Chelsea Women: Melanie Leupolz – Midfield’s New General

Melanie Leupolz

Melanie Leupolz signs for the Blues. Credit: Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Melanie Leupolz signs for the Blues. Credit: Harriet Lander – Chelsea FC via Getty Images
  • Name: Melanie Leupolz
  • Date of birth: 14th of April 1994 (age 26)
  • Place of birth: Wangen im Allgäu, Germany
  • Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
  • Playing position: Midfielder

Introduction

Melanie Leupolz started playing football when she was around the age of five, where like most female footballers, she trained and played with a boys team at her primary school. Melanie started her professional footballing career at TSV Ratzenried and TSV Tettnang in Germany before she then joined Freiburg in 2010. In the 2010/11 season, Freiburg was promoted to the Bundesliga and in the following season, Melanie made her Bundesliga debut on the 21st of August 2011, Melanie scored her first goal for Freiburg in a 2-2 away draw against SC 07 Bad Neuenahr.

In 2014, Melanie joined Bayern Munich where she made her debut on the 31st of August 2014 where she played in a 1-1 draw against 1. FFC Frankfurt. Leupolz then scored her first goal in a 4 nil win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the 2nd of October 2014. Melanie had a very successful spell with the German powerhouse club as she won two Bundesliga titles in her first two seasons at Bayern Munich in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively. In 2018, Melanie extended her contract with Bayern until the of the 2019/20 season before seeking a new adventure.

Melanie Leupolz: Chelsea Career

Melanie is a new addition to the current WSL Champions, joining in March 2020 but she, unfortunately, didn’t get to play due to Covid until the 29th of August 2020. whereby Melanie won her first trophy with Chelsea – the FA Community Shield against Manchester City.

On the 13th of September, Melanie scored her first goal for Chelsea in a 9 nil win over Bristol City where there were 9 different goalscorers. Melanie is another huge signing made by Emma Hayes and she has already made such an impact in the squad. Leupolz was the perfect player to bring into the midfield to make it even stronger than it already is which is exciting for Blues fans. Melanie is definitely a very fancied player with Emma Hayes speaking very highly of Melanie, saying the signing of Melanie by the club is a “real statement of intent”. Emma Hayes’ aim is for Chelsea to compete with teams at the levels of Lyon in the Champions League, especially after Chelsea came oh so close in the 2018/19 season. 

When Melanie arrived at Chelsea she had been Bayern Munich’s captain for two years which added to the other leaders in the group for their countries: Sophie Ingle (Wales) and Maren Mjelde (Norway). Melanie fits right into the midfield alongside Sophie Ingle and Ji So-Yun.

So far this season Melanie has made four starting appearances, she has played over 300 minutes, scored two goals (one in the league and the other in a recent Conti Cup game against Tottenham), she has an 84% pass accuracy, has made a total of 167 passes with 140 of them being completed.

Big things to come from our German star!

Melanie dribbling against Manchester City Women. Credit: Andrew Couldridge/Pool via Getty Images)
Melanie dribbling against Manchester City Women. Credit: Andrew Couldridge/Pool via Getty Images)

Melanie Leupolz: International career

Speaking of German star, Melanie competed at the 2010 U-17 World Cup for Germany, including scoring two goals against South Africa. Melanie was then the team’s captain in the 2011 U-17 European Championship, where she, unfortunately, missed the final penalty in a shootout in the semi-finals against France. On the 19th of June 2013, Melanie made her senior debut for Germany in a 1-0 win over Canada in Paderborn. Leupolz played in the Germans’ UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 squad.

Melanie was part of the German squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics where Germany won the gold medal. Melanie was named in Germany’s squad for the 2019 Women’s World Cup where she scored a goal in Germany’s 4 nil win over South Africa which was her first national goal since the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Leupolz has 68 international caps for Germany which has included a healthy 11 goals. Melanie has played with fellow Blues teammate Ann-Katrin Berger so I’m sure that has helped her to settle in more at Chelsea. 

Melanie Leupolz in action for Germany.  Credit: Getty Images
Melanie Leupolz in action for Germany. Credit: Getty Images

Strengths

Melanie Leupolz is a wonderfully skilled and talented footballer over the course of her career to date. Below are some of the more notable strengths and attributes regarding her game.

  • Skilful with the ball
  • Willingness and capability to win the ball back
  • Strong at one v one dribbling
  • Considered a leader on and off the pitch
  • Good penalty taking (despite the odd miss)
  • Able to defend as well as attack
  • Versatile across the midfield

Honours

Bayern Munich
Bundesliga: 2014–15, 2015–16

Chelsea
Women’s FA Community Shield: 2020

Germany U-20
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: 2012 runner-up

Germany Seniors
1. Summer Olympics: 2016
2. UEFA Women’s Championship: 2013
3. Algarve Cup: 2014

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Written by Meg Aherne (@meggaherne)

Edited by Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)


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