Bundesliga focus for Jones and ambassadors

After an exciting 2007/08 Women’s Bundesliga season, OC President Steffi Jones and her FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 ambassadors Sandra Minnert, Britta Carlson and Renate Lingor are looking forward to the new domestic campaign, which opens with the meeting between SC Bad Neuenahr and champions FFC Frankfurt on 6 September.

Jones, a five-time title-winner with Frankfurt, will be present in person at the Karl-Liebknecht Stadium when FFC Turbine Potsdam entertain Bayern Munich on Sunday.

"The Bundesliga clubs have brought in some good players over the summer. I’m expecting an exciting season with more realistic title contenders than before. A strong league with professional structures is a pre-condition for the further development of girls’ and women’s football," the OC President said.

Britta Carlson is the sole member of the ambassador team in action this weekend when she runs out for VfL Wolfsburg away to SG Essen-Schonebeck on Sunday. "VfL Wolfsburg have prepared very well for the new season, but I’m expecting an even more competitive Women’s Bundesliga from top to bottom, which has to be very positive for the women’s game in the run-up to the 2011 finals," Carlson remarked.

For the first time in the league's 18-year history, Renate Lingor will not feature in the Bundesliga action. The former midfielder, a championship-winner seven times with Frankfurt, hung up her boots after the Beijing Olympics. "I look back on my Bundesliga career with  certain wistfulness. Speaking as a World Cup ambassador, I’d like the Bundesliga to play a major role in creating a sense of anticipation for the World Cup throughout the country,” Lingor observed.

Sandra Minnert, who made her final Bundesliga appearance in June 2008 in the meeting between SC 07 Bad Neuenahr and TSV Crailsheim, is equally excited about the Bundesliga restart: "Playing in the Bundesliga was always very special. I appeared in the top flight from 1990 until 2008, so my life has been shaped by the Women’s Bundesliga. Now, as a spectator and a World Cup ambassador, I’m looking forward to a high-quality season."