German history-makers toast their triumph

  • Germany became the first team to retain the Women’s World Cup in 2007
  • They went through the entire tournament without conceding a goal
  • Players enjoyed a beer-filled post-final celebration in Shanghai

“We’ll party till we drop.”

That was the vow made by Nadine Angerer immediately after the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup final. It was a promise that, as this image shows, Germany’s players lived up to in style.

The newly crowned world champions had every right to raise a glass or two to their own success. They had, after all, just made history by becoming the first and, to date, only team to retain the Women’s World Cup. Just as impressively, they had emerged from the finals in China having not conceded a single goal, and with 21 having flown past their opponents.

“That record will take some beating,” Angerer reflected afterwards. And so far at least, no-one has come close to doing so. It could all have ended differently, though, had Angerer not saved a 64th-minute penalty from Marta – China 2007’s outstanding player and the talisman of first-time finalists Brazil.