Pitchinvasion.net have continued their series looking at the World Cup 2018 candidates, they focus on China in the second part of their series.
They talk about how the Chinese bid will be built around three obvious strengths, the size of the market in China, which as yet is not fully capitalised on by football. Secondly, they talk about the fact that China already has in place, a decent number of stadiums from the 2004 AFC Championships, the 2007 women’s World Cup and the 2008 Olympics. The third positive point they have for China, is the fact that the Chinese government will do anything in their power to make sure they look good on the world stage.
2018 Chinese World Cup Bid
Then they go against either include their lack of a football culture in the lack of any pedigree to the national side. As hosts, China would qualify directly to the tournament but are not guaranteed necessarily to perform well. Since the war, no nation has been awarded the World Cup, unless they have qualified twice for the finals directly, China has appeared at one the World Cup (2002 Korea & Japan).
The article looks at these points, and others about any potential Chinese bid for 2018 in more detail, read more here.