wolfsburg, as well as the spectacle that awaits the teams in the Catalan capital. Because on its way to a potential treble, Wolfsburg will play Barcelona in the first leg in front of the largest number of spectators in the club’s history: up to 90,000 spectators are expected at Barcelona’s legendary Camp Nou when Barcelona wins the title. Germany receives twice in the Champions League.

“It’s going to be crazy! We can be there when we make history. That’s so cool,” said the Sport Build striker. “It has always been my dream to play in Dortmund in front of 80,000 spectators. I never thought the Camp Nou could be so full.”

March 30, 2022: More than 91,000 spectators watched the Champions League match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in the stadium

sold out in two days

The Catalan team sold all its tickets to the public on Tuesday after selling 50,000 tickets intended for members on Monday. Barcelona did not announce the total number of cards sold. There are still a few tickets left, but they must be reserved for some groups due to UEFA regulations. She said it could still be put up for sale.

So expect the Camp Nou to be complete. As at the end of March, when the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid set a new record for women’s football attendance: 91,553 people watched the 5:2 Rage by Barcelona in El Clásico in the Champions League quarter-final second leg and thus presented the largest crowd for the game in the history of the game. Women’s football. The images will be similar against Wolfsburg and a record number of spectators are also expected for the return leg on the big stage in Wolfsburg for the home match in the Women’s Football League.

Confident of the best team in Europe

But first, it is important to survive the record crowd at the Camp Nou against a team that is currently perhaps the best team in Europe around superstar Alexia Butillas. Barcelona, ​​with former Wolfsburg players Fridolina Rulfo, Caroline Hansen and Ingrid Engin in their ranks, has scored an incredible 32 goals in eight Champions League matches this season – arch-rivals Real Madrid have scored eight goals in the quarter-finals alone.

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Captain Alexandra Pope and coach Tommy Strutt are only two and a half years old

With such offensive strength, Wolfsburg will need a good defensive performance in the first leg. Coach Tommy Strutt, who only took charge of the women’s team at the start of the season, has to dispense with midfielder Lena Oberdorf. The 20-year-old national player was injured in the cup match against Bayern and will also miss the return match. “We are at a stage where we are in full flow and we are making the most of conviction,” Strutt said after winning the FA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich.

Even if Strutt evaded the question about the treble, the answer shows great self-confidence for the 33-year-old newcomer coach and his “mental players,” as national coach Martina Voss Tecklenburg recently described the team. Everything seems possible at Wolfsburg in the spring of 2022. Or, as successful goalkeeper Almut Schulte, who could leave the club at the end of the season as Angel City FC’s treble winner in the US, describes the development under Strutt: “It’s great to see what happened”.

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