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China Women's Team profile: key players, full squad list, coach for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

May 31, 2019 By Michelle Bonsu
China will be looking to continue their strong track record at Women's World Cups as they take part in France this summer. Live Soccer TV takes a look at China's profile ahead of the upcoming tournament taking place this June and July.

What is China's history in the FIFA Women's World Cup?

To date, China have participated in all but one of the last seven FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments and have featured in one final. That was back in the 1999 edition, where the Steel Roses lost on penalties in an epic shoot-out to the United States.

Overall, their journey to France was pretty smooth sailing, as they largely cruised through their qualifying matches (including a 4-0 rout over Thailand and a 3-1 victory against the Philippines) to book their ticket to the upcoming tournament. The only World Cup China failed to qualify for was the 2011 edition staged in Germany. Other from that, they have always done well. In fact, the Steel Roses have always at least gotten to the quarter-finals at each and every single competition they have taken part in starting from 1991 when they served as hosts.

What is China's group at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup?

The Asian heavyweights are in Group B. For more information and analysis on China's Last 16 qualification chances, check out Group B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup teams.

What is China's full squad list for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup?

Goalkeepers: Xu Huan, Peng Shimeng, Bi Xiaolin

Defenders: Liu Shanshan, Lin Yuping, Wu Haiyan, Han Peng, Li Jiayue, Wang Ying, Luo Guiping

Midfielders: Lou Jiahui, Wang Shuang, Wang Yan, Li Wen, Gu Yasha, Tan Ruyin, Zhang Rui, Yao Wei, Liu Yanqiu

Forwards: Yang Li, Li Ying, Wang Shanshan, Song Duan

Who are the key players to watch for China at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup?

Midfielder Li Ying was the leader for China during the AFC Asian Women's Cup back in 2018 and will arguably be one player who the Steel Roses will be heavily counting on to try to help them get out of a quartet that contains European heavyweights Germany and a very ambitious Spanish side.

Li netted a very impressive seven goals in just five games during the Asian Cup and played a vital role in China easing through qualifiers, but will she be able to replicate that same kind of performance against much tougher opposition?

Who is China's coach?

China's coach for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup will be the highly-experienced manager Jia Xiuquan. The 55-year-old former defender was not just the top scorer, but also the most valuable player at the 1984 Asian Cup and having received over 50 caps for his country, will be hoping to help the women's side continue their strong track record at World Cups by at least getting to the quarter-finals in France this summer.

How can I watch China's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup matches?  

China will face Germany, South Africa, and Spain in their group stage matches, and here's how you can see them in action from wherever you are based:

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