Alexandra Popp

Alexandra Popp (German pronunciation: [alɛˈksandʁa ˈpɔp];[1] born 6 April 1991) is a German footballer and Olympic gold medalist. She plays as a striker for VfL Wolfsburg and the German national team.[2] She previously played for FCR 2001 Duisburg and 1. FFC Recklinghausen. She was twice named German Footballer of the Year in 2014 and 2016, and in February 2019 was named captain of the national team.

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Alex Popp with Duisburg in 2011.
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Popp in August 2011
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Popp
Date of birth 6 April 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Witten, Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 11
Youth career
FC Silschede
1. FFC Recklinghausen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 1. FFC Recklinghausen
2008–2012 FCR 2001 Duisburg 80 (31)
2012– VfL Wolfsburg 132 (66)
National team
2006 Germany U15 5 (0)
2006–2008 Germany U17 25 (17)
2009 Germany U19 8 (6)
2009–2011 Germany U20 9 (14)
2010– Germany 101 (48)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:29, 29 June 2019 (UTC)



Popp started her career at FC Silschede, playing there in mixed-gender teams until she reached the age limit of 14. Later she changed to 1. FFC Recklinghausen and played three years before joining the Bundesliga side FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2008. She had also been approached by French champions Olympique Lyonnais at the time, but chose Duisburg. Popp made her Bundesliga debut in September 2008 against Herforder SV and scored her first two goals three weeks later in an 8–0 win over TSV Crailsheim.

In her first year at Duisburg, Popp won the Double: the 2009 UEFA Women's Cup and the 2009 German Cup. She was awarded the 2009 Fritz Walter medal in silver as the year's second best female junior player.[3] One year later, she again claimed the German Cup title and finished runner-up with Duisburg in the 2009–10 Bundesliga season. Because Duisburg had major injury worries during the 2010-11 season, Popp played the majority of matches at left back.

In the 2012-13 season she moved with her club teammate Luisa Wensing to VfL Wolfsburg. In her first season there she won the Treble (association football) with the Frauen-Bundesliga championship, the DFB-Pokal Frauen and the UEFA Women's Champions League.

A year later Wolfsburg successfully defended their title the UEFA Women's Euro 2013. For the Bundesliga championship, it came down to a match on the final day of the season against the previously unbeaten 1. FFC Frankfurt. Frankfurt needed only a draw to win the championship, while Wolfsburg needed to win. Popp scored the winning goal in the 89th minute, and Wolfsburg was again victorious in the DFB-Pokal.


At the 2008 UEFA U-17 Women's Championship, Popp won her first international title with Germany, scoring the team's second goal in the final. The same year, she reached third-place at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. In February 2010, Popp made her debut for Germany's senior national team in a friendly match against North Korea. Less than two weeks later she scored her first two international goals at the 2010 Algarve Cup in a 7–0 win over Finland.

Popp returned to junior competition for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which was held on home soil in Germany. She won the title with the German team and was the tournament's break-out star, being honoured as the best player and top goalscorer. She scored in every game,[4] and with ten goals she holds the scoring record for that tournament (together with Sydney Leroux and Christine Sinclair).

Popp was then called up for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad.[2] She played in all four games for the host nation, coming on as a substitute, but the Germans placed only sixth, defeated in extra time by eventual champions Japan. Later that year, she played in the European Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan, where she and teammate Célia Šašić (nee Okoyino da Mbabi) each contributed four goals to a record 17-0 victory. With this achievement she became the seventh German woman to score four goals in an international game.

On May 24, 2015, Silvia Neid named Popp to the senior team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. In Canada the team reached fourth place, defeating seeded teams Sweden and France but again falling to the eventual champions, the United States. Popp started in four of the team's seven games, scoring once.

Popp was called up again for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Germany won the gold medal.[5] She played in all six games, contributing a goal and two assists. Each player on the team received a Silbernes Lorbeerblatt, Germany's highest sports honor, for their performance.

In the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 tournament she played with the senior team, losing in the quarterfinals to Denmark.

She is the captain of the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. She played every minute of the group stage games and scored a header versus South Africa.[6] She made her 100th appearance for Germany on 22 June 2019, where she also scored the first goal against Nigeria.[7]

International goals

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first:


Personal life

Popp attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld in Gelsenkirchen, one of four facilities certified as "elite schools of football" by the German Football Association. She was the school's sole female pupil and could only attend courtesy of a special permit. She studied and trained with junior players of the German men's Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04. Popp left school after the 12th grade with a Fachabitur diploma.[8] Following a one-year internship at a physiotherapist, Popp successfully completed a three-year apprenticeship to become a zookeeper at Tierpark Essehof in Lehre.[9][10]

In interviews she has declared herself a fan of Borussia Dortmund.


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Popp with the DFB-Pokal trophy in 2013.


FCR 2001 Duisburg
VfL Wolfsburg




  1. ^ Krech, Eva-Maria; Stock, Eberhard; Hirschfeld, Ursula; Anders, Lutz Christian (2009). Deutsches Aussprachewörterbuch [German Pronunciation Dictionary] (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 302, 835. ISBN 978-3-11-018202-6.
  2. ^ a b c "Nationalspielerin Alexandra Popp" (in German). Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Hegering und Popp ausgezeichnet" (in German). RP Online. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Popp and Kulig in dreamland". 1 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Gold for Germany as Neid finishes in style". 19 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Germany beats South Africa 4-0 to win World Cup group". Fox Sports. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Alexandra Popp leaves Nigeria flat to send Germany fizzing into quarter-finals". The Guardian. 22 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Eine Karriere im ICE-Tempo". 20 May 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  9. ^ lt. ausführlichem Interview in: RevierSport 9/2013, S. 30 f
  10. ^ rs (6 June 2012). "VfL-Star Alex Popp: Job in Essehof". Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  11. ^ Golden player 2008
  12. ^ Golden Ball 2010
  13. ^ Golden Shoe 2010
  14. ^ "Fußballerin des Jahres 2014: Das Ergebnis" (in German). 10 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Alexandra Popp ist Fußballerin des Jahres" (in German). 14 August 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.

External links

2009 UEFA Women's Cup Final

The 2009 UEFA Women's Cup Final was played on 16 May and 22 May 2009 between Duisburg of Germany and Zvezda Perm of Russia. Duisburg won 7–1 on aggregate.

The return leg of the final broke the record for the most attendance of a European club match for women. 28,112 spectators came to watch the game. The record was eventually surpassed by the 2012 UEFA Women's Champions League Final.

2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was the 5th edition of the tournament. It was held in Germany, who will also host the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup a year later from July 13 to August 1, 2010. Sixteen teams, comprising representatives from all six confederations, were taking part in the final competition, in which Germany had a guaranteed place as the host nation.

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of the teams from Germany, Canada, Nigeria and France. The games were played on 26 June, 30 June and 5 July 2011. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage.

2011–12 DFB-Pokal Frauen

The DFB-Pokal 2011–12 was the 32nd season of the cup competition, Germany's second-most important title in women's football.

2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final

The 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final was the final match of the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League, the 13th season of the UEFA Women's Champions League football tournament and the fifth since it was renamed from the UEFA Women's Cup. The match was held at Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon on 22 May 2014. Reigning champions Wolfsburg played Champions League debutants Tyresö in the final and successfully defended their title.

Wolfsburg played the final for the second consecutive time, while Tyresö managed to reach the final in their first tournament appearance. It also marked the fifth time that a Swedish and a German club meet in the final.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of Germany, Ivory Coast, Norway and Thailand. Matches were played from 7 to 15 June 2015.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup began on 20 June and ended with the final match on 5 July 2015. A total of 16 teams competed in this knockout stage.

2016 UEFA Women's Champions League Final

The 2016 UEFA Women's Champions League Final was the final match of the 2015–16 UEFA Women's Champions League, the 15th season of Europe's premier women's club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the seventh season since it was renamed from the UEFA Women's Cup to the UEFA Women's Champions League. It was played at the Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on 26 May 2016, between German team Wolfsburg and French team Lyon.

Lyon defeated Wolfsburg 4–3 on penalties (1–1 after extra time) to win their third European title.

2016–17 Frauen-Bundesliga

The 2016–17 season of the Frauen-Bundesliga was the 27th season of Germany's premier women's football league. Bayern Munich were the defending champions.

VfL Wolfsburg secured their third title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 8 to 17 June 2019. The group consisted of China PR, Germany, South Africa and Spain. The top two teams, Germany and Spain, along with the third-placed team, China PR (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament, organized by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), for national teams of women under the age of 20. The tournament is held in even-numbered years. It was first conducted in 2002 as the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship with an upper age limit of 19. In 2006, the age limit was raised to the current 20. The event was renamed as a World Cup effective with the 2008 competition, making its name consistent with FIFA's other worldwide competitions for national teams.

Starting with the 2010 edition, tournaments held in years immediately preceding the FIFA Women's World Cup are awarded as part of the bidding process for the Women's World Cup. In those years, the U-20 Women's World Cup serves as a dry run for the host nation of the Women's World Cup, a role similar to that of the FIFA Confederations Cup in the men's game.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Group F

Group F of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 3 to 9 August 2016, and included Australia, Canada, Germany and Zimbabwe. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, while the third-placed team Australia also advanced because they were among the two best third-placed teams among all three groups.All times are BRT (UTC−3).

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Knockout stage

The knockout stage of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 12 to 19 August 2016. The top two teams from each group in the group stage and the two best third-placed teams qualified for the knockout stage.All times are local, BRT (UTC−3).

Footballer of the Year in Germany

The title Footballer of the Year (German: Fußballer des Jahres) has been awarded in Germany since 1960. In 1996 the title Women's Footballer of the Year (German: Fußballerin des Jahres) was awarded for the first time. Both awards are determined by a poll of German football journalists from the Association of German Sports Journalists (Verband Deutscher Sportjournalisten) and the publication kicker. Eligible are German players abroad and players in Germany.The current titleholders are Toni Kroos from Real Madrid and Dzsenifer Marozsán from Olympique Lyonnais. In 2004, the Brazilian Aílton became the first foreign player to attain the honour.

List of VfL Wolfsburg (women) seasons

This is a list of seasons played by VfL Wolfsburg Frauen, VfL Wolfsburg's women's section, in German and European football, from the foundation of the first German championship, one year after the creation of the original incarnation of the team, Eintracht Wolfsburg, to the latest completed season. Eintracht was absorbed by VfL Wolfsburg in 2003.


The name Popp may refer to:

Adelheid Popp (1869–1939), Austrian feminist

André Popp (1924–2014), French composer, arranger and screenwriter

Angela C. Popp (born 1968), American director, screenwriter and songwriter

Alexander Popp (born 1976), German tennis player

Alexandra Popp (born 1991), German football player

Bernard Ferdinand Popp (1917–2014), American Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church

Bill Popp (1877–1909), American baseball player

Cynthia J. Popp (born 1962), American television director and producer

Franz Josef Popp (1886–1954), Founder of BMW

Fritz Popp (born 1940), German football player

Fritz-Albert Popp (born 1938), German biophysicist

Georg Popp (1861–1943), German chemist and founder of the german medical jurisprudence

Jim Popp (born 1964), manager of the Montreal Alouettes football club

Julius Popp (born 1973), German artist

Lothar Popp (1887–1980), German revolutionary

Lucia Popp (1939–1993), Slovak opera singer

Mișu Popp (1827–1892), Romanian painter and muralist

Nathaniel (Popp) (born 1940), Romanian-American bishop

Wolfgang Popp (born 1959), German tennis player

Carol Szathmari (1812–1887), called Carol Popp de Szathmary in Romanian; painter and photographer

UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award

The UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award (previously known as the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award) is an association football award given to the female footballer that is considered the best player playing for a football club in Europe during the previous season. The award was announced in 2013, two years after the creation of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, the equivalent award for male footballers.Nadine Angerer, Lena Goeßling, and Lotta Schelin made the shortlist for the inaugural year, with Nadine Angerer being selected as the winner on 5 September 2013 during the round of 32 and 16 draws for the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League.

UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship

The UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship is a European championship football tournament, organized by UEFA, for national teams of women under age seventeen. The tournament was first played out in 2007–08, having been approved by the UEFA Executive Committee on 22 May 2006. It is also a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying competition in even years. National under-17 teams whose countries belong to the European governing body UEFA can register to enter the competition. Germany is the most successful team in this competition, having won seven titles. Germany are the current champions.

VfL Wolfsburg (women)

Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V., commonly known as VfL Wolfsburg, is a German women's football club based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The club is currently playing in the top division of Germany the Bundesliga. The club has won the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2013 and 2014.

Popp – goals for Germany
# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 February 2010 Parchal, Portugal  Finland 2–0 7–0 2010 Algarve Cup
2. 4–0
3. 15 September 2010 Dresden, Germany  Canada 3–0 5–0 Friendly
4. 25 November 2010 Leverkusen, Germany  Nigeria 6–0 8–0
5. 3 June 2011 Osnabrück, Germany  Italy 2–0 5–0
6. 5–0
7. 7 June 2011 Aachen, Germany  Netherlands 3–0 5–0
8. 16 June 2011 Mainz, Germany  Norway 2–0 3–0
9. 3–0
10. 26 October 2011 Hamburg, Germany  Sweden 1–0 1–0
11. 19 November 2011 Wiesbaden, Germany  Kazakhstan 2–0 17–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
12. 4–0
13. 8–0
14. 12–0
15. 5 March 2012 Parchal, Portugal  Sweden 4–0 4–0 2012 Algarve Cup
16. 31 March 2012 Mannheim, Germany  Spain 3–0 5–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
17. 31 May 2012 Bielefeld, Germany  Romania 2–0 5–0
18. 4–0
19. 5–0
20. 26 October 2013 Koper, Slovenia  Slovenia 13–0 13–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
21. 23 November 2013 Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia 5–0 6–0
22. 27 November 2013 Osijek, Croatia  Croatia 6–0 8–0
23. 5 March 2014 Albufeira, Portugal  Iceland 5–0 5–0 2014 Algarve Cup
24. 29 October 2014 Örebro, Sweden  Sweden 2–1 2–1 Friendly
25. 6 March 2015 Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  China PR 2–0 2–0 2015 Algarve Cup
26. 9 March 2015 Parchal, Portugal  Brazil 1–0 3–1
27. 11 March 2015 Parchal, Portugal  Sweden 2–0 2–1
28. 7 June 2015 Ottawa, Canada  Ivory Coast 10–0 10–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
29. 18 September 2015 Halle, Germany  Hungary 1–0 12–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying
30. 9–0
31. 22 September 2015 Zagreb, Croatia  Croatia 1–0 1–0
32. 8 April 2016 Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 4–0 6–0
33. 5–0
34. 22 July 2016 Paderborn, Germany  Ghana 3–0 11–0 Friendly
35. 3 August 2016 São Paulo, Brazil  Zimbabwe 2–0 6–1 2016 Summer Olympics
36. 20 October 2017 Wiesbaden, Germany  Iceland 1–1 2–3 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
37. 24 October 2017 Großaspach, Germany  Faroe Islands 1–0 11–0
38. 6–0
39. 24 November 2017 Bielefeld, Germany  France 1–0 4–0 Friendly
40. 3–0
41. 10 April 2018 Domžale, Slovenia  Slovenia 3–0 4–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
42. 4 September 2018 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 6–0 8–0
43. 8–0
44. 6 October 2018 Essen, Germany  Austria 1–0 3–1 Friendly
45. 9 April 2019 Paderborn, Germany  Japan 1–1 2–2
46. 30 May 2019 Regensburg, Germany  Chile 1–0 2–0
47. 17 June 2019 Montpellier, France  South Africa 3–0 4–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
48. 22 June 2019 Grenoble, France  Nigeria 1–0 3–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
VfL Wolfsburg (women) – current squad
Germany squads


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