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Seven-time African champions Super Falcons of Nigeria are featuring in their sixth World Cup having played at all five previous World Cup tournaments.
That would be in China in 1991, Sweden in 1995, USA in 1999 and 2003 and China in 2007.
Their best World Cup showing was at the 1999 edition in the United States, where they reached the last eight. In the last two editions of the competition, they failed to go beyond the first round.
Ahead of Germany 2011, they set up a four-week training camp in Austria. There the Falcons defeated an Austrian first division team, Wacker Innsbruck 7-0, edged the Czech 1-0 and were held to a 1-1 draw by Austria.
They also drew 2-2 with the Slovakia National Womens team and won 3-2 and 6-1 in two matches against an U-17 boys team.
Star of the team is striker Perpetua Nkwocha, who has twice been adjudged CAF African player of the Year. She plays her football in Sweden, like six other teammates and she has proved herself with goals at the African Womens Championships.
Nigeria take on France in their first match of this years World Cup at the Sinsheim Stadium on Sunday, June 26.
They will then battle hosts and defending champions Germany in Frankfurt on June 30 before rounding up their Group A duties against Canada in Dresden on July 5.