(SEOUL) By Kim Dong-chan = The German national soccer team, which is in Group H with South Korea at the 2023 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Women’s World Cup, which kicks off on Tuesday, has suddenly become the center of attention for adult magazine Playboy.
“National team defender Jophia Kleinherne has been approached by adult magazine Playboy since the beginning of the year,” German media outlet Bild recently reported, adding, “It has also been confirmed that the same offer was made to former national team member Gulia Gbin, who will not appear at the World Cup.”
Gbin, born in 1999, was named Best Young Player at the last World Cup, in 2019, but was unable to play in the tournament due to injury and was a commentator for German TV.
She is a very popular player with over 500,000 followers on social media.
According to reports, both Gwyn and Kleinherne declined to appear in Playboy’s adult pictorials.
Germany had five female national team players appear on the cover of German Playboy in the run-up to the 2011 World Cup.
Martina Foss-Tecklenburg (GER), the head coach of the German national team at this year’s World Cup, also told Bild that she was “approached by Playboy during my playing days.”
“It was 1989, and they offered me 15,000 marks,” she said. “I didn’t do it, but there’s a certain aesthetic value to a Playboy photo.”
If our players are offered something like that, it’s up to them to decide whether they want to take it or not,” he added, “but they need to think about how it will affect them.”