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Smisek and Korbel named ambassadors for Frankfurt for 2011

Two big names are lending their support to OC President Steffi Jones in her home city: German women's international Sandra Smisek and Karl-Heinz 'Charly' Korbel (who has the record for Bundesliga appearances) have been named as ambassadors for the city of Frankfurt for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ with immediate effect. Smisek and Korbel were appointed today during the meeting of the board of trustees of the Organising Committee at the headquarters of the German Football Association (DFB). Jones also named Rolf Hocke, chairman of the Hessen Football Association and DFB vice-president, as head of the OC venue office in Frankfurt.

"Tradition and top international performance are what make Frankfurt a veritable trademark for women's football and for the Women's World Cup 2011," said Jones. "Sandra Smisek and Karl-Heinz Korbel give our team two more famous names who have done a great deal for the development of football in Frankfurt thanks to their commitment and personalities. Both of them will play a crucial role in helping to further stoke the anticipation in Frankfurt ahead of the Women's World Cup."

Born on 3 July 1977 in Frankfurt, Sandra Smisek was capped 133 times for her country, scoring 34 goals in the process. Her crowning glory on the international stage was when she helped Germany win the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 and 2007, while she also won the UEFA Women's EURO in 1997, 2001 and 2005. The 1. FFC Frankfurt striker retired from the international game on 1 October 2008.

"I am incredibly proud to have been given the task of acting as an ambassador for Frankfurt," said Smisek. "The success of 1. FFC Frankfurt has been a major factors behind our city becoming one of the most important centres for women's football. The final of the Women's World Cup will also be held in Frankfurt, and I am really looking forward to taking part in an event of that magnitude."

Karl-Heinz Korbel was born on 1 December 1954 in Dossenheim (Baden-Wurttemberg) and holds the record for appearances in the Bundesliga, having played no fewer than 602 times for Eintracht Frankfurt between 1972 and 1991. During his long and storied career, Korbel won the UEFA Cup in 1980 as well as the German Cup in 1974, 1975, 1981 and 1988. "Charly", as he was affectionately known, played six times for his country and is currently head of the Eintracht football academy.

"The city and the region will be involved in the World Cup and this gives us another incredible opportunity to position Frankfurt as one of the major sporting cities in the world," Korbel added. "I'm sure Frankfurt will come across as an open and welcoming city in 2011."

A number of ambassadors have already been appointed for other cities, namely Franziska van Almsick and Hansi Flick for Sinsheim, Dunja Hayali and Rainer Bonhof for Monchengladbach, Shary Reeves and Dariusz Wosz for Bochum, Britta Carlson and Roy Prager for Wolfsburg and Kerstin Stegemann and Oliver Welke for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup venue of Bielefeld.