Women’s World Cup 2019: Team China
It’s been 20 years now since China were on the losing side in one of the most iconic games to date in women’s football. The 1999 World Cup final saw over 90,000 people cram into Pasadena’s Rose Bowl stadium for a match that CNN recently declared “changed women’s football.” This time, the Steel Roses (as China’s women’s team are known) are in a group that contains two-time winners Germany — who may not be at their most intimidating but will still pose a stern test — along with South Africa and Spain. The tournament hosts, a resurgent England side, the Netherlands, Japan, and of course old foes the US are all being talked about as potential World Cup winners this year. And all would make for extremely tough fixtures should China meet them in the knock-out phases. But of course, the beauty of a tournament like the World Cup is that it can be wildly unpredictable — and China may spring a few surprises along the way.