Bundesliga

Female commentator makes TV history

Christina Graf
Sports commentator Christina Graf poses during the German second division match.
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BERLIN (AP)

German football fans heard an unfamiliar voice Sunday when a woman gave a running commentary on a men's football game on national TV for the first time.

Christina Graf became the country's first female commentator at a men's professional football game when she covered Hertha Berlin's 5-1 win at Jahn Regensburg in the second division.

''I'm happy that I can start slowly with the second division at first,'' the 27-year-old Graf told the dpa news agency before the game.

Graf beat out around 1,200 applicants to win a casting show for her new job with broadcaster Sky.

''It's a huge opportunity'' she said. ''But I'm not the very extroverted type and won't go ballistic.''

Claudia Neumann was the first female to commentate live on a football game for German TV in 2011 when the country hosted the Women's World Cup.

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