Marta, Brazil highlight Group D

June, 23, 2011

Group D has the lowest average ranking in terms of the FIFA World Ranking at 24.0, but it also has one of the tournament favorites in Brazil and a team with a significant Women's World Cup history in Norway. Here are the facts you need to know about Group D:

• Norway has won 19 matches and scored 75 goals at the Women's World Cup and the rest of the group has won 14 matches (Brazil 13, Australia 1) and scored 68 goals (Brazil 50, Australia 18). However, the rosters each team is bringing tell a different story. Both Brazil and Australia have more Women's World Cup goals on their squads than Norway's current group, and Australia has only three fewer Women's World Cup caps than the 2011 Norway team.

• Brazil's Marta is one of the stars of the Women's World Cup and she enters this year's tournament with a chance to shoot up the all-time Women's World Cup goals leaderboard. Marta is tied for fifth in goals at the Women's World Cup with 10, four behind leader Birgit Prinz of Germany, and the three players between Marta and Prinz are retired from international duty. Marta also has a goals per match average of 1.0, best among all players with at least 10 Women's World Cup goals.

• Australia is in its fifth consecutive Women's World Cup but is still looking for its second win at the tournament. Australia's one Women's World Cup win is fewest among teams with at least 10 matches played.

• Norway qualified for its sixth Women's World Cup -- one of seven teams to have appeared in all six tournaments -- and did so while recording a plus-40 goal differential, third-best among teams that qualified. Norway's Eli Landsem is one of two coaches in the tournament to never have coached in a FIFA competition at any level (Equatorial Guinea's Marcelo Frigerio is the other).

• Equatorial Guinea is one of two newcomers to the Women's World Cup this year along with Colombia, and it is the smallest nation in the tournament in terms of size and population. It is also the only African nation where Spanish is its primary language.



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