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Captain Petzelberger's inside track on Germany

Published: Saturday 11 June 2011, 21.01CET
Germany captain Ramona Petzelberger introduces the 2011 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship winners, from a defensive table tennis demon to a breakdancing forward.
Captain Petzelberger's inside track on Germany
Germany captain Ramona Petzelberger speaks to UEFA.com ©Sportsfile
Published: Saturday 11 June 2011, 21.01CET

Captain Petzelberger's inside track on Germany

Germany captain Ramona Petzelberger introduces the 2011 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship winners, from a defensive table tennis demon to a breakdancing forward.

1 Lisa Schmitz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
She is a quiet person but funny, and despite being placid she is a commanding presence in goal, where she always makes sure her players are in the right position.

2 Leonie Maier (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr)
Leonie is a real battler with a good shot and although she is a defender she is always bombing down the right to set up another attack.

3 Carolin Simon (Hamburger SV)
The funny one in the group, the one everybody loves. But on the pitch she is technically very good and has a good left foot, which she uses to hit deadly free-kicks.

4 Johanna Elsig (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
Our vice-captain and a mean table tennis player. She brings order to our play and is the voice of our defence. She is important to us because you always need a commander back there.

5 Luisa Wensing (FCR 2001 Duisburg)
Off the pitch 'Lulle' can sometimes be a bit childish but on the pitch she is very tough. She is very good in one-on-one situations and brilliant in the air.

6 Kathrin-Julia Henrich (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
Kati plays in a holding role in midfield, is very athletic and has a good eye for the pass out of the back. She is a dependable midfielder.

7 Eunice Beckmann (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
She is very powerful and uses her strength to hold the ball up. On the field she scores important goals; off it she is the one always playing music, singing and sometimes even breakdancing.

8 Isabella Schmid (SC Freiburg)
Bella is very quiet most of the time but when she steps on to the pitch she wakes up. She has an eye for the important pass and a feel for the spectacular. She has a very good shot as she showed against Norway.

9 Nicole Rolser (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr)
Sadly, Nicole has gone home injured.

10 Ramona Petzelberger (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr)
'Shorty' tries to lead the team on the field and off it, which isn't too hard as I have known most of the players for a while. Six of us won the Under-17 European Championship so we have winning experience, although this is another level.

11 Lena Lotzen (FC Bayern München)
She is very fast and strong, has a good shot and is capable of the unexpected. She is always with Lulle [Luisa Wensing] – L & L are like sisters. Lena also scores important goals. She is young but an important part of the team.

12 Friederike Abt (Herforder SV)
At 16 Rike is the youngest member of the team, but she doesn't look it and doesn't behave like it. She seems older, especially on the pitch and she is very good at making reflex saves.

13 Sofia Nati (SG Essen-Schönebeck)
Sofia was out for a long time with a cruciate ligament rupture but she is getting back to her best. She is my room-mate and tends to move around in her sleep, as though she thinks she is still training.

14 Kristin Demann (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam)
Tini is a relaxed, quiet person who rooms and hangs out with Jennifer Cramer. She is a centre-back who is good positionally and plays good passes into the midfield.

15 Ivana Rudelic (FC Bayern München)
She is confident, always knows what she wants and is dangerous in front of goal. She is a forward with a sense for being in the right place at the right time.

16 Jennifer Cramer (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam)
We call her Alfred because she sounds like a frog. She is slow at eating, walking, everything ... she is always the last one. We're always waiting for her, normally because she is still eating Nutella crepes.

17 Marie Pyko (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr)
My room-mate at Bad Neuenahr, Marie is very quiet and friendly. On the field she is very strong and fast on the right side of midfield.

18 Anja Hegenauer (SC Freiburg)
Anja is Bella's room-mate. She is very nice and polite. She can play on the left or right wing, is fast and very direct. When she has the ball she is always looking to run straight at goal.

Ramona Petzelberger was speaking to Richard Aikman

Last updated: 11/06/11 22.20CET

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