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Chinese football getting even worse

Chinese football getting even worse

China's national football team keeps getting worse and worse.
Caretaker coach Yin Tiesheng _ named a month ago to handle the crisis-plagued men's team _ has lost four of five games, including the 3-2 loss to Syria in their opening qualifier for the 2011 Asian Cup.
China's already has been eliminated from qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and was winless in three games in the Beijing Olympics.
Wednesday's loss to Syria was the latest blow.
"Compared with a month ago, we can't see any improvement in the team, and some players are playing worse," The China Sports Daily said Thursday, the official newspaper of the state-run General Administration of Sports.
Despite its success in topping the gold-medal table at the Olympics, China is making little headway in football, failing to produce much talent. The country has few grass-roots programs, and football is not in the curriculum of the country's famous state-run sports schools.
China's domestic league _ the Chinese Super League _ has been plagued with violence and charges of match-fixing and has failed to nurture the nation's limited talent.
The men's football program has lurched through a series of failures and forays with China-born and foreign coaches. Yin's temporary position is expected to evaluated later this month.
The only victory for Yin, who replaced Serbian Vladimir Petrovic, was 1-0 in a friendly against Jordan last month. In the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, China won only one of its six group games, while losing to Iraq and Qatar.
"The Chinese keep slipping, capable of losing to any team," read the top headline in Thursday's Beijing Daily.
The head of the China Football Association, Xie Yalong, has faced widespread criticism. He was sent on a "re-education" course by the General Administration of Sports after China's men failed to win any of three games in the Beijing Olympics.
Several newspapers have reported Xie will be replaced, probably by his deputy Nan Yong.
Despite the chaos, the CFA is still considering bids to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup finals. China has qualified only once for the World Cup finals, in 2002 under Serb coach Bora Milutinovic _ the only man to take five nations to World Cups _ and lost all three games.
If China were awarded the World Cup, it would qualify automatically as host.
China has slipped to No. 104 _ its lowest on record _ in the latest rankings of FIFA, the world governing body of football. This puts China just behind Malawi, and just ahead of Syria and Fiji. The rankings came out before the loss to Syria, which led 3-0 after 38 minutes with two goals from Maher al-Said.
Qu Bo and Liu Jian scored second-half goals for China.
China and Syria are in Group D of the qualifying tournament with Lebanon and Vietnam. China has five more games in qualifying, with the next being a Jan. 21 home game against Vietnam. The top two teams in the group qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar.
The Beijing Morning Post called the loss a "day worth commemorating," writing facetiously about the team's fall.
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Associated Press researcher Xi Yue contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-04-15 17:09 GMT+08:00