Long-serving former Germany women's goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg has joined the team of ambassadors for the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™. The 36-year-old, a world champion in 2003 and 2007, is now set to work alongside Organising Committee (OC) President Steffi Jones, as well as fellow ambassadors Britta Carlson, Renate Lingor and Sandra Minnert, in promoting the first FIFA Women's World Cup to be held on German soil.
"Silke is a charismatic figure in German football and as such is a very valuable signing for the Organising Committee," said OC President Jones. "It's great news that she'll bring her enormous experience on board as she accompanies us on the path towards the World Cup. I'm really looking forward to embarking on some very interesting projects together."
In her role as an ambassador, Rottenberg will work on the media campaign to promote the elite competition, in conjunction with the OC President and her three ambassadorial colleagues. This campaign is designed to be carried out at regional, national and international level and benefit both Germany 2011 and its related goals.
"I'm very pleased to be collaborating so closely on this project as a Women's World Cup ambassador. The 2011 World Cup is a hugely significant event for the whole of German football," said Rottenberg.
A European champion in 1997, 2001 and 2005, the experienced custodian called a halt to her international career on 30 May 2008, having picked up 126 caps at senior level. In the 2007/08 campaign, the former 1. FFC Frankfurt star helped her club retain the Bundesliga and German Cup and win the UEFA Women's Cup. Rottenberg was also a German league winner back in 1993/94 and 1995/96 with TSV Siegen, claiming the domestic cup in 1993 with the same team and in 1991 with previous side Grun-Weiss Brauweiler.
Rottenberg finally put away her gloves for good in December 2008 for injury reasons.