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Gisele Bündchen: "Brazil Should Become World Champion"

May 27, 2006

DW-WORLD spoke to Brazilian top model Gisele Bündchen about the World Cup, her German origins and her divided loyalties as a soccer fan.

Despite the Teutonic last name, Gisele Bündchen actually doesn't speak GermanImage: picture-alliance / dpa

Gisele Bündchen was born -- together with her twin sister Patricia -- on July 20, 1980 in Brazil. Today, she is one of the most sought after and best paid top models in the world.

DW-WORLD: Who do you think should win the 2006 World Cup in Germany? And who should come second?

Gisele Bündchen: Brazil should, of course, become world champion. Germany could take the second place, since it is the country organizing the event.

Will you be watching the games?

I can promise, at least, that I'll watch some of it on TV.

What players do you think are indispensable?

I think Ronaldinho is extremely important.

What do you think about women's soccer?

I think it's great that women also play soccer.

And how do you yourself stay fit?

Sport is a wonderful thing and everybody should engage is some kind of physical activity. When I was a kid, I played volleyball and even took part in various contests. These days, when I have time, I go surfing, I do yoga or I play beach volleyball.

Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen is a leading top model todayImage: picture-alliance / dpa

What would you describe as the best goal of your life? Did you ever score an own goal? Or did you commit a foul?

I think my best direct hit was my decision to become a model. As for fouls… Ah! Many. As that old saying goes: "Live and learn."

You are of German origin. Do you actually speak German?

Nein, ich spreche nicht Deutsch. I was born in Horizontina, a town in the backcountry of (Brazilian) state Rio Grande do Sul. The town was once mainly colonized by Germans. In the school which I attended, learning German was actually obligatory from third grade on. But being out of touch with the language for such a long time, I unfortunately forgot it.

My parents, on the other hand, still speak German today. When they meet their brothers and sisters, they often speak only German. I belong to the sixth generation of my family in Brazil.

Carlos Albuquerque interviewed Gisele Bündchen (tt)