At the club level, the highest celebration of European women’s football takes place without the German teams: Chelsea and FC Barcelona face-to-face in the Champions League final on Sunday evening (9pm) in Gothenburg. The Bundesliga is watching. After all: Ream Hussein of Bad Harzburg is the referee of the tournament – and both sides heard A former player of VfL Wolfsburg Among the top stars: Pernille Harder at FC Chelsea, who knocked out the VFL and Bayern from the tournament, and Caroline Hansen at FC Barcelona.
For both of them it will be the first title in the Premier Class – also for their clubs. And: This is the last match of the old Champions League, the upcoming season will also have a group stage like the men. “It will be more interesting,” says VFL player Leena Oberdorff, “There will be more top teams from stronger leagues.”
As champions, the VFL would have qualified directly for the new group stage – with two Bundesliga games to go and two points behind Bayern, it looked as if Wolfsburg would finish second and then move on to the qualifying round. Either way: “There will be more games,” Oberdorff said, “There will be an even higher load, maybe we’ll have to move around more – but the VFL has always been good at that.”
More games, better marketing, more revenue – and above all, more presence in the picture. Because the group stage of the new Champions League will be marketed centrally, As a partner, sports streaming service DAZN is in the starting block, Which is already showing finals on Sunday in some countries including Canada and Thailand. Sport 1 airs in Germany. Says Oberdorff, “It is seen, seeing the exciting game, the pain of being eliminated in the quarter-finals can be endured.”
Before that, preparations for the last games of the season begin on Sunday, the VFL have to face Eintracht Frankfurt twice (in the league and in the cup final), then against Vader Bremen. “We’ll do everything we can,” Oberdorff says – and keep an eye on Bayern, who has to lose again to become the VFL champion. “Bayern have a really tough remaining schedule with games against Leverkusen and Frankfurt. I think it can be exciting again. “