1. Ffc “germany” frankfurt hungry for championship title

1. Ffc 'germany' frankfurt hungry for championship title

"The longing and the will to become a master is enormous. Something must finally happen this season. I am sure that all the players will eat grass for this goal from the first to the last minute," said FFC manager siegfried dietrich ahead of sunday’s season opener against FF USV jena.

Ex-dfb president theo zwanziger also sees the hessians, who were further strengthened during the summer break, as the overwhelming favorites. "More than half the national team is playing there. Frankfurt is the first contender for the title. I think that will work out," explained zwanziger.

In order to strengthen the already top-class team, the base budget for the 2012/13 season was increased to 1.8 million euros. In babett peter and bianca schmidt from champions turbine potsdam and simone laudehr from FCR duisburg, three more national players have come to the main, which is now home to almost the entire DFB squad. In addition, france’s national striker sandrine bretigny was brought in from champions league winners olympique lyon.

"We have the best squad in the entire bundesliga. Our goal is to win every game," said the recovered national goalkeeper nadine angerer. Fellow selector kim kulig is also available again after tearing her cruciate ligament at the 2011 world cup. The squad includes ten current and two former german national team players and five experienced legionnaires. "With this team, you can only have one goal: i expect the championship," said FFC chairman bodo adler.

Coach sven kahlert is concerned about the high expectations after only one DFB cup win (2011) since the triple win in 2008. "We want to attack and further increase fan interest with attractive and offensive fubball," he said, explaining the route to be taken. Last year, an average of just under 2,500 spectators came to the games in the stadium at brentanobad, which is to be rebuilt next year for around ten million euro.

FFC’s top priority is to return to the international stage, where the frankfurt team is only a guest on account of its third-place finish in the previous season. "The fact that we don’t play in the champions league is the highest penalty," lamented dietrich.

Accordingly, the players are eager for the success that the three-time UEFA cup winners have been chasing in vain for the past few years. The past season, in which the FFC again lost in the bundesliga and then also lost the finals of the DFB cup and the champions league, is a particularly bitter memory. "I don’t want to experience a season like this again," said midfielder lira bajramaj aggressively.

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