Let’s re­dis­cover the joy of the beau­ti­ful game

China Daily (USA) - - VIEW -

China’s ter­ri­ble per­for­mance in the qual­i­fy­ing games for 2018World Cup in Rus­sia has once again made the men’s na­tional soc­cer team a tar­get for ridicule at home. Af­ter los­ing three games in a row to South Korea, Syria and Uzbek­istan, they now only have a the­o­ret­i­cal pos­si­bil­ity of go­ing to Rus­sia for the fi­nals.

The Chi­nese Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has seen five heads since the early 1990s, and each has had his own un­der­stand­ing of what’s best for the game in China, de­pend­ing on their back­grounds. Like­wise, the men’s na­tional team changes its coach ev­ery three years on av­er­age, and there have been coaches from Germany, France, Bri­tain, Spain, the Nether­lands and Ser­bia, among oth­ers. Thus, the Chi­nese team has yet to es­tab­lish its own style.

A Syr­ian player said af­ter the game in Xi’an of Shaanxi prov­ince on Thursday that he hoped he caught the at­ten­tion of Chi­nese clubs and can come to play in the Chi­nese Su­per League, be­cause of the gen­er­ous pay­ments they of­fer to play­ers. This served to high­light the bit­ter truth that com­pared to their met­tle­some op­po­nents from the war-torn land, the Chi­nese play­ers, clad in Ital­ian tai­lor-made suites and trav­el­ing in a char­tered plane, seemed sleepy and dis­in­ter­ested on the pitch.

China can al­ways ac­com­plish its plans, ex­cept it seems its soc­cer plans. Per­haps

Let­ting foot­ballers feel the joy of the sport is the very first step to put Chi­nese soc­cer on the right track to suc­cess.

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