Despite her numerous activities on social media, new captain Giulia Gwinn wants to be perceived primarily as a professional footballer. “It bothers me that people portray me as an influencer, because I don't see myself that way,” said the national team player. FC Bayern in an interview with “FAZ”. In instagram Follow Gwinn with 600,000 followers. In the qualifying phase for the Euro Cup, the 24-year-old will play this Friday in Linz and on Tuesday in Aachen. Iceland injured regular captain Alexandra Popp of VfL Wolfsburg.

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Giulia Gwinn (right) will appear for the first time as DFB captain tonight


“Social media activities are a nice thing for me, but my focus is clearly on sport,” said Gwinn, who faces his 42nd cap against Austria. However, his network activities are important to his own marketing. She designs the account herself and does not focus only on sports topics: “Of course, I am a young woman who also publishes things that are important to me outside of the stadiums.”

Gwinn sees her new role as captain as a logical consequence: “I think over the years I have grown into a role where I can show that I am prepared to take on responsibilities.” He already does that with penalties. His secret: “I don't think too much about the execution, I stay in the corner I chose beforehand and then carry it out with conviction.” He has never missed a penalty, neither in competitive nor friendly matches.

Looking ahead to the Paris Olympics this summer, she and interim coach Horst Hrubesch's team have big goals: “We are prepared for anything, you just have to look at the quality of the team. We are always a force to be reckoned with,” said the legal defender. “We all want more and we are willing to aspire to a medal.” In the preliminary round, the German team will face the four-time world champions, the United States, Australia, Zambia and Morocco.

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Giulia Gwinn celebrates after converting a penalty against France


In the interview, Gwinn also spoke about the cruciate ligament tears he suffered in 2020 and 2022 and their consequences. “My body awareness is no longer the same. I invest more time in preparing and following training,” says the Munich native. Since her first cruciate ligament tear, she has been working with a mental coach who has helped her “cope with pressure situations in a way that doesn't put a strain on me.” “I would be happy if I had tried it before my injury.”