While the entire world is watching the pitches in South Africa, one-fourth of the world lies pining in its hopes. China is notably absent from the World Cup, despite FIFA’s courting of the whole country (and the Chinese government’s efforts to clean up its soccer leagues).
Over a billion people probably have over four billion reasons as to why Chinese football is not any good, but A Modern Lei Feng has five good reasons. His bonus reason is a culture of failure in Chinese football, which is a striking reason to me as an anthropologist. In brief, he blames the Chinese educational system, the Chinese sports system, a lack of creativity, a bad work ethic among Chinese athletes, and the lack of a national-level plan. Read this thought-provoking post; I’m busy watching Uruguay-Holland and still getting over the Black Stars loss last Friday.