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.
Nild eager to prove Thailand's credentials at India 2022
Bangkok: Four years on from Thailand’s memorable run to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup semi-finals, one of the stars of their 2018 campaign has her sights set on a repeat performance at India 2022.
As the tournament countdown clock enters single-figures, Thailand star Miranda Nild joined the-AFC.com to discuss the team's build-up to the month ahead, and how a record defeat now serves as motivation.
Squads revealed ahead of AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 kick-off
Kuala Lumpur: The 12 contenders at AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 have named the 23-strong squads they hope will steer them to glory at this month’s continental Finals.
With eight days remaining until the 20th edition of Asia’s flagship women’s football competition kicks off in Mumbai, squads featuring the continent’s biggest names, as well as stars of the future, were formally registered on Monday.
AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ stadium in Chengdu marks its debut
Chengdu: The Chengdu Phoenix Hill Stadium, one of the 10 venues of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™, was successfully unveiled during the final of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) Cup 2021, which saw Shandong Taishan defeat Shanghai Port 1-0 to claim the coveted domestic crown on Sunday.
The thrilling final marked a significant milestone for the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™, which will be aiming to hosts all the matches of Asia’s premier men’s national team competition in football specific stadiums.