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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
See also the Qualifying thread, which is now closed.

The Groups (numbers indicate team's latest FIFA ranking):

Group A (Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu):
2 Germany
10 Japan
12 England
29 Argentina

Group B (Chengdu, Shanghai, Tianjin):
24 Nigeria
1 USA
5 North Korea
3 Sweden

Group C (Hangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu):
4 Norway
47 Ghana
15 Australia
9 Canada

Group D (Wuhan, Tianjin, Hangzhou):
11 China
23 New Zealand
8 Brazil
6 Denmark

The Schedule

The Official Tournament Site

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What happened in the 2003 World Cup? FIFA site - Xtratime thread
 

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
Group B is the Group of Death this time around, containing three of the top 5 teams in the world. Only two will advance to the Quarter-finals from each Group.

Teams in Groups A and B will not face teams in Groups C and D before the Semi-finals.

We could see USA v. Denmark and Germany v. Norway in the Semis.

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The highest-ranked team that will not be in the tournament is #7 France.

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The schedule day-by-day:

10 Sept 20:00 Shanghai - Germany 11-0 Argentina
11 Sept 20:00 Shanghai - Japan 2-2 England
11 Sept 17:00 Chengdu - USA 2-2 North Korea
11 Sept 20:00 Chengdu - Nigeria 1-1 Sweden
12 Sept 17:00 Hangzhou - Ghana 1-4 Australia
12 Sept 20:00 Hangzhou - Norway 2-1 Canada
12 Sept 17:00 Wuhan - New Zealand 0-5 Brazil
12 Sept 20:00 Wuhan - China 3-2 Denmark
14 Sept 17:00 Shanghai - Argentina 0-1 Japan
14 Sept 20:00 Shanghai - England 0-0 Germany
14 Sept 17:00 Chengdu - Sweden 0-2 USA
14 Sept 20:00 Chengdu - North Korea 2-0 Nigeria
15 Sept 17:00 Hangzhou - Canada 4-0 Ghana
15 Sept 20:00 Hangzhou - Australia 1-1 Norway
15 Sept 17:00 Wuhan - Denmark 2-0 New Zealand
15 Sept 20:00 Wuhan - Brazil 4-0 China
*17 Sept 20:00 Hangzhou - Germany 2-0 Japan
*17 Sept 20:00 Chengdu - England 6-1 Argentina
18 Sept 20:00 Shanghai - Nigeria 0-1 USA
18 Sept 20:00 Tianjin - North Korea 1-2 Sweden
§20 Sept 17:00 Hangzhou† - Norway 7-2 Ghana
§20 Sept 17:00 Chengdu - Australia 2-2 Canada
§20 Sept 20:00 Tianjin - China 2-0 New Zealand
§20 Sept 20:00 Hangzhou - Brazil 1-0 Denmark

Quarter-finals
#1 22 Sept 17:00 Wuhan - Germany 3-0 North Korea
#2 22 Sept 20:00 Tianjin - USA 3-0 England
#3 23 Sept 17:00 Wuhan - Norway 1-0 China
#4 23 Sept 20:00 Tianjin - Brazil 3-2 Australia

Semi-finals
26 Sept 20:00 Tianjin - Germany (W#1) 3-0 Norway (W#3)
27 Sept 20:00 Hangzhou - USA (W#2) 0-4 Brazil (W#4)

Final
30 Sept 17:00 Shanghai - Third Place: Norway 1-4 USA
30 Sept 20:00 Shanghai - Final: Germany 2-0 Brazil

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* Time and date changed from original schedule by FIFA in August
§ Date changed from the 19th due to Typhoon Wipha
† Venue changed from Shanghai due to Typhoon Wipha
 

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Complete 21-player roster for the U.S. Team:

GOALKEEPERS - Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.).

DEFENDERS - Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.).

MIDFIELDERS - Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.).

FORWARDS - Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

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The USA record:

• The US women won the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 1991.

• They won their next world title on home soil in 1999 after finishing third in 1995.

• The Americans have won Olympic gold on two occasions: 1996 and 2004.

• The USA have won every instalment (and every match) of the CONCACAF championships since 1991.
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Germany team:

GOALKEEPERS: Nadine Angerer (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Ursula Holl (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr), Silke Rottenberg (1. FFC Frankfurt)

DEFENDERS: Saskia Bartusiak (1. FFC Frankfurt), Sonja Fuss (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Ariane Hingst (Djurgårdens IF FF), Annike Krahn (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Sandra Minnert (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr), Babett Peter (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Kerstin Stegemann (SG Wattenscheid 09)

MIDFIELDERS: Fatmire Bajramaj (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Melanie Behringer (SC Freiburg), Linda Bresonik (SG Essen-Schönebeck), Kerstin Garefrekes (1. FFC Frankfurt), Simone Laudehr (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Renate Lingor (1. FFC Frankfurt), Petra Wimbersky (1. FFC Frankfurt)

FORWARDS: Anja Mittag (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Martina Müller (VfL Wolfsburg), Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt), Sandra Smisek (1. FFC Frankfurt)

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The Germany record:

• 4th place at the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991

• Runners-up at the FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995

• Quarter-finalists at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999

• Winners of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Norway team:

GOALKEEPERS: Bente Nordby (Djurgårdens IF FF), Erika Skarsbø (Arna-Bjørnar Fotball), Christine Colombo Nilsen (Kolbotn IL)

DEFENDERS: Ane Stangeland Horpestad (Klepp IL), Gunhild Følstad (SK Trondheims-Ørn), Siri Nordby (Røa IL), Camilla Huse (Kolbotn IL), Trine Rønning (Kolbotn IL), Marit Fiane Christensen (Røa IL)

MIDFIELDERS: Ingvild Stensland (Koppargbergs/Göteborgs FC), Solveig Gulbrandsen (Kolbotn IL), Guro Knutsen (Røa IL), Madeleine Giske (Arna-Bjørnar Fotball), Marie Knutsen (Røa IL), Lene Storløkken (Team Strømmen Fotball)

FORWARDS: Isabell Herlovsen (Kolbotn IL), Melissa Wiik (Asker FK), Leni Larsen Kaurin (Asker FK), Ragnhild Gulbrandsen (Asker FK), Lene Mykjåland (Røa IL), Lise Klaveness (Umeå IK)

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The Norway record:

• Runners-up at inaugural tournament, China 1991

• Winners of 1995 tournament in Sweden

• Fourth-place in the USA in 1999

• Quarter-finalists in the USA in 2003
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the England team:

GOALKEEPERS: Rachel Brown (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Chelsea), Carly Telford (Leeds United)

DEFENDERS: Alex Scott (Arsenal), Faye White (Arsenal), Mary Phillip (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Chelsea), Rachel Unitt (Everton), Stephanie Houghton (Leeds United)

MIDFIELDERS: Jill Scott (Everton), Anita Asante (Arsenal), Katie Chapman (Arsenal), Kelly Smith (Arsenal), Vicky Exley (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Fara Williams (Everton)

FORWARDS: Karen Carney (Arsenal), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal), Sue Smith (Leeds United), Jody Handley (Everton), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea)

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The England record:

• China 2007 will be England's second appearance at the FIFA Women's World Cup finals.

• At Sweden 1995, they played four matches, winning two and losing two.

• The Three Lions enjoyed 3-2 victories over Nigeria and Canada, but suffered defeats to Norway (2-0) and Germany (3-0).
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Brazil team:

GOALKEEPERS: BARBARA MICHELLINE DO MONTE BARBOSA "Barbara", ANDREA SUNTAQUE "Andrea", THAIS HELENA DA SILVA "Thais"

DEFENDERS: ELAINE ESTRELA MOURA "Elaine", ALINE PELLEGRINO "Aline", ESTER APARECIDA DOS SANTOS "Ester", MONICA ANGELICA DE PAULA "Monica", TANIA MARIA PEREIRA RIBEIRO "Tania"

WINGERS: SIMONE GOMES JATOBÁ "Jatobá", ROSANA DOS SANTOS AUGUSTO "Rosana", DAIANE MENEZES RODRIGUES "Bage" MICHELE APARECIDA PEREIRA REIS "Michelle"

MIDFIELDERS: RENATA APARECIDA DA COSTA "Renata Costa", DANIELA ALVES LIMA "Daniela Alves", DELMA GONÇALVES "Pretinha", ANDREIA DOS SANTOS "Maicon", GRAZIELLE PINHEIRO NASCIMENTO "Grazielle"

FORWARDS: MIRAILDES MACIEL MOTTA "Formiga", CRISTIANE ROZEIRA DE SOUZA SILVA "Cristiane Silva", KATIA CILENE TEIXEIRA DA SILVA "Katia", MARTA VIEIRA DA SILVA "Marta"

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The Brazil record:

• Brazil are the only South American side to have participated at every FIFA Women's World Cup thus far.

• Brazil's best-ever performance at the FIFA Women's World Cup came in 1999 in the United States, where they finished third.
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Sweden team:

GOALKEEPERS: Sofia Lundgren (AIK), Kristin Hammarström (Kif Örebro), Hedvig Lindahl (Linköping FC).

DEFENDERS: Sara Thunebro (Djurgårdens IF FF), Stina Segerström (Kif Örebro), Sara Larsson (Linköping FC), Charlotte Rohlin (Linköping FC), Frida Östberg (Linköping FC), Hanna Marklund (Sunnanå SK), Anna Paulsson (Umeå IK), Karolina Westberg (Umeå IK).

MIDFIELDERS: Victoria Svensson (Djurgårdens IF FF), Linda Forsberg (Djurgårdens IF FF), Caroline Seger (Linköping FC) Nilla Fischer (Ldb Malmö FF), Therese Sjögran (Ldb Malmö FF) Therese Lundin (Ldb Malmö FF).

FORWARDS: Lotta Schelin (Göteborg/Kopparberg FC), Sara Johansson (Hammarby IF), Madelaine Edlund (Umeå IK), Hanna Ljungberg (Umeå IK).

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The Sweden record:

• Third place at inaugural tournament in China, 1991

• Quarter-finalists in 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden

• Quarter-finalists in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup USA

• Runners-up in the 2003 Women's World Cup USA
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Australia team:

GOALKEEPERS: Melissa Barbieri (Melbourne), Lydia Williams (Canberra), Emma Wirkus (Adelaide)

DEFENDERS: Di Alagich (Sydney), Rhian Davies (Sydney), Heather Garriock (Sydney), Kate McShea (Brisbane), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane), Cheryl Salisbury (Newcastle), Thea Slatyer (Sydney)

MIDFIELDERS: Lauren Colthorpe (Newcastle), Alicia Ferguson (Brisbane), Collette McCallum (Perth), Joanne Peters (Newcastle), Sally Shipard (Canberra), Danielle Small (Sydney)

FORWARDS: Joanne Burgess (Sydney), Lisa DeVanna (Perth), Kate Gill (Newcastle), Caitlin Munoz (Canberra), Sarah Walsh (Sydney)

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The Australia record:

• Australia failed to qualify for the first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 1991.

• At the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, Australia qualified but then lost all three of their group matches, finishing bottom of a section that also included Denmark, China and the USA.

• At the 1999 Women's World Cup USA, Australia claimed their first-ever point at the tournament with a draw against Ghana, but again crashed out after losing their remaining group games 3-1 to both Sweden and China.

• The Matildas fared little better in 2003, going down to surprise defeats to both Ghana and Russia before drawing with group favourites China in their farewell match.
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Denmark team:

GOALKEEPERS: Heidi Elgård Johansen (Fortuna Hjørring), Susanne Graversen (IK Skovbakken), Tine Cederkvist (Brøndby IF)

DEFENDERS: Bettina Falk Hansen (Brøndby IF), Christina Øyangen Ørntoft (Skovlunde IF), Dorte Dalum Jensen (Djurgården/Älvsjö), Gitte Andersen (Brøndby IF), Katrine S. Pedersen (Asker Skiklub), Mia Olsen (Brøndby IF)

MIDFIELDERS: Line Røddik Hansen (Brøndby IF), Mariann Gajhede Knudsen (Fortuna Hjørring), Camilla Sand Andersen (Fortuna Hjørring), Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen (Brøndby IF), Cathrine Paaske Sørensen (Brøndby IF) Janne Madsen (Fortuna Hjørring), Louise Hansen (1. FFC Frankfurt)

FORWARDS: Johanna M. Rasmussen (Fortuna Hjørring), Julie Rydahl Bukh (Brøndby IF), Maiken With Pape (Brøndby IF), Merete Pedersen (OB), Stine Kjær Dimun (Brøndby IF)

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The Denmark record:

• Quarter-finalists at inaugural tournament in China, 1991

• Quarter-finalists at 1995 finals in Sweden

• Group stage at 1999 finals in the USA
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Canada team:

GOALKEEPERS: Erin McLeod*, Karina Leblanc, Taryn Swiatek.

DEFENDERS: Melanie Booth, Candace Chapman, Melissa Tancredi, Randee Hermus*, Robyn Gayle, Tanya Dennis.

MIDFIELDERS: Amy Walsh, Andrea Neil*, Diana Matheson, Kara Lang*, Kristina Kiss, Martina Franko*, Rhian Wilkinson, Sophie Schmidt*.

FORWARDS: Brittany Timko*, Christine Sinclair*, Jodi-Ann Robinson*, Katie Thorlakson*.

*These players all play for the Vancouver Whitecaps. No, it's not a coincidence. To find out why, read this thread.

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The Canada record:

• Canada have qualified for every FIFA Women's World Cup

• Their best result came at USA 2003, where they lost out to Sweden in the semi-finals

• They earned only one point in each of the two tournaments before 2003

• Canada won the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in 1998 and have finished runners-up on four occasions
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the New Zealand team:

GOALKEEPERS: Jenny Bindon (Three Kings United); Rachel Howard (TSV Crailsheim, Germany); Stephanie Puckrin (Lynn Avon)

DEFENDERS: Hannah Bromley (FSA Soccerplus Connecticut); Abby Erceg (Western Springs); Maia Jackman (Western Springs); Marlies Oostdam (Eastern Suburbs); Ria Percival (Lynn-Avon United); Rebecca Smith (Sunnana SK, Sweden)

MIDFIELDER: Simone Ferrara (Ajax Women America); Priscilla Duncan (Western Springs); Katie Hoyle (Lynn-Avon United); Emma Humphries (Coastal Carolina University/Cocoa Expos, USA); Annalie Longo (Three Kings United); Emily McColl (Coastal Carolina University/Cocoa Expos); Hayley Moorwood (Lynn-Avon United)

FORWARDS: Wendi Henderson (Upper Hutt City); Ali Riley (Stanford University); Merissa Smith (Three Kings United); Rebecca Tegg (Eastern Suburbs); Zoe Thompson (Three Kings United)

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The New Zealand record:

• The 1991 event was New Zealand's only previous appearance at a FIFA Women's World Cup final. They lost all three of their first round games to Denmark (0-3), Norway (0-4) and the hosts China (1-4).
 

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Complete 21-player roster for the Argentina team (field positions not stated):

1) Romina Ferro (Boca Juniors)
2) Eva González (Boca Juniors)
3) Valeria Cotelo (AFA)
4) Gabriela Chávez (Independiente)
5) Carmen Brusca (Boca Juniors)
6) Sabrina Celeste Barbitta Nuño (Boca Juniors)
7) Ludmila Manicler (Independiente)
8) Clarisa Huber (Boca Juniors)
9) Natalia Gatti (AFA)
10) Mariela Coronel (San Lorenzo de Almagro)
11) Rosana Gómez (Boca Juniors)
12) Vanina Correa (Renato Cesarini)
13) Maria Quiñones (San Lorenzo de Almagro)
14) Catalina Pérez (River Plate)
15) Florencia Mandrile (San Lorenzo de Almagro)
16) Andrea Ojeda (Boca Juniors)
17) Fabiana Vallejos (Boca Juniors)
18) María Potassa (Rosario Central)
19) Analía Almeida (San Lorenzo de Almagro)
20) Mercedes Pereyra (River Plate)
21) Elisabeth Minnig (AFA).

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The Argentina record:

• Argentina failed to get past the group stage on their only previous appearance at the FIFA Women's World Cup, at USA 2003.
 

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Jeff said:
Maiken With Pape (Brøndby IF),
Ha! I played mixed-double against her (we lost, badly... very badly!) 10 years ago in the Danish tennis first division. Never knew she could play football. Freaky - considering how she won numerous Danish championships and I think Nordic Championships back then as a junior, and a few doubles titles as a senior I think.

http://www.dbu.dk/lbase/playerInfo.aspx?playerid=5367&teamtypeid=330&event=4#

EDIT:
Thought I'd check up on this.... Maiken started playing football at 26... and two years later she was in the NT... now being a pillar on the team. That's both sensational and a somewhat damning verdict on womens football, isn't it?
 

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Hope you don't mind a photo essay, Jeff :) Here are some images of players, places and training sessions leading up to the Big Day ...

source: yahoo.sports



General view taken 06 September 2007 shows the Hongkou stadium 2007 in Shanghai, where the Women's football World Cup will be launched with the opening match opposing titleholder Germany to Argentina.



German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer covers her face during a training session Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in Shanghai, China. The German team arrived in Shanghai to warm up before heading to Group A matches of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 soccer tournament. Group A includes England, Japan and Argentina. The German team will play Argentina in their first match on Sept. 10 in Shanghai, China.



German national team captain Birgit Prinz, right, shares a laugh with Ariane Hingst, during a training session Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in Shanghai, China.



German national team players from left to right, Anja Mittag, Fatmire Bajramaj and Annike Krahn, sign autographs as they visit a German school on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, Friday, Sept. 7, 2007.



Fifa Banner in foreground, German NT training on 9-6-07



North Korean players in training, they will play with the US on September 11 in group B matches of the women's fooball world cup in Chengdu.



Japanese midfielder Ayumi Hara kicks a ball during the training session Friday Sept. 7, 2007 in Shanghai, China. Japan team arrived in Shanghai Thursday to warm up before their Group A matches of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 soccer tournament. Group A includes Germany, Argentina and England. Japan will play the first match on Sept. 11 against England.



England's midfielder Jill Scott heads a ball during a training session Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007 in Shanghai, China. England team arrived in Shanghai Tuesday to warm up before their Group A matches of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 soccer tournament



England's midfielder Kelly Smith :thumbsup: warms up during a training session Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007 in Shanghai.



England's head coach Hope Powell, 2nd from right, practices with the players during a training session Thursday Sept. 6, 2007 in Shanghai.



Forward Kristine Lilly (C) of USA national women football team is escorted by an armed policeman as she arrives at the airport in Chengdu, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, 06 September 2007.



A couple cycles past a poster of the 2007 Women's football World Cup 06 September 2007 in Shanghai.
 

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Thanx, Bonita!

But I think you may have posted the wrong photo over this caption:
A Chinese armed policeman escorts North Korean football players as they arrive for a training session in Chengdu, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, 07 September 2007.
 

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Oops, Jeff, I don't know what happened there :embarass:

To make up for it, here are two images of North Korean players in action during previous matches --





and a general overview of the North Korean NT:

http://www.fifa.com/womenworldcup/teams/team=1883726/index.html


and more images from Chengdu:



Kristine Lilly, captain of the U.S. women's soccer team, poses for photos with a one-year-old panda during the team's visit to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, China.

and Shanghai:



England's midfielder Vicky Exley, left, goalkeeper Rachel Brown, center, forward Sue Smith, right, walk down the street Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 in Shanghai.

... just a few more hours before kick off :)
 
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