A very special team, the 'Top 11 for 2011', makes its debut live on German national TV from 3.10 pm until 4.00 pm on 30 September 2008, when the venues for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 are officially announced at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. The team, comprising eleven well-known female personalities, will be unveiled to the public just a few minutes after Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel’s introductory remarks.
“We’re extremely proud that our preparations for the first Women’s World Cup on German soil will receive the support of this team. We want everybody literally to be a part of it again in 2011. We’ll illustrate this using the individual team members, who are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and age groups, to appeal to society as a whole," explained Organising Committee (OC) President Steffi Jones.
German FA (DFB) President Dr. Theo Zwanziger elaborated further, saying: “Our most important aim is to deploy the forthcoming World Cup and the power of football to make our contribution to socio-political topics such as integration and strengthening women’s rights around the world. Our eleven fantastic women, all of them role models and popular figures in their fields, are fully committed to this goal."
The unique line-up comprises individuals from the worlds of business, the arts, sport and media. Their number includes Sportswoman of the Year 2007 Magdalena Neuner, and doctor and actor Dr. Maria Furtwaengler, a diehard football fan who can often be found on the touchlines cheering on her son and daughter, both of whom play at club level. “I’m really looking forward to the Women’s World Cup 2011, because we can expect some fantastic performances, with vast crowds sent into raptures by the skill of the principal characters and the unique drama of each football match," Furtwaengler commented.
“We are especially delighted that Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted the invitation to be present at the team’s first appearance. To continue the footballing analogy, we could hardly wish for a better head coach than the Chancellor. She supports girls’ and women’s football with the highest levels of personal commitment and personally encouraged the DFB to bid to host the 2011 finals," Steffi Jones observed.