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Germany´s women world champions receive top national honour

5 December 2007 13:27

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany's women's national team was presented on Wednesday by German president Horst Koehler with the Silver Laurel Leaf, the highest national honour for sporting achievements.

The team received the honour after winning the women's World Cup in September by beating Brazil 2-0 in China to become the first side to retain the title.

President Koehler presented the honour at Berlin's Bellevue Castle.

"You represent everything this award stands for with your outstanding achievement and personalities," he said.

Germany's coach Silvia Neid was presented with the Distinguished Service Cross for her services to football.

Germany will host the next women's World Cup in 2011.

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