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China’s broken World Cup dreams prompt disappointed fans to blame the national coach, the team’s poor skills and a lack of funding

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
espite a massive increase in spending at the elite professional level of soccer, the Chinese national team ranks at the bottom of its 2018 World Cup qualifying group, gaining only one point from four games.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.