China national football team

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China PR
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Association Chinese Football Association (CFA)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Head coach Li Tie
Captain Zheng Zhi
Most caps Li Weifeng (112)
Top scorer Hao Haidong (41)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code CHN
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 76 Steady2.svg(11 June 2020) [1]
Highest37 (December 1998)
Lowest109 (March 2013)
First international
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(Manila, Philippines; 4 February 1913) [2]
Biggest win
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 19–0 Guam  Flag of Guam.svg
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 26 January 2000)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 8–0 China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(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)

The China PR national football team (simplified Chinese :中国国家足球队; traditional Chinese :中國國家足球隊; pinyin :Zhōngguó guójiā zúqiú duì) represents the People's Republic of China in international association football and is governed by the Chinese Football Association.

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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.

History

Republic of China (1913–1949)

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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. [3] 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. [4] 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. [5]

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. [6] 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. [7]

The Chinese Football Association was founded in 1924 and then was first affiliated with FIFA in 1931. [8] 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. [9]

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. [10] 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. [11] 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. [12] 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). [13]

Early People's Republic (1950–1976)

The newly instated People's Republic of China reformed CFA before having FIFA acknowledge their 1931 membership on 14 June 1952. [14] 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. [15] </ref> [16] In preparation for entering their first FIFA competition, China sent a young squad to train in Hungary in 1954. [17] However, when they entered the 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification process China were knocked out by Indonesia. [18]

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. [19] This sparked a diplomatic argument that had already seen China withdraw from the 1956 Summer Olympics for the same reasons. [20] 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. [18] 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. [21] [22] [23] In 1973 the team, which had been using the name Republic of China would rename themselves as Chinese Taipei. [24] 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. [25]

1980–2009: an Asian powerhouse

The 1974 Asian Games reintroduced the team back into international football while the 1976 AFC Asian Cup saw them came third. [26]

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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. [27] 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. [28] 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. [29] 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. [30]

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). [31] [32]

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. [33] There were an estimated 250 million viewers for the match, the largest single-event sports audience in the country's history at that time. [34]

After winning the 2005 East Asian Football Championship following a 2–0 win against North Korea, [35] 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, [36] 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. [37] [38]

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. [39] Some commented that China's reliance on foreign managers for the past decade had been an indicator of its poor domestic manager development. [40]

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 era

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." [41] 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 Camacho

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. [42] 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." [43]

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." [43]

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). [44]

Camacho led China during their qualification process for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup whereby losing the first group match 2–1 to Saudi Arabia. [45] 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 returns

After Camacho, there was Alain Perrin, who was sacked for the team's poor performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, [46] 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; [47] and a goalless draw to AFC's then highest ranked Iran at home, [48] 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. [49]

Lippi's tenure

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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. [50] 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. [51] 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. [52]

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. [53] 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. [54]

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. [55]

Lacked of option in searching for a new coach, CFA reappointed Marcello Lippi. [56] To improve the team, China had begun a series of naturalization on foreign-based players, with Nico Yennaris, an English-born Cypriot., [57] with Tyias Browning, another English-born player, being naturalized. [58] Subsequently, Elkeson, a Brazilian player with no Chinese ancestry, was naturalized. [59]

Team image

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'). [60]

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. [61] The team has also started to use cooling vests in certain warmer climates. [62] After decades of having Adidas producing the team's kits, China's current kit has been produced and manufactured by Nike since 2015.

Kit supplierPeriodContract
announcement
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Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2015–present
2015-01-03
2015–2026 (11 years) [63] $16 million per year [64]

Rivalries

Japan

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. [65] 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.

South Korea

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.

Hong Kong

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.

Taiwan

China also developed a smaller rivalry with Chinese Taipei due to the Chinese Civil War consequence, however the rivalry is mostly unknown in China due to the fact football is not the main sport in Taiwan.

Coaching staff

Source [66]
PositionName
Head coach Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Tie
Technical employee Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Liu Zhiyu
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tong Qiang
Team Doctor Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wang Shucheng
Therapists Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jin Ri
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Gao Jianguo
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hang Yanrui
Manager Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Kang Bing
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Huang Song
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Huang Weitao
Logistics Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guo Rui
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Xi
Press Officer Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Che Hengzhi
Doctor Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wang Shucheng
Administrator Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang He
Technical director Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Chris Van Puyvelde

Players

Current squad

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 Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong .

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Yan Junling (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 29)290 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG
1 GK Wang Dalei (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 31)270 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan
1 GK Liu Dianzuo (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 30)30 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao

2 DF Zhang Linpeng (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 31)795 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
2 DF Yu Dabao (1988-04-17) 17 April 1988 (age 32)6019 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan
2 DF Jiang Zhipeng (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 31)260 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hebei China Fortune
2 DF Wang Shenchao (1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 (age 31)80 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG
2 DF Zhu Chenjie (2000-08-23) 23 August 2000 (age 19)60 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
2 DF Li Ang (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 26)50 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning
2 DF Li Lei (1992-05-30) 30 May 1992 (age 28)40 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan
2 DF Tang Miao (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 29)30 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou R&F
2 DF Ming Tian (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 25)20 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wuhan Zall
2 DF Yang Fan (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 24)10 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan

3 MF Hao Junmin (1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 (age 33)8012 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan
3 MF Wu Xi (1989-02-19) 19 February 1989 (age 31)687 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning
3 MF Zhang Xizhe (1991-01-23) 23 January 1991 (age 29)306 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan
3 MF Cai Huikang (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 30)220 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG
3 MF Chi Zhongguo (1989-10-26) 26 October 1989 (age 30)170 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan
3 MF Jin Jingdao (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 28)110 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan
3 MF Nico Yennaris (1993-05-24) 24 May 1993 (age 27)50 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan
3 MF Liu Binbin (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 27)40 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan
3 MF Liu Yun (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 25)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wuhan Zall

4 FW Yang Xu (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 32)5428 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin Tianhai
4 FW Wei Shihao (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 25)142 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
4 FW Dong Xuesheng (1989-05-22) 22 May 1989 (age 31)81 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hebei China Fortune
4 FW Tan Long (1988-04-01) 1 April 1988 (age 32)60 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Changchun Yatai
4 FW Elkeson (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 30)43 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
4 FW Aloísio (1988-06-19) 19 June 1988 (age 32)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Dong Chunyu (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 29)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wuhan Zall Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
GK Zou Dehai (1993-02-27) 27 February 1993 (age 27)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
GK Wu Yan (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 31)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Henan Jianye Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
GK Zeng Cheng (1987-01-08) 8 January 1987 (age 33)420 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 14 November 2019
GK Zhang Lu (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 32)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin Tianhai v. Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives , 10 September 2019

DF Gao Zhunyi (1995-08-21) 21 August 1995 (age 24)80 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
DF Mei Fang (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 30)241 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
DF Yu Yang (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 30)140 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Shi Ke (1993-01-08) 8 January 1993 (age 27)90 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Jin Yangyang (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 27)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hebei China Fortune Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Zhao Honglüe (1989-12-04) 4 December 1989 (age 30)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin TEDA Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
DF Zheng Zheng (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 30)192 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 14 November 2019
DF Liu Yang (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 25)110 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 14 November 2019
DF Wang Gang (1989-02-17) 17 February 1989 (age 31)80 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 14 November 2019
DF Li Shuai (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 25)10 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Dalian Professional v. Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines , 15 October 2019
DF He Guan (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 27)60 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG v. Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives , 10 September 2019
DF Abduhamit Abdugheni (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 22)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
DF Han Xuan (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 29)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Henan Jianye 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
DF Liao Junjian (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wuhan Zall 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE

MF Xu Xin (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
MF Feng Jin (1993-08-14) 14 August 1993 (age 26)30 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chongqing Dangdai Lifan Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
MF Li Hang (1989-09-19) 19 September 1989 (age 30)30 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wuhan Zall Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
MF Wang Shangyuan (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 27)20 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Henan Jianye 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Cao Yunding (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989 (age 30)50 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Ji Xiang (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 30)101 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Mirahmetjan Muzepper (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 29)90 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin TEDA 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Li Shenglong (1992-07-30) 30 July 1992 (age 27)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
MF Zheng Kaimu (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 28)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin TEDA Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
MF Wu Xinghan (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 27)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
MF Zheng Zhi (1980-08-20) 20 August 1980 (age 39)10815 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao v. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria , 14 November 2019
MF Yao Junsheng (1995-10-29) 29 October 1995 (age 24)10 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin Tianhai v. Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines , 15 October 2019
MF Huang Bowen (1987-07-13) 13 July 1987 (age 32)443 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
MF Tao Qianglong (2001-11-20) 20 November 2001 (age 18)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hebei China Fortune 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
MF Wang Qiuming (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 27)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hebei China Fortune 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification PRE
MF Li Siqi (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 22)00 Flag of Serbia.svg Inđija training campPRE

FW Wu Lei (1991-11-19) 19 November 1991 (age 28)6718 Flag of Spain.svg Espanyol Dubai Training Camp, March 2020
FW Wang Ziming (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 23)20 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Sinobo Guoan 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
FW Lü Wenjun (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 31)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG Wuhan Training Camp, November 2019
FW Xie Pengfei (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 27)50 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning v. Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines , 15 October 2019
FW Yang Liyu (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 23)40 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao v. Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines , 15 October 2019

Notes:

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019

30 August 2019 Friendly 1 China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg4–1Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar Xianghe, Hebei, China
17:30  UTC+8 Stadium: National Football Training Centre
10 September 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification R2 Maldives  Flag of Maldives.svg0–5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Malé, 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 R2 China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg7–0Flag of Guam.svg  Guam Guangzhou, China
20:00  UTC+8
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Tianhe Stadium
Referee: Ali Reda (Lebanon)
15 October 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification R2 Philippines  Flag of the Philippines.svg0–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Bacolod, Philippines
20:00  UTC+8 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Panaad Stadium
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)
14 November 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification R2 Syria  Flag of Syria.svg2–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Dubai, 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 Championship China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg1–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Busan, 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 Championship South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg1–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Busan, 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 Championship Hong Kong  Flag of Hong Kong.svg0–2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Busan, South Korea
16:15  UTC+9
Stadium: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-udom (Thailand)

2020

8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) FIFA World Cup qualification R2 China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svgvFlag of Maldives.svg  Maldives TBD, China
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: TBD
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) FIFA World Cup qualification R2 Guam  Flag of Guam.svgvFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR TBD, Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: TBD
12 November 2020 (2020-11-12) FIFA World Cup qualification R2 China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svgvFlag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines TBD, China
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: TBD
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) FIFA World Cup qualification R2 China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svgvFlag of Syria.svg  Syria TBD, China
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: TBD

Competitive record

All-time results

As of 20 January 2019; counted for the FIFA A-level matches only. [68] All matches before the founding of Chinese Football Association in 1924 are not counted as A-level match by FIFA.

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 history

FIFA World Cup

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. [70]

China's FIFA World Cup record
Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Did not qualify311145
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970
Flag of Germany.svg 1974
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Did not qualify10622176
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 6411232
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 11704189
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 8602184
Flag of France.svg 1998 148332416
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Group stage31st300309141211385
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Did not qualify6501141
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 8332144
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 8503239
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 188553511
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalGroup stage1/2130030910665162521672

AFC Asian Cup

China's AFC Asian Cup record
Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg 1956 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of South Korea.svg 1960 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Israel.svg 1964 Did not enterDid not enter
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1968 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Thailand.svg 1972 Did not enterDid not enter
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1976 Third place3rd4112245401144
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1980 Group stage7th411295320152
Flag of Singapore.svg 1984 Runners-up2nd64021144400150
Flag of Qatar.svg 1988 Fourth place4th6222755230101
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1992 Third place3rd513166330070
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1996 Quarter-finals8th4103673300161
Flag of Lebanon.svg 2000 Fourth place4th62221173300290
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2004 Runners-up2nd6321136Qualified as hosts
Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Vietnam.svg 2007 Group stage9th311176632173
Flag of Qatar.svg 2011 9th3111446411135
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2015 Quarter-finals7th430154622256
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2019 6th5302778521271
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2023 Qualified as hosts2*200120
Total13/180 Titles552313208865523510714823


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

Summer Olympics

YearResultPosPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1900 to Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Did not enter
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 First round12100102
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 14100104
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 to Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Withdrew after qualifying
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 to Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Not an IOC member
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 to Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1988 First round14301205
Total3/25-5014011

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

Asian Games

YearResultRankPldWDLGFGA
Flag of India.svg 1951 Did not enter
Flag of Philippines.svg 1954 Did not enter
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1958 Did not enter
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1962 Did not enter
Flag of Thailand.svg 1966 Did not enter
Flag of Thailand.svg 1970 Did not enter
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1974 First round10310274
Flag of Thailand.svg 1978 Third place37502165
Flag of India.svg 1982 Quarter-finals7421143
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1986 84211107
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1990 6420284
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1994 Runners-up27511168
Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 Third place38602247
Total*7/13-37233118538

* Including 1998 onwards (until 2010)

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

EAFF East Asian Cup

YearResultPosPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Japan.svg 2003 Third place3310234
Flag of South Korea.svg 2005 Champions1312053
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Third place3310255
Flag of Japan.svg 2010 Champions1321050
Flag of South Korea.svg 2013 Runners-up2312076
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2015 2311133
Flag of Japan.svg 2017 Third place3302145
Flag of South Korea.svg 2019 Third place3310233
Total-248883529

Honours

Continental

Regional

Minor tournaments

Player records

Most capped players

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

As of 15 October 2019. [71] [72]
#NameCareerCapsGoals
1 Li Weifeng 1998–201111214
2 Gao Lin 2005–present10922
3 Zheng Zhi 2002–present10815
4 Hao Haidong 1992–200410741
5 Fan Zhiyi 1992–200210617
6 Li Tie 1997–2010926
7 Zhao Xuri 2003–present872
8 Ma Mingyu 1996–20028612
Li Ming 1992–2004868
Zhu Bo 1983–1993861

Top goalscorers

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

As of 15 October 2019. [72] [73]
#NameCareerGoals (caps)Ratio
1 Hao Haidong 1992–200441 (107)0.383
2 Yang Xu 2009–present28 (53)0.528
3 Su Maozhen 1994–200227 (53)0.509
4 Li Jinyu 1997–200824 (70)0.342
5 Gao Lin 2005–present22 (109)0.202
6 Ma Lin 1985–199021 (45)0.467
7 Liu Haiguang 1983–199020 (58)0.345
8 Zhao Dayu 1982–198619 (29)0.655
Li Bing 1992–200119 (67)0.283
Yu Dabao 2010–present19 (57)0.333

Managerial history

1930–1948

#NameGameRecord
1 Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg Flag of the Republic of China.svg Tong Fuk Cheung 1930 Far Eastern Games Champions
2 Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lee Wai Tong [74] 1934 Far Eastern Games Champions
3 Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg Ngan Shing Kwan 1936 Summer Olympics First round
4 Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lee Wai Tong (2nd time) 1948 Summer Olympics First round

1951–present

As of 24 May 2019

See also

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  1. Includes North Vietnam and South Vietnam before 1975.

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