China has revealed plans to build 18 “football cities” over the next five years, as the country makes another attempt to sweep across the global elite for sports.
Report of the newspaper ” The Times” (explained The of Times ) British China and despite the achievement of many of the economic, military and sports achievements , they felt frustrated for a long time because of the poor performance of the national team of football , who qualified for the last time for the World Cup in 2002. Read also A goal against Barcelona opens a “new chapter” for Chinese football A Chinese player tampered with his car license plate. His team expelled him and the police imprisoned him Nigerian striker refused to join Barcelona to play in the Chinese League Accused of destroying his blood samples .. A famous Chinese swimmer suspended for 8 years for doping
Chinese President Xi Jinping, an ardent football fan, hoped that his country could qualify for the World Cup in the not-too-distant future, which would enhance national pride and the “Chinese dream”.
As part of its efforts to this end, the General Administration of Sports of China announced an ambitious plan under which the administration and the CFA will invest money in each city, with annual investment from local governments to build football cities across the country.
By 2025, every soccer city will have two professional soccer clubs, a national-level youth training center, several local-level centers, and one soccer field for every 10,000 residents, the administration said, while ensuring half of the city’s youth are involved in sports.
The administration added that the cities “will create a favorable environment in which the whole community will care about the development and support of football.” The report pointed out that China has already invested heavily in and reformed its national football program in the hope that it will produce a national team skilled enough to compete with the best teams in the world, where foreign coaches and players have been appointed, and the stars of the Chinese Super League, the highest level in professional football, are paid exorbitantly. However, the country is still far from competing in major competitions.
By 2030, the new football cities will send top athletes to the national team “on an ongoing basis”, and thus become the national “source” of football talent in the management’s words.
Moreover, the administration envisioned that “the major cities will lead the country in achieving the comprehensive development of football, becoming a popular sport in which the fans participate, and there will be generation after generation of the best football talents, and the whole society will have a healthy and joyful football-related culture.”