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Countdown to the Women’s Football World Cup

Among the events in this programme are the premiere of the performance „Steffi – ein Sommermärchen“ („Steffi – a summer’s tale“) in Germany’s best-known puppet theatre, the „Augsburger Puppenkiste“ and the „Spielfreude-Tour 2011“ („Joy of Playing Tour 2011“), which invites children and young people to play football themselves, the “Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 2011” (“German Youth Photo Award 2011”), the winning photos of which will be exhibited in Berlin from 27 June to 19 July, and the “Slam the WM” competition, featuring Germany’s best slam poets. The 8th International Football Film Festival “11 mm” is touring the World Cup cities and presents a choice of the best films on women’s football. The multimedia exhibition “Pionierinnen des deutschen Frauenfußballs“ (“Pioneers of German Women’s Football“) is on tour as well. Finally, in a competition organised by German football clubs’, “Heimspiel” („Home Game“), girls’ football teams can record their own team song and shoot a video with music professionals.

A tournament before the tournament

Of course, there will also be football. For the second time, international women’s teams from India, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Israel, Togo, Cameroon and Brazil will compete against a team of German players in the “Discover Football” tournament in Berlin. What is exceptional about them is that they have not qualified by scores or goals, but by their social engagement. The suspense will already begin a week before the opening of the World Cup, when an episode called “Im Abseits” (“Offside”) of the popular crime series “Tatort” will be broadcast. For the first time, a television detective will investigate among women football players. Both the head of the German Football Association (DFB), Theo Zwanziger, and Steffi Jones as the president of the organisation committee of the Women’s World Cup 2011 will have cameo appearances in it.

The Top 11 for 2011

The book „Eine für alle, alle für eine: Das Leben ist ein Mannschaftssport“ (“All for one, one for all: Life is a team sport“) has just been released. Its author is Shary Reeves, actress and TV presenter, former player in the German national league, the city of Bochum’s ambassador for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 and a member of the “TOP 11 for 2011“. In the book, she tells personal stories of the players in the German national team and of how they became European champion seven times and World champion twice in a row because of their great skills, but also through team spirit and mutual motivation. She keeps her fingers crossed for all of them, but particularly for two players. “I hope that Alexandra Popp, will be play a lot, if she takes part at all, and that she will become the team’s shooting star. Dzsenifer Marozsan is a huge talent, too,  just like Poppi. Unfortunately, she has been injured, but she would have been my second tip. Get well! I am sure that we will hear a lot of her in the future.“

Some facts and figures are also summed up in an article in the category “Deutsch auf die Schnelle

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July 2011

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