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FCB at WWC Wrap-Up

The 2015 Women’s World Cup has now come to an end, and the U.S. women’s national team emerged as the winners in their 5-2 defeat over Japan, in which FC Bayern’s own Mana Iwabuchi featured. For the FC Bayern women, the tournament was a success with plenty of firsts both for individual players as well as with their respective national teams.

Vivianne Miedema’s Netherlands made their debut at this year’s World Cup and successfully made it out of their group, but were narrowly defeated by this year’s runners-up Japan in the round of 16. Caroline Abbe and Vanessa Bürki also led Switzerland to their first World Cup and left quite an impression at the tournament, particularly after their 10-0 rout over Ecuador, only falling short to hosts Canada also in the round of 16.

New signing Veronica Boquete captained her Spanish side to their first World Cup appearance and a strong initial performance before falling short at the group stage, though not without winning the hearts of many.

Nora Holstad and Norway exhibited their dominance throughout the group stage, ending in second place only behind Germany. Norway progressed to the round of 16 where they were defeated by a determined England 2-1.

Mana Iwabuchi’s Japan were favorites from the start, entering the tournament as the reigning world champions. The eventual World Cup runners-up increasingly found their form as the tournament progressed, though were kept at bay by a dominant U.S. side in the final.

Five FCB teammates were called up to the German national team for the tournament, including Melanie Behringer, Leonie Maier, Lena Lotzen, Melanie Leupolz, and new signing Sara Däbritz. After falling to the eventual World Cup Champions U.S. 2-0 in the semifinals, Germany played England in the match for third place, though were not able to come out on top in their 1-0 loss in extra time. Despite the outcome, the Germans impressed with their depth and tactically-skilled young team.