Tuesday , January 31 2023

'I select on penis length,' says female coach of German men's team



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Former Germany women's under-20 midfielder Imke Wuebbenhorst was last month appointed head coach of the Men's Team at BV Cloppenburg, who currently is the bottom of the Lower Saxony Oberliga in the fifth tier of German football.

BERLIN – The first woman to coach and men's team in one of Germany's top five leagues is tackling sexism by sarcastically suggesting her selections are based on penis lengths.

Former Germany women's under-20 midfielder Imke Wuebbenhorst was last month appointed head coach of the Men's Team at BV Cloppenburg, who currently is the bottom of the Lower Saxony Oberliga in the fifth tier of German football.

When the German newspaper Welt jokingly asked if she sounded an alarm when she entered the dressing room, her players would cover themselves up, the tough-talking blonde gave a cutting answer.

"Of course, I'm a professional, I base my selections on penis lengths," the 30-year-old replied sarcastically.

Having won her European championship with Germany's Under-19 team and played in the Women's Bundesliga for Hamburg, she ended up coaching the women's side in Cloppenburg after playing for the team.

She refused to see herself as a pioneer for other women.

"The topic bounces off me. I want to be judged on performances, not on whether I am a woman or a man," she told Cloppenburg's website.

"I do not have a problem commanding authority – I'm a teacher."

The presence of a female head coach in Germany's lower leagues has attracted a lot of media attention, but Wuebbenhorst is focused on the task in hand.

"We have only 12 games left to stay in the league. It's going to be a hard job," she said.

"Several of my peers have described my new task as a suicide mission, and asked me why I do such a thing, but other clubs are not exactly lining up for me.

"The only fear I have is that a relegation would be blamed on the fact that I am a woman."

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