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Sun Wen ready for comeback

Sun Wen says she is ready for comeback at any time

China's former national women's soccer team captain Sun Wen said on Tuesday that she is ready to come back if being called up.

"Our national team is badly depleted by the retirement of veteran players. If the team still needs my service, I will put my collegiate study aside and come back at any time," said the 30-year-old Sun.

Sun declared her retirement following China's devastating 1-0 quarter-final loss to Canada in last month's World Cup in Japan.

"I was emotionally gripped by that loss and really wanted to play no more at that time", Sun said of her retirement. "But I was forced to change my mind as China is seeking a berth for the 2004 Olympic Games." After the World Cup, Sun went to prestigious Shanghai-based Fudan University, where she majors in international relations.

Following Sun's retirement, China's veteran striker Bai Jie and defender Wang Liping decided to quit. And 31-year-old midfielder Zhao Lihong and central defender Fan Yunjie are also considering to retire.

The retirement of so many back-bone players has left China in a dire strait as the Olympic qualifiers are scheduled for next May in Japan, said Zhang Jianqiang, director of women's football department of China's Football Association.

"China is no longer Asia's number one and there is only one berth up for grabs there. It will be very hard for us," Zhang said.

Source: People's Daily
 

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Stolen from womensoccer.com:

Wang is in, Ma is out as China changes their head coach
By Jia Ailing
December 3, 2003

After their ruinous performance in the 2003 World Cup, the China Football Association has found a new head coach for the National Team. He is Wang Haiming, former head coach of China Olympic team and Beijing Chengjian.

As the head coach of the national team, Ma Liangxing led the Iron Roses in the Asian Games, Asian tournament and World Cup last year. But it is clear that the association is not satisfied with the team's performance and the results.

On November 15th the CFA started selecting a new head coach for the national team and according to Beijing media, former USA Head Coach Tony DiCicco expressed his interest in the position to the association. But finally Wang Haiming was the winner
 

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Totally speculative but according to last Sunday's edition (24 October 2004) of the Sing Tao Daily of Hong Kong, Tony DiCicco has been invitied by the Chinese F.A. for further negotiations regarding a position as coach for the China Women NT.

DiCicco, former head coach of the US Women NT, is expected to visit Beijing this week.
 

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What an interesting rumour!

It would be good for Tony, but...is there nobody in China good enough to coach the NT? :eek:
 

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Jeff :)

There Are many talented coaches and players in China but money and politics have often stood in the way. Look how they run (or should I say, ruin) their Men and Women NT's :(

Well, DiCicco arrived in Beijing on 9 November and rumours are already flying around, including that of a USD 300,000 annual salary funded by "numerous private Chinese corporations" ...

Tony DiCicco to coach Chinese women's soccer team

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet)-- Tony DiCicco, former US women's national team, is expected to take the helm of the Chinese women's soccer team as the latters are gearing up for the 2008 Olympic Games on home soil.

DiCicco, who had guided the United States to win both the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1999 World Cup titles, is expected to sign a contract worth of 300,000 US dollars, local reports said here on Tuesday.

The former US national team coach will have talks with officials of the Chinese Football Association in Beijing before he leaves for Chiang Mai, Thailand on November 12 for the women's junior world championship.

DiCicco is probably to become the first foreigner to coach the Chinese women's soccer in early December should everything go right.

The Chinese women footballers, who had their best finish of second placers in the 1999 World Cup, suffered their worst defeat of eight to nil against Germany in Athens and failed to make through the first round in the Olympic Games last August.

source: http://english.sina.com/news/sports/7395248.shtml
 

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Head Coach Pei Encai Resigns

Head coach of the Chinese women's national football team, Pei Encai, is going to leave his position.

A report in the Guangzhou based newspaper, King Sports, says that Pei has handed in his resignation letter to the Chinese Football Association.

The 52-year-old Pei, taking over the national team from former head Wang Haiming in May, was expected to bring the girls back to being the best.

However, the veteran coach failed to boost the "steel roses" as China finished at the bottom of the table in the East Asian Four-nation Championship.

Pei is China's fifth coach since the legendary Ma Yuanan achieved incredible results back in the 90s.
 

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Ma returns to coach women's team; Sun Wen back

BEIJING, December 15 -- Ma Liangxing was named on Thursday to take the helm of the Chinese women's team, becoming the sixth coach in past five years at the hot seat .

Ma Liangxing is to act his "Mission Impossible"

A hard misssion to restore China's past glories in Beijing Olympics 2008 left little time for Ma, who was sacked following China's flop at the World Cup 2003.

"I have less than two years. This is my time. I won't forgive myself if I ask for four of five years." Ma told reporters.

A surprising news Ma announced at the press is the return of former World Cup top scorer Sun Wen, a leading "iron roses" who retired in 2003.

"I've spent a lot of time in talking about this with Sun." Ma said, "We must reshape the women's soccer team, so I need to call up best players from around the country."

Early reports indicated Sun would take a post in the team as assistant coach instead of playing on pitch herself.

Sun was emotional about her return, saying she missed the team which brought her to the top of world and she would "devote all the strength" to help the team pull through.

China, runners-up of Olympics 1996 and World Cup 1999, was considered one of world's best in women's soccer. But since the retirement of the "iron roses", used by domestic media to describe the players, China never found its way back.

Ma, who took over the national team for the first time in 2001, was sacked after China missed the title in 2002 Asian Games and failed to reach the semifinals of the World Cup in 2003.

Ma's substitute Zhang Haitao failed to revitalize the squad, which suffered an early exit in the group stage of last year's Athens Olympics, including a humiliating 8-0 loss to Germany.

Wang Haiming, who took China to runners-up in the world youth championship in 2003, took over the team. But a string of poor performances in the friendlies cost him the job, and Pei Encai was surprisingly picked up, despite his inexperience at coaching national team or women's team.

Pei was favored by CFA for his good record in the Chinese super league, leading the Wuhan Huanghelou to a seven-game winning streak.

But the job turned out to be an impossible mission to Pei, as China finished last in the four-team women's football tournament in October's East Asian Games in Macao. Pei quit last month, about five months after he was appointed.
 

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August 19 result:

CANADA 0, CHINA 0

Canada's senior women's soccer team held China to a 0-0 draw in a friendly in St. John's Nfld., a tuneup for the coming World Cup qualifying tournament.

With several of his players in Russia for the under-20 women's world championships, Canadian coach Even Pellerud was pleased his team could hold No. 8-ranked China to a standstill.

"I am pleased with an excellent team performance under very difficult circumstances," Pellerud said.

Canada, ranked 11th in the world, plays China again Tuesday in St. John's. The two matches are tuneups for the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, Canada's qualifying for next year's Women's World Cup in China.
 

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More info on China's U21 Team at the Women’s World Championship in Russia.


2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship

Quarterfinals

Date Teams Stadium (Venue)
Aug. 26 Brazil 2, Nigeria 1 Torpedo (Moscow)
Aug. 26 China 4, Russia 0 Torpedo (Moscow)
Aug. 27 North Korea 2, France 1 Petrovsky (St. Petersburg)
Aug. 27 USA 4, Germany 1 Petrovsky (St. Petersburg)

Semifinal

Date Teams Stadium (Venue)
Aug. 31 Brazil vs. North Korea Lokomotiv (Moscow)
Aug. 31 China vs. USA Lokomotiv (Moscow)

Final

Date Teams Stadium (Venue)
Sept. 3 Third Place Lokomotiv (Moscow) 4pm local time
Sept. 3 Winner Lokomotiv (Moscow) 7pm local time
 

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U.S. U-20 women eliminated on penalties by China

source: ESPNsoccernet news services

The U.S. U-20 women's national team dropped a heartbreaking match to China in the semifinals of the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship.

The U.S. lost on penalty kicks, 5-4, after playing to a scoreless draw in regulation.

U.S. coach Tim Schulz made four changes from the lineup that had outplayed defending champion Germany in the quarterfinals, leaving goal hero Danesha Adams on the bench.

The U.S. will now face Brazil, losers to North Korea in the other semifinal, in the third-place game [on Sunday, 3 Sept].



Tina DiMartino keeps pace with Rao Hui Fanf of China as they vie for the loose ball.


So. China's going to the Final, against Noth Korea on Sunday, 3 Sept.
 

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Time flies and Ma xiaoxu is now playing in Europe.

Menawhile, China has [yet another] new coach ...

29 Mar 2007

Former Sweden coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors left China on Wednesday morning with a signed contract in her suitcase, after she agreed to become the first-ever foreign coach of China's women's team. On Tuesday, Domanski accepted the position in Wuhan, one of the five host venues for September's FIFA Women's World Cup ...


more at fifa.com

Domanski promised to "lead the NT to the semi-finals at the Womens World Cup in September" ... That's a very tall order. I would be just as happy if she could only lead them out of the current miseries. Welcome and good luck!
 

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May 3 friendly result: China 3-1 Canada in Hangzhou.
May 6 friendly result: China 2-1 Canada in Hangzhou.

Canada sore losers

These two teams could possibly meet in a quarterfinal at the World Cup in September.
 

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China is hosting a four-nation invitational tournament this month as a kind of venue-testing event for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The matches are as follows:

July 1: China 4-0 Thailand; Mexico 2-2 Italy

July 4: China 1-0 Mexico; Italy 5-0 Thailand

July 7: Mexico v. Thailand; China v. Italy

July 10: Third place match; Final match
 

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Hosts Chinese women's soccer team has been crowned at the four-nation invitational tournament here on Tuesday with a last-minute 1-0 win over Mexico, while Italy rallied past Thailand 2-1 to finish third.

Thanks to a last minute goal from Xie Caixia, who drove in a direct free kick from the right verge of the box after two minutes into the injury time, China avoided an extra-time duel.

Earlier in the evening, Italy edged underdogs Thailand 2-1 to avoid a bottom finish while the Thais made breakthrough to score their first and sole goal after losing all four outings in the tourney.

- Xinhua, July 10
 

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Matildas stun World Cup hosts a second time
Monday, 20 August 2007

The Matildas have shocked World Cup hosts China for the second time in three days comfortably winning 3-1 overnight before 52,000 spectators at Tianjin's Olympic Center Stadium.

The result ensured a clean sweep of the two-match series for the Matildas after the world number 11 was defeated 3-2 on Thursday in what is Australia's final international matches prior to next month's 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Matildas held a 3-0 lead until the dying minutes of an action-packed match following first half strikes from Heather Garriock and Caitlin Munoz and a third from Collette McCallum soon after half time.

The result could have been even more emphatic with Australia having two goals controversially disallowed while Munoz was inches away from making the scoreline 4-0 when her powerful strike hit the frame of the goal mid-way through the second half.

“It is a great result and I am absolutely delighted with the performance of the team especially considering the difficult circumstances,” said coach Tom Sermanni. “The players were backing up after three days, while some injuries to key players meant some adjustments to the line-up and also positional changes but the team responded admirably.”

“The matches have been superb preparation on a number of levels and once again the depth amongst the squad has been proven to be significant.”

Australia stunned the locals who turned up in numbers to mark the public opening of the 60,000 capacity stadium to be used at the World Cup and also next year's Beijing Olympic Games. The Matildas though were not overawed despite many playing in front of the biggest crowd of their careers with Australia racing to a two-goal lead ten minutes prior to the interval. Firstly Garriock scored after 12 minutes when she fired a low angled shot inside the goalkeepers near post after Joanne Burgess had been the provider.

Munoz then doubled the advantage when she tucked away a rebound after McCallum's shot was parried by the goalkeeper. McCallum then increased the advantage once again with a solid finish at the back post after Cheryl Salisbury's free kick had eluded the defense.

The result once again achieved despite Australia being shorn of a number of experienced players with Thea Slatyer, Rhian Davies, Dianne Alagich and Joanne Peters all unavailable.

Australia will head back to China on September 5 for their tilt at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup following a five-day camp in Sydney.

Australia will open their campaign against Ghana on September 12 in Hangzhou, followed by the match against Norway on September 15 in the same city before the final group match against Canada on September 19 in Chengdu.

The top two teams in Australia's group will progress to the quarter finals and meet the top two teams of Group D which features China, Denmark, Brazil and New Zealand.
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Match Details:

Australia 3 (Heather Garriock 12', Caitlin Munoz 34', Collette McCallum 51')

China 1 (Pu Wei 90')

Australian line-up: Melissa Barbieri (gk); Lauren Colthorpe, Cheryl Salisbury, Kate McShea, Clare Polkinghorne, Sally Shipard, Collette McCallum, Heather Garriock (Alicia Ferguson 66'), Joanne Burgess (Danielle Small h/t), Caitlin Munoz (Kate Gill 84'), Sarah Walsh (Lisa De Vanna 74')

Cautions: McCallum 23', Polkinghorne 79', McShea 88', Colthorpe 91'

Unavailable: Thea Slatyer, Rhian Davies, Dianne Alagich, Joanne Peters
 
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