In 1999, the Chinese Women's National Team was one penalty shootout away from claiming a world title. It was the culmination of a dominant period for the federation, one that included seven consecutive Asian trophies and high finishes in all major international tournaments. The moment in history also gave China's women a long-lasting nickname: Steel Roses.
Twenty years later, the blend of toughness and femininity conveyed by that moniker defines the current squad. A rebirth, or more directly, a reprise of those glory years, remains the goal; the new women's China home kit is a symbol of that opportunity.
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