In the hype around a big tournament, it’s easy to build a narrative that begins and ends with a team’s biggest star. But the players who make or break a squad are often further down the depth chart. Their success or failure will dictate a team’s tournament. These are The Influencers.
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Cho So-hyun, South Korean
Date of birth: 24 June 1988
Place of birth: Seoul, South Korea
Superpower: Limitless stamina
Ask people what they remember about South Korea at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and to the extent they recall anything, odds are it is the blur of a bouncing blonde ponytail racing across the pitch. That ponytail belonged to Cho So-hyun, the tireless captain of the South Korean national team, and there wasn’t a square inch of turf that she didn’t trod on in Canada.
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