The final squad lists for the 16 nations competing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ have been submitted as per the official deadline. A total of 336 players will go for glory between 26 June and 17 July in Germany. The lists include a host of well-known stars, but also a clutch of talented newcomers, set to show off their skills on the global stage for the first time. It is an intoxicating and intriguing mix, all but guaranteeing the highest standards when the beautiful game shows off its most beautiful side.
Follow the link in the right navigation to the PDF document detailing all 16 FIFA Women’s World Cup squads.
Hosts and holders Germany are spearheaded by FIFA Women’s World Cup top scorer Birgit Prinz, whereas 2007 runners-up Brazil are hoping for great things from FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Marta. Olympic gold medallists USA, who also occupy top spot in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking, can count on the rock-solid foundation provided by experienced defender Christie Rampone.
The USA skipper celebrates her 36th birthday just two days prior to the tournament’s opening match, making her the fourth-oldest player in Germany, behind only New Zealand’s Jenny Bindon (38 years old), France star Sandrine Soubeyrand (37) and Nozomi Yamago (36) of Japan. Should New Zealand keeper Bindon play at the finals in Germany, she will become the second-oldest player ever at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, after Brazilian veteran Meg, who played at the 1995 tournament aged 39.
At the other end of the scale, Equatorial Guinea midfielder Christelle is the youngest player named for the FIFA Women’s World Cup at the age of just 16. Overall, the average age of all 16 teams in Germany is 24.11, identical with the figure registered for the 2003 edition. Korea DPR post the youngest average age at this year’s showdown, an extraordinarily low 20.11 years, whereas the US squad is the oldest at 27.09 on average – the second-oldest squad ever to tackle the FIFA Women’s World Cup, beaten only by their own predecessors at the 2003 finals on home soil.
Prinz on course to make history
No fewer than 101 of the 336 players declared for the tournament in Germany already boast experience of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. The most experienced teams are England, Japan and the host nation, all three of whom have named 11 players with at least one FIFA Women’s World Cup finals appearance on their records.
Formiga (Brazil), Prinz (Germany) and Homare Sawa (Japan) are all set to play at the finals for the fifth time. The Germans also include 13 players who have laid hands on the most sought-after trophy in the women’s game at least once, whereas USA stalwart Rampone is the only player from any of the other 15 teams who can call herself a (former) world champion.
A glance at the all-time scoring stats shows Prinz leading the way with a record 14 goals in 22 matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, while superstar Marta (10 goals in 10 matches) and US sharpshooter Abby Wambach (nine in 12) also feature in the all-time top ten. Prinz is poised to become the first player to score at least once in five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments.
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