The 2010 edition of the tournament proved to be a perfect precursor to the highly-successful FIFA Women’s World Cup held the following year also in Germany. Well attended matches and an increased quality of football were features of Germany 2010, which culminated as the host nation claimed a deserved triumph. A host of new stars came to the fore for the first time on the world stage, but perhaps the tournament will best be remembered for the rise of new nations. Colombia, Korea Republic and Nigeria all reached the last four for the first time, with the latter being the first semi-final appearance by an African nation in a FIFA women’s tournament.