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CFA vs. Jeonbuk Motors: Huang Bowen forced out of World Cup qualifiers

Jeonbuk's favourite player has been kept as hostage in Korea.

With the tense World Cup 2014 qualifiers coming, many Chinese fans naturally expect to see the best national team players to play against Laos. The roster includes former Schalke midfielder Hao Junmin, captain Zheng Zhi, France killer Deng Zhuoxiang, and etc. But as you are reading these names, but you might ask yourself, where the hell is Huang Bowen?

For those who don’t know who  he is, he is a defensive midfielder who plays for Korea League’s Jeonbuk Motors. He used to play for China Super League heavyweight Beijing Guoan and is currently the Chinese Super Leagues youngest ever scorer. He is considered to be a promising star and starts consistently for Jeonbuk Motors.

Whilst the fans expected Huang Bowen to report to the national team’s Kunming training camp, the media announced that the midfielder maestro was being held hostage by his Korean club. The South Korean national team does not need to play in this weekend’s preliminary World Cup qualification games. So instead of taking a break, the K-League has arranged fixtures to be played this weekend. Jeonbuk is currently on the top of the K-League, and they do not want their starter Huang Bowen to miss any games. Despite a prior arrangement for Huang to play for the national team, Jeonbuk still refuses to release the midfielder.

The Chinese Football Association has threatened to report Jeonbuk Motors to the Asian Football Confederation. The media mentioned that this is not the first time Jeonbuk causing trouble for CFA; when defender Feng Xiaoting played for Jeonbuk, he was also forced to sit out for national team matches.

Ever since witnessing Yang Chen’s near goal opportunity in the game of China vs. Turkey in World Cup 2002 from his bed at 3am, Smari has developed an avid interest in following the Chinese national team. He had seen how the Chinese team was worshiped as gods during the World Cup 2002 and Asian Cup 2004, and how they are treated like shit since the failure to qualify for the World Cup 2006. Smari joined Wild East Football as a contributor because he realized there is a need for the world to know about Chinese football. There is an almost bare minimum amount of English language forums or websites that strictly talk about Chinese football, the Chinese Super League, the Chinese national team, etc. The world needs to know that Chinese football is not about Shaolin football, corruption, diving, and cheating; we are about playing with our heart to bring smiles to our already embarrassed fans. Smari hopes he would be able to witness the improvement of Chinese football and spend all his life savings to watch Guojiadui’s second World Cup appearance at whatever venue, even a warzone. Apart from writing/translating Chinese football news, Smari loves playing mahjang, imitating how Samri Nasri dribbles in the Emirates pitch, watching how Adam Johnson terrorizes his rivals, learning bar tending to make up his reason for consistent drunkenness, being artistically weird by shooting abstract photos, and defeating boringism in his mundane life. He also loves traveling, and he hopes to have his own apartment that is filled with national team jerseys from every country he visited. Smari often attributes his depression to the current dire state of Chinese football, let’s hope he won’t turn insane soon.

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