Given the considerable success Dzsenifer Marozsan has already enjoyed in her fledgling career, the 20-year-old could be forgiven for getting a little carried away. However, as FIFA.com discovered in an exclusive interview at the Germany team hotel in Hiroshima, the Germany midfielder remains as modest as ever.
Along with team-mate Laura Benkharth, the reserved Marozsan already knows what it takes to triumph at this age category having lifted the coveted U-20 trophy in front of her home fans two years ago.
Now the forward has the chance to become the first player ever to win the title twice in succession. “I’m not wasting any time thinking about that right now,” she told FIFA.com a smile. “First of all we need make sure to get off to a good start in the tournament, but of course it would be great.”
Germany have their work cut out in the group stages, with China PR, Ghana and two-time champions USA to overcome if they are to reach the knockout phase. “The draw could have been kinder,” admits Marozsan, “but eventually we’re going to have to beat them all if we want to get far in the tournament.”
Already a world champion at U-17 level in 2008, when she was awarded the adidas Golden Shoe as top scorer and the adidas Silver Ball as the tournament’s second-best player in New Zealand, Marozsan’s rise has been exponential since she burst onto with 1. FC Saarbrucken aged just 14.
The Budapest-born striker made her full international just four years later, only missing out on the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ on home turf due to injury. However, having processed “the biggest disappointment of my career”, Marozsan is now one of the first names on coach Silvia Neid’s team sheet for the senior national side.
Hailed as German women’s football’s next big thing, Marozsan remains unaffected by such fulsome praise whilst accepting her responsibility to perform as expectations continue to grow around her.
So far she has more than delivered, all with a modesty which makes her so approachable off the pitch. On it, her precocious talent creates headaches for any opponent, her eye for the killer pass matched only by her deadly finishing.
Football in the blood
Born in the Hungarian capital, Marozsan moved to Germany with her parents in 1996 after her father, a four-time Hungarian international himself, was offered a contract with 1. FC Saarbrucken. An ambitious youngster, she imitated her father from a young age and rose through the ranks to make her professional debut in 2007, becoming the youngest player and goalscorer in the history of the Women’s Bundesliga along the way.
Unlike two years ago, Marozsan will be among the more experienced players at this summer's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, where she is eager to play a leading role alongside captain Ramona Petzelberger. “Ramona knows the team better because she’s been playing with them for a long time,” said Marozsan. “I’m her deputy and that’s fine by me.”
“It’s important for all of us to take responsibility on the pitch and look out for each other," she added. “A win in our first game will help us get into the tournament. Obviously you need a bit of luck along the way if you want to win the title.”