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German Joy

Following a meeting of the Executive Committee at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 30 October 2007 it was decided that Germany would stage the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Germans thus edged out Canada, who had also bid to host what will be the sixth Women’s World Cup in the tournament’s history. Prior to the announcement of the decision, both countries had made 15-minute presentations in the Home of FIFA auditorium. German football association (DFB) President Theo Zwanziger and General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach were joined on stage by German Minister of Family Affairs Ursula von der Leyen and two members of the German national team that had recently captured the Women’s World Cup, Birgit Prinz and Fatmire Bajramaj. The presentation also featured German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who broadcast a message to the public in Zurich via video.
Germany will become the second European nation to host the most prestigious tournament in women’s football after Sweden, who staged the tournament in 1995. The other Women’s World Cups have been held in China (1991 and 2007) and the USA (1999 and 2003). The Germans will thus be defending their crown on home turf and will be aiming to record a hat trick of victories after their triumphs in 2003 and 2007.
Theo Zwanziger said, “We’re proud and grateful that FIFA have shown confidence in us again, giving us the chance to host another World Cup, five years after holding the men’s version. It’s a huge honour for Germany, its people, its government and the world of sport. This decision will without doubt provide a massive boost for the development of women’s football. Women also have the right to play football, don’t forget. We based our bid on fundamental values such as fair play, respect and recognition.”