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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Date of Birth: 7 January 1993
Place of Birth: Chongqing, China
Superpower: Thunder shot
China are a disciplined and formidable — even if not quite world-beating — side whose presence in Group B makes the quartet all the more compelling. Germany jumps out as the traditional power, and Spain has been tipped by many to pull an upset and top the group, but China and South Africa offer unique challenges to each of the European sides.
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