FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010™
July 13 - August 01

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010™

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010™

Final Tournament Standing

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Germany triumph on home turf

A fantastic atmosphere, record attendance figures, plenty of surprises and the emergence of African and South American teams were just some of the reasons why the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010 will go down in the history books as a resounding success. The hosts put their own stamp on the tournament by celebrating their second title, further stoking the enthusiasm for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™, which the Germans will also host.

An impressive total of 395,295 fans watched the 32 matches in the host cities of Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden - a new tournament record. The ever-expanding popularity of the women's game in Germany was evident, as was their organisation of a world-class event which gave players and fans alike a taster of what is to come in just under a year's time.

The final in Bielefeld drew a huge crowd of 24,633, and there was almost always a full house for the six matches Germany played en route to glory. It wasn't just the games involving the host nation that proved popular however, as matches involving teams from all over the globe also attracted fans in their droves - the quarter-final clash between Korea Republic and Mexico, for example, was played in front of a bumper crowd of 21,146 in Dresden.

Surprises from three continentsAt Russia 2006 Korea DPR rose from the shadows to claim the crown. Two years later in Chile it was the United States who lifted the coveted trophy, while this year it was the hosts who prevailed under the meticulous tutelage of coach Maren Meinert. After winning all three of their group matches, Germany comfortably overcame Korea DPR 2-0 in the quarter-finals before hammering their Asian neighbours, Korea Republic, 5-1 in the last four. The final was a match of the utmost quality in terms of both tactics and strength, and ended in a 2-0 victory for the Germans over Nigeria.

Striker Alexandra Popp opened the scoring in the final, and the 19-year-old emerged as her side's chief protagonist as the Europeans marched to the title. Popp's ten goals earned her the adidas Golden Boot award for finishing as the tournament's top scorer, as well as the Golden Ball for being the best player at Germany 2010. "We've fulfilled our dream," said Popp shortly after the final in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com.

The tournament also provided the stage for Africa and South America to emerge as new powers in women's football, while a fifth nation joined Australia, China, Japan, and Korea DPR as a force on the Asian continent - Korea Republic. Along with Nigeria and Colombia, they reached the semi-finals of a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup for the very first time, with the Colombians managing to do so at the first attempt. All three showed an impressive blend of individual class and tactical discipline, further evidence that the women's game is developing in all corners of the world.

MATCHES

Tournament News

BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Alexandra Popp of Germany celebrates after the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium August 01, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Supporters of Germany cheer during the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium August 01, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: The team of Germany celebrates after winning the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium August 01, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01:  Alexandra Popp of Germany celebrates after winning the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01:  Kim Kulig (L) of Germany and Alexandra Popp pose with the bronze and golden trophy after the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium August 01, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: So Yun Ji of South Korea poses with the silver ball award after the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium August 01, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Kim Kulig of Germany poses with the bronze ball award after the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium August 01, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Alexandra Popp of Germany celebrates receiving the trophy as the best goal scorer during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Kim Kulig of Germany celebrates after receiving the trophy as the third best players during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Kim Kulig and Alexandra Popp of Germany pose with their trophees after winning the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Alexandra Popp of Germany celebrates receiving the trophy as the best goal scorer during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Kim Kulig and Alexandra Popp of Germany pose with their trophees after winning the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Alexandra Popp of Germany reacts during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Quarter Final match between Germany and North Korea at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on July 24, 2010 in Bochum, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01:  Alexandra Popp  of Germany celebrates scoring the first goal during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BOCHUM, GERMANY - JULY 29:  Alexandra Popp (R) of Germany and Kim Narae (L) of South Korea battle for the ball during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Semi  Final match between Germany and South Korea at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on July 29, 2010 in Bochum, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Alexandra Popp (L) of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Quarter Final match between Germany and North Korea at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on July 24, 2010 in Bochum, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01:  The team of Germany gets together before the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01:  Kim Kulig (L), Marina Hegering (R) of Germany and Cecilia Nku (C) of Nigeria battle for the ball during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01:  The team of Nigeria gets together before the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BIELEFELD, GERMANY - AUGUST 01:  Marith Priessen (R) of Germany and Ebere Orji (L) of Nigeria battle for the ball during the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Final match between Germany and Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup stadium on August 1, 2010 in Bielefeld, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)