Thursday, January 25, 2007

China women host USA, England and Germany

With about 200 days to go before the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup begins, four qualified teams, Germany, the United States, England and hosts China, meet in Guangzhou, China, for the annual Four-Nation tournament which begins on Friday, Xinhua reported. United States' coach Greg Ryan told the newsgancy that he considers China is a little bit stronger than North Korea, especially at home soil, though China failed to qualify for the women's football final at the Doha Asiad after it was beaten 3-1 by DPR Korea in the semifinals. "China is a good team which defends well. They have great forwards like Ma Xiaoxu and Han Duan," he said. "DPR Korea is also an amazing team. The team is very talented and it has so many good players. They play great football. But they do not have enough chances to play on the world stage and the players feel nervous when they meet large crowds," Ryan said, "So my poinion is that China is stronger."

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