We knew the Chinese Football Association was pretty terrible at what they do, but we didn’t know they were quite this bad. In one of the funniest scandals to hit the beleaguered Chinese football (ahem, soccer) world, CFA players were actually able to win a world championship…
…a Middle School world championship.
Several CFA national youth team players were drafted into the Chongqing Daping Middle School girls team right before it went to play in the World Middle School Football Championships (世界中学生足球锦标赛). While 中学 could mean “high school” rather than “junior high,” it doesn’t change the fact that barely any of the players were actually from the school they were representing. According to Sohu, only two of Chongqing Daping’s team members were actually students there – and they spent most of their time on the bench.
The CFA has said that though the entire team (minus two) was composed of CFA players, it had nothing to do with the substitutions. These individual players had decided of their own accord to join ranks with Chongqing Daping, it told the press. We guess the coach of the national team, who was present in Turkey as well, also came on his own accord.
While having a state-funded team playing against everybody else’s kids was already pretty shameful, what Chinese netizens are especially upset about are the embarrassingly close scores.
The team did alright against teams from some countries – 6 to 0 against Turkey, 7 to 0 against Sweden and 9 to 0 against Belgium. But it was only able to win 1 to 0 against Brazil, 3 to 0 against France and 8 to 6 against Germany.
Before it juiced up its team with what amounts to the country’s best youth, Chongqing Daping used to get killed. At the beginning of the year, at the Australian Youth Olympic Games, it lost 1 to 7 to Australia, 0 to 11 to Chile, and 0 to 14 to the United States.
The Chongqing Daily described Daping’s 8-6 championship match victory over Gerrmany like this: “The student athletes maintained excellent defense in the final shootout with the German side, and their cool composure finally brought them a well deserved victory.”