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Host cities to be revealed in Chancellor Merkel's office

With Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel as the host and television channel ARD covering the event, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup will officially present the venues for the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup on German soil on 30 September 2008 - exactly 1,000 days before the big kick-off on 26 June 2011.

Of the 200 guests at the chancellery, many of them will be very high-profile, including FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, German Football Association (DFB) President Dr Theo Zwanziger along with the entire DFB board, German Minister for the Interior Dr Wolfgang Schauble and Dr Thomas Bach, President of the German Olympic Association. Delegations from the 11 cities applying to host the FIFA Women's World Cup as well as the respective stadium authorities, DFB coaches, women's Bundesliga club representatives and other figures from the worlds of politics, finance, society and the media will also be attending.

The election of the host cities will be shown live, with award-winning German presenter Monica Lierhaus at the helm, from 3.10 - 3.58 pm on ARD, which will also broadcast a number of shows focussing on the event. The "ARD Sportschau live" (live sport show) will get the proceedings under way and feature a surprise from the LOC. The "First XI for 2011" - a team made up of 11 high-profile women, will take to the stage a few minutes prior to Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel's opening welcome statement. As well as "Sportswoman of the Year 2007" Magdalena Neuner, actress and doctor Maria Furtwangler and Nena will also be appearing. "The World Cup is like a top concert - it needs creativity, positive energy, physical effort and emotion. They also both unite people and cultures. Let's make this an unforgettable experience!" said singer Nena.

This "First XI" is divided into groups - but instead of defence, midfield and attack, the team is made up of finance, art and culture and sport and media. "I think it's great that we have received the support of the Federal Chancellor and eleven other exceptional women 1,000 days before the kick-off of the World Cup. I am sure that this team will spread the enthusiasm and anticipation for the World Cup throughout the country and make sure that we have a real festival of women's football to enjoy in 2011," said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

"We are particularly pleased that Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to take part in the team's first appearance," commented LOC President Steffi Jones. "To maintain the footballing metaphor, we couldn't have wished for a better head coach than Chancellor Merkel. She has made a real personal commitment towards girls' and women's football and she was one of those who originally encouraged the DFB to apply to host the 2011 World Cup."

After the official premiere of the "First XI for 2011", the programming will then detail the meteoric rise - not only in Germany but around the world - of women's football in recent years, including comments from FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, DFB President Dr Theo Zwanziger and German Minister for the Interior Dr Wolfgang Schauble. A live link-up is also planned with the German women's team who are playing their final qualifying match for the 2009 UEFA European Championship against Switzerland in Basle.

The focal point of the broadcast is obviously the announcement of the venues. OC President Steffi Jones and DFB General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach will begin by explaining the procedure and decision-making criteria, and then all eyes will be on U-20 international Bianca Schmidt. She will have the same role as Gerd Muller on 15 April 2002, who pressed a button live on the stage of the Old Opera House in Frankfurt to reveal clips of the host cities for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany 2006™. The youth international, who is hopeful of making the German squad for the tournament in three years' time, will activate a touch screen and show the film sequences of the chosen venues for 2011.

To conclude the proceedings, the mayors of the cities in question will receive official certificates from Steffi Jones, with these unique documents being signed live on television by the OC President herself and by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.