Marozsan: A real highlight

At just 18 years of age, Dzsenifer Marozsan is the second youngest member of host nation Germany's squad at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, but the exciting young No10 is already pulling the strings at the heart of her side's midfield.

FIFA.com managed to catch up with the skilful 1. FFC Frankfurt playmaker, who has attracted more attention than any of Maren Meinert's ambitious ensemble so far at Germany 2010.

FIFA.com: Dzsenifer, you've already booked your place in the quarter-finals and scored a hatful of goals. Are you relieved?
Dzsenifer Marozsan:
Of course we're pleased to have already secured our progression. I have to say that the matches weren't easy, but the crowd were great and really got behind us. That makes it really good fun to play football.

It must be a great feeling to play at a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament in front of a crowd like that...
I can't describe it! You can see that everyone is enjoying themselves and supporting us. Playing in this kind of atmosphere is a real highlight.

Following your 4-2 opening victory against Costa Rica, you beat Colombia 3-1. Have you been satisfied with the team's performances so far?
In our second match against Colombia we were very good defensively in the first half. We kept it tight, which was important because our opponents were very good technically and looked decent going forward, but we managed to keep them at bay. Our own attacking wasn't that sharp, but we managed to improve after the break and we got two quick goals. After that we took our foot off the pedal somewhat, but the important thing was that we stood firm at the back - apart from the goal we conceded of course.

Now you're up against France to win the group…
We definitely want to qualify for the knockout stages in first place, so we're really motivated to beat France. We always go into each match with that mentality.

Every team has now played twice, so you've had a chance to assess the credentials of the other title contenders. What can Germany achieve at this tournament?
I've said from the start that this team is capable of great things and that we can play some really good football. I think we've shown that here. If you look at the results, there have been a few surprises, so we need to carry on as we have been doing. We can't afford to take our foot off the gas.

At the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2008 in New Zealand you made a real impact, picking up both the adidas Golden Shoe and Silver Ball awards. Have you been pleased with your own performances so far at Germany 2010?
I have to admit that I expected more of myself from the Colombia match. It wasn't my best game, but I always work hard in training and hopefully I'll put in a better performance against France.

Germany's cohesive attacking style must make it a dream for you to play in the team...
It's certainly good fun when we get the ball moving. On thing is for sure: if we really hit our stride then it's going to be difficult for any team to stop us.