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Alexandra Popp

by Paul Saffer
Alexandra Popp
Alexandra Popp (Germany) ©Sportsfile

Alexandra Popp

The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship was launched in 2007/08 to give the same chance to developing female players that their male counterparts had enjoyed for years. It was an opportunity immediately grabbed by Alexandra Popp.

By the time of those first finals in 2008, Germany were already reigning senior and U19 European champions while 1. FFC Frankfurt held the UEFA Women's Cup. Germany were favourites to win the inaugural edition, and even more so after scoring 35 goals in their six qualifying wins. Popp contributed ten of those goals and although she failed to score in the 1-0 semi-final defeat of Denmark, she was on target again in the final as France succumbed 3-0, raising her season tally to an unrivalled 11.

Surprisingly, given her prolific record, Popp was posted on the left wing during the tournament. She is also adept at full-back and that is where she has often found herself since leaving 1. FFC Recklinghausen for FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2008. In the season following the European U17 triumph, Popp was a regular starter for Duisburg in their maiden UEFA Women's Cup victory, save for a sojourn in New Zealand where she helped Germany to a FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup bronze medal.

Popp continued to mature and her next landmark came in the summer of 2010. Picked to lead the line for hosts Germany at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, she delighted packed home crowds by scoring in every game of their triumph, equalling Christine Sinclair's tournament-record tally of 10 goals and earning the adidas Golden Ball as best player.

By then Popp had already made her senior Germany debut against Korea DPR on 17 February 2010 – netting her first two goals against Finland nine days later. Though playing in defence for Duisburg the following season, Popp became Germany's regular supersub in their FIFA Women's World Cup build-up – notching five goals in three games immediately before the finals where the hosts reached the last eight.

Appropriately for the player identified by many as Birgit Prinz's long-term successor, Popp has also trained in physiotherapy, as well as being the only woman to attend FC Schalke 04's elite football school.

Last updated: 30/11/11 14.10CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/05/2016 01:05 CET
26.10.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundSloveniaSlovenia0-13GermanyGermany2310
30.10.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundGermanyGermany4-0CroatiaCroatia2300
23.11.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundSlovakiaSlovakia0-6GermanyGermany3611
27.11.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia0-8GermanyGermany4410
05.04.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-3GermanyGermany2000
10.04.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundGermanyGermany4-0SloveniaSlovenia4500
07.06.2015Women's World CupFinal tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany10-0Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire9010
11.06.2015Women's World CupFinal tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany1-1NorwayNorway7000
20.06.2015Women's World CupRound of 16GermanyGermany4-1SwedenSweden8900
26.06.2015Women's World CupQuarter-finalsGermanyGermany1-1
30.06.2015Women's World CupSemi-finalsUnited StatesUnited States2-0GermanyGermany9000
04.07.2015Women's World CupThird placeGermanyGermany0-1EnglandEngland100
18.09.2015UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageGermanyGermany12-0HungaryHungary9021
22.09.2015UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageCroatiaCroatia0-1GermanyGermany4610
08.10.2015UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 32Spartak SuboticaSpartak Subotica0-0WolfsburgWolfsburg8600
11.11.2015UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 16ChelseaChelsea1-2WolfsburgWolfsburg5900
18.11.2015UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 16WolfsburgWolfsburg2-0ChelseaChelsea9001
23.03.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueQuarter-finalsWolfsburgWolfsburg3-0BresciaBrescia9010
08.04.2016UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageTurkeyTurkey0-6GermanyGermany9021
12.04.2016UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageGermanyGermany2-0CroatiaCroatia9000
24.04.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueSemi-finalsWolfsburgWolfsburg4-0FrankfurtFrankfurt9010
01.05.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueSemi-finalsFrankfurtFrankfurt1-0WolfsburgWolfsburg9000
26.05.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueFinalWolfsburgWolfsburg1-1

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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General info

  • Name: Alexandra Popp
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 06/04/1991 (25)
  • Country: Germany
  • Club: Wolfsburg ( GER)

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Women's EURO 2015/17

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Women's Champions League (Second qualifying round)
    10/10/08: Duisburg 5-1 Naftokhimik
  • National team: UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship (First qualifying round)
    05/09/07: Germany 8-0 Israel

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Germany WOCO1213
Germany WU-1965
Germany WU-17811

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Women's Champions League
Last updated: 27/05/2016 01:05 CET