The World Cup play-off draw will be hosted by Mexican football presenter Vanessa Huppenkothen, a German football player’s daughter.
The glitzy host has appeared on the cover of GQ Magazine, is a supporter of Schalke 04, and speaks four languages.
The eight remaining teams will find out at the draw which country stands in their way of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Vanessa Huppenkothen: Who is she?
As a child, Vanessa shared her time between Mexico City and Duisberg. She was born to a German footballer named Dieter Huppenkothen and a Mexican mother.
She developed a love for the Bundesliga team Schalke as a young girl and continues to do so today, undoubtedly due to the influence of her father.
Back in Mexico, Huppenkothen pursued a degree in international relations while working as a model. In 2007, she won the Miss Sports Award at the Miss Mexico National Contest.
She entered the field of sports media a year later and, following a string of reporting assignments, accompanied the Mexican national team on its World Cup journeys in South Africa and Brazil.
Before accepting her present position at ESPN Mexico last year, she was also the cover model for GQ Magazine in June 2014.
Along with former Spain international Fernando Hierro, Huppenkothen will conduct this year’s World Cup European playoff draw in Zurich.
Soon after the news was released, she tweeted that it was “an honour,” calling it.
Between 2011 and 2013, she was wed to Juan Fernández Recamier; however, the couple is no longer together.
Spanish, English, German, and French are all languages that Vanessa can speak with ease.