BEIJING: The perennially low-ranked football team of China will be considered as one of the world’s greatest by the year 2050, the government vowed in a policy issued by China’s top economic planning body on the day of Monday.
The 14-page policy outlined a multi-decade vision to vault Team Dragon – presently ranked 81 in the globe by FIFA – into the elite and “realize the target of being the top class soccer nation”, it claimed.
It was released by a joint committee of the National Sports Administration, the Chinese Football Association, the education ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission.
While the state China excels at the Paralympics and Olympics, it has just ever qualified for one football World Cup, in the year 2002. President Xi Jinping is a football enthusiast and initially said he wishes China to achieve the World Cup in the fifteen years.
The committee claimed that in the next 4 years China will have proposed 20,000 soccer academies, thirty million elementary and middle school pupils playing the sport, among more than fifty million Chinese active in sport.
By following the proposed blueprint China will “realize the dream of springing to the top at the game of football” and bring to life “the sports-superpower dream” and “national revival dream”, it stated.
The report came shortly after China’s 2-0 amazing victory against initially unbeaten Qatar, thrilling regional fans and sending the team through to the final Asian qualifying stage for the Russia 2018.
The team has amused a recent spurt of victory under reinstated coach Gao Hongbo, who replaced Frenchman Alain Perrin after he was sacked following a 0-0 draw with the team Hong Kong in the month of November that left China confronting elimination.