FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012™
August 19 - September 08

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012™

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012™

Final Tournament Standing

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US spirit edges German power, Japanese finesse

The history books may suggest that the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012 followed a familiar pattern. USA edged 2010 champions Germany, and fellow heavyweight of the women’s game, in the decider to claim their third crown - one more with than their rivals - with only Korea DPR breaking the hegemony six years ago in Russia.

However, a number of teams appeared capable of winning passage to the final in what was an even competition, aside from several hefty defeats suffered by South American qualifiers Argentina. Notably, group winners Nigeria, Korea DPR and hosts Japan all impressed at times, only to eventually fall by the wayside.

MATCHES

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TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  The USA team celebrate with the trophy after  winning the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  The USA team celebrates with the trophy after  winning the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Kealia Ohai of the USA celebrates with the trophy after the USA won the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  The USA team celebrates with the trophy after  winning the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Julie Johnston of the USA wins the adidas Bronze Ball, Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany wins the adidas Golden Ball and Hanae Shibata of Japan wins the adidas Silver Ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany wins the adidas Golden Ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Lena Lotzen of Germany wins the adidas Bronze Boot during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Laura Benkarth of Germany wins the adidas Golden Glove during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Germany at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08: Referee Margaret Domka of USA picks up the match ball the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Third place match between Nigeria and Japan at National stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Yoko Tanaka (#9) of Japan celebrates after she scores her team's opening goal during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Third place match between Nigeria and Japan at National stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Ayaka Michigami of Japan is tackled by during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Third Place match between Nigeria and Japan at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  The Nigeria coach Okon Edwin during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Third Place match between Nigeria and Japan at the National Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31:  Ramona Petzelberger of Germany runs with the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Quarter Final match between Germany and Norway at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31: Jennifer Cramer of Germany runs with the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Quarter Final match between Germany and Norway at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31:  Kathrin Hendrich of Germany in action during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-Fina match between Germany v Norway at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31:  Melanie Leupolz of Germany in action during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-Fina match between Germany v Norway at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31:  Yun Hyon Hi (R) of Korea DPR attempts a header only for the effort to be saved by goalkeeper  Bryane Heaberlin of the USA during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-Final match between Korea DPR v USA at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31: The FIFA flag is pictured during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Quarter Final match between Korea DPR and USA at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31:  Korea DPR fans show their support during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-Final match between Korea DPR and the USA at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31:  The team of Norway lines up before the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Quarter Final match between Germany and Norway at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Germany 4-0 Norway


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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 30:  Jeoun Eunha of Korea Republic challenges Kumi Yokoyama of Japan during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-Final match between Japan and Korea Republic at the National Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Young Nadeshiko defenders



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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 30:  Hanae Shibata of Japan celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-Fina match between Japan and Korea Republic at the National Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Japan 3-1 Korea Republic



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Japan coach Norio Sasaki at the Japan 2012 coaching workshop

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Japan coach Norio Sasaki at the Japan 2012 coaching workshop



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RIFU, MIYAGI, JAPAN - AUGUST 27: Andrine Hegerberg (R) of Norway and Maria Bonsegundo (L) of Argentina battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2012 group C match between Norway and Argentina at Miyagi Stadium on August 27, 2012 in Miyagi, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Norway 4-1 Argentina



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SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 27:  Danica Wu of Canada competes for the ball with Jon Myong Hwa (R) of Korea DPR during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Group C match between Canada and Korea DPR at Komaba Stadium on August 27, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Canada 1-2 Korea DPR

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TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08: Julie Johnston (R) of USA and Lena Lotzen (R) of Germany head for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Final match between USA and Germany at National stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012

HIGHLIGHTS: U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012

29 Jul 2014

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 19:  Cecilia Salvai of Italy tries to tackle Thais Guedes of Brazil during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Group B match between Brazil v Italy at Komaba Stadium  on August 19, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012

Two memorable moments from one match

26 Dec 2013

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 19:  Cecilia Salvai of Italy tries to tackle Amanda of Brazil during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Group B match between Brazil v Italy at Komaba Stadium  on August 19, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012

Four touches of Brazilian brilliance

27 Nov 2013

USA - Germany, FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012: Despite a host of chances for the Europeans, including to the last minute, the United States held on to win the world title.

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FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012

USA deny German rally to win U-20 crown

4 Oct 2013

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31:  Cari Roccaro of USA competes for the ball with Kim Un Hwa (R) of Korea DPR during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-Final match between Korea DPR v USA at Komaba Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Great goals as USA win battle of champions

3 Sept 2013

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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 30: Yoko Tanaka (L) of Japan and Minji Yeo (R) of Korea Republic battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Quarter Final match between Japan and Korea Republic at National Stadium at on August 30, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Fireworks between Japan and Korea Republic


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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 30: Desire Oparanozie (L) of Nigeria and Bianca Sierra (R) of Mexico battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Quarter Final match between Nigeria and Mexico at National Stadium at on August 30, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012

Nigerian ecstasy at dramatic defeat of El Tri



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SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 27:  Adriana Leon of Canada is tackled by Ri Nam Sil of Korea DPRduring the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, Group C match between Canada and Korea DPR at Komaba Stadium on August 27, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012

Cool Koreans crush Canadian hopes



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KOBE, JAPAN - AUGUST 26:  Martina Rosucci (R) of Italy and Francisca Ordega(L) of Nigeria battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2012 group B match between Italy and Nigeria at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium on August 26, 2012 in Kobe, Japan.  (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Hat-trick hero lifts Nigeria