The football world turns its attentions to Germany this Monday, 29 November 2010, as another major milestone on the road to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ is reached. The official draw for the finals takes place from 19:30 CET at the Frankfurt Congress Centre, where each of the 16 participating teams will finally find out who they will be facing at next year's festival of women's football.
'The real countdown'
The 45-minute show will also reveal where the 32 matches will be played and which team will compete against hosts Germany in the Opening Match at the Berlin Olympiastadion on 26 June 2011. "The draw marks the start of the real countdown to the FIFA Women's World Cup," said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. "We're all excited to see which teams the draw will pair together."
The evening will be hosted by FIFA Head of Women's Competitions Tatjana Haenni, while goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn and Adriana Karembeu, top model and women's football ambassador, will conduct the draw. German pop-rock quartet Wir Sind Helden are set to provide the entertainment: "We're honoured to be a part of it," the band told FIFA.com in an exclusive interview.
Galaxy of stars
Over 600 guests and around 200 media representatives are expected at the Frankfurt Congress Centre. The likes of Worawi Makudi, FIFA Executive Committee member, and Steffi Jones, President of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), will be joined by Governor of Hessen Volker Bouffier, Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth, DFB (German FA) President Dr. Theo Zwanziger, DFB General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach as well as many other ambassadors from the nine host cities and 16 participating nations.
Germany, only the second European nation to host a FIFA Women's World Cup after Sweden in 1995, have made a record nine stadiums available for the tournament in the host cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Augsburg, Dresden, Bochum, Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Sinsheim and Monchengladbach.
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"In addition to smooth organisation, we want to present ourselves as excellent hosts and lay the foundations for a wonderful atmosphere at the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in Germany," said LOC President Jones. Germany captain and record FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorer Birgit Prinz was also full of enthusiasm: "I can't wait to play in all those sold-out World Cup stadiums."
The draw for the finals will be broadcast in over 200 countries worldwide, and you can keep track all of the action live on FIFA.com. It will be broadcast live from 19.45 CET via video stream on the official FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 website, excluding the USA and Germany. In addition, users will find news, previews and exclusive interviews, as well as analysis, quotes and a 'Have Your Say' discussion forum throughout the course of the evening.