Germany coach vows to fight on after shock World Cup exit


Germany coach vows to fight on after shock World Cup exit
Germany head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (second from left) insists she won't quit despite their shock Women's World Cup exit

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said Saturday she has no intention of quitting despite their shock early exit from the Women's World Cup and denied reports of a rift with her squad.

A 1-1 draw against South Korea on Thursday meant Germany, one of the pre-tournament favourites, went out at the group stage for the first time in their history.

After the German men's team also failed to reach the last 16 at both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, their women's team has endured the same fate.

"The easy thing is to run away when things get difficult in life," Voss-Tecklenburg, who is under contract until 2025, told reporters north of Sydney.

"I've never run away when things got tough."

Germany won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007 and started their bid for a third title with a 6-0 demolition of Morocco.

But a shock 2-1 defeat to eventual Group H winners Colombia and the draw with the Koreans saw them exit at the first hurdle.

"I still have the firm belief to take the next steps in German women's football with everyone involved," Voss-Tecklenburg, who has been in charge since 2019, said.

"I will stay tenacious and strong."

She was given a vote of confidence by German FA president Bernd Neuendorf on Friday.

Voss-Tecklenburg denied a report in Germany's top-selling newspaper Bild of a rift and communication problems with her squad.

"We talk to the players, we haven't experienced that here during the tournament. I have full confidence in the honesty of the players," she said.

Joti Chatzialexiou, sports director of the German FA, also dismissed speculation of a falling-out.

"Nothing like this was communicated to us," he said.

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