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Asian Watch: Squads confirmed, Wang fights for fitness 


Saturday, May 18, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: Three weeks remain until Korea Republic and France kick off the biggest tournament in the women's game, and Asia's five FIFA Women's World Cup representatives have had another eventful week on the road to the Finals.


In this week's Asian Watch; Australia and Korea Republic have announced their final squads, and a Paris-bound Thailand are close to the doing the same, while Asako Takakura has reflected on the importance of last April's AFC Women's Asian Cup triumph in Jordan.

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Australia, Korea Republic squads confirmed



Two of Asia's contenders confirmed the players they hope will lead them to World Cup glory, with Australia revealing their squad on Tuesday, before Korea Republic followed suit with a Friday announcement.



The inclusion of 16-year-old Mary Fowler - who will become Australia's youngest ever World Cup player should she get on the pitch in France - earned the most headlines in Ante Milicic's selection, with Kyah Simon, scorer of five career goals at the tournament, the most significant omission.



 

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There were few surprises in Yoon Duk-yeo's Korea Republic travelling party, with veteran goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi's non-selection through injury known well in advance of the squad announcement.



 

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Updated Thailand provisional squad


Goalkeepers: Waraporn Boonsing, Yada Sengyong, Sukanya Chor Charoenying, Tiffany Darunee Chantrak


Defenders: Duangnapa Sritala, Natthakran Chinwong, Kanjanaporn Saengkoon, Warunee Phetwiset, Khwanrudi Saengchan, Sunisa Srangthaisong, Ainon Phancha, Pitsamai Sornsai, Phonphirun Philawan


Midfielders: Pikul Khueanpet, Silawan Intamee, Nipawan Punyosuk, Wilaiporn Boothduang, Chuchuen Sudarat, Rattikan Thongsombut, Orapin Waenngoen


Forwards: Orathai Srimanee, Saowalak Pengngam, Taneekarn Dangda, Kanjana Sung-Ngoen, Suchawadee Nildhamrong




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Wang plays catch-up as China PR build in Beijing



With her duties with French club Paris Saint-Germain completed for the season, current AFC Women's Player of the Year Wang Shuang joined her national team this week, but the Steel Roses star admits she is behind the eight-ball when it comes to fitness.



With the domestic-based players in Jia Xiuquan's training squad having undergone intensive training camps in Suzhou and, now, Beijing, Wang - whose online PSG documentary series has racked up eight million views in her home country - confirmed she has work to do to reach the high physical standards of her teammates.



China PR's preparations, including a friendly match against an Under-19 men's outfit reportedly won 6-3 by Jia's side. Australia's Emily Gielnik revealed Australia's home-based players have also been preparing against male opposition in an interview this week.

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Takakura reflects on Jordan 2018 turning point



Japan head coach Asako Takakura has pinpointed AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018 as the moment that her developing side became a united squad.



Coming into last year's Continental Finals just weeks after a 6-2 hammering at the hands of the Netherlands, the Nadeshiko steadily progressed through the tournament before beating Australia 1-0 in the final to claim their second Asian title; an achievement Takakura reflected on this week.



"We knew it wouldn’t be an easy task, but the players played very hard, showed their persistence, and fought until the very end," she told the JFA's official website.



 

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"Although the team was still work in progress, winning the title gave us great confidence moving forward, and that tournament really united our team as one."



While the majority of Japan's squad have their attention firmly focused on France, captain Saki Kumagai is looking no further than Saturday's UEFA Women's Champions League Final in Budapest, where her Olympique Lyonnais side will look to claim a fourth successive title against FC Barcelona.

Sawa's record set to be surpassed



One of Asia's all-time greats is set to have a World Cup record struck from the list after evergreen midfielder Formiga was named in Brazil's squad for the global Finals for an unprecedented seventh time.



Japanese icon Homare Sawa (pictured above) currently shares the record with 41-year-old Formiga, having played in six World Cups starting in 1995 in Sweden, where Sawa and Formiga played against each other in a Group A clash, won 2-1 by the Nadeshiko.

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Formiga's record-breaking appearance may yet come against Asian opposition, with Brazil to face Australia in their second group stage match in Montpellier on June 13.



Photos: AFP

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