The USA v. Germany semi-final at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 was one of the best matches in the history of women’s football. Our collection contains the tactical notes of Germany coach Tina Theune that proved crucial to her team’s triumph, breaking American hearts in the process.
In just three touches – firstly to control the ball, then to draw the keeper and finally to slot home – Birgit Prinz sealed Germany’s victory over the USA in their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 semi-final. By putting her team 3-0 up in stoppage time, Germany’s most capped player and record goalscorer emphatically put paid to any hopes the Americans had of a late comeback and of retaining their title on home turf. A week later, the USA’s conquerors would go on to claim their first Women’s World Cup. That semi-final would live long in the memory of those that witnessed it, and indeed, many still consider it the best women’s football match of all time.