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China PR ace Sun Wen to play key role with FIFA Technical Study Group

Paris: China PR legend Sun Wen has been named as part of FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which is set to start on June 7 when host nation France take on Korea Republic.

The world governing body has assembled a select group of experts for its TSG, whose analysis of the 52 matches will comprise a detailed breakdown of the action on the pitch and the identification of potential trends for inclusion in the technical report that will be distributed after the competition.

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An icon of women’s football, Sun was named FIFA Women’s Player of the Century alongside former United States star Michelle Akers. Whilst representing the Chinese women’s national team, she made it to the final of both the 1996 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999 – where she landed the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards.

Sun will cast her experienced eye over proceedings alongside fellow TSG members April Heinrichs from the United States, Germany’s Nadine Kessler, France’s Elisabeth Loisel and Clémentine Toure from the Côte d’Ivoire.

The TSG experts will be supported by FIFA TSG Deputy Project Leader Patricia Gonzalez, FIFA Goalkeeping Specialist Pascal Zuberbuhler, FIFA TSG Coordinator and former Swiss women’s national team captain Prisca Steinegger, and FIFA Performance & Game Analyst Chris Loxston.

Japan, Australia, Korea Republic, China PR and Thailand will be representing Asia at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, a tournament which many believe will, in terms of pace, be the fastest ever.

"I think this is going to be the fastest Women’s World Cup ever if you consider how transitions from defence to attack, or from in possession to out of possession, will be executed from a technical and tactical point of view,” said TSG head Heinrichs.

“We can expect to see plenty of adjustments, and in the end I believe that tactical decision-making will be very important. The teams will be taking the initiative, playing proactive football, and trying to win and score as many goals as possible," she added.

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