China’s 30-year retreat, revealing Japan in a difficult moment as a teacher” Suggested by the Chinese media

The Chinese media insisted that they learn Japanese soccer. It is attracting attention in that it contains contents that can be referred to in Korean soccer as well.

According to Japan’s ‘Football Zone’ on the 13th, the Chinese portal ‘Daejungnet’ said on the 12th that ‘Japanese football has taught us two lessons for about a year. Both the men’s and women’s teams wrote an editorial titled ‘Our Teacher’ on two separate occasions. 

As China’s FIFA ranking has dropped to 80th, there are concerns about a decline in its level. In Asia, it has also dropped to 11th. China’s only participation in the World Cup was the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar was also eliminated in the final qualifying round. 

From November this year, China will enter the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America. They were drawn in Group C with the winners of Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Guam. In the midst of this, the director of China’s National Sports Administration is showing his will to initiate reforms, such as heightening a sense of crisis, saying that the level of Chinese men’s soccer continues to decline.

The public network first brought up the story of the Chinese women’s national team participating in the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup. She explained that women’s Chinese football relied on ‘fighting’ tactics, while Japan matched European powerhouses with superior technology and skillful cooperation. 

In fact, Chinese women’s football was eliminated in the group stage. They won 1-0 against the weakest Haiti, but lost to Denmark and England 0-1 and 1-6, respectively. On the other hand, Japanese women’s soccer advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Zambia, Costa Rica, and Spain one after another. 

Although Japan lost to Sweden 1-2 and failed to advance to the semifinals, they advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Norway 3-1 earlier. Japan is a world-class powerhouse that is stepping on the stage of the finals of all competitions (9 times), including the championship in Germany in 2011 and the runner-up in Canada in 2015.토토사이트

In Japan, 10 years ago, the Japan Football Association’s Technical Committee implemented the ‘Trinity + Popularization’ strategy. At the same time, popularization activities were carried out to strengthen the national team, nurture youth, nurture coaches, and strengthen grassroots soccer. This is the reason why the Chinese women’s national team has not reached the heights of Japanese soccer despite having eight overseas players. 

In my second column, I talked about Chinese men’s soccer. It is true that Chinese men’s football is far behind Japan, which is currently the best in Asia, and praised Japan for not reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup yet, but with the past two World Cups, it is gradually approaching the gateway.

Since the 1998 tournament in France, Japan has staged seven consecutive finals. It reached the round of 16 in 2002 and 2010, and advanced to the round of 16 again in two consecutive times in 2018 and 2022.

However, Japanese men’s football lost 2-3 to Belgium, the world’s number one at the time, in 2018, but led 2-0 first, raising the possibility of the quarterfinals. Four years later, they lost 2-4 on penalties against Croatia after drawing 1-1 after extra time.

The column said, “Japan is getting closer and closer to the quarterfinals,” and “After losing to Belgium, Japan released a documentary called ’14 Seconds of Rostov,’ which analyzed every frame of the 14-second counterattack of the last goal.” “Japan has the courage to openly analyze the most difficult moment,” he said. 

On the other hand, China has been confused over the 30 years since the launch of professional football, such as the under-23 (U-23) policy, naturalization policy, salary limit order, and foreign aid registration policy. Currently, campaigns against drug trafficking and crime are underway. This column pointed out, “It seems that Chinese men’s soccer has been regressing for 30 years,” and chewed on the pain.

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