16 years ago, the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ took place in China. It would become the first Women’s World Cup to see a champion successfully defend their title. But it was also the stage for a magical Brazilian goal scorer and an unbeatable German goalkeeper.
China was automatically chosen to host the fifth edition of the tournament, as they had originally been picked to hold the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but had to pull out shortly before kick-off due to a SARS outbreak in the country. Matches were spread across five stadiums in the cities of Tianjin, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shanghai, which saw sixteen teams battle against one another for the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy. For the first and only time in the tournament’s history, there was not a single debutant amongst the competing countries, with all teams coming into the tournament with at least one World Cup appearance already under their belt.
Defending champions Germany set the tone for their campaign in the opening match, with an astonishing 11-0 defeat of Argentina, a record that would stand until 2019, when the USA beat Thailand 13-0. This was the beginning of an outstanding tournament for the Germans, who won every single one of their matches. This, when added on to their previous success in 2003, set an unprecedented unbeaten run of 12 World Cup matches, which was only surpassed in 2019 by the USA, when they became the second team to defend their title.