China · Sports

Some bad news for Chinese football as the under-23 men’s team went down in Shanghai 1-0 to Oman in Olympic qualifying. This is a 2-leg home-and-away series so the return leg will be this Thursday. China can overturn the deficit but it’ll be tough given it’s in the Middle East and Chinese teams always seem to trip up against Arabic sides. The headline says it all in the China Daily story here. The top Asian sides Japan, Australia and South Korea all had big wins in their first legs against weaker sides. China did poorly in 2008 when, as everyone knows, the Olympics were in Beijing and the side ended up crashing out after the group stage, not even winning a single match in front of their home fans. Meanwhile Wild East Football has a good post on some intrigue about the Chinese national men’s side, especially concerning the coach who seems to be in a precarious position. A quick fix is not what can really help Chinese football, not even a top foreign coach regardless of what some real estate mogul thinks. Maybe Gao is not the answer, but as you can see from his record, he’s doe quite well and deserves some more time.

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