FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup final comes down to Nigeria and Germany
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
African nation first to show in this tournament’s final match
Just as this year’s World Cup in South Africa did not treat the men’s USA team very kindly, so too did the females suffer in the U-20 World Cup, which is currently being held in Germany. The women’s youth team lost to Nigeria on July 25 during penalty kicks after an exciting match that concluded 1-1 at the end of regulation time. Nigeria is now continuing on to the final match against Germany after barely defeating Colombia 1-0.
Nigeria claimed the lead over Colombia after a quick two minutes of play on Thursday, July 29, but the Africans were then forced to defend vicious offense by Colombia for the rest of the match. At the end of regulation, however, Nigeria ultimately came out victorious, and became the first African team to reach the final game in this tournament.
The triumphant Africans are the first team to make it not only to the finals, but also even to the semi-finals for this competition. The adult men’s World Cup also saw firsts for Africa—the South African hosts were the first host nation not to make it past group play, but in a happier first, the Ghanaians (who sent the U.S. home) were the first African team to make to the round of 16.
The FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, which is now the U-20 Women’s World Cup, was first held in 2002 in Canada. The final match of this first competition, which was played between the Canadian hosts and the United States, culled a massive crowd of nearly 47,000 people. The Americans beat Canada 1-0 after a golden goal, although Christine Sinclair of Canada scored the most goals of the tournament (10), winning the Golden Shoe.
The upper age limit of the competition was raised to 20 in 2006, and then it was officially titled the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008, when the USA took the title for the second time. The only other teams that have won the championship in this tournament are Germany and Korea DPR, each only one time each, although if Nigeria fails to overcome in this year’s final match-up, Germany will have two titles to its name.