Group of death: Australia's World Cup opponents
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Group of death: Australia's World Cup opponents

Group D

Draw: June 8 Sweden v Nigeria, USA v Australia. June 12 Australia v Nigeria, USA v Sweden. June 16 Nigeria v USA, Australia v Sweden.

Ready to shine: Samantha Kerr of the Matildas controls the ball during a match between the Australian Matildas and China PR at WIN Stadium.

Ready to shine: Samantha Kerr of the Matildas controls the ball during a match between the Australian Matildas and China PR at WIN Stadium. Credit:Getty Images

Australia

Previous appearances in finals: (5) 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011

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Best performance: Quarter-finals (2007, 2011)

Coach: Alen Stajcic

FIFA world ranking: 10

How they qualified: Runners-up at 2014 Asian Cup

Squad: Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams, Melissa Hudson, Mackenzie Arnold. Defenders: Clare Polkinghorne, Laura Alleway, Servet Uzunlar, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Leena Khamis, Tameka Butt, Alanna Kennedy, Teresa Polias, Hayley Raso. Midfielders: Ashleigh Sykes, Emily van Egmond, Katrina Gorry, Samantha Kerr, Nicola Bolger. Forwards: Larissa Crummer, Caitlin Foord, Lisa De Vanna, Kyah Simon, Michelle Heyman.

Sweden

Previous appearances in finals: (6) 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011

Best performance: Runners-up (2003)

Coach: Pia Sundhage

FIFA world ranking: 5

How they qualified: Group 4 winners

Squad: Goalkeepers: Hedvig Lindahl, Hilda Carlen, Carola Soeberg. Defenders: Nilla Fischer, Emma Berglund, Amanda Ilestedt, Linda Nilsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Elin Rubensson, Jessica Samuelsson, Sara Thunebro, Linda Sembrandt. Midfielders: Caroline Seger, Therese Sjogran, Lisa Dahlkvist, Olivia Schough, Malin Diaz Pettersson, Emilia Appelqvist. Forwards: Lotta Schelin, Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson, Emma Lund, Jenny Hjohlman.

Nigeria

Previous appearances in finals: (6) 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011

Best performance: Quarter-finals (1999)

Coach: Edwin Okon

FIFA world ranking: 33

How they qualified: Winners of the 2014 African Women's Championship.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Precious Dede, Ibubeleye Whyte, Christy Ohiaeriaku. Defenders: Blessing Edoho, Osinachi Ohale, Onome Ebi, Josephine Chukwunonye, Ugo Njoku, Sarah Nnodim, Ngozi Ebere. Midfielders: Halimatu Ayinde, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Martina Ohadugha, Cecilia Nku, Forwards: Perpetua Nkwocha, Ukpong Sunday, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Courtney Dike, Ini-Abasi Umotong, Ngozi Okobi, Francisca Ordega, Loveth Ayila.

United States

Previous appearances in finals: (6) 1991, 1995, 199, 2003, 2007, 2011

Best performance: Winners (1991, 1999)

Coach: Jill Ellis

FIFA world ranking: 2

How they qualified: 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship winners

Squad: Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Hope Solo. Defenders: Lori Chalupny, Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Kelley O'Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn. Midfielders: Shannon Boxx, Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath, Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe. Forwards: Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press