Sun Wen (footballer)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Sun.
Sun Wen
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-04-06) April 6, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Shanghai, China
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989-2000 Shanghai
2001-2002 Atlanta Beat 33 (7)
2003 Shanghai SVA
2006 Shanghai SVA
National team
1990-2006 China[1] 152 (106[2])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

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). 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.

Early life[edit]

Sun, whose name means "lovely woman" in Mandarin, began playing football around the age of ten. Her father, Zhong Gao, 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.[3][4]

Sun studied Chinese literature at the University of Shanghai.

Playing career[edit]


Shanghai SVA[edit]

Sun played for the Shanghai team in the Chinese women's league.[3]

Atlanta Beat[edit]

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 assisted 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.[5][6]

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.[7]

Sun announced her retirement from the WUSA in January 2003 to return to China in preparation for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.[8]


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.[9] In 1999, she had 10 goals in her World Cup career, leaving her tied for second place on an all-time scoring list.[3]

Sun helped the national team win the Asian Cup in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997.[10]

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.[11] 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[edit]

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.

Honors and awards[edit]

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 voted FIFA Female Player of the Century, an award she shared with American Michelle Akers.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "中国女足出局玫瑰提前凋零 孙雯宣布挂靴" (in zh-cn). 潇湘晨报. 2003-10-04. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Sun's retirement leaves China to suffer wait for new genius". China Daily. 
  3. ^ a b c Hersh, Philip (1999-07-06). "Hot? Chinese Star Sun Blazing". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sun Wen: A World-class Soccer Player". Women of China. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Beat chooses Chinese star forward first in WUSA draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sun Wen is up'beat' heading into title game". USA Today. 2001-08-24. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Chinese star leaves Atlanta to concentrate on World Cup". ESPN. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Superstar Striker Retires; Beat Adds German to the Attack". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Legend Sun Wen impessed by Japan". FIFA. 
  10. ^ "Sun Wen leads off second day of Olympic Torch Relay in Shanghai". Beijing Olympics. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ma returns to coach women's team; Sun Wen back". China Daily. 
  12. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2001-08-23). "Sun Wen is up'beat' heading into title game". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-12.