Football Women's World Cup 2007

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2007
FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007
Logo FIFA China World Cup 2007.svg
Number of nations 16  (of 119 applicants)
World Champion GermanyGermany Germany (2nd title)
venue China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China China
Opening game September 10, 2007
Endgame September 30, 2007
Games 32
Gates 111  (⌀: 3.47 per game)
spectator 1,190,971  (⌀: 37,218 per game)
Top scorer BrazilBrazil Marta (7 goals)
Best player BrazilBrazil Marta
Best goalkeeper GermanyGermany Nadine Angerer
Yellow card yellow cards 81  (⌀: 2.53 per game)
Yellow-red card Yellow-red cards (⌀: 0.06 per game)
Red card Red cards 0

The final round of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 was the fifth playout of the most important tournament for women's football - teams and was on 10 to 30 September 2007 for the second time in 1991 in China held. China was originally intended to host the 2003 World Cup . Following the outbreak of SARS lung disease in East Asia, the FIFA Executive Committee decided in May 2003 to move the tournament to the USA . As compensation, China was entrusted with hosting the World Cup in 2007.

As four years before, the final round was held with 16 teams. For the first time ever, FIFA distributed success bonuses. For the European participants, the World Championship was also about three starting places for the 2008 Olympic Games .

The German national team , who prevailed against the Swedish soccer players in the USA in 2003 , defended their title with a 2-0 win in the final against Brazil .


The World Cup games were played in five stadiums in five different Chinese cities. The opening game and the final took place in Shanghai.

Tianjin ( Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium )
Capacity: 60,000
2007 venues in China
Shanghai ( Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium )
Capacity: 34,000
Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.jpg Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai.jpg
Chengdu ( Chengdu Sports Center Stadium )
Capacity: 40,000
Wuhan ( Wuhan Sports Center Stadium )
Capacity: 55,000
Hangzhou ( Hangzhou Dragon Stadium )
Capacity: 52,000
Chengdu Sports Center.JPG Wuhan Sport Center 01.jpg Hangzhou-yellow-dragon-stad.jpg


China was already automatically qualified for the tournament as host. The remaining 15 places in the final round were determined between June 2005 and May 2007. With the exception of the UEFA zone, the respective continental championships were also the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.

UEFA provides five teams for the final tournament. The participants were determined in a qualification phase that started on July 9, 2005 and ended on September 30, 2006. The 25 teams in category A were divided into five groups of 5 teams each, with the five group winners qualifying for the final round. Norway bought their first European ticket on August 27, 2006. Sweden followed on September 24, and three days later the reigning world champions Germany and Denmark also qualified for the finals. England secured their last ticket against France on September 30, 2006 . The teams in category B only played for promotion to the A category.

The South American football association CONMEBOL had two starting places. They were awarded at the Sudamericano Femenino 2006 , which was held from November 10th to 26th, 2006 in Mar del Plata , Argentina . Argentina surprisingly won the tournament ahead of Brazil . Both teams qualified for the finals.

The two North American participants were determined at the 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in the United States . The tournament took place from November 19 to 30, 2006 in Carson and Miami . The winner was the US team before Canada . The third-placed Mexicans played against the Asian fourth Japan for another starting place, but failed in the play-off games.

The African Championship for Women was held from October 28th to November 11th 2006 in Nigeria. The hosts' team prevailed against Ghana in the final . Both teams represented the African Football Association at the World Cup.

Placements of the participants

The Asian Women's Championship took place in Australia in July 2006. In addition to the Chinese who qualified as World Cup organizers, who secured the title of Asian champions by beating the hosts, the Australians and the third-placed North Koreans also qualified for the finals. As in 2003, Japan prevailed against Mexico (2-0 and 1-2) in the play-off games.

Oceania has a direct starting place that was awarded at the Oceanic Women's Football Championship in April 2007. New Zealand defeated Papua New Guinea 7-0 and secured their ticket to the World Cup.


The following teams took part in the fifth women's soccer World Cup:

5 from Europe DenmarkDenmark Denmark GermanyGermany Germany EnglandEngland England NorwayNorway Norway SwedenSweden Sweden
2 from South America ArgentinaArgentina Argentina BrazilBrazil Brazil
2 from North, Central America and the Caribbean CanadaCanada Canada United StatesUnited States United States
2 from Africa GhanaGhana Ghana NigeriaNigeria Nigeria
4 from Asia AustraliaAustralia Australia China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China China (GG) JapanJapan Japan Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea
1 from Oceania New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand


The draw took place on April 22, 2007 in Wuhan . The ceremony was held at the Guanggu Science and Technology Palace. For the draw, the 16 qualified teams were divided into five pots. The allocation was based on a decision by FIFA the day before, based on sporting and geographical aspects. The aim of the division was to ensure that, with the exception of UEFA, no more than one team per continental association was drawn into a group in the preliminary round. As UEFA provided five participants, this could not be avoided for the European continental association.

As early as October 16, 2006, FIFA stipulated that host China and defending champions Germany would be included in the draw, and that Germany, as the reigning world champions, would be allowed to play the opening game. On April 13, 2007 FIFA selected Germany (Group A), the USA (Group B), Norway (Group C) and China (Group D) as group heads.

The five pots finally contained the following teams:

  • Pot 1: China, Germany, Norway, USA
  • Pot 2: Australia, Japan, North Korea
  • Pot 3: Denmark, England, Sweden
  • Pot 4: Argentina, Ghana, New Zealand, Nigeria
  • Pot X: Brazil, Canada

The draw resulted in the following group allocation:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
GermanyGermany Germany NigeriaNigeria Nigeria NorwayNorway Norway China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China China
JapanJapan Japan United StatesUnited States United States GhanaGhana Ghana New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand
EnglandEngland England Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea AustraliaAustralia Australia BrazilBrazil Brazil
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina SwedenSweden Sweden CanadaCanada Canada DenmarkDenmark Denmark

The draw brought with it some curiosities. Group B is identical to Group A of the 2003 World Cup. Nigeria , North Korea and the USA met in a preliminary group at the 1999 World Cup. Argentina , Germany and Japan from group A already played in a preliminary group at the 2003 World Cup.


See main article: 2007 Women's World Cup squad

Preliminary round

The preliminary round was held in four groups with four teams each. Within each group, each team played exactly once against each other team. The first two teams qualified for the quarter-finals. The placement of the teams in the preliminary round groups resulted in the following order:

  1. Number of points (win: three points; tie: one point; defeat: zero points),
  2. in the event of a tie, goal difference from all three games;
  3. if the goal difference is the same, the number of goals scored in all three games;
  4. with the same number of goals scored in all three games, the number of points in a direct comparison of the teams with the same points;
  5. with the same number of points in a direct comparison, the goal difference in a direct comparison;
  6. with the same goal difference in direct comparison, the number of goals scored in direct comparison;
  7. Fair play rating, based on the number of yellow and red cards;
  8. the lot.

Group A

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. GermanyGermany Germany  3  2  1  0 013: 000 +13 07th
 2. EnglandEngland England  3  1  2  0 008: 300  +5 05
 3. JapanJapan Japan  3  1  1  1 003: 400  −1 04th
 4th ArgentinaArgentina Argentina  3  0  0  3 001:180 −17 00
September 10, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Shanghai
Germany - Argentina 11: 0 (5: 0)
September 11, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Shanghai
Japan - England 2: 2 (0: 0)
September 14, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Shanghai
Argentina - Japan 0: 1 (0: 0)
September 14, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Shanghai
England - Germany 0-0
September 17, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Hangzhou
Germany - Japan 2: 0 (1: 0)
September 17, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Chengdu
England - Argentina 6: 1 (2: 0)

*: all kick-off times in local time ( CEST +6 hours)

Defending champions Germany opened the tournament with an 11-0 win over Argentina. This was the highest victory in World Cup history to date. However, the envy eleven could not take the momentum of the first game with them. After a goalless draw against England and a job win against Japan, the group win was wrapped up. The English selection came in second in the group. At the opening there was a draw against Japan, with the English women leading well into stoppage time. Hope Powell's team secured their place in the quarter-finals with an undisputed 6-1 win against Argentina. The Japanese were left behind. They were extremely happy to win a 1-0 win over Argentina and had to return home after their final defeat against Germany. Last was the reigning South American champion Argentina. In the game against Germany, the team presented itself quite overwhelmed and set a new negative record for the World Cup with 18 goals conceded in the preliminary round.

Group B

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. United StatesUnited States United States  3  2  1  0 005: 200  +3 07th
 2. Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea  3  1  1  1 005: 400  +1 04th
 3. SwedenSweden Sweden  3  1  1  1 003: 400  −1 04th
 4th NigeriaNigeria Nigeria  3  0  1  2 001: 400  −3 01
September 11, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Chengdu
United States - North Korea 2: 2 (1: 0)
September 11, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Chengdu
Nigeria - Sweden 1: 1 (0: 0)
September 14, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Chengdu
Sweden - United States 0: 2 (0: 1)
September 14, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * Chengdu
North Korea - Nigeria 2: 0 (2: 0)
September 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Shanghai
Nigeria - United States 0: 1 (0: 1)
September 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Tianjin
North Korea - Sweden 1: 2 (1: 1)

*: all kick-off times in local time ( CEST +6 hours)

Even after the draw, group B was referred to as the “death group”. At the start, the secret favorite North Korea caused a sensation with their 2-2 draw against the USA. Sweden couldn't get past a 1-1 draw against Nigeria. The USA team secured victory in the group with less than brilliant wins against Sweden and Nigeria. In spite of the 2-1 defeat in the last game against Sweden, North Korea's selection, which made it into the round of eight for the first time, came in second. Disappointment, however, with the "Tre Kronor", who had to retire so early for the first time after the preliminary round and as the first reigning vice world champion. Last was Africa champions Nigeria, who presented themselves stronger than four years ago, but still only managed to score one point.

Group C

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. NorwayNorway Norway  3  2  1  0 010: 400  +6 07th
 2. AustraliaAustralia Australia  3  1  2  0 007: 400  +3 05
 3. CanadaCanada Canada  3  1  1  1 007: 400  +3 04th
 4th GhanaGhana Ghana  3  0  0  3 003:150 −12 00
September 12, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Hangzhou
Ghana - Australia 1: 4 (0: 1)
September 12, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Hangzhou
Norway - Canada 2: 1 (0: 1)
September 15, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Hangzhou
Canada - Ghana 4: 0 (1: 0)
September 15, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Hangzhou
Australia - Norway 1: 1 (0: 1)
September 20, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Hangzhou
Norway - Ghana 7: 2 (3: 0)
September 20, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Chengdu
Australia - Canada 2: 2 (0: 1)

*: all kick-off times in local time ( CEST +6 hours)

As expected, Norway won Group C. After a narrow win against Canada and a surprising draw against Australia, the Norwegians secured first place with a 7-2 victory over Ghana. The "Matildas" from Australia came in surprisingly second. In the direct duel against Canada on the last day of the match it was all about second place. In added time, Cheryl Salisbury scored the equalizer to make it 2-2 and sent the Canadians back home. The Ghanaians found themselves in last place, having to return home with three clear defeats in their luggage.

Group D

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. BrazilBrazil Brazil  3  3  0  0 010-000 +10 09
 2. China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China China  3  2  0  1 005: 600  −1 06th
 3. DenmarkDenmark Denmark  3  1  0  2 004: 400  ± 0 03
 4th New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand  3  0  0  3 000: 900  −9 00
September 12, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Wuhan
New Zealand - Brazil 0: 5 (0: 1)
September 12, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Wuhan
China - Denmark 3: 2 (1: 0)
September 15, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. * in Wuhan
Denmark - New Zealand 2: 0 (0: 0)
September 15, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Wuhan
Brazil - China 4: 0 (1: 0)
September 20, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Tianjin
China - New Zealand 2: 0 (0: 0)
September 20, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. * in Hangzhou
Brazil - Denmark 1: 0 (0: 0)

*: all kick-off times in local time ( CEST +6 hours)

The Brazilian side shone in Group D and secured group victory with two clear wins, including a 4-0 win over the hosts and a lucky 1-0 win against Denmark. Good luck with the Chinese selection. The “Stahlrosen” lost a 2-0 lead against Denmark, but still managed to win. After the defeat against Brazil, a 2-0 win against the already eliminated New Zealanders was enough for second place. Third place went to Denmark, who brought serious allegations of spying against the hosts after their game against China. Coach Heiner-Møller has been banned from FIFA for four games for disciplinary reasons. The return of New Zealand to the World Cup stage was without a goal.

Final round

Quarter finals Semifinals final
September 22, 2007 - Wuhan        
  GermanyGermany Germany   3
September 26, 2007 - Tianjin
  Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea   0  
  GermanyGermany Germany   3
September 23, 2007 - Wuhan
    NorwayNorway Norway   0  
  NorwayNorway Norway   1
September 30, 2007 - Shanghai
  China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China China   0  
  GermanyGermany Germany   2
September 22, 2007 - Tianjin
    BrazilBrazil Brazil   0
  United StatesUnited States United States   3
September 27, 2007 - Hangzhou
  EnglandEngland England   0  
  United StatesUnited States United States   0 Game for third place
September 23, 2007 - Tianjin
    BrazilBrazil Brazil   4th  
  BrazilBrazil Brazil   3   NorwayNorway Norway   1
  AustraliaAustralia Australia   2     United StatesUnited States United States   4th
September 30, 2007 - Shanghai

Quarter finals

September 22, 2007, 5 p.m. * in Wuhan
GermanyGermany Germany - Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea 3: 0 (1: 0)
September 22, 2007, 8 p.m. * in Tianjin
United StatesUnited States United States - EnglandEngland England 3: 0 (0: 0)
September 23, 2007, 5 p.m. * in Wuhan
NorwayNorway Norway - China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China China 1: 0 (1: 0)
September 23, 2007, 8 p.m. * in Tianjin
BrazilBrazil Brazil - AustraliaAustralia Australia 3: 2 (2: 1)

The defending champion from Germany and the secret favorite from North Korea fought an exciting game with chances on both sides in the first half. Just before half-time, Kerstin Garefrekes put the Germans in the lead. In the second half, North Korea made more pressure, but the goals fell for the German team. The English women were able to keep the game goalless for one half against the favored Americans. A strong quarter of an hour after the restart was enough for the Americans to reach the semifinals of their fifth World Cup participation. Host China, meanwhile, failed due to their own weaknesses. The Chinese created many chances against Norway, but remained without a goal. Isabell Herlovsen did better on the other side and scored the winning goal. Brazil quickly took a 2-0 lead in the last quarter-finals. But the surprise team from Australia equalized with two goals. A quarter of an hour before the end, however, Cristiane made the decision for Brazil.


September 26, 2007, 8 p.m. * in Tianjin
GermanyGermany Germany - NorwayNorway Norway 3: 0 (1: 0)
September 27, 2007, 8 p.m. * in Hangzhou
United StatesUnited States United States - BrazilBrazil Brazil 0: 4 (0: 2)

The Norwegians could not take revenge against the German team for the lost European Championship final in 2005 . In the first half, both teams had some good scoring opportunities. An own goal by Trine Rønning just before half-time, however, put the defending champion on the road to victory. After the restart, the German team determined the game. First Kerstin Stegemann increased it to 2: 0, then Martina Müller used a failed back pass from Siri Nordby to make it 3-0.

Before the second semifinal, US coach Greg Ryan caused unrest in his own team with the announcement that he would replace the goalkeeper. Brazil took the lead quickly with an own goal from Leslie Osborne and one from Marta. In the second half, the Americans were partially humiliated. Cristiane and Marta with their seventh tournament goal ensured that the Brazilians made it to the World Cup final for the first time.

3rd place match

September 30, 2007, 5 p.m. * in Shanghai
NorwayNorway Norway - United StatesUnited States United States 1: 4 (0: 1)

The US team achieved a conciliatory end to the tournament with the 4-1 victory. In a tactically high-class game, the Americans took the lead 4-0 with two goals from Abby Wambach and a double strike from Lori Chalupny and Heather O'Reilly. Despite the high deficit, the Scandinavians did not give up, but only scored a consolation goal through Ragnhild Gulbrandsen .


September 30, 2007, 8 p.m. * in Shanghai
GermanyGermany Germany - BrazilBrazil Brazil 2: 0 (0: 0)

For the first time a reigning world champion managed to defend his title. In a high-class game, Brazil initially gained field advantages, but failed with the shots on goal at the German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer or the post. The German team played from a safe defense and came up with some chances. After the restart, the German team initially took the initiative and took the lead through Birgit Prinz. In the 64th minute, Linda Bresonik brought down Cristiane in the penalty area. However, Nadine Angerer was able to parry Marta's subsequent penalty. In the closing stages, the Brazilians put pressure on again, but the goal fell on the other side. After a Renate Lingor corner, Simone Laudehr made the decision with a header.

World Champion Germany

See main article: Women's World Cup 2007 / Germany

Reception on the Roman balcony after the 2007 World Cup

With the final whistle of the final at 9:51 p.m., the German national team became world champions for the second time. The squad of the team of national coach Silvia Neid and her assistant Ulrike Ballweg included 21 players, 17 of whom were used.

Further included Sonja Fuss , Ursula Holl , Babett Peter and Silke Rottenberg in the squad. However, the quartet remained without commitment.

The German team was not always able to convince in preparation for the tournament. The low point was the Algarve Cup in March, in which the German team only finished eighth. In the European Championship qualifiers, the German team was able to achieve clear victories against second-rate opponents, but only came to a 2-2 draw in the last friendly against Norway. During the World Cup finals, the team was able to improve significantly from game to game, from the quarterfinals onwards. The sovereign victories against North Korea and Norway gave the team an additional boost.

Overall, the German team showed a united team performance. Great support from the team was goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who conceded no goal during the entire tournament. She was voted the tournament's best goalkeeper. The back four stood sovereign in the defense. Kerstin Stegemann and Ariane Hingst were elected to the all-star team. After Sandra Minnert's failure, Annike Krahn joined the team. Krahn signed off top players like Ragnhild Gulbrandsen or Marta .

In the defensive midfield, the experienced Renate Lingor and the newcomer Simone Laudehr harmonized. Laudehr was one of the tournament's discoveries not only because of her 2-0 goal in the final, which was voted Goal of the Month . Melanie Behringer and Kerstin Garefrekes put a lot of pressure on the outside positions. As a substitute, Fatmire Bajramaj played four times and brought a breath of fresh air to the game every time. In attack, Birgit Prinz was once again the most successful goalscorer. She was successful a total of five times. She mostly played with her club mate Sandra Smisek, who was successful three times.

On October 1, 2007, the team returned to Frankfurt am Main by plane . After landing, Melanie Behringer waved a huge German flag from the cockpit. About 15,000 enthusiastic fans received the team at the Römer . From the airport, a police escort went to the Frankfurt Römer , where the players signed the city's golden book . Then the players went to the town hall balcony and showed themselves to the fans gathered on Römerplatz. Each player received a prize of 50,000 euros for winning the title .

Several national players had appearances in various TV sports programs and talk shows in the following weeks. Nadine Angerer and Birgit Prinz occurred on October 6, 2007 in the ZDF telecast Wetten, dass ..? while the rest of the national players were guests in the current gym on the same evening . Fatmire Bajramaj scored two goals in pumps with 7-centimeter heels in goal wall shooting .

Best goalscorers

rank Player Gates
1 BrazilianBrazilian Marta 7th
2 AmericanAmerican Abby Wambach 6th
NorwegianNorwegian Ragnhild Gulbrandsen 6th
4th BrazilianBrazilian Cristiane 5
GermanGerman Birgit Prinz 5
6th AustralianAustralian Lisa De Vanna 4th
EnglishwomanEnglishwoman Kelly Smith 4th
GermanGerman Renate Lingor 4th
9 CanadianCanadian Christine Sinclair 3
GermanGerman Sandra Smisek 3

See also: List of goalscorers from all world championships


Marta (Brazil)

adidas Golden Ball

The Brazilian Marta was awarded the golden ball as the best player of the tournament. In the vote, she received 51 percent of the votes cast by the accredited sports journalists. The silver ball went to the German captain Birgit Prinz , who won 17 percent of the vote. The bronze ball also went to Brazil. The former Bundesliga player Cristiane received it with 11 percent of the vote.

adidas Golden Shoe

The Brazilian Marta was not only voted the best player, but was also the top scorer of the tournament with 7 goals and 2 assists . For this she received the golden shoe . The silver shoe went to the American Abby Wambach with 6 goals and one template. The Norwegian Ragnhild Gulbrandsen also scored 6 goals and received the bronze shoe . Since both had scored six goals each, the number of assists decided the ranking.

FIFA Fair Play Award

The Norwegian team won the fair play competition for the first time . Only four Norwegian players saw the yellow card during the tournament . Two teams each received only two or three yellow cards, but only those teams that reached at least the quarter-finals were considered for the fair play rating.

Most entertaining team

The trophy for the most entertaining team , awarded for the first time, went to Brazil with 42.12 percent of the vote .

Best goalkeeper

Nadine Angerer was named best goalkeeper.

All-Star Team

goalkeeper Defense midfield striker

GermanyGermany Nadine Angerer Bente Nordby

GermanyGermany Ariane Hingst Li Jie Ane Stangeland Horpestad Kerstin Stegemann
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 

BrazilBrazil Daniela Miraildes Maciel Mota Kristine Lilly Renate Lingor Kelly Smith Ingvild Stensland
United StatesUnited States 

BrazilBrazil Cristiane Lisa De Vanna Marta Birgit Prinz


FIFA selected 14 referees and 22 assistant referees for the 32 games of the World Cup . The candidates have been observed since 2005 and went through a number of training camps. In January and May 2007, the final courses took place on the Canary Islands and at FIFA headquarters in Zurich . Based on the results, a list of 42 candidates was drawn up, six of which failed the fitness test. The Oceanic Confederation did not provide any officials, but the US sent two referees to China.

In contrast to the Men's World Cup , the officials in a match are not from the same country or confederation. FIFA justified this with the low number of female referees (in Germany, for example, only two percent). The officials are put together in such a way that smooth communication is possible and language problems are avoided where possible.

The officials were housed together in a hotel in Shanghai . In addition to the training, the referees took part in training courses in which a. Recordings of games played were shown. Australian referee Tammy Ogston chaired the opening game and final .

Association Referee Games Yellow card.svg Yellow-red card.svg Red card.svg 4. O. Assistant 1 Assistant 2
number Lot
AFC AustraliaAustralia Tammy Ogston 4th GER-ARG 13 0 0 2 AustraliaAustralia Airlie Keen AustraliaAustralia Sarah Ho
GER-PKR AustraliaAustralia Sarah Ho AustraliaAustralia Airlie Keen
GER-BRA MexicoMexico Maria Isabel Tovar

MexicoMexico Rita Munoz

ThailandThailand Pannipar Kamnueng 1 BRA-NZL 1 0 0 4th JapanJapan Hisae Yoshizawa Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei Liu Hsiu-mei
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Huijun Niu 2 SWE-NGA
1 0 0 1 China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Hongjuan Liu China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Hongjue Fu
JapanJapan Mayumi Oiwa 2 NGA USA 4th 0 0 4th JapanJapan Hisae Yoshizawa Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei Liu Hsiu-mei
DEN-NZL Korea SouthSouth Korea Kyoung Min Kim
CONCACAF United StatesUnited States Kari Seitz 2 ENG-JPN
4th 0 0 1 MexicoMexico Maria Isabel Tovar MexicoMexico Rita Munoz
United StatesUnited States Jennifer Bennett 2 NOR-GHA 7th 0 0 2 FranceFrance Corinne Lagrange FranceFrance Karine Vives Solana
CHN-BRA MexicoMexico Maria Isabel Tovar MexicoMexico Rita Munoz
GuyanaGuyana Dianne Ferreira-James 2 ARG-ENG
7th 0 0 1 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago Cindy Mohammed GuyanaGuyana Cynette Jeffrey
CONMEBOL ColombiaColombia Adriana Correa 2 JPN-GER 6th 0 0 1 ItalyItaly Cristina Cini EcuadorEcuador Rosa Canales
AUS-GHA EcuadorEcuador Rosa Canales SpainSpain Maria Luisa Villa Gutierrez
ArgentinaArgentina Estela Alvarez 0 0 0 0 0 3
UEFA SwitzerlandSwitzerland Nicole Petignat 3 USA-PKR
11 1 0 2 FranceFrance Corinne Lagrange FranceFrance Karine Vives Solana
SwedenSweden Jenny Palmqvist 2 GER-ENG
5 0 0 1 SwedenSweden Susanne Borg NorwayNorway Maintain Steinlund
GermanyGermany Christine Baitinger 3 PKR-SWE
6th 0 0 3 RomaniaRomania Irina Mirt GermanyGermany Miriam Dräger
CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Dagmar Damkova 3 ARG-JPN 6th 0 0 2 BeninBenin Tempa Ndah (CAF) MoroccoMorocco Souad Oulhaj (CAF)
CHN-NZL MoroccoMorocco Souad Oulhaj NorwayNorway Maintain Steinlund
GER-NOR RomaniaRomania Irina Mirt ItalyItaly Cristina Cini
HungaryHungary Gyöngyi Gaál 4th USA-SWE 8th 0 0 1 SpainSpain Maria Luisa Villa Gutierrez ItalyItaly Cristina Cini
AUS-CAN SwedenSweden Susanne Borg
NOR-CHN ItalyItaly Cristina Cini
NOR-USA GermanyGermany Miriam Dräger



For the first time, FIFA distributed prizes to the participating associations. The world champion Germany will receive prize money of one million US dollars . The runner-up Brazil receives $ 800,000, the third, the USA, receives $ 650,000. The teams that are eliminated after the preliminary round will each receive $ 200,000.

Media coverage

The World Cup games were broadcast to over 200 states and territories. Compared to the previous World Cup , this is an increase of around 25 percent.

In Germany , all games with German participation were broadcast directly by ARD or ZDF . The ZDF broadcast the preliminary round games against Argentina and England, while the ARD showed the preliminary round game against Japan. The games of the German team in the quarter and semi-finals were broadcast by ARD and the final by ZDF. The broadcaster Eurosport broadcast 25 of the 32 games directly, including all games of the German team as well as the semi-finals and the final.

In 40 European countries, all 32 games could be viewed directly and in full on the FIFA homepage . For legal reasons, viewers from the other countries had to be content with two-minute summaries.


The prices for the tickets were between the equivalent of two and 50 euros . The cards could be purchased internationally by telephone and the Internet . The entry price for the final together with the game for third place was the equivalent of around eight euros.

A total of 1,078,285 spectators saw the 32 World Cup games, which corresponds to an average of 33,696 per game. The number of spectators remained 120,000 below the record level of the 1999 World Cup . Most of the spectators saw the host, the German and the Brazilian team.


At the 2007 World Cup, some new records were again set or improved:

Birgit Prinz (Germany, here in the jersey of 1. FFC Frankfurt)

Kristine Lilly (USA) and Bente Nordby (Norway) contested their fifth world championship. The German Birgit Prinz was the first woman in three World Cup finals. Her 1-0 win against Japan made Prinz the sole record scorer in the World Cup . At the 2011 World Cup , the Brazilian Marta was able to catch up with Prinz, both of whom are now leading with 14 goals ahead of Michelle Akers (12 goals), the previous record scorer. In her first two appearances in 1995 and 1999 she scored one goal each, in 2003 she scored seven and now five.

The 11-0 win by the German women against Argentina in their first game was the first double-digit victory ever in a women's soccer World Cup. The men's soccer World Cup has not had a higher result either, the record there dates back to 1982 , when Hungary beat El Salvador 10-1. Germany is the first team that managed to win the world championship title without conceding a goal in the tournament, so the German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer set a record. With the victory over Brazil in the final, Germany is the first team ever to successfully defend its title in women's football.

The youngest player in the World Cup line-up was the North Korean substitute goalkeeper Yun Hyon Hi at the age of 15. However, like her teammates of the same age Ho Un-byol and Yun Song Mi , she was not used during the tournament. The youngest player actually used was 16-year-old New Zealand midfielder Annalie Longo , who came on as a substitute in the 87th minute of her team's second group match. The oldest player in the tournament was striker Wendi Henderson , also from New Zealand , at the age of 36 . Henderson took part in the first World Cup in 1991 .

The last two preliminary round meetings of groups C and D were postponed from September 19 to September 20 due to the typhoon "Wipha".

The Norwegian Ragnhild Gulbrandsen scored the 500th goal in World Cup history in a 7-2 win over Ghana. Martina Müller scored the 100th goal of the tournament in the semifinals for Germany against Norway. For the first time, all knockout games were decided in regular time.

The documentary film The best women in the world about the German team, made during the tournament, was broadcast on January 2, 2008 by ARD .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. England and Olympia - from when?
  2. DFB women are set for the World Cup draw
  3. Surprising World Cup draw mode
  4. DFB women enthusiastically received
  5. Review: Wetten, dass ..? dated October 6, 2007 ( Memento of the original dated October 11, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. Review: the current sport studio from October 6, 2007 ( Memento of the original from October 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Nadine Angerer named best goalkeeper of the tournament
  8. Committee for Women's Football: Focus on FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007
  9. FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 in over 200 areas at prime time ( Memento from September 17, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  10. The World Cup on TV ( Memento from October 13, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  11. FIFA TV: No live broadcasts in Germany
  12. Tickets ( Memento from April 25, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  13. Kristine Lilly: US icon before fifth World Cup participation
  14. DFB: German World Cup goal scorers
  15. Change of the schedule due to Typhoon "Wipha"
  16. The other preliminary round matches have now also been postponed ( Memento from September 18, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  17. Gulbrandsen celebrates triple success