Get to know: Die Danas

Die Danas Germany
It’s been a tough year for Germany with their young squad’s form ebbing and flowing throughout 2017.

The youthful side also saw their head coach Jamilon Mulders depart and join China part way through 2017, but there have been plenty of signs of progress and reasons for optimism heading into 2018 ahead of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.  

They sit in a fascinating pool alongside Argentina, South Africa and Spain in what is sure to be a brilliant contest to qualify out of the group.

Nickname: Die Danas
Captain: Janne Muller-Wieland
Head Coach: Xavier Reckinger
World Ranking: 6
World Cup history: 2 x Gold, 2 x Silver, 2 x Bronze
Olympic wins: Gold - Athens 2004
Vitality #HWC2018 Pool C: Argentina, South Africa & Spain

Germany began the year well reaching the final of their first major tournament at the World League Semi-Finals. Die Danas sailed through their pool before edging out hosts South Africa in the quarter-finals and then impressively edged out Argentina in the semi-finals.

However they fell at the final hurdle against the USA. A late goal robbed them of winning in normal time before losing the contest in a shootout. 

At the EuroHockey Championships they again showed their class in the pool stages beating England, Ireland and Scotland but couldn’t carry this form into the knockouts as they were defeated by Belgium in the semi-finals and were beat to bronze by England.

The World League Finals in Auckland were largely forgettable for the side despite an opening 2-0 win over England. After beating China they were defeated by Argentina and then suffered a quarter-final loss to Korea in a shootout before suffering a 4-0 loss to Argentina in their final game.

However, defender Nike Lorenz and attacker Charlotte Stapenhorst have been two bright talents for the side and after helping Germany to bronze at Rio 2016 have gone on to further cement their reputations on the international stage.

Lorenz has been shortlisted for a second successive year for the FIH Rising Star Award while Stapenhorst has been in fine form in front of goal.

Aged at 31, captain Janne Muller-Wieland is one of the more experienced members of this side and with over 200 international caps is one of the world’s best defenders and will be vital in their progression as she directs this new crop of players.