China and the World Cup

Posted in Football at 1:37 pm by Nicole

The Associated Press writes about China’s disappointment in not qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. The article highlights many of the woes of China’s national football program, including mismanagement, scandals and the (surprising, given the sport’s popularity in China) lack of a solid grassroots playing tradition that could flood the ranks with talented up-and-comers.

Elsewhere in China’s World Cup dramas, the Daily Yomiuri Online (Japan) reports that a Japanese tour company working with a Chinese sports travel agency has been forced to cancel World Cup tours after the Chinese agency failed to come up with the approximately 4,000 World Cup tickets that had been ordered and paid for by the Japanese company.

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