Almut Schulte: One last match before Los Angeles

On Sunday, the Angels fight Gotham. Los Angeles meets New York in the Women’s National Football League; Angel City to Gotham. Since New York footballers are named after a juggernaut from Batman comics, this game feels like a cinematic duel between good and evil. German goalkeeper Almoth Schulte, as a future angel, has to fend off other attacks before Gotham attacks. With VfL Wolfsburg, you still play the DFB Cup Final in Cologne against Turbine Potsdam (Saturday, 4.45pm, ARD, Sky). It’s her last game for Wolfsburg after nine years. “Tears are already falling just thinking about it,” she says.

Still playing for the national team at the European Championships in England in July, Schulte only moved to Los Angeles with her family in August to play for the club she founded as a beacon two years ago by famous actresses, singers and athletes. For greater equality sports and society were established.

She wants to experience a feeling like men’s soccer

Among the initiators are actress Natalie Portman, and investors include singer Christina Aguilera, figure skater Lindsey Vonn, and actresses Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain. Is this still football or is this really showbiz? Schulte wants to find out. “I’m not the kind of person who follows celebrities for a selfie, but I’m happy when I meet famous women,” she says. If all goes well, the 31-year-old will eventually not only bring a title to Germany, but also gain insight into how to organize women’s football on a truly large scale.

Your decision in favor of Los Angeles is not made more because of the aura of this city than for two other reasons, first: “Because the MLS is very balanced; A big challenge for the goalkeeper. And secondly: “Because our philosophies come together, because I always do something for my sport and because Angel City FC made a huge move from exactly that goal.” Schulte travels to the other end of the world to experience what women’s football is a bit like men’s football in Germany.

Up to 20,000 spectators attend the Angels home games. Unlike Germany, the audience is mixed in color. “We want to entertain the world, we’re at home in Los Angeles, we’re storytellers,” club president Julie Orman says. They don’t shy away from pity in Hollywood. But not in front of serious and necessary ambitions. “We’re building a different kind of organization, and that’s where mission and capital meet,” their website says. Female footballers earning the same amount as men is just one of their goals. It’s about more justice and all that Schulte is fighting for with her organization Football Can Do More. “This association has a mission that I am happy to support, and I want to know what they do differently in marketing so they can bring this idea to Germany,” she says.

It wouldn’t be surprising if this Angel City FC team’s socially relevant football story finally ended up as a feature film in cinemas. Then, perhaps, the main roles were played by Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain. Almut Schulte has a thing for great cinema. She loves “fantasy, action, and thriller” as a genre, but she also loves Disney and is looking forward to watching cartoons with the twins later. Films and music are technically her favourite, but she also considers football as part of the community’s cultural heritage. “Personally, I belong to a branch of the arts. To sports,” she says. Such a sentence should resonate in Angel City.

Not wanting to be a star, Schulte sees herself as a team player

There are fewer pity at Autostadt Wolfsburg. There they organize football for the whole world less than they do the local workforce. But they donated so much money that the women of Wolfsburg have set the standards in German football for years. Schulte won the championship six times with VfL and won the cup seven times in a row. On Saturday against Potsdam they can claim their eighth victory. VfL lost their last cup match on November 16, 2013 in Frankfurt. Since then he has won 39 cup matches in a row. “An incomparable streak,” says Schulte, mourning the thought of her parents, the hardworking farmers, who came to Cologne for the cup final together for the first time.

After that final, she also had the European Championship title in July on her radar. “We can become European champions,” she says, and would like to contribute through the German goalkeeper as she did to the 2016 Olympic victory. But this time she has to fight to become number one – against Merle Fromms of Frankfurt. “I will make this decision as difficult as possible for the national coach,” Schulte says.

If she landed in Los Angeles in August as the champion, cup and European champion, they would surely have rolled out a red carpet for her. But Schulte did not want to be a star at all, she always saw herself as a player on the team. Thus, before moving from Wolfsburg to Hollywood, she said about German women’s football in the style of her future homeland: “There are an incredible number of wonderful and exciting stories to tell – you can make a film about every player in VFL Wolfsburg. .

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