There are only days to go until the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™, where the 16 best teams in the world go head to head in Germany. Every day from Monday 20 June until the Opening Match on Sunday 26, FIFA.com presents five fascinating FIFA Women’s World Cup facts. Here you can enjoy the fifth part of our series.
Tony DiCicco is the only coach to guide a team to glory at both the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. He initially led USA to the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and was also in the dugout three years later when the North Americans claimed the FIFA Women’s World Cup 1999 on home soil.
For two players, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 represents a ninth appearance at a FIFA tournament: Formiga of Brazil and Germany striker Birgit Prinz have each contested four Olympic Football Tournaments, and are poised to appear at a fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup.
With an average age of just 20 years and 11 months, the Korea DPR squad for Germany 2011 is the third-youngest ever to contest the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The two younger squads were Nigeria (18 years and eight months) and Chinese Taipei (20 years and five months), both at the inaugural 1991 finals.
Four nations at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 have named squads exclusively comprising players who are registered to clubs in their domestic leagues: France, Germany, Korea DPR and USA.
By contrast, the Mexico squad for Germany 2011 includes ten overseas-based players, the most of any of the 16 participating nations. They are followed by Nigeria (9) and Canada (7).