The Chinese Super League has struggled to sustain its boom of a few years ago. Photo: Xinhua
The Chinese Super League has struggled to sustain its boom of a few years ago. Photo: Xinhua
Bala Ramasamy
Opinion

Opinion

Bala Ramasamy, Cameron Wilson and Matthew Yeung

Why China aren’t at Fifa World Cup 2022 – and what could boost their chances in future

  • It is 20 years since China’s national team last qualified for the men’s World Cup, and on recent evidence it is a long way from doing so again
  • Research into what helps countries succeed in international football suggests some factors are not in China’s favour, but others can be changed at policy level

The Chinese Super League has struggled to sustain its boom of a few years ago. Photo: Xinhua
The Chinese Super League has struggled to sustain its boom of a few years ago. Photo: Xinhua
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