19 - England v South Africa (Saturday 4 Sep) - Pool B
> England and South Africa have met only once before at the World Cup.
> In 2002 their WC pool match ended 2-2 through goals by England’s Helen Grant and Mel Clewlow (PC) and South Africa’s Johke Koornhof (PC) and Pietie Coetzee. After 3 minutes in this match the score was already 1-1.
> Since then, these teams have only met in one competitive match. At the 2005 Champions Challenge England won 3-0.
> After three match rounds England are 2nd in Pool B on 7 points after beating Spain (3-2) and China (1-0) and drawing 1-1 with Korea.
> All five England goals have been scored by five different players.
> Four of England’s five goals were scored before half-time.
> England’s penalty corner success rate at Rosario 2010 has dropped to 16% (2 for 12).
> England are ranked sixth at the ABN AMRO World Ranking. They moved up one spot following their bronze medal at the 2010 Women’s Champions Trophy.
> England’s sole defeat in 9 competitive matches this calendar year came at the 2010 CT against The Netherlands (3-0).
> England’s best World Cup result is fourth place in 1990.
> SA are on 3 points from 3 matches after a win vs Spain (3-2) and defeats vs Argentina (5-2) and China (4-1).
> South Africa have a penalty corner success rate of 27% (3 for 11).
> Pietie Coetzee is SA’s top goal scorer on 2 PC goals at Rosario 2010.
> Jennifer Wilson (PC), Sulette Damons (FG) and Vida Ryan (FG) scored the other goals.
> Lisa-Marie Deetlefs has been shown 1 yellow and 1 green in three matches at Rosario 2010.
> For Africa Cup champions South Africa this is their fourth (successive) World Cup participation. Their best rank came at their debut in 1998 (7th). At the last World Cup in 2006 they were ranked 12th.
> South Africa are ranked 12th at the ABN AMRO World Ranking. Of all 2010 World Cup participants only India (13th) are ranked lower.
20 - Korea v Spain (Saturday 4 Sep) - Pool B
> Korea will take on Spain for the fourth time in World Cup competition. They are unbeaten in three previous World Cup meetings.
> At the 2002 World Cup Korea beat Spain 2-0 in the Qualification Match 5-8 by two Kim Seong-Eun goals.
> In 1990 Korea recorded their second biggest World Cup win by beating Spain 7-0.
> Their 1994 World Cup pool match was levelled at 3-3.
> The last competitive encounter between these countries came at the 2008 Olympics and saw Spain beat Korea 2-1 through PC goals by Nuria Camón and Pilar Sanchez. Kim Jong-Eun scored the Korean goal
> Korea have 1 win (2-1 vs China), 1 draw (1-1 vs England) and 1 defeat (0-1 vs Argentina) from 3 matches at Rosario 2010.
> Both Korea and Spain have scored only three goals in three matches at Rosario 2010.
> Korea are yet to score off penalty corners (0 for 10).
> Korea qualified for the BDO FIH World Cup 2010 as winners of the World Cup Qualification Tournament – No. 1, beating USA 3-1 in the final.
> Korea are ranked 11th at the ABN AMRO World Ranking. USA (10th) are the only higher ranked team at the ABN AMRO World Ranking to miss the 2010 World Cup.
> Korea participate for the sixth time. They have been present at every World Cup since 1990.
> Their best World Cup result is third place in 1990.
> Spain are the only team on Pool B to have lost all three of their matches: 2-3 vs England, 1-2 vs South Africa and 0-4 vs Argentina.
> Spain’s penalty corner success rate at Rosario 2010 is 17% (2 for 12).
> Spain have lost five successive World Cup matches and are winless in their last six WC encounters, since beating India 3-2 in 2006.
> Spain are ranked eighth at the ABN AMRO World Ranking.
> This is Spain’s 10th World Cup participation and their third in a row.
> Their highest rank came at the 2006 World Cup when they finished fourth losing the bronze medal match 5-0 to Argentina.
> Their worst result came at the 1986 World Cup when they finished 11th.
21 - China v Argentina (Saturday 4 Sep) - Pool B
> China have recorded one win and one defeat against Argentina in World Cup competition.
> At the 1990 World Cup China beat Argentina 2-0.
> At the 2002 World Cup Argentina won 2-0 through two early goals by Agustina Soledad Garcia (5’, 10’).
> Argentina have beaten China in their last two encounters: 4-3 at the 2010 Champions Trophy and 2-1 at the 2009 Champions Trophy.
> China’s last win over Argentina came at the 2008 Champions Trophy (2-1).
> The only final these teams played against each other came at the 2002 Champions Trophy and was decided by penalty strokes (2-2, 1-3 PS).
> Olympic silver medallists China went down 2-1 to Korea and 1-0 to England before beating South Africa 4-0.
> Gao Lihua is China’s top goal scorer this tournament with 2 field goals.
> Zhao Yudiao, Fu Baorong and Ren Ye are Chin’s other goalscorers.
> China’s have scored 1 off 11 penalty corners awarded at Rosario 2010 (9%).
> China’s worst World Cup ranking is 11th place in 1998. In 2006 they finished 10th. Their only World Cup medal came in 2002 when they finished 3rd.
> Ma Wei has been shown two yellow cards already at Rosario 2010.
> Argentina started their Rosario 2010 campaign with three straight wins, like they did in 1976 (2nd), 1978 (3rd), 1998 (4th) and 2002 (1st).
> Noel Barrionuevo and Luciana Aymar are Argentina’s top goal scorers with three goals each.
> Las Leonas have a 21% success rate in penalty corners at Rosario 2010 (4 of 19).
> Six of their 10 goals this tournament came from open play.
> Argentina have conceded only two goals in three matches.
> Argentina are on a 7-match winning streak in competitive matches, since drawing 2-2 with Germany at the 2010 Champions Trophy.
> Winning the World title in 2002 is Argentina’s best result.
> They have won medals in the last two World Cup tournaments, claiming bronze in 2006.
> Argentina aim to become the third hosts to win the World Cup, joining West Germany in 1976 in Berlin and the Netherlands in 1986 in Amstelveen.
> Argentina are ranked second at the ABN AMRO World Ranking.