China’s Steel Roses bid to bloom at women’s World Cup


BEIJING: China women’s football team — the Steel Roses — must overcome a thorny opening match against hosts Canada at the World Cup as they bid to rediscover their blossoming form of the 1990s. They are one of the youngest squads at Canada 2015, and with a player dubbed “Little Messi” in their ranks, some believe the team ranked 16th by FIFA have the potential to go far. China face Canada in the tournament opener on June 6, before matches against their other Group A opponents Netherlands and New Zealand.



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