Euro 2020

Off for ex-football pro Steffi Jones in Show 1 – Euro 2020

by: Adam Smith


February 29, 2020 – 1:26PM

She swaps football shoes for dance shoes

Stephanie Ann “Steffi” Jones is one of the most successful German female footballers of all time. The football pitch has been her second home since she was four years old, but now the 47-year-old is moving on to new territory. For the next few weeks, the football boots will be exchanged for dance shoes, because Steffi Jones is at “Let’s Dance” 2020 and fulfills a dream: “As a child, my greatest wish was to learn to play football. Forty years later, my greatest desire is to learn to dance.” Her dance partner: Robert Beitsch.

In the first show, unfortunately, Steffi Jones is finished. She is leaving.

All facts about Steffi Jones at a glance:

On the football field, Steffi Jones knows how to do it. On the dance floor, things are different.

Age: 47
Occupation: Footballer
Date of Birth: December 22, 1972
Residence: Gelsenkirchen
Height: 1.80 m

World champion and three-time European champion on the dance floor

Steffi Jones was born on December 22, 1972 in Frankfurt am Main, the daughter of an African-American soldier and a German. The 47-year-old is a former German footballer and became a three-time European champion and world champion with the women’s national team.

Steffi Jones discovered her talent early on and played football since she was four years old. Until she was 14 years old, she was part of the youth team of the SV Bonames in Frankfurt, before she joined the women’s team of THE SG Praunheim in 1986. In 1990, Steffi Jones, who was just 17 years old, celebrated the first milestone of her footballing career when she became the top scorer of the Oberliga with 15 goals from a total of 18 matches and led her club to the Bundesliga. In the following years followed several club changes and a large number of stations, which gave her the reputation of “changing queen of the Bundesliga”. In 2002 and 2003, Jones played in the U.S. Women’s Professional League, where she even won the U.S. Championship.

Steffi is also involved next to the square

As part of the national team, Steffi Jones played her first match at a European Championship in 1993 and was re-entered in the European Championship squad in 1997. As head of the German defence, she was not only called up to the All-Star team at the end of the match, but even received the trophy for the best defender of the tournament. With a total of seven German championship titles, three Champions League victories, another hat-trick of the European Championship title, Olympic successes as well as a victory of the Women’s World Cup and a total of 111 international matches, Steffi Jones finished 2007 after 30 years of their active football career.

Not least because of the many title wins and her social commitment, the former head of the DFB selection is an equally popular and respected figure in German So it was no surprise that Jones was appointed by the DFB to chair the organising committee of the 2011 Fifa World Cup after her active football career. Following the 2011 World Cup, the former defender was promoted to director of women’s and girls’ football at the DFB. Various positions as Commissioner and Ambassador followed for UEFA and FIFA.

In 2015, Jones was named assistant coach of the women’s national team alongside Silvia Neid. She won the gold medal with the women’s national team in Rio in 2016. She then took on the role of national coach of the women’s national team. Steffi Jones was released in March 2018 after dropping out of the quarter-finals of Euro 2017 and defeating him in the 2018 qualifiers.

She turned her back on the DFB and now works successfully as an Objectiv Key Results-Coach in the IT company “5Minds”, of which her wife is a partner.  In addition, Jones has been volunteering: Since October 2019, she has been patron of the Federal Children’s Hospice Foundation and is also involved in women’s football at SSV Buer.

Growing up in the big city as a Frankfurt girl, she now lives in Gelsenkirchen-Buer with her wife Nicole and four dogs.

Watch “Let’s Dance” on TVNOW

Every Friday evening, “Let’s Dance” runs parallel to the TV broadcast in the live stream on TVNOW. Here, all episodes are also available for subsequent retrieval.