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Cities welcome world champions

Published: Wednesday 14 February 2007, 15.38CET
Fans in Wattenscheid, Mainz, Magdeburg and Gera will be able to watch FIFA Women's World Cup holders Germany this year while their bid for the 2011 event has been confirmed.
by Steffen Potter
from Frankfurt
Published: Wednesday 14 February 2007, 15.38CET

Cities welcome world champions

Fans in Wattenscheid, Mainz, Magdeburg and Gera will be able to watch FIFA Women's World Cup holders Germany this year while their bid for the 2011 event has been confirmed.

Germany's schedule prior to the FIFA Women's World Cup will take them to Wattenscheid, Mainz, Magdeburg and Gera as they continue preparations for the defence of their title in China.

Dutch encounter
A below-strength squad began 2007 with goalless draws against the United States, hosts China and England in the annual Four Nations Tournament, and will next play in the Algarve Cup in March, taking on Norway, France and Denmark in a testing group. But the first chance home fans will have to see the world and European champions will be on 12 April in Wattenscheid, as Germany begin their UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ campaign with a home qualifier against the Netherlands.

Norway warm-up
The next friendlies will take place in Magdeburg on 29 July and Gera four days later, with the opponents to be confirmed, and EURO qualifying then continues against Switzerland on 23 August. A week later, before departing for China, Germany face Norway in Mainz in a friendly that will again reunite the teams which contested the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ final. After returning from the World Cup, Germany play Belgium on 28 October in Lubeck in another EURO qualifier.

2011 bid
Meanwhile, the German Football Association has issued an official declaration of intent to FIFA to bid for the 2011 Women's World Cup. The declaration read: "Women's football is becoming more and more popular in Germany. Women's internationals are regularly shown on the most important TV channels and the home matches for our team have high spectator numbers and a great atmosphere. The team itself are showing their gratitude with attractive performances on the pitch. We are happy to offically announce our interest in staging the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup." The FIFA Executive Committee will pick the hosts on 31 August.
Last updated: 14/02/07 19.03CET

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