With Asian sides exiting Russia having salvaged some pride, the pundits discuss which of the AFC contingent impressed them most – and how might the Chinese national side have fared if they’d managed to squeak through qualification this time around?
We put the Chinese game in context by evaluating the national side’s ambitions for next year’s Asian Cup and discussing what a realistic short-term or medium-term goal for the country’s aim to become a footballing power might be – along with a debate on just how much progress has been made in the past decade and whether the league and national side are on an upward tangent.
We tackle the U23 rules once again – are they working, will they impact ACL competitiveness, and just what does successful implementation look like – along with taking in a couple of listener questions and nominating this week’s topical poll – which country or system should China look to for inspiration in getting to the next World Cup?
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