Summer Olympic Games 1996 – 2012
Scandinavia was one of the pioneers of women’s football. Denmark took the unofficial World Cup held in 1971, featuring pink goalposts and hot pants but, by the time it was being given more respect, Denmark had been overtaken by its near neighbour, Norway.
Apart from Norway’s title at Sydney 2000, the United States has won every gold medal, but it has not been quite so dominant in the Women’s World Cup. Curiously, therefore, no country has ever won Olympic gold in the year immediately after winning the World Cup. Having regained the global crown in 2015, Team USA is keen to claim that double.
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