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Germany's U-17 women's team pose for a team photo
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FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup record
Germany have featured at every previous edition of the competition, having qualified for the U-17 Women’s World Cup as European champions on four occasions. Coach Anouschka Bernhard’s team have reached the knockout stages in four of their last five appearances at the tournament, only failing to progress beyond the group stage in Costa Rica in 2014. Germany’s best finish to date was third place in New Zealand back in 2008.

The road to Uruguay
Germany’s youngsters navigated the group stages of the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship in style, finishing ahead of Finland, the Netherlands and hosts Lithuania to reach the knockout stages. They continued this impressive form with a resounding 8-0 win over England in the semi-final. By reaching the final, where they lost 2-0 to Spain, the team booked their ticket to Uruguay 2018.

The coach
Before becoming a coach, Anouschka Bernhard made a name for herself as a player, winning 47 international caps for Germany between 1991 and 1997 and becoming a European champion and Women’s World Cup runner-up in 1995. At club level she played for VfL Sindelfingen and FSV Frankfurt, where she won the German championship in 1995 and 1998. After hanging up her playing boots, Bernhard got her coaching license in 2009. She has been in charge of the U-17 national team since March 2011 and briefly managed the U-16s. Bernhard and her young charges won the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship trophy in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

The stat
20 - Germany were the highest-scoring team at the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship with 20 goals in five games. Nine of them were scored by Shekiera Martinez alone.