Chinese women’s football once brought a lot of pride and honor to its supporters. In 1999, China historically made it to the World Cup final. Although China lost to the USA in the final by a single penalty kick, fans still nicknamed those women “Steel Roses” for their iconic performances.
After years of controversy, Chinese football finally took its first step towards normalizing naturalization on the national team level. However, the discussion has not ended yet. People are still unsure whether naturalization can bring hope to this hopeless football country.