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'I select on penis length,' says female coach of German men's team

190117jpg Female football coach puts journalist in his place with cutting response to ridiculous question
Cassandra Castillo | 18 January, 2019, 17:36

Imke Wubbenhorst had a sarcastic response for a condescending question.

She told Welt how one journalist had asked her whether she warned players to put their trousers on when she entered the dressing room.

"Of course not, I'm a professional", she responded sarcastically.

Former German worldwide, Imke Wubbenhorst, became the first female coach in the top five divisions of German football when she was drafted by club BV Cloppenberg on December 21.

When former Sweden women's team manager Pia Sundhage was asked whether a woman was able to coach a men's team, she replied: "Well [German chancellor] Angela Merkel runs a whole country".

When German newspaper Welt jokingly asked whether she sounds an alarm on entering the dressing room, to ensure her players cover themselves up, the tough-talking blonde gave a cutting answer. "I want me to be judged on the athletic performance, not on whether I'm a woman or a man", Wubbenhorst said.

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'The topic bounces off me.

She is now tasked with steering her struggling side clear of relegation: Cloppenbug currently prop up the Oberliga table, six points adrift of safety.

"I don't have a problem commanding authority - I'm a teacher".

It was the ideal response to a question created to highlight supposed challenges for a woman making it as a coach in the men's game.

Cloppenburg are bottom of their regional division in Germany's fifth tier, and Wubbenhorst's first official game in charge will take place on 24 February.

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