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 Monday until the Opening Match, FIFA.com presents five fascinating FIFA Women’s World Cup facts. Read and enjoy the second part of our series!
Nadine Angerer is the most successful goalkeeper set to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. In her illustrious career to date, the 31-year-old already boasts 14 winners’ medals, including two world and four European championships.
Kristine Lilly of the USA is the only player to have featured at all five FIFA Women’s World Cups to date. Her 30 appearances at the finals are also a record.
Three goals have been scored in the first minute of matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The fastest of all was claimed by Sweden’s Lena Videkull against Japan in 1991, when she opened the scoring after just 30 seconds. The second-fastest goal at the tournament fell to Canada’s Melissa Tancredi, who put her side 1-0 up against Australia in 2007 with 37 seconds played. Third spot goes to USA striker Lori Chalupny, who scored against Nigeria in the same year after 54 seconds.
USA legend Michelle Akers holds the record for the most goals in a single FIFA Women’s World Cup match with her total of five against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
A rather exclusive group of 19 players (seven Americans and twelve Germans) have won two FIFA Women's World Cup winner's medals. Birgit Prinz is the only player to feature in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final three times: she appeared in Germany’s 2003 and 2007 triumphs, and played the first half of the defeat to Norway in 1995.