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wchao37 Post time: 2019-1-30 01:46
Chinese soccer players used to be good -- at a time that top players did not rake in that much money ...
Some of the best-scoring teams in the world aren't rich nations which can afford paying their team members big bucks.
For the poorest in such countries, playng football with their peers (sometime even without a real ball) is the highight of many children's day, and becoming a professional player is a dream for many to break out of that poverty. They often lack other opportunities.
That's the big mass where the relatively few talents come from.
The players in the national teams of these countries often have their career in Europe and elsewhere, where they do earn big bucks. They also gain more experience there, and periodically return that value to their national teams. That's how those natonal teams succeed.
This is what is "missing" in China, compared to countries in South America or Africa. China does not have the volume of young kids who have to dream of football career as their only hope.
Overall, I believe Chinese kids, even in the poorest places, do not need football as their way out of poverty - they have other ways.
Someone else could say, that because there are other ways, they are not given the time to play enough football or any sports. They spend their time with school work, and increasingly only school work - as opposed to skipping school to help family with farm work.
On the other hand, there are also wealthy countries that are succesfull on football (for example Germany). I don't think that even these richest countries pay a lot to their national team players - the players get their income from clubs they represent off national team. A million USD for FIFA trophy perhaps, but that's pocket change for those players.
How have these countries become succesfull? First of all, they have developed the sport in their respective countries for a hundred years. Secondly, they have the money to attract the previously mentioned talents from poorer countries, which the local players learn from too.
Besides the highly developed sport systems,, the societies overall in those countries are more developed. If a future star from Brazil is considering between Europe or China, Chinese team would have to offer more money to compensate both for less developed sport, and less developed society.
As far as looking at examples elsewhere goes, this is a dilemma for China - the country can be considered both under-developed or over-developed, so it does not fit into how any other country has succeedded in football.
It is over-developed to learn from South America or Africa, and under-developed to learn from Europe.
In this case China needs to find it's own way, but personally I think that there is no such way if succeeding against other countries is the goal.
Searching in patriotism or spirit of cooperation doesn't hurt, but at best it can help to deal with continued losses.