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Xi Jinping wants China to win the World Cup

Postby nzfooty » Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:52 pm

...by making football compulsory in schools. By 2017 some 20,000 schools are to receive new football pitches and training facilities, with the aim of creating 100,000 new players.

The party’s goal: Football, long a national shame, becomes compulsory at school

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Mr Xi wants to change this. He has been a football fan since childhood, when he played for his school team. During his early career he attended weekend matches. He was in the crowd at a Shanghai stadium in 1983 when China lost 5-1 to Watford, a British club. (The People’s Daily, a party-run newspaper, says Mr Xi was enraged.) At a meeting in 2011 with South Korean leaders, when he was still vice-president, Mr Xi expressed three wishes: for China to qualify for, host and win a World Cup.

The country’s rise as a football power might have just begun. On November 27th it was announced that football would become a compulsory part of the national curriculum at schools. Wang Dengfeng, an education official, said improving the standard of football in China must “start with children”.

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Re: Xi Jinping wants China to win the World Cup

Postby eujin » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:21 pm

According to FIFA the three biggest nations by number of players are China, USA and India. India has something like 12 times as many players as the Netherlands does and more registered players than Argentina. While the USA has an outside chance of winning the world cup, they did go out rather meekly to Belgium this year. India and China were a long way from even qualifying. Millions of kids have been playing soccer in the US for decades.

While it's certainly not a bad idea to invest in youth development, it's not more kids playing football that China needs, it's more professional development and coaching, a higher standard top league and more role models for those kids to follow and make the sacrifices that are needed to become really good.

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Re: Xi Jinping wants China to win the World Cup

Postby nzfooty » Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:59 pm

All true, eujin but it would surprise me if coaching and better development were not part of that push. Foreign coaches will probably be cheaper than English teachers, too and for some schools that might be a better move. There is a lot wrong with nouveau riche Chinese owners, and a lot wrong with most of middle ranking CPC officials. But if that is something the top echelon of the CPC really cares about, then it is quite likely it will be executed reasonably well.

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Re: Xi Jinping wants China to win the World Cup

Postby eujin » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:34 pm

I was thinking about what I would do.

Help clubs set up academies for youth development at u23 level and u20 level (after kids leave school). Get some decent coaches in for this with excellence grants etc.

More money for sports universities to train elite players, coaches, referees, physios, scouts, journalists, agents, and administrators.

Scholarship money to help talented young players go overseas to foreign academies. Son Heung-min would be a good example of this, but also kids like Lee Seung-woo at Barcelona. China have already got a bunch of guys playing in Portugal but they could increase this.

Fund and help promote football resorts, so that overseas teams can come over for their summer training camps, and play against local sides.

Subsidise bringing in top coaches like Marcello Lippi and Sven-Göran Eriksson with tax breaks, integration packages, international schools for their kids, backhanders...

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Re: Xi Jinping wants China to win the World Cup

Postby Frozz » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:39 pm

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28288550

Certainly going about it in the right way.

You don't see stuff like this in India or America.

If there was a more affirdable way of providing the same coaching at a more afforable price, they could definitely be something in the future. Maybe not World cup winners, but definitely qualifiers. Got to remember that a lot of Chinese people are still very poor.

I heard Japan ramped up their football provision and are now starting to reap their rewards, with better things expected.

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Re: Xi Jinping wants China to win the World Cup

Postby nzfooty » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:21 am

Frozz wrote:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28288550

Certainly going about it in the right way.

You don't see stuff like this in India or America.

If there was a more affirdable way of providing the same coaching at a more afforable price, they could definitely be something in the future. Maybe not World cup winners, but definitely qualifiers. Got to remember that a lot of Chinese people are still very poor.

I heard Japan ramped up their football provision and are now starting to reap their rewards, with better things expected.


Yes, winning the World Cup is a very ambitious goal given that only a handful of nations have managed that feat.
Europe: Germany, Italy, England, France, Spain
South America: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Interestingly, John Duerden is on record saying that Japan are the country most likely to join this group. That was before the recent World Cup though :wink:

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Re: Xi Jinping wants China to win the World Cup

Postby eujin » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:45 pm

nzfooty wrote:Yes, winning the World Cup is a very ambitious goal given that only a handful of nations have managed that feat.
Europe: Germany, Italy, England, France, Spain
South America: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Interestingly, John Duerden is on record saying that Japan are the country most likely to join this group. That was before the recent World Cup though :wink:

I'd be putting my money on the US before Japan, simply because there are more of them. If the US continue trying to emulate Greece, Chelsea, Seongnam and Auckland by defending for the 1-0 win then it could happen relatively soon.


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