"Appreciation": Top game in Hoffenheim in the big stadium

Sinsheim (dpa) – The joy before the home premiere in the large Sinsheim stadium is great among the Bundesliga soccer players of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. On Saturday (5.55 p.m.) the team coached by Gabor Gallai will play against the champions and cup winners VfL Wolfsburg in the large PreZero Arena instead of in the small Dietmar Hopp Stadium, where otherwise only the men play. This is a great “appreciation for us within the club, but also for women’s football”, which is getting more visibility and attention, said captain Fabienne Dongus on Thursday.

TSG expects 6,000 to 7,000 fans for the game on the second day of the game, which will be broadcast live by ARD in addition to Magentasport. “These are outstanding framework conditions for the top game,” said Gallai. “I hope that there will be more than 7000.”

After the opening game between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Bayern Munich last Friday in front of a Bundesliga record crowd of 23,200 spectators, such highlight games are also about continuing to use the “wave of euphoria” unleashed by the European Championship in England, explained national player Dongus. Gallai now thinks the most important thing is “that it doesn’t become a flash in the pan, but that we manage to keep women’s football present in the long term.”

After the 1: 3 at the start of the season at 1. FC Köln, his team is already under a bit of pressure against Wolfsburg. In addition, it is not yet certain whether the regular goalkeeper Martina Tufekovic will return to the goal after a gastrointestinal infection, Gallai explained. Central defender Jana Feldkamp is missing due to a suspension. There will be a reunion with national player Jule Brand, who only moved from Kraichgau to Wolfsburg in the summer. The next highlight game of the Bundesliga will take place on match day five (October 21 to 23) between Wolfsburg and FC Bayern in the Volkswagen Arena.

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