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CFA prepares for Olympic, World Cup qualifying

09-21-2010 10:10 BJT

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CFA prepares for Olympic, World Cup qualifying

The Chinese Football Association is getting ready for a busy year. Over the next 365 days, Chinese national teams will take part in the Asian Games along with qualification campaigns for the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

With these major events looming, a special conference has been convened, armed with the goal of getting Chinese football back on track.

Over 80 people, including heads of provincial Sports Bureaus, heads of the Chinese clubs and representatives of sports universities...all gather at the conference detailing London Olympic and Brazil World Cup preparations.

The head of the Chinese Football Association, calling for teamwork ahead of the start of the qualifying campaign.

Director of Sports Administration Center for Football Weidi said, "Qualifications for the Olympics and the World Cup will kick off next year. At this crucial moment, we should unite our minds to work together, integrate the football community of the nation, use our joint efforts and contribute whatever human resources and effort we have, to fight hard in the upcoming qualifications."

Over the next 365 days, Chinese national teams will take part in the Asian Games
along with qualification campaigns for the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Brazil
World Cup.

During the conference, Gao Hongbo, Li Xiaopeng and Sun Wei - the three national coaches, made their goals clear.

The men's national team is aiming for a top 4 showing in the Asian Cup and a ticket to the 2014 Brazil World Cup. The women's national team, meanwhile, has set its sight on medalling at the Asian Games and an appearance at the London Olympics.

The National Olympic team, which is a different team than the National team, is eyeing a top 4 in Guangzhou...and a spot in London.

Football Director Wei Di wrapped up the news conference with a statement of hope. He wants clubs and national teams to work together in a more constructive manner, and is promising to form a new committee to make that happen.

GAO HONGBO, Gao Hongbo, Coach of Men's National Team said, "A consensus must be reached first...that the development of Chinese football requires cooperation of all national teams and all clubs. We are the two rails of the railway and need perfect collaboration to set the train on its way."

The CFA is expected to soon outline how it hopes to better integrate all levels of Chinese football with an eye on returning to the World Cup and the Olympics.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: CNTV.CN

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