There are only days to go until the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™, as the showdown between the 16 best teams in the world kicks off in Germany this Sunday. Every day from last Monday until the opening match, FIFA.com presents five fascinating FIFA Women’s World Cup facts. Read and enjoy the third part of our series!
The USA are the leading scorers at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals with 85 goals, one more than Germany. Overall, the 148 matches at the finals to date have produced 539 goals. The 500th goal was scored by Norway’s Ragnhild Gulbrandsen against Ghana in 2007.
Although Germany and the USA have between them won four of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups so far, they have yet to meet in the Final. The USA are the only nation to reach the semi-finals at all five previous tournaments.
Of the nine FIFA Women’s World Cup host cities for 2011, Berlin is the only stadium yet to stage a senior women’s international fixture, although the Olympic Stadium was the venue for the Final at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.
Eight teams have contested every FIFA Women’s World Cup finals: Brazil, China PR, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and USA. Of these, only China PR will not be present at Germany 2011. The first goal from the penalty spot at the FIFA Women’s World Cup was scored by Germany’s Bettina Wiegmann against Chinese Taipei on 19 November 1991. Three days earlier, Norway’s Tone Haugen saw the first penalty in tournament history saved by China PR keeper Zhon Honglian.