China's results have been improving under their new coach Gao Hongbo, I guess capped with the victory against France [whatever you say about them].still nothing seems to have improved.
China has few urban slums or a lower class that sees professional athletics as a ticket to riches, a deeply enrooted culture that prizes academic achievement above sporting prowess, non-existent grassroots facilities, corrupt organisational structures and a rigid archaic talent scouting system.
In the end, who cares? China's story is one of economic growth and the transition of the rural into the urban, not of footballing romance.
Also as Glen said, there is probably 50 basketball courts to every soccer field. I've never played pick-up basketball anywhere other than China, and never anything other than pick-up football in Melbourne. If China becomes good at any form of football, it would probably be in futsal or similar.
Deng Zhuoxiang, who scored the winner vs. France and the beautiful FK vs. Kuwait, is thought of as one of China's brightest prospects, along with Feng Rengliang, alas injured. Further into the match he did come more into prominence though hopefully he shows for all 90 minutes vs. Qatar.Chinese NT will become much better in the future. The friendly win over France should raise a little bit of confidence.
The thing is with China, they have a lot of top sports like gymnastics, diving for swimming, and a lot of other events. Their hands are full, but sooner or later, I'm sure they will make room so Chinese football will become as equal competitors with Iran, South Korea, and Japan. I'm sure one day they will top these guys given that they have a massive economy and a massive amount of people. Just will need time.
China can easily hire players from abroad, first give them nationality and then make them perfect soccer players in European soccer academies and then all things gonna perfect. That's all.
Another Dane who thinks of himself as qualified to speak on Chinese issues. Who'd have thunk it?^huh, go figure, there's a market for Miami criminal defense lawyers on XT (the most famous subforums such as Asian, Croatia, Brazil..).
Anelka signs in Shanghai, that's be by far the biggest name in China yet.