BV Cloppenburg is a football team playing in the German fifth tier. What has managed to fly under the radar is that Imke Wubbenhorst recently swapped her role managing the woman’s team to try and save the relegation-threatened men’s team.
Wuebbenhorst took over the reins at the struggling German team in December when Olaf Blanke quit the job and took over at direct league rivals Atlas Delmenhorst.
In a season where great strides have been made in recognising women’s contributions to the beautiful game, unfortunately, men have been close at hand to remind us how much still needs to change before the game accepts that the woman’s game has arrived.
We already had that chap who’s famous for nothing really, ask the most talented woman’s football player on the planet if she could twerk after she won the first Balon d’Or award for the woman’s game.
Now we have Imke Wuebbenhorst, who stepped up to take on one of the most thankless jobs and manage a struggling lower division side currently in the relegation zone.
So naturally, the most important question that the assembled press needed answers for was not about her coaching staff, playing staff or tactical approach to getting the most out of her team. The assembled male media however really just wanted to know how poor Imke was managing to avoid seeing penises.
A journalist apparently asked if she warned players when entering the dressing room to avoid catching them with their pants down. Because again, obviously, the best way to undermine the achievements of women is to reduce their roles to fun ideas for a sitcom.
Wuebbenhorst has spent her life playing and now coaching football and has a thick skin, and a cutting wit apparently too as she responded, “Of course not, I’m a professional, I pick my players based on their penis size.”
Hopefully, that’ll be the end of that, and perhaps her comments might motivate some of her players to improve their game just in case anyone actually believed her comment about team selection.
By the sound of things, we shouldn’t expect too much when it comes to the intelligence of the old school sports media men.
Imke Wübbenhorst is the first woman to coach in Germany’s top five leagues.
Great response to a stupid question 😂 👏 pic.twitter.com/o1BY5L7Gzw
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) January 16, 2019