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China Syndrome

This Reuters story about the national team coaching search truly sums up the dismal condition of Chinese soccer.

Among the highlights:

The candidates had to give "a 15-minute presentation and undergo a three-hour written test on their knowledge of education, management and sport."

"I am not very confident," said the interim coach.

Oh Bora, where art thou?

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2009; 7:27 PM ET
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Not much chance of China hosting the Cup any time soon....

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I would not be surprised if other federations do this, so many are run by business people and not football people.

I read some rumors of Mclaren being hired by the FA, not because he was the assistant, but because he made a better presentation than the competition.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | February 25, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice Coen Bros. reference.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 25, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Montreal up 2-0 after a shocking mistake by Santos Laguna's back line...Montreal has looked very good overall.

Posted by: the_slammer | February 25, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I would not be surprised if other federations do this, so many are run by business people and not football people.

In China's case, it's all about the Party.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 25, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Montreal beats Santos 2-0 in the 1st leg.

A great win for Montreal that should rank as the best in their history. Santos played most of their best players and beating it front of 50,000 fans really puts their team on the map. Most importantly winning like that in front of such a crowd is the best possible advertising a team can hope for.

Too bad DeRoux didn't score. At least we all know Betty La Fea will be back on at it's regular time tomorrow night!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 25, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Not at all surprising if you've read "Bamboo Goalposts" -- the recent book about football in modern China.

Check it out:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1QCXQRBEHWQ6B/

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 25, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Montreal beats Santos 2-0 in the 1st leg.

A great win for Montreal that should rank as the best in their history.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sports/Impact+fans+home+happy/1329159/story.html

http://www.canada.com/Sports/story.html?id=1327298

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 25, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Strangely enough, the Impact Web site loads kinda slowly tonight....

Posted by: Juan-John | February 26, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Nice Coen Bros. reference.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 25, 2009 8:59 PM
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Unless it is an earlier reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan%27s_Travels

Posted by: universityandpark | February 26, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, the Impact web site loads slowly all the time anyway ... any extra traffic would likely shut it down.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | February 26, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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