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Niersbach on men's and women's finals

German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach talks about staging the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League finals.

Niersbach on Berlin’s festival of football
Niersbach on Berlin’s festival of football

German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach has told UEFA.org about the impact that hosting the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League finals will have on football in his country as he prepares to welcome the two trophies to Berlin on Monday.

Staging the finals
"First of all, we're proud and satisfied with UEFA's decision to give us the opportunity to be the hosts once again, so soon after the [2012] final in Munich. It's a great honour for us. The cooperation with UEFA – between Frankfurt, our headquarters and Nyon – is fantastic and I'm convinced that on 6 June we will experience a great festival and promotion for European football."

The impact for women's football
"The first momentum in terms of women's football was in 1989 when we hosted the European Championship [final phase] in Germany. There were only four teams at the time and Germany were the outsiders but won the final 4-1 against the favourites at the time, Norway. It was a real breakthrough for women's and girls' football.

"Since then there have been several highlights, with European titles and two [FIFA Women's] World Cup titles. In club football, VfL Wolfsburg won the [UEFA Women's] Champions League twice in a row. So not only at national team but at club level too, the fact German girls and women's football is on top is great for fuelling the enthusiasm at grassroots level. Of the seven million players at the DFB, one million are female. We must promote girls' and women's football, and we do that with pure conviction."

Hear Mr Niersbach's thoughts on the benefits to German football of bringing the two trophies to Berlin by clicking on the video player.

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