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How to Qualify for the World Cup?

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  Tellingly, soccer buffs around the world are over the moon now, since they happen to be going through  the biggest sports event, the World Cup, which kicked off in Russia last week.  Yet for most Chinese soccer fans,  who are supposed to be jubilant people as well, , their moods are adumbrated by the fact China failed to quality for this year's World Cup, having failed to beat out South Korea, Iran and, alas, Syria, which is torn by civil war and financial difficulties.

  For that reason, many Chinese soccer fans are starting to ask a harrowing question again as the  arcane plot of the  World Cup unfolds-who would have thought Japan could  run rings around Mexico? Which is what does it take for a big nation like China to qualify for the World Cup. 

  To which the Economist, one of the most celebrated publications  in Europe and America, replies in an article published by the Economist last week. It offers up several suggestions to China on how to perk up its flaccid soccer development, which is still a funk, in spite of  a fistful of dosh  that has been spent  on assorted  plans designed to pep up China's soccer leagues and gee up Chinese footballers.

  The Economist's suggestions are : "First, encourage children to develop creatively. Second, stop talented teenagers from falling through the cracks. Third, make the most of football’s vast global network. And fourth, prepare properly for the tournament itself."

  The author also buttresses his point by suggesting that " the obvious lesson from Uruguay is to get as many nippers kicking balls as possible, to develop their technical skills." Plus, he suggests promoting street football in China, arguing that footballers from Spain are keen to practice  the rondo, which is said to be one of the exceptional training drills.

  The author also talks about how Iceland, one of the smallest nations on earth,  grooms talent and  conceives best-laid plans that avail  grassroots clubs  in the article. The author writes that Island "has built 154 miniature pitches with under-soil heating to give every child a chance to play under supervision."

  Wow, I'd say that's truly impressive and all the suggestions doled out by the author are spot-on. Make no mistakes, it's critical for Chinese soccer clubs to groom young players or find a way to have more Chinese kids playing football. However, there is a question that hasn't been discussed widely  in China, which is who are the right people qualified to train young Chinese players when these players start out taking apart in such training sessions.

  Historically, most home-grown Chinese head coaches did  the heavy lifting of training such kids. Yet the results were abysmal; these Chinese head coaches failed to spot talent and even took backhanders from some parents who didn't scruple to beseech head coaches to take care of their kids. Worst yet, one Chinese head coach was seen asking a Chinese mom to have sex with him in return for his "special treatment " of her son.

  Admittedly, things have become better since 2012 , with more and more Chinese clubs hiring foreign managers, albeit at a high cost-Marcello Lippi takes home $28m a year in China.

  To my mind, that's not enough. I'd argue that Chinese soccer clubs need to hire more foreign head coaches or managers to train Chinese kippers early on instead of waiting for them to come of age. The reason is palpable: Chinese footballers simply become bumblers as they grow older, thanks to the lack of ruthless training in early ages and their ropy soccer skills.

  On top of that, China also doesn't have high-caliber management gurus who truly know how to oversee Chinese leagues' operations: its governing body, Chinese Football Association, is mainly a place beset by corruption , hedonism,  mind-control,  paternalism and cronyism.

  Which means it would be a good option for China to pick European leagues' brains on how to manage its soccer divisions. It doesn't need more control freaks and technocrats  who just don't know anything about football.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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Reply Report 财神 2018-6-26 14:58
Lets hope...China could improve in soccer sector too.
Reply Report tatata69 2019-1-2 08:33
Not by a long shot. There are no grounds to think that Chinese soccer players will be able to take on Korean and Japanese footballers, let alone Western footballers. Even America has the upper hand in this context.

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