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Women footballers heat up the pitch for calendar

Published: 01 Sep 2011 07:30 GMT+02:00

While none of those pictured are professional footballers – very few female players are – they do take to the pitch for various regional teams. The women beat out 300 rivals to appear on the calendar, which was shot at Frankfurt’s Volksbank stadium.

Click here to see the calendar

The calendar’s creators say their main motivation was to promote women’s football, which gained a lot of publicity in Germany during the World Cup, despite the national team’s early exit from the tournament. “The calendar is meant to make women’s football more attractive, and help give it more media presence,” the calendar’s website declares.

The Playboy shoot created controversy ahead of the World Cup in Germany, but one of the players who appeared, midfielder Julia Simic, said it was about breaking down tomboy stereotypes about women footballers.

Click here for the national team’s Playboy pictures

“I think we’re well on our way to getting rid of that image,” she told the magazine. “More and more sweet, pretty girls are playing football.”

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08:01 September 1, 2011 by marimay
Lol that picture is hilarious for so many reasons!
17:28 September 1, 2011 by reallybigdog
Just what the sport needs! Sex sells.
19:33 September 1, 2011 by Englishted
Whats that living under the sink ?.
00:06 September 3, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, obviously the lady in the photo above is attractive. And sure, it would be a wonderful if every female footballer were as beautiful. I must nonetheless say that some of the actual players are attractive too. I can personally imagine dating some of them.

Germany's female national teams have done very well over the years. I'm sure most Germans are aware of this. Therefore there is no need to create an

"Artificial Image."
05:36 September 3, 2011 by Gretl
reallybigdog - apparently they can't play soccer for sh*t, so yeah, they're leaning on the old standby. Sad, even pathetic, really. You don't see the American team demeaning their abilities that way...but of course, the USA did better than Germany, too.
10:53 September 3, 2011 by IYWMTS
@ Gretl: The USA did better than Germany just because of the fact that they were lucky to face Japan in the final, not in the quarter-final as Germany did.

By saying they apparently can't play football you show that you don't have a clue about this kind of sport.

Moreover in the U.S. they won't do such a calender 'cause the country is simply much to prude to do this.
12:14 September 3, 2011 by marimay
No, I am pretty sure the US would have kicked their butts. A shame they didn't compete each other.

Germany played poorly, but who can blame them? Look at the condition of their locker rooms and equipment... They have to inflate their own 30 year old soccer balls too. :(

Too, prude? Plenty of female athletes have made their way into Playboy. Sorry. ;)
13:15 September 3, 2011 by IYWMTS
Well, I'm not pretty sure about that...

Germany played poorly? Well, they won all of the three games in their group and they were defeated by Japan - the later world champion - only in extra time - I wouldn't consider that as playing poorly.

Condition of the locker rooms and equipment? Ha Ha Ha - are you kidding? When it comes to women's football Germany is one of the best places, perhaps even the best place where you can get - even much better than the U.S. where they have more and more problems with finding and keeping sponsors.
14:54 September 3, 2011 by marimay
Really? Must I? No, I wont.
15:04 September 3, 2011 by IYWMTS
It's your choice, but it won't affect truth... ;-)
18:10 September 3, 2011 by Englishted
Does that mean England were the best they beat Japan in their group and only got knocked out on penalties again :-(.

IYWMTS,

I think marimay is playing you like a fish with her locker room comments ,fair play to her.
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