Sun Wen (footballer)

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Sun Wen
孙雯
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-04-06) April 6, 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth Shanghai, China
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1989–2000 Shanghai
2001–2002 Atlanta Beat 33 (7)
2003 Shanghai SVA
2006 Shanghai SVA
National team
1990–2006 China [1] 163 [2] (106 [3] )
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sun Wen (simplified Chinese :孙雯; traditional Chinese :孫雯; pinyin :Sūn Wén; born April 6, 1973 in Shanghai) is a retired Chinese professional football (soccer) player. She previously captained the China women's national football team and the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).

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In 2000, she won the FIFA Female Player of the Century along with Michelle Akers. Sun won both the Golden Ball (top player) and Golden Boot (top scorer) for her performance at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. She is considered one of the all-time greats of the women's game. [4] [5]

Early life

Sun began playing football around the age of ten. Her father, Sun Zonggao, was a recreational football player who took Sun with him to watch matches in the Chinese men's league. Sun credits him for influencing her foray into the sport. [6] [7]

Sun studied Chinese literature at the University of Shanghai.

Playing career

Club

Shanghai SVA

Sun played for the Shanghai team in the Chinese women's league. [6]

Atlanta Beat

Sun played for the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association from 2001–2002. She was the first overall pick of the WUSA's Inaugural Draft, but a knee and ankle injury limited her first season with the Beat to 13 games with five starts. During the league's semifinal match against the Philadelphia Charge, the Beat were down 2–0, however, Sun scored on a penalty kick and then provided the assist on the equalizer goal with a corner kick headed in by Cindy Parlow. The Beat would go on to win the match 3–2. She then notched the Beat's third goal in the Founders Cup helping the team to an eventual 3–3 tie during regulation. The San Jose CyberRays won the title in a penalty kick shootout. [8] [9]

During the 2002 season, Sun played in 18 games, making 10 starts. She scored four goals as the Beat earned another chance at the playoffs, but the Beat were eliminated in the semifinals. [10]

Sun announced her retirement from the WUSA in January 2003 to return to China in preparation for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. [11]

International

Sun appeared on China's national squad at the age of 17 and went on to appear in four FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments for China and became one of three women to have played all of China's 15 matches in its three World Cup appearances. [12] In 1999, she had 10 goals in her World Cup career, leaving her tied for second place on an all-time scoring list. [6]

Sun helped the national team win the Asian Cup in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997. [13]

Sun led China to a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Athens, Georgia. During the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, Sun scored seven goals and earned the Golden Ball (top player) and Golden Boot (top scorer) at the tournament.

She returned to the Chinese women's team from a two-year retirement on December 15, 2005. [14] Due to injury reasons, Sun retired again after winning AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2006.

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments

Sun played 28 matches and scored 16 goals in 4 world cup tournaments and 2 Olympics: China 1991, Sweden 1995, Atlanta 1996, USA 1999, Sydney 2000, USA 2003; she played and started every match for China. Sun Wen, with her China teams, won a silver medal at Atlanta 1996 Olympics, and finished second at USA 1999 world cup.

Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)
LocationGeographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
LineupStart – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
( c ) – captain

MinThe minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/passThe ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pkGoal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
ScoreThe match score after the goal was scored.
ResultThe final score.

W – match was won
L – match was lost to opponent
D – match was drawn
(W) – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
(L) – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match

aetThe score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
GoalMatchDateLocationOpponentLineupMinScoreResultCompetition
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
1
1991-11-16 [m 1] Guangzhou Flag of Norway.svg  Norway

off 70' (on Zhu Tao)

4–0 W

Group stage
1
2
1991-11-19 [m 2] Guangzhou Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Start37

1–1

2–2 D

Group stage
3
1991-11-21 [m 3] Foshan Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Start

4–1 W

Group stage
4
1991-11-24 [m 4] Guangzhou Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Start

0–1 L

Quarter-final
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup
2
5
1995-06-06 [m 5] Gävle Flag of the United States.svg  United States Start79

3–3

3–3 D

Group stage
6
1995-06-08 [m 6] Västerås Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Start

4–2 W

Group stage
3
7
1995-06-10 [m 7] Västerås Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Start76

2–1

3–1 W

Group stage
8
1995-06-13 [m 8] Helsingborg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Start

1–1(pso 4–3) (W)

Quarter-final
9
1995-06-15 [m 9] Helsingborg Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Start

0–1 L

Semi-final
10
1995-06-17 [m 10] Gävle Flag of the United States.svg  United States

off 59' (on Wei Haiying)

0–2 L

Third place match
Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta 1996 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
11
1996-07-21 [m 11] Miami Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Start

2–0 W

Group stage
12
1996-07-23 [m 12] Miami Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

off 43' (on Chen Yufeng)

5–1 W

Group stage
13
1996-07-25 [m 13] Miami Flag of the United States.svg  United States Start

0–0 D

Group stage
14
1996-07-28 [m 14] Athens GA Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Start

3–2 W

Semi-final
4
15
1996-08-01 [m 15] Athens GA Flag of the United States.svg  United States Start32

1–1

1–2 L

Gold medal match
Flag of the United States.svg USA 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
16
1999-06-19 [m 16] San Jose CA Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden

off 74' (on Pu Wei)

2–1 W

Group stage
5
17
1999-06-23 [m 17] Portland OR Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Start9

1–0

7–0 W

Group stage
6
21

3–0

7
54

4–0

8
18
1999-06-26 [m 18] E Rutherford NJ Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia

off 63' (on Qiu Haiyan)

39

1–0

3–1 W

Group stage
9
51

2–0

19
1999-06-30 [m 19] San Jose CA Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Start

2–0 W

Quarter-final
10
20
1999-07-04 [m 20] Boston Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Start3

1–0

5–0 W

Semi-final
11
72 pk

5–0

21
1999-07-10 [m 21] Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg  United States Start

0–0(pso 4–5) (L)

Final
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 2000 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
12
22
2000-09-14 [m 22] Canberra Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Start57

2–0

3–1 W

Group stage
13
83

3–0

14
23
2000-09-17 [m 23] Melbourne Flag of the United States.svg  United States Start67

1–1

1–1 D

Group stage
15
24
2000-09-20 [m 24] Canberra Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Start75

1–1

1–2 L

Group stage
Flag of the United States.svg USA 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
16
25
2003-09-21 [m 25] Carson CA Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Start; (c)29

1–0

1–0 W

Group stage
26
2003-09-25 [m 26] Carson CA Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Start; (c)

1–1 D

Group stage
27
2003-09-28 [m 27] Portland OR Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Start; (c)

1–0 W

Group stage
28
2003-10-02 [m 28] Portland OR Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Start; (c)

0–1 L

Quarter-final

Honors and awards

A strong striker with great skills and passing abilities, Sun won both the Golden Boot (which she shared with Sissi, of Brazil) and the Golden Ball for the 1999 Women's World Cup, and became the first woman to be nominated for the Asian Football Confederation player of the year award.

In 2002, she was received the FIFA Internet Award in the FIFA Female Player of the Century voting. While the overall award was won by American Michelle Akers, Sun received the most internet votes on the FIFA-website. [15]

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Match reports

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