Germany will be hoping to go one step farther at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago after finishing third in New Zealand two years ago. A 2-1 semi-final defeat by the USA was the Germans' only defeat of the tournament, after wins over Costa Rica, Ghana and Canada, as well as a draw with eventual champions Korea DPR had seen them into the last four. Ralf Peter's side then won the match for third place 3-0 against England to ensure their place on the podium.
After lifting the UEFA U-17 European Championship trophy in both 2008 and 2009, Germany bowed out at the semi-final stage of this year's edition following a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland. Nonetheless, a 3-0 victory over the Netherlands in the match for third place rubberstamped the Germans' ticket to this November's international showdown in Trinidad and Tobago. Ralf Peter remains in charge, having worked with the German FA since 2001 and coached several of the country's various youth teams.
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2010 will serve as the ideal springboard for many young hopefuls in the German squad. Eight members of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup side this year were graduates of the U-17s, while Dzsenifer Marozsan and Alexandra Popp, both stars of New Zealand 2008, have even made the breakthrough into the senior team. Keep an eye out for prolific strike duo Lena Petermann and Silvana Chojnowski, who scored 14 goals between them in qualifying.
Facts and figures
Dzsenifer Marozsan, Alexandra Popp
Lena Petermann, Kristin Demann, Silvana Chojnowski
8 matches, 6 victories, one draw, one defeat; Goal difference: 22:1
The numbers game
22 – Ahead of their UEFA U-17 European Championship semi-final defeat to the Republic of Ireland, Germany had won all but one of their 22 qualification matches for this tournament (a 0-0 draw against Iceland).