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Soccer fans rev up ahead women's World Cup final

posted 17 Jul 2011, 11:35 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 17 Jul 2011, 12:02 ]

U.S and Japanese soccer fans were joined by German soccer enthusiasts and Chelsea Clinton just hours ahead of the final World Cup game between the U.S. and Japan


Chelsea Clinton, daughter of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, soaked up some of the pre-final excitement as she greeted fans of the U.S. women's football team on Sunday (July 17).

Spirits were high as fans poured into the Frankfurt stadium, undeterred by the rain and decked out in their teams' colours.

While the Japanese are one of the most skilful teams in the world, it is the US who are the favourites going into the final. And many of the fans covered in war paint and the U.S. flag were sure there would be a high goal score for their team.

This is the first time in 12 years the U.S. team, winners in 1991 and 1999, has reached the final and hopes are high.

But aside from Japanese and U.S. fans, Germans, who saw their team knocked out against Japan in the quarters, were also out in force.

"I think the U.S will win on penalties 5:4 and I am very sad that Germany is out already but we are the hosts and we have a German referee in the final, what more do you want!" said one fan, Christopher Brengel.

Along with the U.S. and Japanese ambassadors to Germany and Chelsea Clinton, former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann was also excited before the game, even with the German team missing.

"The German team belongs to the best players in the world and the fact that it didn't work out will have many reasons that we as outsiders can't judge. It's not the end of the world. Of course it would have been great for the tournament if they had made it into the final," Klinsmann said.