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Thursday, August 11, 2011

WOmen's FO0tball WOrld Cup 2011 :: The Best PhOtographs

Women's World Cup 2011

After an emotional run through the tournament that few predicted, Japan emerged yesterday as the unlikely champion of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011. After enduring the triple disasters of the earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima Diaichi nuclear catastrophe, Japan rejoiced in the first good news in months. The final came in dramatic fashion against the United States in a penalty shoot-out after the score was tied 2-2 in regulation. Sixteen countries fought for the title in Germany, resulting in the first Asian world champion. Collected here are images of the games, fans, and celebration. -- Lane Turner (30 photos total) www.dilsedesi.coJapan's midfielder Homare Sawa celebrates with the trophy and teammates after the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match against the US on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 following extra-time. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)
A video of Kim Kullig, German national soccer player, is projected at an open air party in Frankfurt prior to the start of the Women's Soccer World Cup in Germany on June 25, 2011. (Thomas Lohnes/dapd/AP)
Fans crowd the Olympic stadium before the opening ceremony of the Women's World Cup in Berlin June 26, 2011. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

A supporter of Mexico cheers for her team before their Women's World Cup Group B soccer match against England in Wolfsburg June 27, 2011. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters)

Canada's supporters cheer prior to the match against France on June 30, 2011 in Bochum, Germany. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Kaylyn Kyle of Canada and Gaetane Thiney (left) of France jump for the ball during their match in Bochum, Germany June 30, 2011. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters)

Germany fans celebrate during the match against Nigeria at a public viewing event on June 30, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main. (Hasan Bratic/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Mexico's defender Natalie Garcia (left) vies with Japan's midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi during their match on July 1, 2011 in Leverkusen, Germany. Japan won 4-0. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon deflects a ball as she is challenged by England's Alex Scott (in red) during their match in Dresden on July 1, 2011. (Petr David Josek/AP)

Australian soccer fans hold signs prior to the group D match between Australia and Equatorial Guinea in Bochum, Germany on July 3, 2011. (Frank Augstein/AP)

Ester of Brazil (right) attempts a bicycle kick against Madeline Giske of Norway during their match at the Arena Im Allerpark on July 3, 2011 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

A Sweden supporter cheers prior to the Group C match against the US on July 6, 2011 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

American goalkeeper Hope Solo falls on Brazil's defender Rosana as she saves the ball during the quarter-final match on July 10, 2011 in Dresden, Germany. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweden's defender Sara Thunebro reacts after the semifinal loss to Japan in Frankfurt, Germany on July 13, 2011. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

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