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Zhang Ouying (simplified Chinese: 张欧影; traditional Chinese: 張歐影; pinyin: Zhāng Ōuyǐng; November 2, 1975 – December 1, 2018) was a Chinese football (soccer) player who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics and in the 2004 Summer Olympics as well as the 1999, 2003, and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.[2] She was a member of the Chinese team that won the silver medal at the 1999 World Cup.[3]

Zhang Ouying
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-11-02)November 2, 1975
Place of birth Zhangjiakou, Hebei, China[1]
Date of death December 1, 2018(2018-12-01) (aged 43)
Place of death San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–2002 Hebei
2002–2003 San Diego Spirit 37 (6)
2006–2008 San Diego WFC SeaLions
National team
1998–2007 China
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Zhang was born in Zhangjiakou, Hebei in 1975. In 2000, she finished fifth with the Chinese team in the 2000 Summer Olympics. She played all three matches. Four years later she finished ninth with the Chinese team in the 2004 Summer Olympics. She played in one match.[citation needed]

She married an American in 2006, and moved to the United States after retirement.[3]

From 2010 to 2012, she coached numerous teams at the San Diego Futbol Academy in Carmel Valley, California. After that, she coached teams for the San Diego Soccer Club[citation needed] and was often referred to as "Coach O".[4]

Zhang was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2018,[5] and died in San Diego on December 1, 2018, at the age of 43.[3]


  1. ^ "Zhang Ouying". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ "FIFA Tournaments - Players & Coaches - ZHANG Ouying". Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  3. ^ a b c "送别昔日铿锵玫瑰,前女足国脚张欧影今晨病逝年仅43岁". The Paper (in Chinese). December 2, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  4. ^ White, Jonathan (2018-12-02). "Steel Roses star Zhang Ouying dies at 43 after cancer battle". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  5. ^ "张欧影患病罕见复杂 曾梦想像郎平带女足拿世界冠军". Sina (in Chinese). 2018-12-02. Retrieved 2018-12-04.

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