U.S. women own the World Cup record book

USA Today

USA Today

Team USA is the only three-time winner of the Women’s World Cup, taking the title in 1991 (the inaugural tournament), 1999, and, of course, 2015.

But that feat only begins to convey the Americans’ imprint on the sport’s biggest tournament.

• The United States holds the records for most World Cup games (43), most World Cup wins (34) and most World Cup goals (112).

• The United States has qualified for every one of the seven World Cups, an achievement shared with six other countries:  Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden.

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• The United States is the only country to have reached at least the semifinals of every World Cup.

• The United States is the only country to have reached the World Cupfinal four times.

Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

In addition to the three times the Americans won it all, they played in the 2011 final, losing to Japan on penalty kicks.

Germany has made it to the championship game three times, in 1995, 2003, and 2007, winning in 2003 and 2007.

• The United States has won its group in every World Cup except 2011, when it finished second to Sweden.

• The United States’ 5-2 thumping of Japan shattered the record for most goals by a team in a World Cup final. The previous record was 2.

•  Abby Wambach is tied with Germany’s Birgit Prinz for second-most World Cup goals, 14. Marta of Brazil leads with 15, and she could pad that lead.

Marta celebrates after scoring against the United States in the first half of their 2007 World Cup semifinal. (AP)

Marta celebrates after scoring against the United States in the first half of their 2007 World Cup semifinal. (AP)

Prinz retired in 2011. Wambach said 2015 was her last  World Cup. Marta is only 29 and could still be at the top of her game when the next World Cup takes place in France in 2019.

 

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