Tag Archives: China PR Women’s National Team

Exciting Germany comes out on top of physical China

10 Jun
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Y’all… It’s been SO long. It’s been so long since I’ve written (thank you hopechaser and Lozil for entertaining my desires to write) and so long since I’ve been excited for soccer. Leave it to the amazing women of this sport to rekindle my love! Continue reading

2019 Women’s World Cup: Group B Preview

28 May

I’m calling this the ‘bringing the heat’ group. South Africa is coming in hot. Spain is coming in hotter. Germany is coming in with renewed heat. China is slowly rebuilding the fire. If you’re placing money on which group holds the most kindling to ignite a full-scale football combustion moment, Group B is it. Continue reading

Play Like a Girl: SheBelieves, Algarve, and Cyprus Cups

10 Feb

1471474930699It’s almost March which means it is time to get ready for the Triwizard’s Cup of women’s football once more. But, not really. Over a 9-day period in March, three (3) tournaments are taking place in Cyprus, Portugal, and the USA for 28 national women’s football teams. Which is sorta like a Triwizard-esque event. But, again, not really. :^)

Cyprus Cup
Officially, the Cyprus Cup runs February 27 – March 9 though matches are taking place March 1 – 8 only. Unlike its companion tournaments, this Cup holds a group stage to determine group positions based on points followed by one day of classification matches to determine final rankings.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups. The participating teams are as follows, along with their current FIFA ranking:

Group A
Belgium, 25; Italy, 16; Korea DPR, 10; Switzerland, 17

Group B
Austria, 24 (current champions); Korea Rep, 18; New Zealand, 19; Scotland, 21

Group C
Czech Rep, 33; Rep.of Ireland, 34; Hungary, 40; Wales, 36

There are no announced broadcasts at the moment, though there was one stream available last year for the final.

4197lAlgarve Cup
Taking place March 1 – 8 in Portugal, the Algarve Cup is in its 24th year of operation. This year’s tournament should be a hotly contested one, with top EU teams gearing up for UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in Netherlands in July.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups for a round-robin tournament with the winner determined based on the standard points systems. The participating teams are as follows, including their FIFA ranking:

Group A
Canada, 4 (current champions); Denmark, 15; Russia, 23; Portugal, 38

Group Two
Iceland, 20; Japan, 7; Norway, 11; Spain, 14

Group Three
Australia, 6; Sweden, 8; Netherlands, 12; China PR, 13

Eurosport has broadcast this tournament in the past; a search for this year’s schedule has proven fruitless thus far.

canadavencealgarvecupSheBelieves Cup
Is the unofficial slogan for this year’s SheBelieves Cup, “she persisted”? If not, it really, really should be. Timely and extremely relevant when it comes to women’s football. I highly encourage anyone able to attend any of these games to consider some signage.

Four of the top 5 FIFA-ranked teams are involved again this year: France (3), England (5), Germany (2), and the USA (1). This tournament is also a round robin, with the winner determined based on the standard points system.

Games are taking place in Chester, PA (March 1); Harrison, NJ (March 4); and Washington DC (March 7). Tickets for all the games are available through USSoccer.com.

It looks like Fox Sports will be airing the USA games only. French broadcasters D17 and Canal + Sport along with the BBC picked up all or some of the other games last year. Hopefully they will do the same this year.

160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery21If anyone is going to any of these tournament, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment below or connect on Twitter @hbandsandhbreak.


The Daily Drool – Olympics Group E – China PR: Tan Ruyin

6 Aug

Tan RuyinMidfielder Tan plays for Guangdong Lottery.  She has represented China PR at the U20 and senior levels.

2015 WWC – Group A: Behind-the-Scenes with the Steel Roses

15 Jun

China PR only opened their Twitter account just before the start of the tournament. And I’m really glad they did, so we can enjoy a bit of their experiences here in Canada. If I was smarter I’d figure out how to grab from Weibo more readily. Oh well! Continue reading

2015 WWC – Group A: China PR vs Netherlands Match Recap

14 Jun

CHQelWZUsAETDBIAnother Group A match and another last-gasp goal to seal a win. All about delayed gratification in this group. A total of 25 shots were recorded during the game, with 13 on goal. Ten of those were from China. They dominated the game for long spells and kept creating chance after chance. They just couldn’t convert until the end with a rather lacklustre attempt which snuck through all too easily. Oh well, a goal is a goal is a goal no matter how it arrives. Continue reading

2015 Women’s World Cup: Group A Contenders

1 Jun

051315-soccer-WWC-combo-PI-mp.vadapt.955.high.0Group A kick-offs the Women’s World Cup on June 6. On the surface this appears to be a relatively well-matched group. You’ve got an international newbie (Netherlands), a team still looking for their first WWC win after 6 tries (New Zealand), the host country team which has never moved past the group stage, and a team which placed fourth way back in 1999. Groups with such wide-ranging international experience like this are always fun. As much as you believe you can predict exactly what will happen, there’s a very real chance the group will turn out to be completely unpredictable. Continue reading