Xian’s bright future, and the men’s football team’s bleak present

5 Jul

Xian might have a very bright future as a hub for a new “Silk Road“, including plans to be an “inland port”, due to its central location in Western China that connects Eastern China, Beijing, Western China, and Central Asia. At least, this is the view of its leaders, as this China Daily article describes.

In another sad news about the men’s football team, just-fired coach Jose Antonio Camacho is to receive a whopping 6.45 million euros by China’s football body and its main sponsor, as compensation for firing his ass and breaking his contract. China, unbeknowst to me, played 3 friendlies in June, and lost all 3, with the worst being a 5-1 demolition by Thailand! There’s no excuse whatsoever for losing 5-1 to Thailand so I’m glad he’s gone. The team has not done very well under his watch, having crashed out of World Cup qualifying early in 2011, with its ongoing Asian Cup qualification campaign still in progress.

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