Women’s football is in a reformation phase. According to national player Lina Magull, a next step is a minimum wage for professional footballers.
Duisburg – Women’s football is in the midst of a reformation phase. But in order to make this successful, steps such as the introduction of the minimum wage for professional soccer players are necessary, says national player Lina Magull (28) in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Tuesday edition).
A few hours before the friendly game of the DFB women’s team on Tuesday against Sweden (6.15 p.m. / ZDF) in Duisburg, Lina Magull demanded higher salaries with a view to the structures in German women’s football:
“In my opinion, a minimum wage would be appropriate, because as a professional footballer you should be able to concentrate on the sport,” said the Bayern Munich midfielder.
She hopes that a Bundesliga player “receives enough money so that she doesn’t have to work on the side to make ends meet.” Because: “We live in the year 2023, so you should find ways.”
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When it comes to women’s football, you have to be “active” and stay “present”. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that our boom continues and that development continues.”
Not only since the successful European Championships last summer, when the German selection only lost to hosts England in the final (1: 2), was the sporting development going in the right direction, said Magull.
“The pace is faster, the passes are much more fluid and there are goals that are just great to watch.”
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In addition, the new presentation of the Champions League is making progress in marketing.
“Profound changes in training” would also make themselves felt. “Today there are more and much better trained coaches looking after the players,” said Magull.
However, Magull sees major infrastructural differences between the top clubs in the Bundesliga such as Wolfsburg, Bayern or Frankfurt and the remaining first division clubs. There are “still clubs where the conditions are not at this level,” she said.
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“And if we compare ourselves with the possibilities at the international top clubs, we see what we are still missing in Germany.”
Financial efforts are being made at Paris St. Germain, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or the teams from the English Women’s Soccer League “that nobody here in Germany can match,” said Magull.