Olympic Football Tournament 2020 – Women

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  • Wang Shuang is the star of the China PR team
  • She greatly contributed to the qualification of her team for Tokyo 2020
  • She reflects on this performance at the microphone of FIFA.com

End of the match, yesterday, in Suzhou: Wang Shuang, in tears, embraces her teammates of PR China after 120 minutes of play. Nerves may fall after this meeting against the Republic of Korea, decisive for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament , Tokyo 2020 and which the two countries had been waiting to dispute for a year, but which the COVID-19 pandemic had pushed back.

On the way to the Republic of Korea, Steel roses of Jia Xiuquan win 2-1 thanks to Wang’s decisive goal, but the Taeguk Warriors responded in the second leg and led 2-0 at the break. With only 20 minutes left, Wang found the head of the great Yang Man from a free kick, which allowed the Chinese to equalize in both matches. Wang will give the coup de grace in overtime.

“We are now qualified for the Olympic Games”, enthuses Wang at the microphone of FIFA.com. “The team’s collective efforts have paid off. It’s impossible to take a player out of the crowd in this game because everyone played a key role. We fought on all the balls in attack and we The team stood together in defense. The entire team shone in both matches to live up to expectations. “

It is in February 2020 that China launches its qualifying campaign for the Olympic Games, just as the COVID-19 pandemic breaks out. Living in Wuhan, Wang misses the group stage in Australia because his city is confined. Blocked at home, the applicant does not, however, stand idly by. She therefore decides to concoct a personalized training plan. The videos of his indoor workouts are even creating a buzz.

While China quickly regains control of the situation, Wang was called back to the national team last May for an internship. Happy to put the crampons back on, Wang works hard on her return and finds her best form. The dates of the play-offs are then announced, and Wang and her teammates redouble their efforts.

“We had to go through a very difficult 130-day internship,” says Wang. “We were running 10 km in every training session. We were more than ready for the play-offs and we managed to get the upper hand.”

China’s Olympic achievements

  • Atlanta 1996: finalist
  • Sydney 2000: group stage
  • Athens 2004: group stage
  • Beijing 2008: quarterfinals
  • Rio 2016: quarts of finale

Their ambitions in Tokyo

In this case, Wang knew better than anyone how the road to the Olympics was strewn with obstacles. She was part of the China squad which qualified for Rio 2016. Excellent during the qualifying matches, she notably scored the equalizing goal, from a penalty kick in added time, in the 1-1 draw against Korea DPR .

The Steel roses followed by eliminating the Japanese hostesses and the Republic of Korea to qualify for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Holder in the four meetings of China which reached the quarter-finals, Wang and China were eliminated 1-0 by Germany, future champion.

From there, Wang continued his progression in club and national team. She won the title of national champion twice with Dalian and helped China secure second place at the 2018 Asian Games. In the same year, she signed to Paris Saint-Germain and was voted Player of the Year of the AFC.

“Frankly, I have matured a lot, especially mentally. Since the last Olympic Games and the last two editions of the Women’s World Cup, I am stronger psychologically,” said the 26-year-old before concluding: ” We obviously hope to do good things in Tokyo. “

Wang Shuang during her France 2019 photo session
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