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WWC2003 : Results & Standings


                W  D  L  F   A  Pts
1. USA          3  0  0  11- 1  9
2. Sweden       2  0  1  5 - 3  6
3. North Korea  1  0  2  3 - 4  3
4. Nigeria      0  0  3  0 - 11 0
20 September at Philadelphia
Nigeria 0-3 North Korea
Goals: JIN Pyol Hui (2), RI Un Gyong

21 September at Washington DC
USA 3-1 Sweden
Goals: (U) Lilly, Parlow, Boxx; (S) Svensson

25 September at Carson, California
Sweden 1-0 North Korea
Goal: Swensson
USA 5-0 Nigeria
Goals: Hamm (2*), Parlow, Wambach, Foudy (PK)
*includes a PK

28 September at Columbus, Ohio
Sweden 3-0 Nigeria
Goals: Ljungberg (2), Moström
North Korea 0-3 USA
Goals: Wambach (PK), Reddick (2)


                W  D  L  F   A  Pts
1. Brasil       2  1  0  8 - 2  7
2. Norway       2  0  1 10 - 5  6
3. France       1  1  1  2 - 3  4
4. South Korea  0  0  3  1 - 11 0
20 September at Philadelphia
Norway 2-0 France
Goals: Mellgren, Rapp

21 September at Washington DC
Brasil 3-0 South Korea
Goals: Marta (PK), Katia (2)

24 September at Washington DC
Norway 1-4 Brasil

Goals: (N) Pettersen; (B) Daniela, Rosana, Marta, Katia
France 1-0 South Korea
Goal: Pichon

27 September at Foxboro, Massachusetts
South Korea 1-7 Norway
Goals: (K) KIM Jin Hi; (N) Gulbrandsen, Mellgren (2), Pettersen, Sandaune, Ørmen (2)

27 September at Washington DC
France 1-1 Brasil
Goals: (F) Pichon; (B) Katia


                W  D  L  F    A  Pts
1. Germany      3  0  0  13 - 2  9
2. Canada       2  0  1  7 -  5  6
3. Japan        1  0  2  7 -  6  3
4. Argentina    0  0  3  1 - 15  0
20 September at Columbus, Ohio
Germany 4-1 Canada
Goals: (G) Wiegmann (PK), Gottschlich, Prinz, Garefrekes; (C) Sinclair
Japan 6-0 Argentina
Goals: Sawa (2), Yamamoto, Otani (3)

24 September at Columbus, Ohio
Canada 3-0 Argentina
Goals: Hooper, Latham (2)
Germany 3-0 Japan
Goals: Minnert, Prinz (2)

27 September at Foxboro, Massachusetts
Canada 3-1 Japan
Goals: (C) Latham, Sinclair, Lang; (J) Sawa

27 September at Washington DC
Argentina 1-6 Germany
Goals: (A) Gaitan; (G) Meinert (2), Wiegmann (PK), Prinz, Pohlers, Mueller


                W  D  L  F   A  Pts
1. China        2  1  0  3 - 1  7
2. Russia       2  0  1  5 - 2  6
3. Ghana        1  0  2  2 - 5  3
4. Australia    0  1  2  3 - 5  1
21 September at Carson, California
Australia 1-2 Russia
Goals: (A) Golebiowski; (R) Alagich (og), Fomina
China 1-0 Ghana
Goal: Sun

25 September at Carson, California
Ghana 0-3 Russia
Goals: Saenko, Barbachina, Letyushova
China 1-1 Australia
Goals: (C) Baie Jie; (A) Garriock

28 September at Portland, Oregon
Ghana 2-1 Australia
Goals: (G) Sackey; (A) Garriock
China 1-0 Russia
Goal: Bai Jie


Match #26 1 October 16:30 EDT at Foxboro, Massachusetts
Brazil 1-2 Sweden
Goals: (B) Marta (PK); (S) Svensson, Andersson

Match #25 1 October 19:30 EDT at Foxboro, Massachusetts
USA 1-0 Norway
Goal: Wambach

Match #27 2 October 19:30 EDT at Portland, Oregon
Germany 7-1 Russia
Goals: (G) Müller, Minnert, Wunderlich, Garefrekes (2), Prinz (2); (R) Danilova.

Match #28 2 October 22:30 EDT at Portland, Oregon
China 0-1 Canada
Goal: Hooper


5 October 19:30 EDT at Portland, Oregon
USA 0-3 Germany
Goals: Garefrekes, Meinert, Prinz

5 October 22:30 EDT at Portland, Oregon
Sweden 2-1 Canada
Goals: (S) Moström, Öqvist; (C) Lang


11 October 15:30 EDT at Carson, California
USA 3-1 Canada
Goals: (U)Lilly, Boxx, Milbrett; (C) Sinclair


12 October 13:00 EDT at Carson, California
Germany 2-1 Sweden
Goals: (G) Meinert, Künzer (golden goal); (S) Ljungberg

VIVA WWC2003! :cool:

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Playoff tree:
USA     )
        )   USA   )
Norway  )         )
                  ) Germany)
Germany )         )        )
        ) Germany )        )
Russia  )                  )
                           ) Germany
Brazil  )                  )
        ) Sweden  )        )
Sweden  )         )        )
                  ) Sweden )
China   )         )
        ) Canada  )
Canada  )

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Leaner but meaner: World Cup smaller, more competitive than '99
By SCOTT M. REID, The Orange County Register Sept. 18

CARSON, Calif. - The guest list includes Barbie, 20 queens, Maradona and at least one cover girl. Bill and Hillary might even stop by.

But make no mistake. This Women's World Cup is not going to party like it's 1999.

Welcome to the 2003 Women's World Cup, the low-budget sequel to the feel-good hit of the summer of 1999.

World Cup Lite's organizers and participants have no illusions that the 16-team, 32-match tournament that opens with Norway-France Saturday in Philadelphia and runs through the Oct. 12 final at The Home Depot Center will approach the commercial success of the 1999 Cup, which drew a record-setting 658,167 fans and earned $100 million in merchandise sales and another $100 million in corporate sponsorship.

"This World Cup is different," said U.S. defender Brandi Chastain, whose sports-bra celebration of the U.S. victory against China in the 1999 WWC final landed her on the cover of a host of major magazines. "You can't do in three months what we did in three years before '99."

With only weeks to put together the tournament after FIFA decided in May to move the Women's World Cup to the United States from China because of SARS concerns, U.S. organizers opted for a scaled-down WWC.

Only 27,000 tickets have been sold so far for the U.S. opener with Sweden on Sunday at Washington's 58,000-plus seat RFK Stadium, and a soggy post-Hurricane Isabel forecast isn't likely to help at the box office.

Izzy, however, isn't the only storm brewing over WWC '03. This week's announcement that the WUSA is suspending operation cast a dark cloud over the tournament's opening weekend and threatens to be a distraction to the U.S. title defense.

"We're sad," U.S. forward Mia Hamm said. "We're all sad. This isn't like a bus that you missed. This is something that we've all invested so much time and energy (in)."

"I think that we will be discussing it and answering questions by the media, and I think players are concerned," U.S. coach April Heinrichs said. "I think there will be a few days that we will have to deal with the black cloud, and then we will have to put it behind us."

Then the United States will have to deal with the most competitive Women's World Cup field in history. About the only thing that won't be scaled back for this tournament is the level of play. From WWC debutantes France to Ghana's Black Queens to rebuilt Canada and a dangerous North Korea side, this Cup will feature more quality teams and more world-class players than any before it.

If the 1999 tournament didn't attract enough investors to keep the WUSA in business, it did open a lot of eyes around a soccer world that had, by and large, previously shunned the women's game.

"They saw what a success it was in 1999, and now a lot of countries are funding their women's programs and putting emphasis on them and giving them a chance instead of just barely having a team," U.S. defender Kate Sobrero said.

A prime example is Canada. Disappointed with its first-round exit in 1999, Canadian Soccer Association officials hired Even Pellerud, who coached Norway to the 1995 WWC title.

"There are at least eight teams that have a chance to win the trophy," China coach Ma Liangxing said.
At the top of the list are the United States, 1999 runner-up China and European champion Germany. The United States has added promising newcomers such as midfielder Shannon Boxx and forward Abby Wambach to a group of nine returning starters from the team that won the 1999 title.

China also has plenty of familiar faces, most notably forward Sun Wen. Sun, dubbed "Maradona in a skirt" by the Chinese media, was 1999's leading scorer.

Birgit Prinz, one of the world's best strikers, will provide the firepower for Germany, while the towering Steffi Jones anchors a defense that also includes Silke Rottenberg, one of the game's top goalkeepers.

If the United States survives round-robin, first-round play against Sweden, Nigeria and North Korea in Group A, they can look forward to a quarterfinal date with either Olympic champion Norway or Brazil, WWC '99's third-place finisher.

Brazil features Katia, who scored a WUSA record 36 points for San Jose in 2002.

She has had to share the pre-tournament spotlight with new teammate Milene Domingues, the wife of Brazil World Cup hero Ronaldo. Domingues has never played a full international match for Brazil, and Confederation of Brazilian Football officials admit her place on the Women's World Cup roster is a publicity stunt.

"She's made the women's team more visible, and that's very important," the CBF's Luiz Miguel de Oliveira told reporters in Rio de Janeiro last week.

Not everybody, however, seems thrilled with Mrs. Ronaldo's high profile. Her new teammates have taken to calling the blonde former model "Barbie."

If you're looking for a tournament dark horse, look no further than north of the border. In addition to Pellerud, Canada also might boast the game's top forward combination in Charmaine Hooper, 35, and Christine Sinclair, 20. Hooper is the WUSA's second all-time leading scorer and led the league in game-winning goals. Sinclair led Portland to the 2002 NCAA championship, scoring a nation-leading 26 goals.

So many stars, such a small stage.

While some matches will be played in NFL stadiums like Philadelphia's brand- new Lincoln Financial Field and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, other 1999 venues, including Chicago's Soldier Field, Stanford Stadium and Giants Stadium, have been replaced by much smaller, soccer-specific stadiums such as The Home Depot Center in Carson.

"It's important to show the world the future of soccer in the U.S., and that's soccer-specific stadiums," U.S. Soccer president S. Robert Contiguglia said.

But the smaller stadium plan, which also includes PGE Park, Portland's 27,000-seat minor-league baseball ground and host of the tournament semifinals, is a clear admission by U.S. Soccer and FIFA officials that they are nervous about filling larger venues, especially if the United States makes an early exit.

The Home Depot Center holds some 60,000 fewer than the 90,183 who joined then-President and Mrs. Clinton for the 1999 Women's World Cup final at the Rose Bowl.

If the United States reaches this year's final, U.S. Soccer and FIFA will have a lot of angry fans on their hands. If the United States doesn't, tournament organizers won't have to worry about how an empty Rose Bowl looks on television.
Question from Jeff: What the heck does the last paragraph mean??? :confused:

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I thought this article put the WWC into a sensible context:
It's dangerous to leap to conclusions about women's sports

By Stephen Brunt - Globe and Mail
Friday, Sep. 19, 2003

Columbus, Ohio — No matter what happens over the next three weeks, as the Women's World Cup of Soccer plays out across the United States, some unfortunate conclusions are going to be drawn.

Perhaps not in Canada, where our national team is on a roll right now, where there's the real possibility of erasing the memory of past disappointments and drawing decent television audiences to women's soccer (even with the broadcasts delayed and in some cases, relegated to digital channels.) Barring an unexpected, first-round flop by the Canadian team, this tournament is going to seem like at least a qualified success.

But here, that's no certainty. Just add up all of the bad omens: the ill-timed death earlier this week of WUSA, the women's professional soccer league where the stars of the game made their living; the fact that this World Cup, unlike the last, massively successful U.S.-based tournament in 1999, has been four months rather than four years in the planning; the competition from virtually every other professional sport during this, one of the busiest months of the calendar. (And in this town of course, the quasi-professional sport of college football dominates everything else: Canada against Germany in women's soccer sure isn't going to knock the Buckeyes off the front of the sport section).

All of that is going to make for tough sledding, and offer plenty of fodder for those whose inclination is already knee jerk.

Soccer doesn't sell in North America, they'll report. Women's sports don't sell. So let's forget about all of that, and get back to the Big Four, back to the boys, back to the sports world as it used to be.

Before leaping to those conclusions, though, a couple of qualifiers must be noted.

It's unfair to measure this tournament, which was to have been staged in China until the SARS scare forced it out, to the last Women's World Cup — which featured a dominant, glamorous American team, and concluded with more than 90,000 fans watching the final. You simply can't properly stage an event on this scale in that short amount of time. Something is going to suffer, even if Mia Hamm and company are still the side to beat.

And all of those old notions about soccer's lowly place in North America ought to have already been dismissed by anyone who's actually paid attention.

Witness Manchester United's triumphant, sold-out tour of U.S. cities this past summer. Witness the success of the U.S. men's team — now rated ahead of . . . ahem . . . Italy and Germany in the world ranking — in Korea and Japan in 2002. In Canada, witness the television audiences and attendance during the women's under-19 tournament in Edmonton, and the healthy crowds during the women's national team friendlies leading up to this World Cup.

Major League Soccer, the professional league that grew out of the 1994 World Cup in the United States, still struggles to grow beyond its core audience. But that's a function not of U.S. disinterest, but of the fact that fans here have become increasingly sophisticated, that through the miracle of satellites and the Internet they can follow the sport anywhere, knowing all too well that the best players, including the best American players, ply their trade in European leagues.

MLS is like Triple-A baseball — essential for the development of the sport here, but by definition minor league, with the same market challenges. Give them Real Madrid, give them Chelsea or Juventus, and watch the fans come out.

The truth is, soccer's here and women's professional sports are here. The roots have been put down. They're not going away.

But that also doesn't mean everything's rosy. And in an increasingly shaky financial environment, with the whole sports/entertainment complex apparently past peak, there's inevitably going to be some fraying around the edges. The smaller, less-established games will suffer first, which certainly includes women's professional spectator sports. WUSA is gone, as is Sports Illustrated for Women (and WTSN in Canada). The Women's National Basketball Association, even though it's backed by a sports colossus, is limping along.

And this World Cup is going to seem like a step backward, less slick, more modest, apparently the sign of a game in retreat.

But just try telling that to the young women playing in the tournament, to the girls playing the sport around the continent, to the college players, to those who remember how it was four years ago. They're not about to let this die.

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is there any channel in HotBird, boardcast the matches??

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i don't know about channels outside europe..but Eurosport regularly shows matches of the WC. Tonight they'll broadcast summaries of the matches played this weekend.

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World Cup 2003 honours:

Golden Ball (top player): Birgit Prinz, Germany
Silver Ball: Victoria Svensson, Sweden
Bronze Ball: Maren Meinert, Germany

Golden Boot (top scorer): Birgit Prinz, Germany (7 goals in 6 games)
Silver Boot: Maren Meinert, Germany (4 goals in 6 games)
Bronze Boot: Katia, Brazil (4 goals in 4 games)

Best Goalkeeper: Silke Rottenberg, Germany

Fair Play Trophy: China

Most Entertaining Team: Germany (chosen by internet vote; followed by USA, China, Canada, Sweden, and Brazil)

FIFA All-Star Team:

Goalkeeper: Rottenberg (GER)

Defence: Wang Liping (CHI), Joy Fawcett (USA), Charmaine Hooper (CAN), Sandra Minnert (GER).

Midfield: Bettina Wiegmann (GER), Malin Moström (SWE), Shannon Boxx (USA), Maren Meinert (GER).

Forwards: Birgit Prinz (GER), Victoria Svensson (SWE)

Bench: Caroline Jönsson (GK - SWE); Solveig Gulbrandsen (MF - NOR); Marta (MF - BRA); Mia Hamm (F - USA); Dagny Mellgren (F - NOR)
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