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Playboy shoot reveals feminine side of German football squad

The Local · 10 Jun 2011, 16:24

Published: 10 Jun 2011 16:24 GMT+02:00

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“With these photos, we want to disprove the cliché that all female footballers are butch,” Germany midfielder Kristina Gessat told the magazine.

“The message is: look, we are very normal – and lovely – girls!”

Despite dominating women's football for years, German players have persistently been dogged by doughty tomboy stereotypes.

But that may all be changing as Germany prepares to host this summer's World Cup, said midfielder Julia Simic.

“I think we are well on our way to getting rid of that image,” she told Playboy. “More and more sweet, pretty girls are playing football who also go shopping and place value on their appearance.”

German fans still hope their women show the toughness necessary to make a run at the World Cup title, but the photo shoot brings out a feminine side ordinary football fans rarely see from their sporting heroines.

See photos of the German players here

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17:03 June 10, 2011 by marimay
Hmm, yeah, kinda.
17:37 June 10, 2011 by Englishted
Still think all female footballers are butch?

No of course not butch is in heaven with sundance or is a boxer in pulp fiction.

I think if the girls wear the kit in the photo then more people will watch.
17:37 June 10, 2011 by twisted
Bravo, Ladies. Now for the whole team, please...group photo.
19:33 June 10, 2011 by Gretl
"More and more sweet, pretty girls are playing football who also go shopping and place value on their appearance.¦quot;

Way to marginalize your accomplishments and reduce yourselves to sex-objects! Yay! (Gag)
22:06 June 10, 2011 by Chigozie Ohanweh
Men, i'm in luv with this ladies
06:48 June 11, 2011 by belladons
Yes, our German ladies are beautiful. Go girls.......yahoooooo.
11:15 June 11, 2011 by Zobirdie
Um... so yah... the message you are sending to young girls is... you can excel in sport, but to be taken seriously, you need to pose for playboy after a wet Tshirt contest. I think this is pretty tacky. Way to marginalise all that you have accomplished.
15:10 June 11, 2011 by Al uk
It's so easy to spot the female posts above. The ones full of spite and envy.

There is nothing like a pretty face to bring the claws out.
17:28 June 11, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@Al uk: Whoa, talk about about a slam!!! Actually, I found myself agreeing with aspects of both sides. Although I think an interview with each one would have dispelled the mistaken "butch" perspection of female athletes (definitely does not apply to my daughter and her teammates) more than a Playboy photo spread, am glad to see that someone is giving them the opportunity to dispel the wrong viewpoint of them.
18:48 June 11, 2011 by AirForceGuy
Thank you ladies! You helped make my day...!
19:31 June 11, 2011 by Englishted
Oh no now AirForceGuy thinks he is Clint Eastwood ,we are going movie speak because they show pert parts.
21:19 June 11, 2011 by FIUMAN
Oy ve, those German girls have nice breasts.....
22:49 June 11, 2011 by Kanadierin
They already had a feminine side - themselves. Whoever believes that athletissism in and of itself is not feminine just misses the whole point!

And if one must insist on objectifying these successful athletes, why not throw up some pictures of the guys from the German team (in nothing but wet thongs no less) so their 'masculine side' can be revealed!
15:43 June 14, 2011 by Gretl
@al UK - No, not spite and envy, just been there and done that. I was the pretty girl who was sexually harrassed. I was the girl valued for the size of my breasts and not my IQ. It is degrading. They are just too young to understand it yet. Obviously, you are too.
17:04 June 14, 2011 by tonilton
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03:10 June 16, 2011 by strahlungsamt

"More and more sweet, pretty girls are playing football who also go shopping and place value on their appearance."

You say that like it's a bad thing. Why?


"Um... so yah... the message you are sending to young girls is... you can excel in sport, but to be taken seriously, you need to pose for playboy after a wet Tshirt contest. I think this is pretty tacky. Way to marginalise all that you have accomplished."

No. It's correct. They're not marginalizing anything. If anything, the world needs more playboy models. Besides, it's only sport we're talking about, not real accomplishments.
17:31 June 17, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Gret, you are delusional. German women are smart, beautiful and they are angels from God. close minded people such as yourself, always think like that.

You might as well live in a cave, you don't have to worry about anything. Certainly people are free, you can not tell them what to do.
12:31 June 29, 2011 by Woden's Day
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15:44 July 2, 2011 by saabturbo
more pictures please!
08:10 July 7, 2011 by StoutViking
"No one cares how you play - just show us your tits".

And these "ladies" had just prooved that point there voluntarly.
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