Dazzling but empty stadiums a symbol of China's fading football dream
China

Dazzling but empty stadiums a symbol of China's fading football dream

Beijing (AFP) – Gleaming football stadiums built for the Asian Cup may turn into "white elephants" after China withdrew as hosts, experts say, with President Xi Jinping's World Cup dreams more remote than ever. Ten cities across China have sunk billions of dollars to build eight new stadiums and renovate two others for the Asian […]

China

/ 138 days ago

Dazzling but empty stadiums a symbol of China's fading football dream

Beijing (AFP) – Gleaming football stadiums built for the Asian Cup may turn into "white elephants" after China withdrew as hosts, experts say, with President Xi Jinping's World Cup dreams more remote than ever. Ten cities across China have sunk billions of dollars to build eight new stadiums and renovate two others for the Asian […]
ByAFP

Asian Cup

/ 144 days ago

China withdraws as 2023 football Asian Cup host due to pandemic

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – China has withdrawn as the 2023 Asian Cup host due to the coronavirus, football officials said Saturday, with Beijing's strict zero-Covid strategy dealing another blow to the country's sporting ambitions. Authorities in China are pursuing a strategy of stamping out the virus entirely, which includes rapid lockdowns and mass testing, and […]
ByAFP

China

/ 226 days ago

After Beijing Winter Olympics, China eyes World Cup goal

Beijing (AFP) – After staging both a Summer and now a Winter Olympics, there is one major international sports event left for China to host — the football World Cup. Football fan President Xi Jinping has said he wants China to stage and even win the men's World Cup one day, and the country has […]
ByAFP

Asia

/ 322 days ago

China hold Australia but face uphill task to reach World Cup

Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – China are on the brink of suffering more World Cup heartache despite clinching an impressive 1-1 draw with Australia on Tuesday in qualifying for next year's football showpiece in Qatar. A 38th-minute strike by Mitchell Duke appeared to have condemned the global Olympic and economic powerhouse to their fourth […]
ByAFP

Australia

/ 397 days ago

Aussies thrash China as Oman upset Japan in World Cup qualifying

Doha (AFP) – Australia convincingly beat China 3-0 on Thursday as the final stage of Asian qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicked off on Thursday. The Socceroos' emphatic win in Doha came hours after Oman had caused a major upset edging past Japan 1-0 in Suita while South Korea were held to a […]
ByAFP