Failure is necessary for greater grassroots focus

The men’s national side’s struggles should see China prioritise its grassroots programme and learn from Iceland’s success. Just prepare for a proportionately longer journey. China’s disappointing attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup led to the departure of manager Gao Hongbo (pictured right). During his post-match press conference, the former Shanghai SIPG boss put his […]

Uzbekistan 2-0 China: Gao Hongbo Resigns as second half horror show leaves China’s World Cup hopes in tatters

Gao Hongbo has resigned as manager of the Chinese national football team after a comprehensive defeat by Uzbekistan in Tashkent. China’s chances of making the 2018 World Cup in Russia are all but gone after Marat Bikmaev put the White Wolves on the scoreboard shortly after the half-time break and Otabek Shukurov sealed their victory […]

Uzbekistan vs China WC Qualifying Preview: Chinese travellers likely to come back empty-handed from Silk Road sojourn

There has been a weekend of recriminations after China lost 1-0 at home to Syria in a result that makes their World Cup qualification look as likely as a fair and balanced article from the Sun newspaper. But the show must go on as Gao Hongbo takes his men down the old Silk Road from […]

China 0-1 Syria: Home defeat leaves clueless China a long way from Russia

China’s hopes of reaching Russia 2018 took a potentially fatal blow in Xi’an this evening as they were defeated 1-0 by a Syrian side who continue to belie their underdog status. Lightning quick winger Mahmoud Al-Mawas scored the only goal of the game early in the second half when he burned the Chinese defence to […]

China vs Syria WC Qualifying Preview: Three points expected and needed, but not to be taken for granted

After a one month break filled with dreary old club football, the final round of Asian World Cup qualifying resumes on Thursday when China host Syria in Xi’an before heading down the old Silk Road for a match in Uzbekistan next Tuesday. Having faced a tough start, which saw them pick up just a single […]