Nov
04
2008
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Staab fulfils Her Dream

“I’m really happy,” says Monika Staab. The football instructor from the German city of Frankfurt has enjoyed success both as a coach and an official. The 49-year-old, who has been working as a technical adviser for FIFA since January 2006, providing development assistance primarily in Asia, is still very enthusiastic. It is as though her energy increases with each assignment.
Staab is one of the pioneers of German women’s football. She has been playing football since the German football association (DFB) officially recognised the sport at the end of the 1970s. At 11, she joined SG Rosenhohe’s women’s side, which raised a few eyebrows. But Staab did not let that bother her, and in 1974 made the move to Kickers Offenbach and in 1977 even made the region’s best team: Frankfurt’s Oberst Schiel. At 18, she moved to England, first to London’s Queens
Park Rangers, then to Southampton. Other stops along the way included French side Paris St Germain and SG Praunheim in Frankfurt, where she stayed for eight years, before becoming a coach and department head in 1993.
In 1998 she was one of the founding members of 1. FFC Frankfurt, the first ail-women’s club, where she was also a coach. Under her leadership, 1. FFC became Germany’s most successful team over the next few years. They won the league and cup double in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and in 2002 won the first UEFA Women’s Cup. On top of that, 1. FFC Frankfurt went unbeaten for 614 matches! Staab became club president in 2004 and turned her attention to nurturing young talent. She took up FIFA’s offer in 2006. “That was a dream come true,” admits Staab, who now travels around the world as a missionary for her sport.