MEET THE STEEL ROSES
CHINA WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
In 1999, the China Women's National Team was one penalty shootout away from claiming a world title.
It was perhaps one of the most famous women's football matches of all time. The moment also gave the women's team their nickname: the Steel Roses.
Twenty years later, the team arrives to the tournament this summer with one goal: to return to glory on the world's biggest stage.
Keep an eye on these players as they lead the Steel Roses in France.
Wang Shuang is a true playmaker. The Asian Footballer of the Year joined PSG in 2018, and she's ready to show what she's got at the highest level in the world.
Wu Haiyan is a 26-year-old defender and veteran of the Steel Roses. Serving as the team captain, she commands the back line with experience.
Wang Shanshan began as a defender but found her strength after moving to attack in 2018. She once scored nine goals in 37 minutes—after entering as a substitute.
Dragon and phoenix symbols feature on the China home shirt, representing the team's quest to return to glory. The association crest has five stars from the national flag, while inside the shirt is another phoenix, embodying royalty, power and the team's pursuit of excellence.
China's new away shirt has a brilliant all-over phoenix print with crimson accents. Like the home kit, this shirt also has a phoenix graphic inside the collar, a symbol of inner pride and the rise to victory.