Move Over, Paul the Octopus: Baby Elephant Oracle Nelly Continues Winning Streak

Move Over, Paul the Octopus: Baby Elephant Oracle Nelly Continues Winning Streak

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2011

Americans won't see their team play in the Women's World Cup final this Sunday -- at least not if Nelly the elephant's psychic powers prevail. The prophetic pachyderm has a perfect record in forecasting winners for this year's women's tournament so far. By Alison Kilian more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Women's Football Doesn't Need Hyperbole'

The World from Berlin: 'Women's Football Doesn't Need Hyperbole'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2011

For the first time in a dozen years, the German women's football team won't be playing in the World Cup semi-finals after losing to Japan over the weekend. The result left both the team and fans dazed. But as tournament hosts and two-time defending champions, expectations may have simply been too high, commentators said on Monday. more... Comment ]

World Cup Doping Scandal: Two North Korean Players Come Up Positive

World Cup Doping Scandal: Two North Korean Players Come Up Positive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2011

The entire North Korean women's football team was subjected to an unprecedented doping test after two players tested positive ahead of a World Cup game this week. By not asking for a second sample test the team has effectively admitted to doping, experts say. more... Comment ]

The Beautiful Game: Germany Feels Strain of World Cup Expectations

The Beautiful Game: Germany Feels Strain of World Cup Expectations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2011

The Women's World Cup this summer was supposed to increase the sport's scope and importance in Germany. Fans, for their part, hope the country's team takes home the title for a third time. With expectations higher than ever, the players are feeling the pressure. By Wiebke Hollersen more...

Opinion: World Cup Will Not Help Women's Fight for Equality

Opinion: World Cup Will Not Help Women's Fight for Equality

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2011

The Women's Football World Cup, which is currently being held in Germany, is massively overhyped. Despite the media's best efforts, there is no real enthusiasm among the general public. The event shows just how far women have to go in their fight for equal rights. By Jakob Augstein more... Comment ]

Professional Referee Bibiana Steinhaus: 'Football Has Changed To a Great Degree'

Professional Referee Bibiana Steinhaus: 'Football Has Changed To a Great Degree'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2011

As a policewoman and Germany's first female referee in the men's professional football league, Bibiana Steinhaus is used to maintaining order. The 32-year-old officiated this week at the US-North Korea game in the Women's World Cup. In an interview, she discusses the future of women in the sport. By Jochen Leffers and Christoph Ruf more... Comment ]

Success or Else? Pressure for World Cup Win in North Korea

Success or Else? Pressure for World Cup Win in North Korea

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2011

After the poor showing by the North Korean men's team in the 2010 World Cup, pressure on the women's team in the women's tournament in Germany this summer is high. Team trainer Kim Kwang Min says reports that the men's team trainer was punished are nothing but "evil propaganda." more...

Queen Marta: The Humble Kingdom of the World's Best Woman Soccer Player

Queen Marta: The Humble Kingdom of the World's Best Woman Soccer Player

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2011

Brazil's Marta is regarded as one of the most talented women to ever play soccer. During the upcoming Women's World Cup, she will bear the hope and pride of her booming country. But the modesty of her everyday life testifies to the massive gender divide in professional sports. By Wiebke Hollersen more... Comment ]

Selling the Women's World Cup: Sexy Advertising May Not Have a Future

Selling the Women's World Cup: Sexy Advertising May Not Have a Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2011

Young, beautiful and successful, the new generation of women footballers is attracting more attention than ever, especially from sponsors. Ahead of this year's Women's World Cup, German players have received enormous publicity. But the sexualized marketing threatens to backfire in the long run, experts say. By Yasmin El-Sharif more...

The Octopus as Oracle: German Aquariums Compete to Find New Paul

The Octopus as Oracle: German Aquariums Compete to Find New Paul

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2011

Paul the Octopus became a household name in 2010 after successfully predicting the winners of eight World Cup games. He died in October without a successor. Now, Sea Life aquariums around Germany are starting a competition to see which cephalopod can best predict the outcome of the Women's World Cup games.  By Mary Beth Warner more...