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April 23, 2007
FIFA Women's World Cup draw finalized

Chinese singer Tian Zhen draws a team from the pot as former China goalkeeper Gao Hong (L) and FIFA's head of women's football Tatjana Haenni look on during the final draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 at the Guanggu Science and Technology Exhibition Centre on April 22, 2007 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Andrew Wong/Getty Images)

WUHAN, China, April 23, 2007 - The final draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 took place yesterday.

The tournament will take place in China from September 10 – 20.

In Group A, reigning world and European champions Germany face the challenge posed by Japan, England and Argentina. The Japanese will be appearing in their fifth successive finals after beating Mexico for a place among the elite, while the astute guidance of Hope Powell helped England stamp their passports to Asia.

Hosts China PR have landed in a similarly intriguing and challenging Group D, where the team led by new coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors will cross swords with New Zealand, Denmark and Brazil.

The free-scoring New Zealanders stormed through the Oceania qualifying section and are hopeful of reaching the knockout stages. Nonetheless, the Chinese players will be confident of overcoming their first phase hurdle following their encouraging win over the FIFA Women’s World Stars on Saturday.

Group B will see Sweden and USA,silver and bronze medalists respectively at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, lock horns, while Nigeria and Korea DPR will also be vying to progress from the pool. And in Group C, Norway have Ghana, Australia and Canada for company.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 group stage draw:

Group A (Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu):
Germany
Japan
England
Argentina

Group B (Chengdu, Shanghai, Tianjin):

Nigeria
USA
Korea DPR
Sweden

Group C (Hangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu):
Norway
Ghana
Australia
Canada

Group D (Wuhan, Tianjin, Hangzhou):
China PR
New Zealand
Brazil
Denmark

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