China undergoes ‘patriotic education’ to win Women’s World Cup

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Whether it helps China beat European heavyweights Germany in their World Cup opener on June 8 is debatable, but captain Wu Haiyan said: “Patriotic education is of great significance to us who are going to play for our country.”The Chinese Football Association (CFA), the governing body, hailed it as essential preparation to face the world’s best football teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDuring the class on Monday in Beijing, Professor Wen Jing from Beijing Normal University spoke at length to all the players and coaches.They studied China’s constitution and laws, which “made the squad clear about the basic rights and obligations of citizens, and deepened their understanding of patriotic rules from the moral, legal and political levels”, the CFA said. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chadao-FEU secures last PBA D-League playoff berth Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img The squad was pictured with notebooks on their laps and a large Chinese flag next to a projector screen at the front of the classroom.The CFA, which is often lambasted by Chinese football fans for its running of the game — it previously banned tattoos — said that the “activities… left a deep mark in the hearts of the players”.China’s “Steel Roses” will need to pull off a shock if they are to make a serious impact at the World Cup.They are ranked 16th by FIFA and compete in a tough Group B that contains Spain, South Africa and two-time champions Germany.China’s best performance at a World Cup was in 1999, when they lost the final to hosts the United States on penalties.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue China’s silver medallists football players pose with Jack Ma, Chairman of the Alibaba Corporation (in black 5th from back row), during the medal ceremony for the women’s football match at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 31, 2018. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)China’s Women’s World Cup football team swapped the training pitch for the classroom to beef up its political knowledge and reinforce its dedication to the communist-ruled country.In a step that is unlikely to be replicated by their rivals at next month’s tournament in France, the whole squad sat down for a series of lectures dubbed “Motherland in My Heart”.ADVERTISEMENT Led by Paris Saint-Germain’s Wang Shuang, China’s women carry the hopes of a nation that under football-fan President Xi Jinping has grand ambitions.Xi wants the country of 1.4 billion people to host and even one day win the men’s World Cup.But the men’s side has reached football’s top table only once, in 2002, when they hastily departed without a point or scoring a goal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more