Chinese players and officials celebrate with national team coach Bora Milutinovic (centre, waving right hand) after China's 1-0 victory over Oman in Shenyang on October 7, 2001. The result secured China’s first Fifa World Cup Finals appearance. Photo: Reuters
Chinese players and officials celebrate with national team coach Bora Milutinovic (centre, waving right hand) after China's 1-0 victory over Oman in Shenyang on October 7, 2001. The result secured China’s first Fifa World Cup Finals appearance. Photo: Reuters

China marks 20 years since reaching its only Fifa World Cup with long wait for return set to go on

  • China have qualified for Fifa showpiece once in 11 attempts as Qatar 2022 campaign looks on the brink on failure
  • Despite high-profile support of sport, country has not gone close since Japan and South Korea co-hosted in 2002

Topic |   Chinese Football Association (CFA)
Chinese players and officials celebrate with national team coach Bora Milutinovic (centre, waving right hand) after China's 1-0 victory over Oman in Shenyang on October 7, 2001. The result secured China’s first Fifa World Cup Finals appearance. Photo: Reuters
Chinese players and officials celebrate with national team coach Bora Milutinovic (centre, waving right hand) after China's 1-0 victory over Oman in Shenyang on October 7, 2001. The result secured China’s first Fifa World Cup Finals appearance. Photo: Reuters
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