Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today launched the first-ever AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ History Book, which details the evolution of the storied competition and its remarkable growth since the first edition was played in 1975.
With the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ kicking off in less than a week, this trip down memory lane could not have been more well timed with fans now able to relive the history of the Continent’s flagship women’s national team competition and how it continues to inspire and provide an enduring platform for Asia’s future and current stars.
Five-time champion Shui Qingxia guiding China PR’s new era
Shanghai: History shows that, more than nearly anyone else, Shui Qingxia knows how to win the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
A member of the China PR team that broke through for a historic title at their first ever continental tournament in 1986, Shui went on to lift the trophy five times in the next 11 years, never playing in a losing side at the competition, and forming part of the most dominant team in the history of the women’s game in Asia.
A quarter century after her last successful visit to Asia’s flagship event as a player, Shui is now tasked with steering a new generation of Chinese players as head coach. She is the first ex-player to lead China PR at a major international event, an honour that gives her a unique insight into what it means to wear the famous red shirt of the eight-time champions, and what it takes to succeed on the continent’s biggest stage.
Prior to the team’s arrival in India, Shui joined the-AFC.com to discuss the challenge ahead, as the Chinese class of 2022 attempts to carve their own slice of history in a tournament they once ruled.