China national football team

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The China PR national football team (Chinese: 中国国家足球队) represents the People's Republic of China in international association football and is governed by the Chinese Football Association.

China PR
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationChinese Football Association (CFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachLi Tie
CaptainZheng Zhi
Most capsLi Weifeng (112)
Top scorerHao Haidong (41)
FIFA codeCHN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 76 Steady (9 April 2020)[1]
Highest37 (December 1998)
Lowest109 (March 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 90 Decrease 2 (2 April 2020)[2]
Highest23 (May 1934)
Lowest92 (October 1992)
First international
 Philippines 2–1 China 
(Manila, Philippines; 4 February 1913)[3]
Biggest win
 China PR 19–0 Guam 
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 26 January 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 8–0 China PR 
(Recife, Brazil; 10 September 2012)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2002)
Best resultGroup stage (2002)
Asian Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1976)
Best resultRunners-up (1984, 2004)

China won the EAFF East Asian Cup in 2005, 2010, were runners-up at the AFC Asian Cup in 1984, 2004 and made a sole FIFA World Cup appearance in 2002, losing all matches without scoring a goal.

HistoryEdit

Republic of China (1913–1949)Edit

 
Chinese Olympic football team in 1936

China's first ever international representative match was arranged by Elwood Brown, president of the Philippine Athletic Association who proposed the creation of the Far Eastern Championship Games, a multi-sport event considered to be a precursor to the Asian Games.[4] He invited China to participate in the inaugural 1913 Far Eastern Championship Games held in the Philippines, which included association football within the schedule. To represent them it was decided that the winner of the football at the Chinese National Games in 1910 should have the honour to represent the country, where it was won by South China Football Club.[5] The clubs's founder and coach Mok Hing (Chinese 莫慶) would become China's first coach and on 4 February 1913 in a single one-off tournament game held in the Manila he led China to a 2–1 defeat against the Philippines national football team.[6]

The political unrest of the Xinhai Revolution that mired China's participation in the first tournament, especially in renaming the team as Republic of China national football team, did not stop Shanghai being awarded the 1915 Far Eastern Championship Games. Once again South China Football Club, now known as South China Athletic Association won the right to represent the nation. This time in a two legged play-off against the Philippines, China won the first game 1–0 and then drew the second 0–0 to win their first ever tournament.[7] With the games being the first and only regional football tournament for national teams outside Britain, China looked to establish themselves as a regional powerhouse by winning a total of nine championships.[8]

The Chinese Football Association was founded in 1924 and then was first affiliated with FIFA in 1931.[9] With these foundations in place China looked to establish themselves within the international arena and along with Japan were the first Asian sides to participate in the Football at the Summer Olympics when they competed within the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Germany. At the tournament China were knocked out within their first game at the round of 16 when they were beaten by Great Britain Olympic football team 2–0 on 6 August 1936.[10]

On 7 July 1937 the Second Sino-Japanese War officially erupted, which saw the relations between China and Japan completely eroded especially once it was announced that Japan would hold the 1938 Far Eastern Championship Games.[11] The tournament would be officially cancelled while Japan held their own tournament called the 2600th Anniversary of the Japanese Empire, which included the Japanese puppet states Manchukuo and the collaborationist National Reorganised Government of China based in occupied Nanjing. But none of the top Chinese players competed in the Japanese Empire anniversary games.[12] None of the games during the Second Sino-Japanese War are officially recognized and once the war ended on 9 September 1945 China looked to the Olympics once again for international recognition. On 2 August 1948 China competed in the Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics where they were once again knocked out in the last sixteen, this time by Turkey national football team in a 4–0 defeat.[13] When the players returned they found the country in the midst of the Chinese Civil War. When it ended, the team had been split into two, one called the Chinese national football team and the other called Republic of China national football team (later renamed Chinese Taipei national football team).[14]

People's Republic (1950–present)Edit

The newly instated People's Republic of China reformed CFA before having FIFA acknowledge their 1931 membership on 14 June 1952.[15] Finland, who were one of the first nations to hold diplomatic relations with China's new government, invited the country to take part in the 1952 Summer Olympics. Li Fenglou would become the country's first permanent manager to lead them in the tournament, however the Chinese delegation was delayed and they missed the entire competition, nevertheless the Finland national football team would still greet Li and the Chinese team with a friendly game on 4 August 1952 making it People's Republic of China's official first game, which ended in a 4–0 defeat.[16]</ref>[17] In preparation for entering their first FIFA competition, China sent a young squad to train in Hungary in 1954.[18] However, when they entered the 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification process China were knocked out by Indonesia.[19]

On 7 June 1958, China stopped participating within any FIFA recognised football events when FIFA officially started to recognise the Republic of China as a different country.[20] This sparked a diplomatic argument that had already seen China withdraw from the 1956 Summer Olympics for the same reasons.[21] For years the People's Republic of China would only play in friendlies with nations who recognized them as the sole heir to the China name.[19] On 25 October 1971 the United Nations would recognise the country as the sole heir to the China name in their General Assembly Resolution 2758 act.[22][23][24] In 1973 the team, which had been using the name Republic of China would rename themselves as Chinese Taipei.[25] These acts would see China rejoin the international sporting community, first by becoming a member of the Asian Football Confederation in 1974 and by rejoining FIFA again in 1979.[26]

1980–2009Edit

The 1974 Asian Games reintroduced the team back into international football while the 1976 AFC Asian Cup saw them came third.[27]

 
Chinese players in a match against Saudi Arabia at the 1984 AFC Asian Cup

In 1980, China participated in the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for a berth in the 1982 World Cup, but they lost a play-off game against New Zealand.[28] During the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the 1986 World Cup, China faced Hong Kong at home in the final match of the first qualifying round on 19 May 1985 where China only needed a draw to advance. However, Hong Kong produced a 2–1 upset win which resulted in riots inside and outside the stadium in Beijing.[29] During the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, China again reached the final round. They just missed out on qualifying as they conceded two goals in the final three minutes against Qatar in their final group match.[30] During the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers - when they were led by their first ever foreign manager, Klaus Schlapner - China failed to reach the final round of qualifying, coming second behind Iraq.[31]

In 1987, the first Chinese footballers moved abroad when future national team player Xie Yuxin joined FC Zwolle (Netherlands) and ex-national teamer Gu Guangming joined SV Darmstadt 98 (Germany). In 1988, national team captain Jia Xiuquan and striker Liu Haiguang both joined FK Partizan (Yugoslavia).[32][33]

After its World Cup debut in 2002, China hosted the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, ultimately fell 1–3 to Japan in a final match. The match's outcome sparked anger among Chinese supporters, who rioted in response to bad refereeing.[34] There were an estimated 250 million viewers for the match, the largest single-event sports audience in the country's history at that time.[35]

After winning the 2005 East Asian Football Championship following a 2–0 win against North Korea,[36] they started qualification for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. During this time, the team became the subject of immense criticism and national embarrassment in the media when they had managed to score only one goal, Shao Jiayi's penalty kick during injury time, against Singapore at home and only managed a draw with Singapore in the away game. During preparations for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, the team spent the weeks leading up to the tournament on a tour of the United States. While the 4–1 loss to the United States was not unexpected,[37] a 1–0 loss to Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake which finished bottom of the league in the 2007 season caused serious concern.[38][39]

During the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, the team played three group matches, winning against Malaysia, drawing with Iran after leading 2–1, and losing 3–0 to Uzbekistan. After high expectations, China's performance at the tournament drew criticism online which condemned the team's members and even the association. Zhu was later replaced as manager by Vladimir Petrović after these performances.[40] Some commented that China's reliance on foreign managers for the past decade had been an indicator of its poor domestic manager development.[41]

In June 2008, China failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, losing against Qatar and Iraq at home. After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Petrović was sacked as the manager and Yin Tiesheng was announced as the team's caretaker.

Gao Hongbo eraEdit

In April 2009, China appointed Gao Hongbo as the new manager, replacing Yin Tiesheng. His arrival saw China opt for a new strategy, turning towards ground passing tactics and adopting the 4–2–3–1 formation. It was noted that Chinese footballers had relied too heavily on the long ball tactic for almost a decade. Wei Di, the chief of the Chinese Football Association, stressed that, "Anytime, no matter win or loss, they must show their team spirit and courage. I hope, after one year's effort, the national team can give the public a new image."[42] Gao was knocked out of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup's group stage. His winning percentage (65%), the highest for a Chinese manager since Nian Weisi (67.86%), did not defer the Chinese Football Association from replacing him with José Antonio Camacho in August 2011, less than a month before the qualification process for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Appointment of José Antonio CamachoEdit

On 13 August 2011, José Antonio Camacho was appointed as the new manager of the team, signing a three-year deal for a reported annual salary of $8 million.[43] Wei Di, CFA chief, explained the decision as being part of a long-term plan to help the country catch up with rivals Japan and South Korea. He noted that, "Compared with our neighbours Japan and South Korea, Chinese football is lagging far behind, we need to work with a long-term view and start to catch up with a pragmatic approach. A lot of our fans expect China to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. They are afraid that changing the coach at the last moment may cause bad effect to the team's qualifying prospect. I can totally understand that. But we do not have any time to waste."[44]

Yu Hongchen, the vice-president of the Chinese Football Administrative Centre, also stated, "The qualifying stage of 2014 World Cup is just a temporary task for him. Even if the task is failed, Camacho will not lose the job. When we started to find a new coach for the national team, we mainly focus on European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. First of all, they have advanced football concepts, and secondly they have a productive youth training system, which we can learn from. We hope he can help us to find a suitable style."[44]

Camacho managed a team to an 8–0 loss against Brazil on 10 September 2012 which would go on record as China's biggest ever international defeat. This massive loss also succumbed China to their worst ever FIFA ranking (109th).[45]

Camacho led China during their qualification process for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup whereby losing the first group match 2–1 to Saudi Arabia.[46] After a 5–1 loss against Thailand in a friendly, Camacho sacked a week as manager with Fu Bo assigned as the caretaker.

Gao Hongbo returnsEdit

After Camacho, there was Alain Perrin, who was sacked for the team's poor performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers,[47] thus former coach Gao Hongbo returned to the role on 3 February 2016. Gao's first two matches and wins against Maldives and Qatar secured the team's passage to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

China continued their World Cup hunt by a 2–3 defeat to South Korea;[48] and a goalless draw to AFC's then highest ranked Iran at home,[49] China then lost 0–1 at home to Syria and 0–2 away to Uzbekistan. Gao Hongbo resigned. His team had been winless in the first four matches of the final qualifying stage for the World Cup, including a home loss to Syria which was criticised by a number of fans.[50]

Lippi's tenureEdit

 
Chinese players after win against Thailand at 2019 AFC Asian Cup Round of 16

On 22 October 2016, Marcello Lippi was appointed manager of the team ahead for the last remaining matches.[51] A match saw China defeat South Korea for the first time in a FIFA-sanctioned tournament, amidst the heat of tensions over South Korea's deployment of THAAD.[52] Unable to compete with and dragged behind by Syria who managed a 2–2 draw with Iran, the team was not able to be qualified for the 2018 World Cup under Lippi's tenure, but improvements could be seen.[53]

Lippi led the side during the final stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where China won 2–1 to Kyrgyzstan and 3–0 to Philippines, before losing 2–0 to group leaders South Korea on 16 January.[54] China then beat Thailand 2–1 to earn a place in the quarter-finals, where it was knocked 3–0 out by Iran; Lippi subsequently confirmed his departure.[55]

Another Italian, Fabio Cannavaro was appointed as the next China's manager in conjunction with coaching Guangzhou Evergrande but he stepped down after only two matches.[56]

Lacked of option in searching for a new coach, CFA reappointed Marcello Lippi.[57] To improve the team, China had begun a series of naturalization on foreign-based players, with Nico Yennaris, an English-born Cypriot.,[58] with Tyias Browning, another English-born player, being naturalized.[59] Subsequently, Elkeson, a Brazilian player with no Chinese ancestry, was naturalized.[60]

ImageEdit

The team is colloquially termed "Team China" (Chinese: 中国队), the "National Team" (Chinese: 国家队) or "Guózú" (Chinese: 国足, short for Chinese: 国家足球队; pinyin: Guójiā Zúqiú Duì; lit.: 'national football team').[61]

China's home kit is traditionally all red with a white trim while their away kit is traditionally an inverted version of the home kit, fully white with a red trim. During the 1996 AFC Asian Cup, China employed a third kit which was all blue with a white trim and was used against Saudi Arabia during the tournament.[62] The team has also started to use cooling vests in certain warmer climates.[63] After decades of having Adidas producing the team's kits, China's current kit has been produced and manufactured by Nike since 2015.

Kit supplier Period Contract
announcement
Contract
duration
Value Notes
  Nike 2015–present
2015-01-03
2015–2026 (11 years)[64] $16 million per year[65]

Coaching staffEdit

Source[66]
Position Name
Head coach   Li Tie
Technical employee   Liu Zhiyu
  Tong Qiang
Team Doctor   Wang Shucheng
Therapists   Jin Ri
  Gao Jianguo
  Hang Yanrui
Manager   Kang Bing
  Huang Song
  Huang Weitao
Logistics   Guo Rui
  Chen Xi
Press Officer   Che Hengzhi
Doctor   Wang Shucheng
Administrator   Zhang He
Technical director   Chris Van Puyvelde

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 28 players were named to the squad for the training camp to be held in Shanghai for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.[67]
Caps and goals are correct as of 18 December 2019, after the match against   Hong Kong.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Yan Junling (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 29) 29 0   Shanghai SIPG
1GK Wang Dalei (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 31) 27 0   Shandong Luneng Taishan
1GK Liu Dianzuo (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 29) 3 0   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao

2DF Zhang Linpeng (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 31) 79 5   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
2DF Yu Dabao (1988-04-17) 17 April 1988 (age 32) 60 19   Beijing Sinobo Guoan
2DF Jiang Zhipeng (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 31) 26 0   Hebei China Fortune
2DF Wang Shenchao (1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 (age 31) 8 0   Shanghai SIPG
2DF Zhu Chenjie (2000-08-23) 23 August 2000 (age 19) 6 0   Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
2DF Li Ang (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Jiangsu Suning
2DF Li Lei (1992-05-30) 30 May 1992 (age 27) 4 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan
2DF Tang Miao (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 29) 3 0   Guangzhou R&F
2DF Ming Tian (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Wuhan Zall
2DF Yang Fan (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan

3MF Hao Junmin (1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 (age 33) 80 12   Shandong Luneng Taishan
3MF Wu Xi (1989-02-19) 19 February 1989 (age 31) 68 7   Jiangsu Suning
3MF Zhang Xizhe (1991-01-23) 23 January 1991 (age 29) 30 6   Beijing Sinobo Guoan
3MF Cai Huikang (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 30) 22 0   Shanghai SIPG
3MF Chi Zhongguo (1989-10-26) 26 October 1989 (age 30) 17 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan
3MF Jin Jingdao (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 28) 11 0   Shandong Luneng Taishan
3MF Nico Yennaris (1993-05-24) 24 May 1993 (age 27) 5 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan
3MF Liu Binbin (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Shandong Luneng Taishan
3MF Liu Yun (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Wuhan Zall

4FW Yang Xu (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 32) 54 28   Tianjin Tianhai
4FW Wei Shihao (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 25) 14 2   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
4FW Dong Xuesheng (1989-05-22) 22 May 1989 (age 31) 8 1   Hebei China Fortune
4FW Tan Long (1988-04-01) 1 April 1988 (age 32) 6 0   Changchun Yatai
4FW Elkeson (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 30) 4 3   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
4FW Aloísio (1988-06-19) 19 June 1988 (age 31) 0 0   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dong Chunyu (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 29) 0 0   Wuhan Zall Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
GK Zou Dehai (1993-02-27) 27 February 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
GK Wu Yan (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 31) 0 0   Henan Jianye Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
GK Zeng Cheng (1987-01-08) 8 January 1987 (age 33) 42 0   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao v.   Syria, 14 November 2019
GK Zhang Lu (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 32) 0 0   Tianjin Tianhai v.   Maldives, 10 September 2019

DF Gao Zhunyi (1995-08-21) 21 August 1995 (age 24) 8 0   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
DF Mei Fang (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 30) 24 1   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
DF Yu Yang (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 30) 14 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Shi Ke (1993-01-08) 8 January 1993 (age 27) 9 0   Shanghai SIPG Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Jin Yangyang (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Hebei China Fortune Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Zhao Honglüe (1989-12-04) 4 December 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Tianjin TEDA Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Zheng Zheng (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 30) 19 2   Shandong Luneng Taishan v.   Syria, 14 November 2019
DF Liu Yang (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 24) 11 0   Shandong Luneng Taishan v.   Syria, 14 November 2019
DF Wang Gang (1989-02-17) 17 February 1989 (age 31) 8 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan v.   Syria, 14 November 2019
DF Li Shuai (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Dalian Professional v.   Philippines, 15 October 2019
DF He Guan (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 27) 6 0   Shanghai SIPG v.   Maldives, 10 September 2019
DF Abduhamit Abdugheni (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Jiangsu Suning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
DF Han Xuan (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 29) 0 0   Henan Jianye 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
DF Liao Junjian (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Wuhan Zall 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE

MF Xu Xin (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
MF Feng Jin (1993-08-14) 14 August 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Chongqing Dangdai Lifan Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
MF Li Hang (1989-09-19) 19 September 1989 (age 30) 3 0   Wuhan Zall Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
MF Wang Shangyuan (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Henan Jianye 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Cao Yunding (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989 (age 30) 5 0   Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Ji Xiang (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 30) 10 1   Jiangsu Suning 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Mirahmetjan Muzepper (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 29) 9 0   Tianjin TEDA 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Li Shenglong (1992-07-30) 30 July 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Shanghai SIPG Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
MF Zheng Kaimu (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 28) 0 0   Tianjin TEDA Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
MF Wu Xinghan (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Shandong Luneng Taishan Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
MF Zheng Zhi (1980-08-20) 20 August 1980 (age 39) 108 15   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao v.   Syria, 14 November 2019
MF Yao Junsheng (1995-10-29) 29 October 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Tianjin Tianhai v.   Philippines, 15 October 2019
MF Huang Bowen (1987-07-13) 13 July 1987 (age 32) 44 3   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
MF Tao Qianglong (2001-11-20) 20 November 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Hebei China Fortune 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
MF Wang Qiuming (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Hebei China Fortune 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
MF Li Siqi (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Inđija training camp PRE

FW Wu Lei (1991-11-19) 19 November 1991 (age 28) 67 18   Espanyol Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
FW Wang Ziming (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Beijing Sinobo Guoan 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
FW Lü Wenjun (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 31) 0 0   Shanghai SIPG Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
FW Xie Pengfei (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Jiangsu Suning v.   Philippines, 15 October 2019
FW Yang Liyu (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao v.   Philippines, 15 October 2019
FW Zhang Yuning (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 23) 10 2   Beijing Sinobo Guoan v.   Tajikistan, 11 June 2019

Notes:

  • SUS Suspended
  • INJ Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary/Standby

Results and fixturesEdit

7 June 2019 FriendlyChina PR  2–0  PhilippinesGuangzhou, Guangdong, China
19:35 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Tianhe Stadium
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
11 June 2019 FriendlyChina PR  1–0  TajikistanGuangzhou, Guangdong, China
20:00 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Tianhe Stadium
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
30 August 2019 Friendly1China PR  4–1  MyanmarXianghe, Hebei, China
17:30 UTC+8 Stadium: National Football Training Centre
10 September 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification R2Maldives  0–5  China PRMalé, Maldives
20:00 UTC+5 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: National Football Stadium
Referee: Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)
10 October 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification R2China PR  7–0  GuamGuangzhou, China
20:00 UTC+8
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Tianhe Stadium
Referee: Ali Reda (Lebanon)
15 October 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification R2Philippines  0–0  China PRBacolod, Philippines
20:00 UTC+8 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Panaad Stadium
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)
14 November 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification R2Syria  2–1  China PRDubai, United Arab Emirates
18:00 UTC+4
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Attendance: 6,902
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
10 December 2019 (2019-12-10) EAFF E-1 Football ChampionshipChina PR  1–2  JapanBusan, South Korea
19:30 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
15 December 2019 (2019-12-15) EAFF E-1 Football ChampionshipSouth Korea  1–0  China PRBusan, South Korea
19:30 UTC+9
Report Stadium: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
18 December 2019 (2019-12-18) EAFF E-1 Football ChampionshipHong Kong  0–2  China PRBusan, South Korea
16:15 UTC+9
Stadium: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-udom (Thailand)
  • 1 : Non FIFA 'A' international match

RivalryEdit

The rivalry with Japan was exemplified after 3–1 defeat to this opponent in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup Final when Chinese fans began to riot near the north gate of the Worker's Stadium.[70] The rioting was said to be provoked by controversial officiating during the tournament and the heightened anti-Japanese sentiment at the time. China's most recent tournament meeting with Japan was at the 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship where Japan won 2–1. China went on to finish as third-place in the tournament, while Japan finished 2nd.

Another rivalry with fellow neighbour South Korea who China played 27 matches against between 1978 and 2010, without winning a single match. The media coined the term "Koreaphobia" to describe this phenomenon, but China finally registered its first win against South Korea on 10 February 2010, winning 3–0 during the 2010 East Asian Football Championship and eventually going on to win the tournament.

A rivalry with Hong Kong has been created due to political tension during 2018 World Cup qualification. With Hong Kong fans booing the Chinese national anthem, which Team Hong Kong share with Team China, 2018 World cup qualifier matches were also very tense with both matches resulting in 0–0 draws. Prior to the rivalry buildup, Hong Kong was not considered as a worthy opponent due to lack of success comparing to China.

China also developed a smaller rivalry with Chinese Taipei due to the Chinese Civil War consequence. But with Chinese Taipei's football remains relatively weak, the team remains a lightly regarded opponent.

Competitive recordEdit

All-time resultsEdit

As of 20 January 2019; counted for the FIFA A-level matches only.[71] All matches before the founding of Chinese Football Association in 1924 are not counted as A-level match by FIFA.
  • This list consist of Olympic Games, Olympics qualification and matches between 1913 and 1923, but all of them will be deleted from list.

correct table :

2 June 2018 : http://www.worldfootball.net/teams/china-team/21/

546 P 268 W 115 D 156 L 991:570 +421

Competition historyEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

China has only appeared at the one World Cup with the appearance being in the 2002 FIFA World Cup where they finished bottom of the group which included a 4–0 loss to Brazil.[73]

China's FIFA World Cup record
Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 4 5
  1962 Did not enter Declined participation
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 6
  1986 6 4 1 1 23 2
  1990 11 7 0 4 18 9
  1994 8 6 0 2 18 4
  1998 14 8 3 3 24 16
    2002 Group stage 31st 3 0 0 3 0 9 14 12 1 1 38 5
  2006 Did not qualify 6 5 0 1 14 1
  2010 8 3 3 2 14 4
  2014 8 5 0 3 23 9
  2018 18 8 5 5 35 11
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 0 3 0 9 106 65 16 25 216 72

AFC Asian CupEdit

China's AFC Asian Cup record
Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 Did not enter Did not enter
  1960 Did not enter Did not enter
  1964 Did not enter Did not enter
  1968 Did not enter Did not enter
  1972 Did not enter Did not enter
  1976 Third place 3rd 4 1 1 2 2 4 5 4 0 1 14 4
  1980 Group stage 7th 4 1 1 2 9 5 3 2 0 1 5 2
  1984 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 11 4 4 4 0 0 15 0
  1988 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 7 5 5 2 3 0 10 1
  1992 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 6 3 3 0 0 7 0
  1996 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 0 3 6 7 3 3 0 0 16 1
  2000 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 11 7 3 3 0 0 29 0
  2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 13 6 Qualified as hosts
        2007 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 6 6 3 2 1 7 3
  2011 9th 3 1 1 1 4 4 6 4 1 1 13 5
  2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 3 0 1 5 4 6 2 2 2 5 6
  2019 6th 5 3 0 2 7 7 8 5 2 1 27 1
  2023 Qualified as hosts 2* 2 0 0 12 0
Total 13/18 0 Titles 55 23 13 20 88 65 52 35 10 7 148 23


* automatic qualification as hosts; but compete in qualification process because of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Summer OlympicsEdit

Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA
  1900 to   1928 Did not enter
  1936 First round 12 1 0 0 1 0 2
  1948 14 1 0 0 1 0 4
  1952 to   1956 Withdrew after qualifying
  1960 to   1976 Not an IOC member
  1980 to   1984 Did not qualify
  1988 First round 14 3 0 1 2 0 5
Total 3/25 - 5 0 1 4 0 11

For 1992 to 2016, see China national under-23 football team

Asian GamesEdit

Year Result Rank Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1954 Did not enter
  1958 Did not enter
  1962 Did not enter
  1966 Did not enter
  1970 Did not enter
  1974 First round 10 3 1 0 2 7 4
  1978 Third place 3 7 5 0 2 16 5
  1982 Quarter-finals 7 4 2 1 1 4 3
  1986 8 4 2 1 1 10 7
  1990 6 4 2 0 2 8 4
  1994 Runners-up 2 7 5 1 1 16 8
  1998 Third place 3 8 6 0 2 24 7
Total* 7/13 - 37 23 3 11 85 38

* Including 1998 onwards (until 2010)

For 2002 to 2018, see China national under-23 football team

EAFF East Asian CupEdit

Year Result Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
  2003 Third place 3 3 1 0 2 3 4
  2005 Champions 1 3 1 2 0 5 3
  2008 Third place 3 3 1 0 2 5 5
  2010 Champions 1 3 2 1 0 5 0
  2013 Runners-up 2 3 1 2 0 7 6
  2015 2 3 1 1 1 3 3
  2017 Third place 3 3 0 2 1 4 5
  2019 Third place 3 3 1 0 2 3 3
Total - 24 8 8 8 35 29

HonoursEdit

ContinentalEdit

RegionalEdit

Minor tournamentsEdit

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most caps for China,

As of 15 October 2019.[74][75]
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Li Weifeng 1998–2011 112 14
2 Gao Lin 2005–present 109 22
3 Zheng Zhi 2002–present 108 15
4 Hao Haidong 1992–2004 107 41
5 Fan Zhiyi 1992–2002 106 17
6 Li Tie 1997–2010 92 6
7 Zhao Xuri 2003–present 87 2
8 Ma Mingyu 1996–2002 86 12
Li Ming 1992–2004 86 8
Zhu Bo 1983–1993 86 1

Top goalscorersEdit

Below is a list of the top 10 goalscorers for China,

As of 15 October 2019.[75][76]
# Name Career Goals (caps) Ratio
1 Hao Haidong 1992–2004 41 0(107) 0.383
2 Yang Xu 2009–present 28 0(53) 0.528
3 Su Maozhen 1994–2002 27 0(53) 0.509
4 Li Jinyu 1997–2008 24 0(70) 0.342
5 Gao Lin 2005–present 22 0(109) 0.202
6 Ma Lin 1985–1990 21 0(45) 0.467
7 Liu Haiguang 1983–1990 20 0(58) 0.345
8 Zhao Dayu 1982–1986 19 0(29) 0.655
Li Bing 1992–2001 19 0(67) 0.283
Yu Dabao 2010–present 19 0(57) 0.333

Managerial historyEdit

1930–1948Edit

# Name Game Record
1    Tong Fuk Cheung 1930 Far Eastern Games Champions
2    Lee Wai Tong[77] 1934 Far Eastern Games Champions
3   Ngan Shing Kwan 1936 Summer Olympics First round
4    Lee Wai Tong (2nd time) 1948 Summer Olympics First round

1951–presentEdit

As of 24 May 2019

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Includes North Vietnam and South Vietnam before 1975.
  1. ^ China will play their March home matches in Thailand because of the COVID-19 outbreak in Mainland China.[68]
  2. ^ The Guam v China match will be played at a neutral venue outside US territories because of the entry ban by the Federal Government of United States of America to all Chinese nationals except Hong Kong citizens and Macao citizens due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Mainland China.[69][68]

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