The contemporary history of the world’s favorite game spans more than 100 years. It all began in 1863 in England with the formation of the football association in England,
But , you would be surprised to know that it has its origins from China. In the second and third centuries BC, their military exercise included kicking a ball and shooting it into a small net fixed onto bamboo canes. The ball was made of leather and filled with feathers and hair. The use of hands was prohibited, and the player had to use his feet, chest, back and shoulders while trying to withstand the attacks of his opponents.
However, today’s scenario is really different. Football is considered to be a European sport and like Cricket is to India, Football is to Europe. It is also played in a large part of America and is called ‘soccer’.
On the other hand, China’s president Xi Jinping, a football enthusiast, wants the country to have at least 20,000 football training centres and 70,000 pitches in place by 2020. Now China wants to be a ‘world football superpower’ by 2050. Eriksson, the head coach of leading Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG, believes everything is now in place for China to succeed. The growth in the CSL has seen some of the biggest names in world football sign for Chinese clubs in recent years.
While excelling in Olympics and Paralympics, let’s see How Realistic is China’s Dream to win the football tournaments , including the world cup.