1st place: Japan; 2nd place: United States; 3rd place: Sweden
Queen of Creativity
Dribbling them around the world
Held in Germany, the 2011 World Cup brought freshness to the podium, with Japan taking the title: for the first time an Asian team won. The Japanese team showed beautiful and creative football, overcoming the mighty Germany in the quarterfinals. In the final, they beat the Americans on penalties.
The Brazilian team delighted in the group stage and played until the quarterfinals, when they lost the penalty shootout against the United States, after two exciting periods and extra time.
A skilled player, Cristiane swept away the crowd at the matches in Brazil. Known for her dribbling and goals, the striker from Osasco (SP) started in the Brazilian national team at the age of 15, with Marta, her partner also in the fight for equity in the sport. Confirming her talent and good form, the year after the Cup she won the title of top scorer in women's football at the Olympic Games. In Rio, in 2016, she became the top Olympic scorer in history, regardless of gender, with 14 goals scored. Cristiane played in teams from different countries, such as Germany, France, United States, Russia, Korea and China. She spent a few seasons in suffered from little investment in the sport. Sometimes, she even played for Brazilian teams only during the recess of foreign teams — at the end of which she returned to start a new season abroad.
Homare Sawa (JPN)
– Stickers! Panini produced, for the first time, a Women's Cup album. The album was only circulated in Germany, but it gave a kick start to the dammed consumption potential.
– Four Brazilian players naturalize for Equatorial Guinea and competed in the Cup under the command of Brazilian coach Marcelo .
Standing, from left to right: Rosana, Érika, Renata Costa, Cristiane, Aline Pellegrino and Andreia . Crouched: Ester, Fabiana Simões, Marta, and Maurine.
Brazil vs USA goals video
The match Brazil 2x2 United States had beautiful plays and exciting goals. The Americans tied the game in the last minutes of extra time and ended up winning on penalties.
Fran and audios same tablet
Brief by Fran ( Manoel Alberto) about the moment of the anthem
before games. Duration: 1min08s
— emotion from the National Anthem and the relief and sense of achievement that it meant to have arrived there and to be able to do only what she loved most
Brief by Cristiane about the lack of investment in the
sport. Duration: 1min17s
The Japanese photos
Japanese athletes party, with Homare Sawa raising the cup. The midfielder won the awards for best player and top scorer of the edition, with five goals. The following year, she also took the title of best player in the world by FIFA.