Despite the injury that she has just recovered from, the captain of the German national team, Alexandra Pope, or “Alex” as she is nicknamed, made the spotlight during the European Women’s Football Championship in its current version. The German striker has scored in every match so far, a record in the tournament. And the positive result of the Corona test last month did not deter Bob from continuing the training.
Eight-time European champions Germany beat France 2-1 in the semi-finals, and Bob opened the scoring in the first half and added the winning goal in the second half to book a place in the final against hosts England at Wembley Stadium next Sunday.
The first European Championship
After the match, Bob expressed her joy at the victory and told reporters, “I have to admit that I was more emotional than I was before because I know how I got to this point. Being here and having the opportunity to perform with perfect fitness at this point makes me very proud..
“But I also have to say a big thank you to everyone who helped me – the medical staff in my team, the coaches at the club and here. They kept believing in my abilities and gave me the opportunity to be here. “It’s just as dangerous now as I was in the past. It wasn’t for long because I got injured“.
Bob missed a chance to win the title with Germany in 2013 when she played despite an ankle ligament injury to help Wolfsburg win the treble in the 2012-13 season, which led to her missing the European Championship as a result..
And she injured her knee in 2017 to miss the European Championship again and another injury last year would have meant a third European Championship without Pope if the tournament had not been postponed in 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic..
And a positive Covid test last month didn’t deter the attacker as she put all her troubles behind her to score in every game so far – a tournament record.
Bob, 31, is playing her first European Championship, and she has shined and scored almost half of Germany’s goals in the current edition, while the rest of her colleagues scored seven goals.
Bob missed the last two European Championships due to injury
A passion for football from a young age
Alexandra Pope was born on the 6th of April 1991 in Witten, Germany, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. She has a younger brother named Denise. Since she was a little girl, she has been passionate about football and has been competing for boys at an elite German Football Association school in Gelsenkirchen.
These experiences in the life of the young football player, contributed to the formation of her fighting spirit and strengthened her will to win.
Alexandra Pope also possesses a build and physical features that put her in the ranks of “professional footballers”. It is 1.74 meters long and weighs about 75 kilograms and depends on the left foot more.
Bob has been playing for Wolfsburg Women’s Club since 2012. She was named Footballer of the Year in the 2013/2014 and 2014/15 seasons, winning several tournaments as well as the Champions League three times. The market value of the German player is currently estimated at 140 thousand euros, but the average annual income of the player in the German League may reach about 40 thousand euros compared to men.
“Personally, I can live with that, but I’m not dependent for life on football,” Bob said.
Bob lives in Wolfsburg with her partner Patrick, who supports her by being on the field and cheering her on. She wants to be a mother and doesn’t want to wait any longer. In an interview with the German sports magazine Kicker, Alexandra Pope expressed her desire to “create a family and have a child” and described this as the next “close plan”.
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