Popp in August 2011
|Full name||Alexandra Popp|
|Date of birth||6 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Witten, Germany|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1. FFC Recklinghausen|
|2007–2008||1. FFC Recklinghausen|
|2008–2012||FCR 2001 Duisburg||80||(31)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 September 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 April 2018
Alexandra Popp (German pronunciation: [pɔp]; born 6 April 1991) is a German footballer and Olympic gold medalist. She plays as a striker for VfL Wolfsburg and the German national team. She previously played for FCR 2001 Duisburg and 1. FFC Recklinghausen. She was twice named German Footballer of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
Popp started her career at FC Silschede, before moving to 1. FFC Recklinghausen. She joined the Bundesliga side FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2008. She had also been approached by French champions Olympique Lyonnais at the time, but chose Duisburg. Popp made her Bundesliga debut in September 2008 against Herforder SV and scored her first two goals three weeks later in an 8–0 win over TSV Crailsheim.
In her first year at Duisburg, Popp won the Double: the 2009 UEFA Women's Cup and the 2009 German Cup. She was awarded the 2009 Fritz Walter medal in silver as the year's second best female junior player. One year later, she again claimed the German Cup title and finished runner-up with Duisburg in the 2009–10 Bundesliga season. Because Duisburg had major injury worries during the 2010–11 season, Popp played the majority of matches at left back.
At the 2008 UEFA U-17 Women's Championship, Popp won her first international title with Germany, scoring the team's second goal in the final. The same year, she reached third-place at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. In February 2010, Popp made her debut for Germany's senior national team in a friendly match against North Korea. Less than two weeks later she scored her first two international goals at the 2010 Algarve Cup in a 7–0 win over Finland.
Popp returned to junior competition for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which was held on home soil in Germany. She won the title with the German team and was the tournament's break-out star, being honoured as the best player and top goalscorer. She reached ten goals and scored in every game. Popp was then called up for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad.
Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first:
|Popp – goals for Germany|
|1.||26 February 2010||Parchal, Portugal||Finland||2–0||7–0||2010 Algarve Cup|
|3.||15 September 2010||Dresden, Germany||Canada||3–0||5–0||Friendly|
|4.||25 November 2010||Leverkusen, Germany||Nigeria||6–0||8–0|
|5.||3 June 2011||Osnabrück, Germany||Italy||2–0||5–0|
|7.||7 June 2011||Aachen, Germany||Netherlands||3–0||5–0|
|8.||16 June 2011||Mainz, Germany||Norway||2–0||3–0|
|10.||26 October 2011||Hamburg, Germany||Sweden||1–0||1–0|
|11.||19 November 2011||Wiesbaden, Germany||Kazakhstan||2–0||17–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|15.||5 March 2012||Parchal, Portugal||Sweden||4–0||4–0||2012 Algarve Cup|
|16.||31 March 2012||Mannheim, Germany||Spain||3–0||5–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|17.||31 May 2012||Bielefeld, Germany||Romania||2–0||5–0|
|20.||26 October 2013||Koper, Slovenia||Slovenia||13–0||13–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|21.||23 November 2013||Žilina, Slovakia||Slovakia||5–0||6–0|
|22.||27 November 2013||Osijek, Croatia||Croatia||6–0||8–0|
|23.||5 March 2014||Albufeira, Portugal||Iceland||5–0||5–0||2014 Algarve Cup|
|24.||29 October 2014||Örebro, Sweden||Sweden||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|25.||6 March 2015||Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal||China PR||2–0||2–0||2015 Algarve Cup|
|26.||9 March 2015||Parchal, Portugal||Brazil||1–0||3–1|
|27.||11 March 2015||Parchal, Portugal||Sweden||2–0||2–1|
|28.||7 June 2015||Ottawa, Canada||Ivory Coast||10–0||10–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|29.||18 September 2015||Halle, Germany||Hungary||1–0||12–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying|
|31.||22 September 2015||Zagreb, Croatia||Croatia||1–0||1–0|
|32.||8 April 2016||Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||4–0||6–0|
|34.||22 July 2016||Paderborn, Germany||Ghana||3–0||11–0||Friendly|
|35.||3 August 2016||São Paulo, Brazil||Zimbabwe||2–0||6–1||2016 Summer Olympics|
|36.||20 October 2017||Wiesbaden, Germany||Iceland||1–1||2–3||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|37.||24 October 2017||Großaspach, Germany||Faroe Islands||1–0||11–0|
|39.||24 November 2017||Bielefeld, Germany||France||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|41.||10 April 2018||Domžale, Slovenia||Slovenia||3–0||4–0||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|42.||4 September 2018||Tórshavn, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||6–0||8–0|
Popp attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld in Gelsenkirchen, one of four facilities certified as "elite schools of football" by the German Football Association. She was the school's sole female pupil and could only attend courtesy of a special permit. She studied and trained with junior players of the German men's Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04. Popp left school after the 12th grade with a Fachabitur diploma. Following a one-year internship at a physiotherapist, Popp is currently completing a three-year apprenticeship to become a zookeeper at Tierpark Essehof in Lehre.
- FCR 2001 Duisburg
- UEFA Women's Champions League: Winner 2008–09
- Bundesliga: Runner-up 2009–10
- DFB-Pokal: Winner 2008–09, 2009–10
- VfL Wolfsburg
- UEFA Women's Champions League: Winner 2012–13, 2013–14
- Bundesliga: Winner 2012–13, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18
- DFB-Pokal: Winner 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup: Winner 2010
- FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup: Third-place 2008
- UEFA U-17 Women's Championship: Winner 2008
- Algarve Cup: Winner 2012, 2014
- Summer Olympic Games: Gold medal, 2016
- UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship: Golden Player 2008
- Fritz Walter Medal: Silver 2009
- Golden Ball – FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
- Golden Shoe – FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
- Footballer of the Year in Germany: 2014, 2016
- Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: Winner 2016
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- "Popp and Kulig in dreamland". FIFA.com. 1 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Gold for Germany as Neid finishes in style". fifa.com. 19 August 2016.
- "Eine Karriere im ICE-Tempo". DerWesten.de. 20 May 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
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- Golden player 2008
- Golden Ball 2010
- Golden Shoe 2010
- "Fußballerin des Jahres 2014: Das Ergebnis" (in German). kicker.de. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- "Alexandra Popp ist Fußballerin des Jahres" (in German). ndr.de. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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