FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Azerbaijan 2012™
September 22 - October 13

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Azerbaijan 2012™

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Azerbaijan 2012™

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France end Asian domination

“The hosting of a FIFA Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan is a symbol for the region and shows the world that football is open to all cultures and civilisations,” commented FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter before the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 got underway. “This is a place where East meets West.”

As if to prove Blatter’s last point, the final of the tournament threw up a meeting between Asia and Europe, the first in the competition’s history, as Korea DPR met France. The game marked a changing of the guard in U-17 women’s football, as the trophy, which has been in the possession of Asian teams for the last four years, was claimed by the French after their penalty-shootout win at Baku’s Tofig Bahramov Stadium last Saturday.

The final brought an appropriately thrilling end to a compelling competition that had begun three weeks earlier. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the President of the Azerbaijan 2012 Local Organising Committee, Elkhan Mammadov, said Azerbaijan would stage the greatest FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup of all time.

The tournament certainly began with a bang as international superstar Jennifer Lopez lit up the ceremony with her smash hit 'On The Floor', which provided the backdrop as the 336 players from the 16 participating teams made their entrance.

Asian firepower The opening day of the group phase seemed to suggest there would be another Asian name on the trophy, as Japan kicked off with a 5-0 defeat of Brazil, China PR thumped Uruguay 4-0 and Korea DPR romped to an 11-0 defeat of Gambia, the biggest-ever win in a FIFA women’s tournament. Thanks to that hat-trick of emphatic victories, the AFC was the only confederation whose teams had all begun the competition on a winning note.

The Far Eastern trio stayed unbeaten in the second round of games, though there were signs that the rest of the world perhaps had the measure of them. While the Chinese were held to a 1-1 draw by Germany, Korea DPR dropped their first points when France restricted them to the same scoreline. Elsewhere there were early exits for first-time finalists Azerbaijan, Gambia and Uruguay, who all paid dearly for their lack of experience.

Japan followed up their demolition of Brazil with a 9-0 rout of Mexico to become the only team to win both of their opening two games at Azerbaijan 2012. In the process the Young Nadeshiko also took their record goal haul from the three editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to 54.

Aged 13 years and nine months, Gambia’sSainey Sissohore secured a record of her own in becoming the youngest-ever goalscorer in a FIFA world finals by converting her side’s second goal in their 10-2 defeat by France, who, courtesy of that thumping win, advanced to the knockout phase of the competition for the first time in their history.

France’s joy was USA’s pain, as they went out of the group phase on goal difference, an unwanted first for the mighty Stars and Stripes in a FIFA women’s competition.

The quarter-final line-up comprised teams from five different confederations (CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, CAF, AFC and UEFA), two more than was the case at both New Zealand 2008 and Trinidad and Tobago 2010. The OFC is the only confederation yet to be represented in the last eight.

As well as seeing global standards and the quality of play improve, Azerbaijan 2012 also brought increased attendances, with the average crowd for the group matches totalling 7,291.

Giant-killing Ghana  There was a major shock in store when the knockout phase began, as Ghana pulled off a 1-0 defeat of Japan, the only side to reach the last eight with a 100 per cent record. With the Chinese falling at the group stage, that left Korea DPR, 2-1 quarter-final winners over Canada, as the AFC’s sole standard bearers. It was changed days from Trinidad and Tobago 2010, when three Asian sides advanced to the last four.

Progressing along with the North Koreans and first-time semi-finalists Ghana were European champions Germany and the team they beat to win the continental crown, France.

Having already routed Gambia and beaten the Nigerians on penalties in the previous round, Les Bleuettes took another African scalp when they ended the Black Maidens’ run, both of France’s goals coming from striker Kadidiatou Diani, who is of Malian extraction.

In the other semi, 2008 champions Korea DPR reprised their quarter-final elimination of the Germans two years ago by edging to a 2-1 win against their out-of-sorts opponents.

Germany’s woes continued in the match for third place when they went down 1-0 to a Ghana side reduced to ten for the best part of an hour, the Black Maidensbecoming the first African team to take a place on the podium at a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

France also made history in seeing off Korea DPR in the Final, winning the country’s first FIFA women’s title, with their outstanding centre-half Griedge Mbock Bathy also receiving the adidas Golden Ball.

Azerbaijan 2012 began as it ended, with music, this time provided by Shakira and the infectious rhythms of her 'Waka Waka' hit, bringing an appropriately colourful curtain down on a wonderful tournament.

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Tournament News

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 01: Referees and Assistant Referees in action during a FIFA Referee training session on October 1, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 01: Detail of the Assistant Referees flags during a FIFA Referee training session on October 1, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 01: Referees and Assistant Referees during a FIFA Referee training session on October 1, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 01: Portrait of Nicolet Bakker of Netherlands, Cardella Samuels of Jamaica and Katalin Kulcsar  of Hungary pose during a FIFA Referee training session on October 1, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 04: Un Sim Ri (2nd L) of Korea DPR celebrates scoring a goal with her team mates during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Quarter-Final match between Korea DPR and Canada at 8KM Stadium on October 4, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 04:  Un Sim Ri of Korea DPR scores her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Quarter-Final match between Korea DPR and Canada  at the 8KM Stadium on October 4, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 04:  Un Sim Ri of Korea DPR celebrates her goal with team mates during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Quarter-Final match between Korea DPR and Canada  at the 8KM Stadium on October 4, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 04:  Djection for Lindsay Agnew of Canada during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Quarter-Final match between Korea DPR and Canada  at the 8KM Stadium on October 4, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ghana fans celebrate during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 group D match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Bayil Stadium on September 26, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 26: A pair of Uruguay fans outside the Bayill stadium before the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 group D match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Bayil Stadium on September 26, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 25: Gambia football fans dancing and playing drums in the stands during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 group B match between USA and Gambia at Dalga Arena on September 25, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 25: Gambia football fans dancing and playing drums in the stands during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 group B match between USA and Gambia at Dalga Arena on September 25, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Brena of Brazil celebrates her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group C match between New Zealand and Brazil at 8KM Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Andressa of Brazil celebrates her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group C match between New Zealand and Brazil at 8KM Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Andressa of Brazil scores her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group C match between New Zealand and Brazil at 8KM Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Byanca of Brazil celebrates her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group C match between New Zealand and Brazil at 8KM Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 29:  Yetunde Adeboyejo of Nigeria celebrates the third goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group A match between Columbia and Nigeria at Bayil Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 29: Dejection for Dayana Castillo of Colombia during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group A match between Colombia and Nigeria at Bayil Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 29: Maria Jaramillo of Colombia battles with Chinwendu Ihezuo of Nigeria during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group A match between Colombia and Nigeria at Bayil Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 29: Nicole Regnier of Colombia in action during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group A match between Colombia and Nigeria at Bayil Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Tournament News

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 26: Byanca of Brazil scores her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group C match between Mexico and Brazil at the 8KM Stadium on September 26, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 13: The players of France celebrate with the trophy after victory in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Final between France and Korea DPR at the Tofig Bahramov Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Copa Mundial Femenina Sub-17 de la FIFA Azerbaiyán 2012

France make history in shoot-out

12 Oct 2013

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 13: Sherifatu Sumaila of Ghana breaks away from the Germany defence during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 3/4 Place Playoff Match between Ghana and Germany at the Tofig Bahramov Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Copa Mundial Femenina Sub-17 de la FIFA Azerbaiyán 2012

Ten-girl Ghana get better of Germans

11 Oct 2013

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 09:  Hyang So Kim of Korea DPR celebrates her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Semi-Final match between Korea DPR and Germany at the 8KM Stadium on October 9, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Copa Mundial Femenina Sub-17 de la FIFA Azerbaiyán 2012

Koreans cruise over Germany, into final

10 Oct 2013