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German soccer moves to next level

German women's soccer moves to next level

Originally Published: June 20, 2011
By Beau Dure

In 1955, West Germany banned women's soccer, citing concerns over injuries to "body and soul" and "propriety and decency."

Since lifting the ban 15 years later, however, few countries have moved as decisively to put women's soccer onto grand stages, with a federation determined to grow the game all the way from schoolyards to World Cup stadiums. The results speak for themselves: two World Cup titles, seven European championships and a massive fan base.

"When I was a player, ...

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