A female football team is visiting Qatar for a friendly match with a Qatari female team today to celebrate the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture. The match has been organised by the German Football Ambassador in partnership with the embassy of Germany and Goethe-Institut – Gulf Region.
On the occasion of Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture, the German Football Ambassador initiated a special exchange by bringing female football players from Germany and Qatar together for a joint training and friendly match that is open to the public to attend.
Twenty-five young female players are in Doha until tomorrow to meet their Qatari counterparts at their home stadium.
German and Qatari female football history was highlighted when Monika Staab trained the Qatari female national team in 2014. She was named ‘German Football Ambassador’ in 2014 for her efforts to introduce, together with the Qatar Football Association, effective structures for the training of female football players.
Staab was nominated member of the board of trustees for Qatar Germany 2017 by the Foreign Office of Germany.
Roland Bischof of the German Football Ambassador initiative said: “It is great to see how football connects people worldwide and we are honoured to contribute to the social-cultural exchange between the Qatari and German teams.”
As the programme is aimed at intensifying relations between the two teams, the visit includes a tour of the Museum of Islamic Art as well as a joint desert trip. The guests from Germany will also visit Aspire Academy.
Peter Ziegler, deputy head of the German embassy in Doha, said: “The friendly match between the German and Qatari female teams is just one example of the excellent co-operation between German and Qatari sport institutions, which not only covers stars but young talent as well.”
Today’s match will take place at the Qatar Women’s Sport Committee main venue in Aspire Zone, at 6pm. It is open to the public and admission is free.
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