Whenever she sets off down the right, danger is never far away - Svenja Huth is one of the tireless, high-octane sources of energy helping to drive the host nation's engine at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2010. Pace and goal threat are her stand-out traits as well as a hunger for success. Qualities that will be badly needed again in Germany's quarter-final match-up with Korea DPR on Saturday.
Confidence high ahead of quarter-final
"Like us, North Korea are out to lift the trophy. It's going to be a tough match," said Huth in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com. "They have lots of small, nimble players in their team and obviously we'll have to give as good as we get from the outset. But I'm sure we have a good chance of winning the game if we all give our very best. We're tactically sound and able to adapt to whoever we're playing. Our attacking game is flexible and our unpredictability is our strength."
The likeable youngster plays her football for Germany's most successful women's club, FFC Frankfurt, and knows only too well that the clash of the former world champions in Bochum represents her side's first serious test. The 2004 winners had not been expected to lock horns with the North Koreans, victorious two years later, until the business end of the tournament.
Yet Huth and Co. have good reason to go into the game feeling very confident. "We're the only team to come through the group stage without dropping a point," the striker added. "We also scored more goals than anyone else. Even so we all understand that we're starting from a clean slate again."
Attractive, successful football
The German No9, who has already scored twice at these finals, is also counting on the support of the crowd. "At our age playing in front of 20,000 fans is not something you do every day. Football is twice as much fun when you sense the whole stadium is behind you," said Huth.
All the more motivation, then, for Maren Meinert's team to progress beyond the quarter-final: "Our aim is to play attractive, successful football. We want to put in a good performance to give something back to the fans for their support."
This tournament is undoubtedly the highlight of Huth's career to date, along with victory at the UEFA Women's U-17 Championship in 2008. What is more, since making her Bundesliga debut at just 16 she has further valuable experience of lifting silverware, having won several club titles alongside Germany senior star and team-mate Birgit Prinz.
Now she has set her sights on winning the big one in front of her home crowd. "I work the right flank and I go out looking to score," she said, when describing herself. Another goal against Korea DPR would take her a big step closer to achieving her next objective.