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The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was the sixth
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FIFA Women's World Cup
competition, the world championship for women's national
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teams. It was held from 26 June to 17 July 2011 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in October 2007.
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won the
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against the
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on a
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following a 2–2 draw after
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and became the first
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team to win a senior FIFA World Cup in what was considered as the greatest giant-killing in the world's football history. The matches were played in nine stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Commerzbank Arena in
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Frankfurt
. Sixteen teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in 2009. In the
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of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These eight teams advanced to the
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, where two rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.


Host selection

Six nations, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Peru and Switzerland, initially declared their interest in hosting the 2011 Women's World Cup. The
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announced its hopes to host the tournament on 26 January 2006, following a pledge from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to fully support a potential bid. All six nations officially announced their interest by a 1 March 2007 deadline and acknowledged their intention of bidding by 3 May 2007 to FIFA. The final bidding dossiers had to be handed over before 1 August 2007. Switzerland withdrew on 29 May 2007, stating that Europe is heavily focused on France and Germany, and a third European bid appeared futile. On 27 August 2007, France also withdrew, reportedly in exchange for Germany's support for their bid to host the men's
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. Later Australia (12 October 2007) and Peru (17 October 2007) voluntarily dropped out of the race as well, leaving only Canada and Germany as the remaining candidates. On 30 October 2007, the
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voted to assign the tournament to Germany. Canada was eventually awarded the 2015 Women's World Cup four years later. Upon the selection, Germany became the third country to host both men's and women's World Cup, having hosted the men's twice in
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2006
.


Venues

After the German Football Association (DFB) expressed its intention to bid for the Women's World Cup, 23 German cities applied to host World Cup games. Twelve cities were chosen for the official bidding dossier handed over to FIFA in August 2007. On 30 September 2008, the DFB executive committee decided to use nine stadiums for the tournament; the original candidates
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Essen
,
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Magdeburg
and
Bielefeld Bielefeld () is a city in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe Region in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With a population of 341,730, it is also the most populous city in the administrative region (''Regierungsbezirk'') of Detmold (region), ...

Bielefeld
were not chosen as World Cup venues.Nine Host Cities announced
FIFA.com. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008.
The official opening game was held between Germany and Canada at the
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in
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Berlin
, the venue of the 2006 men's World Cup Final; it was the only match played in Berlin. However, it was not the first match of the tournament—it was preceded by a match at
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in
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Sinsheim
pitting France and Nigeria. The final of the tournament took place at the
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Commerzbank-Arena
in
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Frankfurt
, the venue of the 2005 men's
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final.
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in Mönchengladbach and Frankfurt's Commerzbank-Arena hosted the semi-finals. The third place play-off was held at Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Since 2007, five of the stadiums were either newly built (Augsburg, Dresden and Sinsheim) or remodelled (Bochum and Leverkusen). Six stadiums would be home grounds for German Bundesliga, First Bundesliga clubs in the upcoming 2011–12 Bundesliga, 2011–12 season, while the other three would be home to 2. Bundesliga, Second Bundesliga clubs in the same season. Compared to the 2006 men's World Cup, several smaller venues were chosen; six stadiums have a capacity of 20,000 to 30,000 seats. All cities would stage a total of four matches, with the exceptions of Berlin and Mönchengladbach; the latter would host three games. The total capacity of the nine venues is roughly 330,000. Overall, approximately one million tickets would be available.Frauen-WM voraussichtlich vom 26. Juni bis 17. Juli
. DFB.de. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2008.
Several of the stadiums were officially referred to simply as "FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium" because FIFA prohibited sponsorship of stadiums unless the stadium sponsors were also official tournament sponsors. With no standing-room terraces allowed, all stadiums had a lower total capacity compared to German Bundesliga games. Capacity data is given according to FIFA:FIFA

FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011.


Teams and qualification


Number of participating teams

FIFA had considered the prospect of increasing the number of teams from 16 to 24, to reflect the growing global popularity of women's football and the Women's World Cup. However, on 14 March 2008, the
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decided to keep the number of participants at 16, concerned that more teams would dilute the quality of play.Associated Press
FIFA keeps 16 teams for 2011 Women's World Cup
ESPN.com. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
The idea of having 20 teams taking part, which had been discussed briefly, was ruled impossible to implement in terms of fixture planning and logistics. During the
2007 Women's World Cup The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007. Originally, China was to host the 2003 FIFA Women's Worl ...
, FIFA president
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Sepp Blatter
had campaigned for the idea to increase the number of teams, although this proposal was not unquestioned. In particular the 11–0 victory of
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over
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in the opening game of the 2007 tournament had caused a debate over whether there were 24 national teams on a comparable level.


Confederation allocation

In October 2008, the FIFA Executive Committee announced a change to the allocation of the qualifying berths for its continental confederations. Asia was granted 3 automatic berths instead of 2.5 for the finals (although in 2007 the host nation was an additional qualifier from Asia). Europe's allocation was reduced from 5 to 4.5 (although it effectively increased to 5.5 because of the automatic qualification of the host nation). The North/Central American and Caribbean confederation (CONCACAF) retained their 2.5 qualifiers, Africa and South America 2 each, and Oceania 1. The 16th qualifying spot was determined through a
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between the third-placed team in CONCACAF and the winner of repechage play-offs in Europe. FIFA also ruled that each confederation has to ensure that at least one third of its member associations enter their women's national teams for World Cup qualification, otherwise FIFA would re-examine the current slot allocation. In Africa and the Middle East a considerable percentage of teams had withdrawn from World Cup qualification in the past. For European teams, the 2011 Women's World Cup was also used as a qualification tournament for the
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. Besides Team Great Britain, Europe had two additional qualifiers for the Summer Olympics. With Germany losing their quarter-final, France, which had already reached the semi-finals, secured qualification to the Olympics. Sweden followed as UEFA's second team with its win against Australia.


Qualified teams

Qualification for the tournament took place between April 2009 and November 2010. As the host nation, Germany were granted automatic qualification, while the remaining national teams qualified through their continental confederations. Most confederations used their continental championship tournaments – the
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, CAF Women's Championship,
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, Sudamericano Femenino and
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– to determine qualification. The exception to this was UEFA, which used its own qualifying tournament. One qualification spot was determined by a
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between a UEFA and CONCACAF team. ;AFC (3) * * * ;CAF (2) * * ;CONCACAF (3) * * * ;CONMEBOL (2) * * ;OFC (1) * ;UEFA (5) * * * (Host Nation) * * † – qualified via a play-off against Italy Colombia and Equatorial Guinea made their debuts in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and the United States maintained their streak of qualifying for all six tournaments so far, while
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failed to qualify for the first time ever. This is Mexico's first appearance since 1999 and France's first appearance since 2003.


Organization


Local organising committee

The tournament is supervised by the "Women's World Cup 2011 Organising Committee Germany". President of the Organising Committee (OC) is former German international
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Steffi Jones
; she started her work on 1 January 2008. German president
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Christian Wulff
was named the patron of the tournament. The Organising Committee is chaired by Jones and supervised by the board of the
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(DFB). On 25 January 2009, Jones opened the committee offices and named her OC team. It is led by managing director Uli Wolter, who headed the Leipzig branch during the . Aside from Wolter, four department heads were named. Heike Ulrich is responsible for the tournament organisation, former German international
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heads the marketing department, Winfried Naß leads the department "Cities and Stadiums", and Jens Grittner, who served as the press officer for the 2006 Organising Committee, heads the communications department.FIFA Frauen-WM 2011 – Organisationskomitee
DFB.de. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
Intended to advertise the tournament primarily in Germany, the Organising Committee named four national Women's World Cup ambassadors: former German internationals Britta Carlson,
Renate Lingor Renate Lingor (born October 11, 1975 in Karlsruhe Karlsruhe ( , , ; South Franconian South Franconian (german: Südfränkisch) is an Upper German dialect which is spoken in the northernmost part of Baden-Württemberg Baden-Württembe ...

Renate Lingor
, and Sandra Minnert, as well as shooting
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gold medallist Manuela Schmermund. In October 2009, former U.S. international
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was presented as the World Cup's international ambassador. Each host city except for Berlin also named two city ambassadors. They include footballers
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,
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and
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Rainer Bonhof
, fencer
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Britta Heidemann
or biathlete
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Magdalena Neuner
.FIFA
Frequently Asked Questions
FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011.


Emblem and mascot

The official World Cup emblem, called Arena Deutschland, was presented by Steffi Jones and
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Franz Beckenbauer
in the break between the women's and the men's game of the
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final on 19 April 2008. It shows a stylised stadium with stripes in the
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, black, red and gold, and a pictogram of the Women's World Cup trophy in the upper right corner. It was designed by the
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Stuttgart
advertising agency WVP. The tournament
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mascot
, cat "Karla Kick", was presented during the opening game of the on 13 July 2010. The mascot was developed by the Frankfurt agency GMR Marketing. According to Jones, the mascot represents "important attributes of women's football: passion, fun and dynamics".


Tickets

Approximately one million
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were available in total, with 900,000 on general sale. 350,000 tickets were offered at discount prices, mainly intended for families, clubs and schools, one of the key target groups of the Organising Committee. As of 22 June 2011, 700,000 tickets have been sold. The World Cup tickets were offered in several sales phases. During the first sales period from 29 October 2009 to 31 August 2010, only so-called city series tickets were offered. Each city series includes tickets for all games of that particular host city. The prices ranged from
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€
30 to €415. In the second sales period from 17 February to 31 August 2010, so-called 20Eleven tickets were sold to groups of at least 11 people, offered at a 20 percent discount and directed primarily at schools and clubs. Single tickets for all matches were first sold starting 15 September 2010. The prices of individual tickets range from €10 to €200. On 18 March 2011, 100 days before the opening game, the last sales phase started, with all remaining tickets being sold in the order in which orders are received. Unlike tickets at the 2006 men's World Cup in Germany, the tickets for the Women's World Cup were not personalised. The same city series ticket can be used by different people for different games.WM 2011: So funktioniert der Ticketverkauf
DFB.de. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2011.


Budget and sponsors

The tournament's budget has been set at €51 million. The German Football Association plans to cover these costs in almost equal parts from ticket sales and from sponsors, primarily from six so-called National Supporters. In order for the tournament to
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, the DFB has said about 80% of the tickets need to be sold, which would translate to an average attendance of 25,000. The DFB estimates to earn roughly €27 million through the general ticket sale. From 2008 to 2010, the six National Supporters were presented: the tele-communications company
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Deutsche Telekom
, the bank
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, the insurer
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Allianz
, the retailer
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, the national mail company
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Deutsche Post
and the national railway company
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Deutsche Bahn
. Aside from Deutsche Bahn, the sponsors are identical with those of the 2010 U-20 Women's World Cup.


Media coverage

The television coverage of the tournament was unprecedented. For the first time, all matches were produced in high definition, with in-goal cameras and two
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s being used for all matches. For selected matches, the broadcast production comprised up to 18 cameras, including a
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and a helicopter camera. In Germany the public broadcasters
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and
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ZDF
showed all 32 tournament games live. Across Europe, all games were available on
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Eurosport
in 34 countries and territories. In the United States,
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ESPN
and
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served as the official English-language broadcaster, while
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carried coverage in Spanish. In Canada,
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and
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broadcast the tournament; the event was the first in a sub-licensing partnership for FIFA tournaments between the two networks. In the United Kingdom, the games of the English national team were shown live by
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BBC Red Button
and the BBC Sport website. The final was shown live on
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BBC Three
.
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held the broadcasting rights for Australia, while
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broadcast matches in the Middle East and North Africa. The tournament was the first women's event to be the subject of a Panini sticker album, available only in Germany. The final match between Japan and the United States broke the record for most tweets per second on
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Twitter
– 7,196.


Match officials

FIFA's Referees' Committee selected 16
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to officiate at the World Cup: three from the
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, one from the Oceania Football Confederation, OFC and six from UEFA. In addition 32 Assistant referee (association football), assistant referees and three fourth officials were selected. The oldest referee wass 42-year-old Swede Jenny Palmquist, while the youngest referee was 29-year-old Finau Vulvuli of Fiji.


Squads

As with the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup squads, 2007 tournament, each team's squad for the 2011 Women's World Cup consisted of 21 players, two less than men's World Cup squads. Each participating national association had to confirm their final 21-player 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squads, squad no later than 10 working days before the start of the tournament. Replacement of seriously injured players was permitted until 24 hours before the team in question's first World Cup game.


Doping cases

On 25 June 2011 the A sample of Yineth Varón, goalkeeper of Colombia women's national football team, Colombia, tested positive to an as yet unknown substance. She was provisionally suspended by the FIFA until the B sample result was known. On 25 August 2011, it was confirmed that she had received a two-year ban. On 7 July 2011, FIFA announced that two players from North Korea women's national football team, North Korea, Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim, were provisionally suspended prior to their team's match against Colombia after failing doping tests during the tournament. On 16 July, FIFA announced that three additional players (Hong Myong-Hui (footballer), Hong Myong-Hui, Ho Un-Byol and Ri Un-Hyang) from North Korea tested positive following target testing of the whole team. On 25 August 2011, the Korean team was fined 400,000, which is equal to the prize it received by finishing 13th in the 2011 tournament, and was excluded from participation at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.


Final draw

The Organising Committee approved the procedure for the final draw on 28 November 2010. Four teams from different geographic regions – Germany, Japan, United States, Brazil – were seeded based on their FIFA Women's World Rankings. No two teams from the same confederation were to be drawn in the same group, with the exception of Group A, which would include two European teams. The group draw was staged in
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, assisted by FIFA Head of Women's Competitions Tatjana Haenni. The balls were drawn by former German international Günter Netzer and Slovak model and women's football ambassador Adriana Karembeu.


Group stage

The first round, or group stage, sees the sixteen teams divided into four groups of four teams. Each group is a round-robin tournament, round-robin of six games, where each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The teams finishing first and second in each group qualifies for the quarter-finals. The match schedule for the tournament was released on 20 March 2009, with the hosts placed in position A1. Unlike previous Women's World Cup final tournaments, there were no double-headers, but matches on the same day were held in different venues. According to the Organising Committee, this "signals the increased quality and status of the women's finals".FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 match schedule published
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:''All times are in the Central European Summer Time, CEST time zone (UTC+2).''


Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked on the following criteria: # Greater number of points in all group matches # Goal difference in all group matches # Greater number of goals scored in all group matches # Greatest number of points in matches between teams # Goal difference in matches between teams # Greatest number of goals scored in matches between teams # Fair play criteria based on red and yellow cards received # Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee


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Knockout stage

The single-elimination tournament, knockout stage comprises the eight teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There are three rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds are the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There is also a play-off to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes is followed by thirty minutes of extra time; if scores are still level, there is a Penalty shootout (association football), penalty shootout to determine who progresses to the next round.


Bracket


Quarter-finals

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Semi-finals

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Third place play-off


Final


Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. The Golden Ball (best overall player), Golden Boot (top scorer) and Golden Glove (best goalkeeper) awards were sponsored by Adidas, while the Best Young Player award was sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company. FIFA.com shortlisted ten goals for users to vote on as the Goal of the Tournament, which was sponsored by Sony.


All-Star Team


Statistics


Goalscorers


Assists


Tournament ranking


See also

* 2006 FIFA World Cup *
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FIFA Women's World Cup
* FIFA Women's World Rankings * FIFA World Cup * Germany in 2011


References


External links


FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011
FIFA.com
Organising Committee Germany

FIFA Technical ReportFIFA Physical Analysis
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