They said it: Steffi Jones
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Her name is synonymous with the FIFA Women's World Cup™. As President of the Local Organising Committee, Steffi Jones was the face of Germany 2011 and played a considerable part in its success.

Often dubbed 'die Kaiserin' ('The Empress') by the German media as the female equivalent of German football legend 'Kaiser' Franz Beckenbauer, the 39-year-old's dedication was not rooted in a desire for glory, but rather the positive symbolism of a tournament which set a new benchmark for the women's game.

"Her commitment to the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 and women's football in general has taken her all around the world and all the way she encouraged women and young girls not to give up and to dream about playing football," wrote FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter in a personal letter of thanks.

Together with Birgit Prinz, the 2003 world champion and three-time European champion was recently named a FIFA ambassador for women's football in recognition of her contribution to the sport.

However, Jones' journey to the pinnacle of the women's game was far from easy. The daughter of a German and a USA soldier, she grew up in the problematic Bonames district of Frankfurt, where she was often taunted for the colour of her skin. Rather than retaliate, Jones reacted positively by channelling her energy and passion into football.

For her, the game became a vehicle for dreams which would later become a reality. Jones went on to play 111 times for the German women's national team, winning the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003, though she missed the Final with a cruciate ligament tear. She also won three UEFA Women's EUROs, two Olympic bronze medals and celebrated six German national titles, as well as one in USA.

Throughout her remarkable career both on and off the pitch, Jones has given us some memorable quotes. FIFA.com brings you the best of them.

"Do I have any talent as an actress? I don't know, but it's been a great experience and when I look at all this today, I can imagine myself on (German crime drama) 'Tatort'. I could play a dead body."
After shooting an advert which did in fact lead to a cameo appearance in 'Tatort' (episode: 'Offside')

"I never thought there would be people wanting autographs from me. It's crazy."
Astonished at so many people knowing the name Steffi Jones

"If someone offends me, I don't retaliate, I just take a step back and think: 'You'll get your comeuppance in another way someday'. I shouldn't lower myself to their level, my mum used to say: 'Steffi, people sit under a sun bed to get your skin colour and others pay the hairdresser loads of money for a perm like yours. You have it naturally, so be proud!'"
Talking to FIFA.com about the things she learned from her mother

"It was always a childhood dream of mine to pull on the national team shirt, walk out, sing the national anthem and play – it gives me goose pimples."
On her pride at appearing for Germany at international level

"Football was my saviour. It taught me the meaning of respect and responsibility. The club became my family."
On why football is more than just a game

"I like ironing. I watch my drama shows and iron at the same time. It's bad, because sometimes I burn holes in my clothes when it gets tense, but that's the fun of it. I just open a packet of Pringles and everything is OK."
After the FIFA Women's World Cup, Jones finally had some time for other hobbies – and housework

"Nobody calls me 'die Kaiserin' at the DFB, as some people have suggested. They just call me Steffi."
On her new life at the German Football Association

"The DFB offered me a public speaking course but I turned it down. If something untoward slips out, then so be it. I can live with that."
Jones is not one to jump through hoops

"I started playing golf and really enjoyed it. It's good fun! I don't hit the ball every time, which can be quite depressing, but I'm so determined that I keep swinging until I hit it. Then I stop. It has to end positively."
Once a sportswoman, always a sportswoman

"I once broke a window with the ball and even broke a friend's watch. I used to lose my gym bag all the time too. Once I got lost and the police had to take me home, but otherwise I was always quite well-behaved."

The FIFA ambassador for women's football remembers her childhood

"Anyone who thinks: 'Steffi is shaking up the DFB' is wide of the mark. We still have to put matters to the board and get approval."
On her influence at the German FA