A year on from the 2014 World Cup, the question of how to make an effective team for the 2022 World Cup has been a big one.
We’re still in the very early stages of planning the tournament, with the likes of Italy, Portugal and France vying for spots.
But the question remains: how can we make a team that works and has the ability to compete for a place in a tournament where there are so many more pressing matters to deal with?
The answer, in part, has to do with the size of the pool.
As a result, many people are looking to China for a blueprint to follow.
It’s true that the country’s national team has been in a poor place, particularly after a dismal 2014 World Championship campaign.
But in the past few years, it has started to build up a competitive side, with China’s domestic league, the A-League, attracting some of the best talent in the world.
That’s the type of talent that can make a difference.
So when the Shanghai Shenhua Football Club’s first team was unveiled on March 25, it was widely seen as a step forward.
The club’s aim is to be competitive in the second tier of Chinese football, but that’s only a start.
“In terms of the domestic league we are working on it,” the club’s head coach, Zhu Yong, told BBC Sport.
“It’s not about winning every match, but we want to be in a position where we are competitive in a few matches and then we will start to play some of those games in the A.L.
Zhu is confident that the Chinese national team will become the best in the country, but how can it compete with England and Germany in the competition for World Cup spots? “
That’s why we’re working on the domestic and the league.”
Zhu is confident that the Chinese national team will become the best in the country, but how can it compete with England and Germany in the competition for World Cup spots?
The answers are as varied as the teams themselves.
“The biggest problem is the players,” Zhu said.
In the past, there was no way we could prepare for the World Cup. “
We have a lot of people from different countries, so we need to train them all in the same way.”
In the past, there was no way we could prepare for the World Cup.
But with time and experience, the players have developed.
I am really proud of them.
“How could that happen?
There are several factors at play, but the most obvious is the lack of experience.
In a sport that’s largely built on individual achievement, the ability of young players to develop quickly is crucial to making any sort of impact.
“They have to have good morals, they have to be respectful, and they have no bad intentions. “
When we talk about players, they need to develop into good people,” Zhu continued.
“They have to have good morals, they have to be respectful, and they have no bad intentions.
They can play football well, but they also have to know how to play it professionally.”
It is this sense of responsibility that’s likely to be the biggest challenge for the Chinese players in the long-term.
“Everyone is playing for themselves, and I don’t think there is a lot we can do,” Zhu concluded.
“For now, we just need to work on our technique and we will be good in the future.”