Five facts of the day
There are only hours to go until the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™, where the best 16 best teams in the world go head to head in Germany. Every day from Monday 20 June until the Opening Match, FIFA.com presents five fascinating FIFA Women’s World Cup facts. Here you can enjoy the seventh and final part of our series.
0 The number of times the head coaches of the teams contesting today’s Opening Match, Carolina Morace of Canada and Germany’s Silvia Neid, faced each other at the finals as players. The closest they came was back in 1991, when an Italy side containing Morace lost 2-0 to Germany, for whom Neid was an unused substitute.
1 The only host nation ever to lose the Opening Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup is Sweden, who fell 1-0 to Brazil at the start of the 1995 edition.
7 Nigeria have gone seven matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup without a win. The Africans’ last victory at the finals was a 2-0 success against Denmark in 1999. The Nigerians will be determined to put an end to that unwanted streak when they take on France today.
150 Although today’s meeting between Germany and Canada is the official Opening Match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011, it is actually the second game of the tournament in a strictly chronological sense. It will also be the 150th game in the history of the event.
597 Germany have gone 597 minutes of play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup without conceding a goal. The last player to score against the holders at the tournament was Sweden’s Hanna Ljungberg in the Final at USA 2003. Germany keeper Nadine Angerer then kept a clean sheet in all six of her country’s games at the 2007 finals in China.