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Jones: Murphy is a real asset

The preparations for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ and the women's international between Germany and USA on 22 May were on the agenda on Thursday at the summit of women’s football between US Ambassador Philip D. Murphy and Organising Committee (OC) President Steffi Jones in Berlin.

During the relaxed and informal meeting at the US embassy, the OC President thanked the ambassador for his excellent commitment to the first FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in Germany, as well as congratulating the self-confessed women's football fan on the USA’s qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Philip D. Murphy was in optimistic mood about the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 and offered the OC President his complete support. “The Women’s World Cup will be an outstanding tournament. Germany is doing the right thing: start with the organisation several years in advance and began the process of building up towards it”, said Ambassador Murphy.

As the representative of a great sporting nation and an avowed women's football fan, Ambassador Murphy is a real asset to the Women's World Cup.

Since taking office in August 2009, Ambassador Murphy has been to a number of women's Bundesliga matches and was the OC's guest of honour at the women's international between Germany and USA on 29 October in Augsburg.

"As the representative of a great sporting nation and an avowed women's football fan, Ambassador Murphy is a real asset to the Women's World Cup," commented Jones. "His support gives us an incredible opportunity to build up the anticipation for the tournament in the United States as well."

"It is also a personal aim of mine as a US citizen to hopefully welcome as many fans from the USA as possible to Germany 2011," added the head of the OC.

“Steffi Jones and I share an underlying conviction that sports – and especially football – can have an extremely positive influence on both girls and boys. I like to say that, “life is a team sport.” Both the discipline football players bring to the game and the strong commitment they bring to their communities is good for young people to see”, explained Ambassador Murphy.

After the meeting, Jones gave the US ambassador one of the exclusive Ballgefühl (On the ball) calendars which features portraits of members of the German women's international team.