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Bibiana Steinhaus

Friday, 21 September 2007 was a momentous day in the 107-year history of the German football association (DFB), because on that evening, a German professional football match was refereed by a woman for the very first time. While Paderborn suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to newly promoted Hoffenheim in the German second division encounter, referee Bibiana Steinhaus had an impeccable game. Refereeing instructor Hans-Jurgen Weber as well as the coaches, players and officials of both clubs gave the 28-year-old policewomanfrom Hanover top marks for her performance. After the historic match, Steinhaus had to give countless media interviews before she could drive home and celebrate her special day with a couple of glasses of bubbly.