Let’s rediscover the joy of the beautiful game
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.