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The Women’s Game: Is Germany the Dominant team of the Last Decade?

Written by on June 26, 2011 | 7 Comments »
Posted in Germany, United States, World Cups

Germany, the winners of the last two Women’s World Cups, is hosting this year competition and is the favorite to win it again. It’s unbeatable when playing at home and has a strong squad that features one of the best players in the history of the WWC and the cup’s top scorer, Birgit Prinz.

If Germany wins, it would no doubt be a great achievement and will cement Germany as the best WWC team ever. But is Germany the dominant team of the last decade? The answer is a resounding “No.”

There is a difference between being a dominant in the world cup and overall domination. Most of the confusion comes from looking at the Women WC with the lenses of the Men WC, which most pundits seem to do these days.

In the men’s game, the World Cup is the top world-wide competition and no other competition comes close to it, even the Olympics. In the women’s game, the two competitions are equal in significance.

Throughout history, FIFA tried hard to keep its Men WC status, as the most prestigious tournament, protected from competition.

Therefore, the men Olympics soccer tournaments played among amateurs at the beginning, and later, when they included professionals, they introduced the U-23 age limit with three overage wild cards.

But in the women Olympics soccer, and since the inception in 1996, full national teams participated without any restriction. It means that the same teams that play in the WWC are eligible to play in the following year’s Olympics.

Germany with the same squad that won the WWC twice in 2003 and 2007, failed to add the Olympic gold medal, the following year, on both occasions. In both of these tournaments (2004 and 2008), the gold medal went to the USA.

As a matter of fact, Germany has never won an Olympic gold medal. They had never played in the final game either. They only managed to win the bronze medal on three occasions (2000, 2004 and 2008); while the USA reached the title game every time and won it three times and lost once to Norway in 2000.

When it comes to head to head results, Germany and the USA met 4 times in these tournaments. Germany only won once 3-0 in the 2003 semifinals. In the 2004 Olympics semifinals, the USA won 2-1 to add to its two previous wins over Germany in 1991 (5-2) and 1999 (3-2) WWCs.

Also, the USA beat Germany in the last three meetings between the two sides. In two friendlies, they won 1-0 in Augsburg, Germany on 11/29/2009 and 4-0 in Cleveland, Ohio on 5/22/2010. And in the Algarve Cup final in Portugal on 3/3/2010, the US beat Germany 3-2.

The overall record for the US against Germany is 19-4-4 and since 2000, the record is 9-1-3. The only win by Germany in the last decade was in that 2003 semifinal game.

Another win came on PKs after drawing 0-0 in the Algarve Cup final in 2006. The US is the only country in the world that has a winning record against the Germans.

On the FIFA ranking, since the introduction in the summer of 2003, the two teams always shared the top two ranks. Germany was ranked first after winning the WWC 2003 and WWC 2007 but since March 2008, the USA has been the top ranked team.

The WWC will start on Sunday and, as a host, Germany is the heavy favorite to win its third title in a row. They will be pronounced as the best WWC team ever, but by no means is it the most dominant team of the past decade.

This title still belongs to the American women.

Or should we call it co-dominance?

The list of the title winners in Women soccer

1991: USA (WWC)

1995: Norway (WWC)

1996: USA (Olympics)

1999: USA (WWC)

2000: Norway (Olympics)

2003: Germany (WWC)

2004: USA (Olympics)

2007: Germany (WWC)

2008: USA (Olympics)

Overall table

5 titles: USA

2 titles each; Germany and Norway

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7 responses to “The Women’s Game: Is Germany the Dominant team of the Last Decade?”

  1. Gus Keri says:

    Yesterday it was a bad day for the USA.
    They not only lost to Mexico in the Gold Cup final, they also got the worst possible draw in the U-17 WC.

    At the end of the group play, they were tied, for second in group D, with New Zealand, on every tie breaker, behind Uzbekistan. Lot’s drawing decided later that the USA will take the second position in the group and New Zealand took the third position.

    Why is this bad?

    Because, they will meet the winner of group E which, in most likelihood, will be Germany, the most impressive team of this cup.

    New Zealand meet Japan.

  2. Gus Keri says:

    Games to watch for today:

    Women world cup:

    Group A:
    France vs Nigeria: 9 am EST (0-0 at the half)
    Germany vs Canada: 12 pm

    U-17 world cup:

    Group E:
    Germany vs Panam: 4 pm
    Ecuador vs Burkina Faso: 4 pm

    (Germany: 6 points, Panama and Ecuador: 3, Burkina Faso: 0)

    Group F:
    Brazil vs Ivory Coast: 7 pm
    Australia vs Denmark: 7 pm

    (Brazil: 6 points, Ivory Coast and Australia: 3, Denmark: 0)

    Top three teams of both groups E and F will qualify to the round of 16.

    MLS:

    Chicago vs NYRB: 2 pm
    Seattle vs New England: 4 pm.
    Columbus vs Colorado: 8 pm

  3. Gus Keri says:

    If you have to watch one game today, make it the Brazil vs Ivory Coast.
    Watch for Souleymane Coulibaly. He is one of the exciting players of this tournament. He reminds me of Freddy Adu at his age.

  4. Gus Keri says:

    Today’s results:

    Women world cup:

    Group A:
    France – Nigeria: 1-0
    Germany – Canada: 2-1

    One more game of importance just started:

    River Plate vs. Belegrano: 1-0 (at 10 minutes)
    Belegrano lead with 2-0 from the first leg.

  5. Gus Keri says:

    Chicago – NYRB: 1-1

    This game proved beyond any doubt that there is a goalkeeping crisis at the Red Bull club and if they don’t resolve it somehow, forget about them even challenging for the MLS cup.

    River Plate – Belgrano: 1-1 (1-3 on agg.)

    River Plate is the biggest team to be relegated this season. They joined the like of Sampdoria, Deportive La Coronia and Monaco.
    But what happened at the Stadio Monumenta after the game was beyond belief. I have never seen like it before.

  6. Gus Keri says:

    U-17 world cup:

    Group E:
    Germany – Panam: 2-0
    Ecuador – Burkina Faso: 2-0

    Germany: 9 points
    Ecuador: 6
    Panama: 3
    Burkina Faso: 0

    Just like in World Cup 2010, South America have a perfect record when Ecuador joined Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in qualifying to the round of 16.

    Panama also qualified and made it three out of the CONCACAF region with Mexico and the USA (3 out of 5). not bad.

    Germany will play the USA.
    Panama will play Mexcio in all-CONCACAF round of 16 meeting.
    Ecuador will play the winners of group F which is most likely going to be Brazil.

  7. Gus Keri says:

    U-17 WC:

    Ivory Coast – Brazil: 3-3

    One of the best game of this world cup.

    Souleymane Coulibaly scored all the Ivorean goals. His third goal was an unbelievable one with an acrobatic overhead scissor kick. It’s the best gaol of this cup so far and I don’t think any one could top it.

    Ivory Coast qualifed to the round of 16 but its position in the group is still yet to be decided, because the other game between Australia and Denmark has been suspended due to bad weather in the 25th minute with Denamrk leading 1-0. It has not been restarted yet.

    Brazil finished top of the group and will play Ecuador in the next round.

    Coulibaly extended his lead on the top of golden boot table to 8 goals. 5 goals ahead of three players on 3 goals each.

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