September 10 - September 30
FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007™
adidas Golden Ball
FIFA Fair Play award
adidas Golden Boot
adidas Bronze Shoe
adidas Bronze Ball
Germany set the record straight
Germany make it back to back Women's World Cups
Marta stars as Brazil fall short in final
Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer goes entire tournament without conceding
Thanks to a clinical 2-0 triumph over an in-form Brazil side which had set the tournament alight on their way to the 2007 Final, Germany successfully defended their FIFA Women's World Cup™ crown to cement their reputation as a powerhouse in the women's game. In doing so, the ever-consistent Europeans became the first team ever to retain the trophy, although this was just one of many milestones achieved by the champions of China 2007.
The 2007 decider between Germany and Brazil was the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup Final to be contested between European and South American opponents. UEFA representatives Germany, who entered the match with the tournament's best defensive record having conceded no goals in their five previous games, faced a free-scoring Brazil side which had netted 17 times en route to the decider, including four against fellow title contenders USA in the semi-finals.
A closely fought battle between defensive consistency and attacking flair ultimately ended with a victory for the defending champions. Under the guidance of head coach Silvia Neid, the German juggernaut effectively took Jorge Barcellos' aces out of the game. In particular, the holders kept a tight reign on their opponents' linchpin striker Marta, who was unable to get a clear shot on goal or link up effectively with her team-mates.