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Jianlibao team returning to Brazil

05-28-2013 16:55 BJT

Nearly two decades after they first headed to Brazil to study the "beautiful game", China’s Jianlibao Youth Team has announced their plan to return to the South American football power later this year. A number of the former members, gathering in Guangzhou to announce their trip.

The Youth Team shouldered high hopes of Chinese fans in the 1990s, and the team produced several former national team members while the manager of the team, Zhu Guanghu, went on to coach the Chinese national team from 2005 to 2007.

The team was sent to Brazil three times in a span of five years...however, they didn’t quite live up to the expectations of many Chinese fans who thought they would take Chinese football to the next level upon their return.

This December, the team will visit four cities in Brazil where they studied from 1993 to 1998. They will also pay a visit to the Brazilian Football Confederation and play a couple friendlies.

Nearly two decades after they first headed to Brazil to study the "beautiful game", China’
s Jianlibao Youth Team has announced their plan to return to the South American football
power later this year.

A number of the former members, gathering in Guangzhou to announce their trip.

"At that time, I was just a small kid with a football dream visiting Brazil to learn the sport. Now...most of us have become coaches. At the end of the year, we hope to visit the places we lived in Brazil," Former Captain of Jianlibao Youth Team Li Tie said.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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