China women's national team announce roster for Rio 2016

All 18 players selected play their domestic football in their homeland.

China women's national team announce roster for Rio 2016
China shocked everyone in qualifying, and have been preparing well to shock everyone in Rio. (Photo: @ChinaWFT)

China have named an all home-based squad for their trip to South America this summer for the Olympic Games.

French coach Bruno Bini was appointed as manager of the national team back in September of last year, and he has kicked off his stint with them in style after stealing second spot in qualifying from Japan - the hosts of the qualifying tournament and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup runners-up.

Now, he will be guiding the Steel Roses to Rio 2016, with them looking to make up for lost time after missing out on a trip to London in 2012.

All China-based cast

The stars of any Chinese show this summer will be players more than recognisable to fans back home, but less so globally.

All 18 players selected by Bini ply their domestic trade in China, which throws their level of top quality experience in doubt.

The majority of the squad have been based in China for their entire careers and for those who have not, their only ventures away from their homeland have kept them in Asia.

Ma Xiaoxu is an exception, but only because she enjoyed one singular season with Swedish side Umea IK in 2007 - making the most of it by winning the Damallsvenskan, the Svenska Cup and the Svenska Supercupen.

With 61 goals in 147 appearances for her country, Xiaoxu will be the one to watch in Brazil.

Attack is where the talent lies

Though this team is strong and resolute at the back, as they showed at last year's World Cup, it's going forward where China really show their quality.

As well as Xiaoxu's presence, 21-year-old Wang Shuang offers a real threat, a player who reportedly had the chance to move to the FAWSL at the back end of last year - the Chinese media writing that illustrious trio Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea were all interested in her services.

Instead, she chose to move to Chinese Women's Super League side Dalian Quanjian, where she continues to show her fantastic potential after making her international debut aged only 17.

Meanwhile, despite a relatively poor goal-scoring record of nine strikes in 70 games for her country, Wang Shanshan showed last summer what she is capable of, scoring twice as China made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Midfielder Wang Lisi however, who scored the other two of her country's four goals in Canada, fails to make the cut, as does arguably the team's most well-known player; goalkeeper Wang Fei.

What can China do this summer, after reaching the World Cup quarter-finals last June? (Photo:
What can China do this summer, after reaching the World Cup quarter-finals last June? (Photo:

Squad in full

Goalkeepers: Zhao Lina (Shanghai Yongbai), Zhang Yue (Beijing BG).

Defenders: Liu Shanshan (Hebei Zhongji), Xue Jiao (Dalian Quanjian), Gao Chen (Dalian Quanjian), Wu Haiyan (Shandong Ladies), Li Dongna (Tianjin Huisen), Zhao Rong (Beijing BG).

Midfielders: Ren Guixin (Changchun Zhuoyue), Tan Ruyin (Guangdong R&F), Pang Fengyue (Dalian Quanjian), Zhang Rui (People's Liberation Army), Yang Man (Shandong Ladies).

Forwards: Ma Xiaoxu (Dalian Quanjian), Yang Li (Jiangsu Suning), Wang Shanshan (Tianjin Huisen), Wang Shuang (Dalian Quanjian), Gu Yasha (Beijing BG).