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Female commentator makes breakthrough on German TV with 1st commentary on men's football game

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BERLIN - German football fans heard an unfamiliar voice Sunday when a woman gave 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 visit to Jahn Regensburg in the second division.

The 27-year-old Graf beat out around 1,200 applicants to win a casting show for her new job with broadcaster Sky.

Graf tells the dpa news agency "It's a huge opportunity" and that she's 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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