The documentary delves into the women of the German Football Association

aSchulte can handle the pressure with difficulty. She’s scolding and near despondent, but she still throws herself at every shot and onto the spray-drenched grass, even as the ball slips again and again under her hands. The 31-year-old imagined that her return to training would be much easier and less painful. “It’s brutal when your body has to switch from pregnancy to competitive sport,” the Wolfsburg goalkeeper later said in a pausing voice in front of the camera, wiping the tear that was falling from her right eye with her finger. “First of all, you are thinking of your stupid act.”

In fact, the dedication that the international is making on her way back to getting back to a top-tier level is exemplary. In particular, as a mother of twins, she has to deal with daily life that pushes her to the limits of her resilience.

More depth than ‘summer fairy tale’

The documentary Born For This – More Than Just Football provides insight into Schulte’s emotional world and that of her DFB teammates. The series, produced in collaboration with Warner Bros., will air. , in parallel with ARD, Sky and Magenta TV from Wednesday, when the European Championship begins in England – and goes much deeper than the ‘Summer’s Tale’ story by Sönke Wortmann who accompanied Jürgen Klinsmann’s men’s team in 2006 and only touched on what allowed Federation and the national coach and broadcast them.

Circumstances are different now. There were no restrictions on what they were allowed to film, Martina Hansel and Bjorn Tännberger reported at a presentation of their work at a cinema in Frankfurt. True to the mantra that a well-made film should make the heroes of the film shine, but can also harm them, the director duo has been working since the spring of 2021 and has accompanied the women extensively for the past 400 days. It began with one-on-one meetings in which the concept was explained, and through constant reunions a close collaboration was developed, which not only led to the mistake of presenting things more beautifully than they are from misunderstood secrecy, but also left room for breaks and contradictions. As a result, the team paints a revealing self-portrait in which problems are not neglected: this is how assistant coach Britta Carlson describes the behavior of the officials who grope her. “Which is a taboo,” the 44-year-old complains.

“We wanted to turn on the light,” Hansel said, explaining the reasons for the project, “to show the characters” who still get very little attention from the (sportsman) audience.

National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg liked the premiere, briefly halting preparations for the European Championship: “Great cinema: it’s honest, authentic, passionate and full of love.” So far, the first three episodes have been completed. The sequel is currently being produced during EM.

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