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Female Soccer Fans (May 2, 2004)
Soccer, the most popular sport in Germany by far, is no longer an exclusively male domain. According to surveys, women and girls now make up 22% of stadium visitors. Some of those fans can be seen in this photo, taken during a game hosted by FC Schalke 04, a team based in Gelsenkirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia). But women are also more than ardent fans of the sport; the German national women’s soccer team has made a name for itself with international successes – also in the World Cup. Despite a few prominent figures, women still have a tough time holding their own in the male-dominated field of sports journalism. Photo: Sven Simon.