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Statistical preview of Germany- Morocco Women’s World Cup match

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Two-time champions Germany and debutants Morocco kick their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaigns off in Group H as they meet at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, the same ground where Nigeria’s Super Falcons gamely held the Olympic champions, Canada last Friday

Here are striking points to note:

  • Winners in 2003 and 2007, Germany’s qualification for the finals in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand has seen them, like Nigeria’s Super Falcons,maintain their record of appearing at every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the tournament was first staged in 1991.
  • Morocco have rewritten the history books after qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time. In doing so, they also become the first Arab nation to reach the finals. The Atlas Lionessessecured their spot at the tournament after finishing runners-up at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations – their best-ever performance in the continental showpiece.
  • Head-to-Head: Both teams have never met at the Women’s World Cup.
  • Germany have never failed to qualify for the knockout phase in their previous eight tournament campaigns. They became the first nation to win back-to-back editions of the Women’s World Cup when they triumphed in 2003 and 2007.
  • The Germans, tagged Die Nationalelf, have lost only one of their 24 group-stage matches in the tournament. They have won 15 and drawn four of their 19 group outings since a 3-2 defeat to Sweden in 1995.
  • Die Nationalelfhave won their opening fixture in seven of their eight appearances at the finals, with the only exception being a 1-1 draw against Italy in 1999.
  • Germany have won and kept a clean sheet in each of their previous five FIFA Women’s World Cup matches against African nations.
  • Morocco earned their place at the finals courtesy of their exploits at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, where they finished runners-up to South Africa. Ghizlane Chebbak captained the team at the continental competition, playing a pivotal role in their run to the final en route to claiming the Player of the Tournament crown.

GERMANY TEAM FACTS

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM RECORDS

  • Overall record: Play44, Win 30,  Draw 5,  Lost 9, Goals For 121. Goals Against 39 Goal Difference: 82
  • Biggest win: 11-0 Germany v. Argentina (10/09/2007)
  • Biggest defeat: 0-4 Germany v. Sweden (29/11/1991)
  • Highest scoring match: 11 goals – Germany 11-0 Argentina (10/09/2007)
  • Most goals scored in a match: 11 – Germany 11-0 Argentina (10/09/2007)
  • Most goals conceded in a match: 5 – Germany 2-5 United States (27/11/1991)
  • Most goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 25 – 2003 (6 matches)
  • Fewest goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 7 – 2011 (4 matches)
  • Most goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 10 – 1991 (6 matches)
  • Fewest goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 0 – 1991 (6 matches)

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP STREAKS

  • Successive wins: 7 (2003-2007 and 2007-2011)
  • Successive defeats: 2 (1991 and 2015) Successive draws: 1 (five times)
  • Successive matches without a defeat: 15 (2003-2011)
  • Successive matches without a win: 3 (2015)
  • Successive matches with a goal scored: 11 (1999-2007)
  • Successive matches without scoring: 2 (2015)
  • Successive clean sheets: 6 (2007)

 

MOROCCO TEAM FACTS

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM RECORDS

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  • Overall record: Play0. Win 0,  Draw 0, Lost 0, Goals For 0, Goals Against 0, Goal Difference 0.
  • Biggest win: nil
  • Biggest defeat: nil
  • Highest scoring match: nil
  • Most goals scored in a match: nil
  • Most goals conceded in a match: nil
  • Most goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: nil
  • Fewest goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: nil
  • Most goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: nil
  • Fewest goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: nil

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP STREAKS

  • Successive wins: nil
  • Successive defeats: nil
  • Successive draws: nil
  • Successive matches without a defeat: nil
  • Successive matches without a win: nil
  • Successive matches with a goal scored: nil
  • Successive matches without scoring: nil
  • Successive clean sheets: nil

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Nigeria’s Flamingos drawn against debuting hosts in FIFA U-17 World Cup

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The Flamingos, Nigeria’s U-17 women’s football team have been drawn against hosts, Dominican Republic for the finals of the Women’s U-17 World Cup holding from 16 October to 3 November in two host cities of Santo Domingo  and Santiago de los Caballeros.

 Both Nigeria and Dominican Republic are drawn in Group A along with Ecuador and New Zealand.  In Group B are Spain, USA, Korea Republic and Colombia.

Group C has  Korea DPR, Mexico, Kenya and England while those competing in Group D are  Japan , Poland, Brazil and Zambia.

The hosts will make their debut in the competition on 16 October against Ecuador in Santiago de los Caballeros, with New Zealand and Nigeria completing Group A.

Herrera, the first Dominican woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, had a special message for her compatriots taking part in the World Cup. She said: “I am the living example that you can achieve your dreams. So, keep up the good work. I am looking forward to seeing those amazing games.”

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Reigning champions Spain, meanwhile, will kick off their campaign in Group B, in which they will face USA, Korea Republic and Colombia, runners-up last time around.

“The advice to all the players that will participate here is to be confident and go live your dream. ¡Y Buena suerte!” said Flores, who took part in this tournament two years ago in India.

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Dominican Republic 2024:Flamingos land in the Dominican Republic!

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Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos, have secured their ticket to the 8th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals to be staged in the Dominican Republic later this year, after a 2-0 defeat of their Liberian counterparts at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Friday.

Victory took the aggregate tally to 6-1 in favour of Nigeria, with extraordinary poacher Harmony Chidi setting a record of 13 goals in a qualifying series that will be difficult to equal in years to come. She had 11 goals before kick-off, but netted the two goals of the evening to take Nigeria’s total of the series to a whopping 25. Central African Republic fell by a dozen goals while Burkina Faso fell 1-7 on aggregate.

Her first came after only four minutes when she sped past the Liberian defence to toe-poke the ball beyond the flailing arms of goalkeeper Makula Konneh from a cross by Shakirat Moshood.

A goal feast was expected, but this did not happen, as Peace Effiong had a close call in the 17th and Moshood rocked the crossbar a minute after from 20 yards. Moshood also missed from close range with 10 minutes left of the first half.

In the 56th minute, Moshood blasted beyond the goalpost when faced with Konneh, but Harmony Chidi made sure of her brace seven minutes later when she lashed the ball beyond Konneh’s reach as Nigeria seized the ball from a defensive slip-up by the visitors.

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The 8th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals will be staged in the cities of Santiago de los Caballeros and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, 16th October – 3rd November.

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‘It shall be showers of goals’, vows Flamingos ahead of Liberia clash

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Head Coach Bankole Olowookere is confident that the Nigeria U17 girls, Flamingos, will not take their feet off the pedal when they take on their Liberian counterparts in a FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup final qualifying match in Abuja on Friday.

“We are battle-ready for the match on Friday. The girls are raring to go because they want to go to the World Cup. They are already dreaming of flying to the Dominican Republic.

“There is so much excitement in camp, and they are self-assured. However, I have warned them that it is never over until it is over. There should be no display of over-confidence on the pitch. We must approach the match like the first leg was a drawn game.”

Nigeria won the first leg 4-1 in Monrovia on Sunday, with 11-goal qualifying series revelation Harmony Chidi, Shakirat Moshood, Peace Effiong and substitute Blessing Ifitezue banging in the goals for the Flamingos. The hosts got their consolation goal off a penalty awarded with five minutes left of the encounter at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

The Flamingos will take part in the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup for the seventh time once they cross Friday’s hurdle.

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They featured at the inaugural edition in New Zealand in 2008, and subsequently at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, Azerbaijan 2012, Costa Rica 2014, Jordan 2016 and India 2022, where they won the bronze medals.  

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