After a month of training, the world waves

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Afteramonthoftraining,theworldwaves
AftercontributingtotheWorldWavelore,ZouMengyaohasalongwaytoplayfootball.Photo/ICphotoBirthplaceofZouMengyao:HanzhongCity,ShaanxiProvinceBirthday:October15,2004Height:1.Weight60meters:51kgPosition:frontwaistClub:ShaanxiFootballAssociationWomen’sfootballMainperformance:2019Women’sAsianFootballTeamYoungSeason;ShaanxiFootballHopeStars15-year-oldintheU16Women’sAsianFootballChampionshipfinalsattheendoflastmonthShaanxigirlZouMengyaokilledAustraliawithalongshotfromadistanceof30meterstohelptheChinesewomen’sfootballteamwinthethirdplace.WhatisrememberedalongwiththisworldwaveisherstubbornfacethatshelosthertearsafterlosingtoJapan.Afteralapseofhalfamonth,ZouMengyaoacceptedasaunaandaninterviewwithYewang.Whenshementionedthedefeatagain,shecouldn’thelpchoking.  Lookingbackattheworld,thereturnofKungFuisusuallypracticed.”Atthattime,theballwasreleasedtomyfeet.Iwatchedthegoalkeeperstandingforwardanddialedtoshoot.”Althoughhescoredsuchabeautifullongshotforthefirsttime,ZouMengyaorecalledthatthegoalprocesswascalm.  Afterthegame,someteammatesjokedthattheballwasfooled,butZouMengyaoknewthattheprevioustrainingwasnotinvain.”Ihavedeliberatelypracticedlong-rangeshootingbefore.Aftertraining,everyonehasleft,soIaskedateammatetostayandshoottogether.”ZouMengyaosaidthatsincethepreparationfortheAsianYouthChampionshiponAugust20thisyear,suchtrainingcontinuedformorethanamonth.  ThisisZouMengyao’sgoalagaininthegroupstageagainsttheSouthKoreanteam.Throughoutthetournament,theChineseteamonlyscored5goals,andZouMengyaoarrangedtwoofthem.However,neitherthegoalsnorthethird-placeresultscanmakeupfortheregretthatsheandtheteammissedtheWorldChampionship.  Inthesemi-finalagainsttheJapaneseteam,inthecaseofwinningtoqualifyfortheWorldYouthChampionship,ZouMengyaoandhisteammatesdefendedfor70minutes,butlosttwoconsecutivegoalsinthefinalstage.”WhenIscored0to0inthefirsthalf,Istillfeltverypromising.””Speakingofwhich,ZouMengyaohadachokedthroat.Afterthegame,fromthelockerroomtothehotelbus,nooneintheteamspokeandweptsilently.ThatkindofdepressionZouMengyaostillhasfreshmemories.  AftertheSino-Japanesematch,ZouMengyaostoodonthesidelinesandwatchedhisopponentscelebrate.Shetriednottolethertearssoak,butthecornersofhermouthwerestilltremblingslightly.Thisscenewascapturedbytheretransmissionlens.Thisstubborngirlfullofunwillingnesswasapproachedbythefansalongwiththeworldwave.  AfterXiaomi,themodelleader’ssister,Xiaominbecamethebenchmark,ZouMengyaoembarkedonthebusandsatnexttotheteamleaderXiaominasusual.Thetwosmiledtacitlyandgaveeachotherathumbsup.BeforeZouMengyao’slore,itwasShiXiaomin’sheaderthatequalizedthescore.ThetwoShaanxiprovincialteammatesflashedatthesametimeinacrucialbattle.  InJanuary2016,ZouMengyaoandShiXiaominenteredtheShaanxiteamwiththeirfeet.Priortothis,ShiXiaominwasselectedtothenationalteamtrainingcampunderZhengMaomei,andZouMengyao’snationalnameexperienceatthistimewasstillzero.  ”Atthattime,IfeltthatShiXiaominwasverypowerful,everytimeIcamebackfromthenationalteam,Iraisedtheball.”SeeingtheprogressofteacherXiaoMin,ZouMengyaoisevenmoreeagerforthenationalteam,”Ithenworkedharderintrainingandjustwantedtoreachherlevel.InFebruary2016,theShaanxiteamwonthethirdplaceintheNationalU14Women’sFootballSpringChampionship.OutstandingZouMengyaowasthenselectedforthefirsttimeinthenationalteamtrainingcamp.Therewerealso4teammatesincludingShiXiaomin.  ”Iwentthereandfoundthatmanypeopleplayedverywell,allatthesamelevelasShiXiaomin.”ZouMengyao’sinitialexperiencewiththenationalnamewasnotsuccessful,andhewasbrusheddownafterafewtrainingsessions.Forthenexttwoyears,shewasselectedtothetrainingcampeveryyear,butdidnotstandoutonce.  ZouMengyaosaidthatatthetimeofthetrough,thefirstyearoldShiXiaominalwaysencouragedhimselflikehissister.”EverytimeIreturnfromthenationalyouth,shewillcomfortmeandsay,‘It’sokay,Istillhaveachancenexttime.'”Now,thetwowillstillencourageeachotherinthenationalteam.  ExperiencedbenchtimeThanksgivingChenWantingisthegoldwillalwaysshine,twoyearsofeffortstomakeZouMengyaoaregularvisitortothenationalteam.LastOctober,sheparticipatedintheU16nationalteamXianghetrainingandwasselectedtothe26-personSpanishtraininglist.Butthedaybeforedeparture,ZouMengyaowastoldthattherewasaproblemwithhisvisa.”Iwascryingbadlyatthetime,andIfeltlikeIwasinsuchagoodstate.Fromthebenchtothemainforce,Iwashopelesslywipedout.””shesays.  MissingtheSpanishtraining,ZouMengyao’sstatewasaffected.Sincethen,shehasparticipatedinoverseastrainingsessions,butshehasneverrecovered.WhenshewasinJapan,shealmostsatonthebench.WhenFrancefinallygotclosetothemainforce,herthighwasstrainedagain.”It’sliketraveling,”ZouMengyaodescribedtheconfusionduringthattime.  DuringtheFrenchtrainingsession,ChenWanting,whowasthenanationalteamassistant,gaveZouMengyaoalotofattention.”Whenpracticingpassandcatchonthesidelines,ChenDaopayscloseattentiontothemoodofthesesubstitutesandwillalwaysencourageus.”ComebackfromFrance,afterChenWantingbackedup,ZouMengyaogotthemainvest.  InJulyofthisyear,ChenWantingofficiallybecametheheadcoachoftheU16women’sfootballteam,andZouMengyaosatfirmly.BeforethestartoftheAsianGames,ChenWantingcalledZouMengyao’spersonality,”MaybeIknewthatitwasnoteasyformetogofromthebenchtothemainforce.WhatChenDaosaidmostwastomakememoreconfident.”InthefirstgameoftheSouthKoreanteam,ZouMengyaoreturnedChenWanting’strustwithagoal.  ”ThefirsttimeImetsuchagentlecoach.Shegenerallydoesnotgetangry,andmoreencouragesus,whichmakesusverycomfortable.”RecallingthefivemonthsofworkingwithChenWanting,ZouMengyaowasgratefulandreluctant.  Dreamwantstostandonthehighestpodium.InJulythisyear,atapressconferencewhereabrandhelpedtheChinesewomen’sfootballteam,ZouMengyaoworeapinkskirtandappearedonthestagewithWangShuang,GuYasha,PengShimeng,WuHaiyan4WorldCupinternationals.  Althoughitoftenrepresentsthenationalnamegameabroad,itisthefirsttimeforZouMengyaotoappearinfrontofthepublicwithsuchastylishlook.Recallingthesceneatthetime,ZouMengyaowasstillalittleshy,”Iwantedtogetintothecrackatthattime,andIdidn’twantanyonetoseeme.”ForthefirsttimeImetWangShuang,WuHaiyan,theeldersisteroftheadultnationalteam,ZouMengyaorealizedthekindnessandenthusiasm.ZouMengyaosaidthatoneofhersisters’actionsmadeherfeelverywarm.”Afterthestage,manypeoplecametotakephotosinthebackground.Iwasveryembarrassedtositby,butSisterHaiyanandShuangwangtooktheinitiativetoaskmetotakepicturestogether.”DuringWangShuang’sstayintheocean,ZouMengyaohasbeenpayingattentiontoherdevelopment.Althoughshehasnotconsideredgoingabroadyet,shesaidthatifshehadtheopportunity,shewouldprefertogototheUnitedStates.”BecausetheAmericanwomen’sfootballteamissopowerful,thisWorldCupwonthechampionship.AndthelasttimetheUnitedStatestrained,Ifeltthattheirwomen’sfootballitselfwasgreat.”Inthefirsthalfofthispressconference,ZouMengyaoalsosawSunWenwhenshootingtheeventposter.BeingabletocommunicatewiththerepresentativesoftwogenerationsofChinesewomen’sfootballonthesamestageisalsoaninspirationtotheyoungZouMengyao.”Speakingofthefuture,ZouMengyaohopestodevelophigherplaceslikeWangShuangandSunWen,”itisbesttostandonthehighestpodiumintheworldonbehalfoftheChineseteam.”QuickandquickanswersDeBruneQ:Whoisthefootballidol?”  A:DeBraun.Becausehealsoplaysthemidfielder,rhythmcontrolandpasspenetrationareverygood.WhileinThailand,Iwatchedalotofhisgamevideos.  Q:Idolsotherthanfootball?  A:IlikedDengLunbefore.  Q:Whatdoyoudowhenyoudon’tplayfootball?  A:Playinggames,somekindofking’sglory,eatingchicken,livefootball.  Q:Willyouspendtimedressingup?  A:No,itwillbebangs.  Q:Whatkindofpersondoyouwanttobeinthefuture?  A:Peoplewhoknowhowtobegratefulandhonest.  Writing/Sauna,NightNetXuXiaofan