FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011
26 June - 17 July

FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™

FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011

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Japan claim maiden title

  • Japan become the fourth nation to win the Women's World Cup

  • The Nadeshiko see off USA in Final in Germany

  • Inspired by Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner Homare Sawa

Unprecedented enthusiasm, packed stadiums, top-quality football and a brand new champion: The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ in Germany took the feminine side of the world’s most popular sport to a whole new level and will remain forever in the memory.

For many, Japan's penalty shoot-out victory over USA in the Final was a fitting conclusion to the tournament, especially in light of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country earlier in the year. The Nadeshiko, inspired by star player Homare Sawa, combined slick passing with technical finesse to prove that women's football has truly arrived in every corner of the globe.

Following in the footsteps of Norway (1995), USA (1991, 1999) and Germany (2003, 2007), Japan became only the fourth women’s world champions and one of the true greats of the sport. "We definitely wanted a medal, but I never would have dared to dream that we'd win it or that I would win the adidas Golden Boot," said midfield maestro Sawa, who also received the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

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DRESDEN, GERMANY - JULY 10: Abby Wambach of USA celebrates after scoring her team's equalizing goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Quarter Final match between Brazil and USA at Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion on July 10, 2011 in Dresden, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17: Homare Sawa of Japan lifts the trophy after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 19: Japan women's football team attend a press conference as the Women's World Cup winners return home, at The Capitol Tokyu Hotel on July 19, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 19: (L-R)  Shinobu Ohno and Asuna Tanaka and Nahomi Kawasumi and Aya Sameshima and Megumi Kamionobe attend the Women's World Cup Japan Team Return Home Press Conference at The Capitol Tokyu Hotel on July 19, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 19: Japan women's football team attend a press conference as the Women's World Cup winners return home, at The Capitol Tokyu Hotel on July 19, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 19: Homare Sawa of Japan poses at a press conference as the Women's World Cup winning team return home, at The Capitol Tokyu Hotel on July 19, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
Homare Sawa of Japan, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo of USA pose for a photo after the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Ayumi Kaihori, Homare Sawa and head coach Norio Sasaki of Japan celebrates after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
Homare Sawa of Japan kisses the trophy after weinning 5-3 after penalty shoot-out the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17:  The team of USA congratulates Japan and Hope Solo (R) of USA looks dejected during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17:  Kozue Ando (L) of Japan and Christie Rampone (R) of USA battle for the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17:Homare Sawa (L) of Japan and Lauren Cheney (R) of USA battle for the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17: Kozue Ando (R) and Homare Sawa (L) of Japan and Carli Lloyd (C) of USA battle for the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17:  Abby Wambach of USA holds off a challenge from Saki Kumagai of Japan during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - JULY 12:  Pia Sundhage the coach of USA talks to the media during a press conference held at Borussia-Park on July 12, 2011 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 13: Head coach Norio Sasaki of Japan looks on prior to the FIFA Women's World Cup Semi Final match between Japan and Sweden at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 13, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - JULY 13:  Pia Sundhage, head coach of USA looks on before the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Semi Final match between France and USA at Borussia-Park on July 13, 2011 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - JULY 13: Pia Sundhage the coach of USA celebrates at the final whistle after victory over France in the FIFA Women's World Cup Semi Final match between France and USA at Borussia-Park Stadium on July 13, 2011 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINSHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 16:  The Sweden players celebrate after victory over France in the FIFA Women's World Cup 3rd Place Playoff between Sweden and France at Rhein-Neckar Arena on July 16, 2011 in Sinsheim, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINSHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 16:  The Sweden players celebrate after victory over France in the FIFA Women's World Cup 3rd Place Playoff between Sweden and France at Rhein-Neckar Arena on July 16, 2011 in Sinsheim, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINSHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 16:  Sofia Jakobsson (L) and Madelaine Edlund of Sweden celebrate victory in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 3rd Place Playoff between Sweden and France at Rhein-Neckar-Arena on July 16, 2011 in Sinsheim, Germany.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINSHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 16:  The team of Sweden celebrates after winning the FIFA Women's 3rd Place Playoff match between Sweden and France at Rhein-Neckar Arena on July 16, 2011 in Sinsheim, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17: Homare Sawa the captain of Japan celebrates after victory over USA in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 17: Homare Sawa of Japan lifts the trophy after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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