As we all know, Chinese football has entered a new stage in the past two years, that is, the era of naturalized players. The naturalization of the Chinese team is different from other naturalizations in the world and is relatively passive. Other countries generally aim to improve the strength of the national brand, and promote the power of individual positions to naturalize. But we are not. We have to do it when we encounter the situation of missing talents and lack of connection.
The current aging of the national football team is very serious. It can be said that the main framework is still the 85-89 batches of players, and the new generation of players are far from the old players in terms of personal ability and game experience. Especially in key positions, there is basically a case of gear disconnection. The reasons for this are also very complicated. First, the fake gambling environment in the past few years led to the collapse of the original youth training system. The football population plummeted and fewer talents were produced. Secondly, our league system is not sound enough. Young players don’t have the right platform to train and improve themselves. These young players are all lacking in game experience in Asia. Because of this, they grow extremely slowly. The third and most important reason is that they grew up in the Chinese Super League in the Jinyuan model. Their main positions are basically world-class foreign players. Therefore, Chinese players are used to playing auxiliary games in the league. When the national team does not have foreign players, they cannot play. Almost no one takes over the location.
Therefore, if we do not turn on naturalized players, our national football will show a cliff-like decline, which is not conducive to the sustainable development of Chinese football. If we can absorb some outstanding Chinese players and strong foreign aid who have played in the Super League, we can not only quickly make up for the shortage of national football talents, but also improve the overall strength of the national football. Returning to the World Cup and hitting the Asian championship is not a dream.
And in the two years since the naturalization of players started, we have made certain achievements, especially in the forward position, we have already been famous for joining the team. For example, Exon, who won two top scorers in the Super League, has already played for the national football team and scored goals. In addition, winger Luo Guofu, who won the top scorer in the Super League, also represented the national football team in the warm-up match. In addition, there are Jr. Fernando, who has been selected for the national football training list, and the former Europa League Golden Boot Alan, who has not been selected for the list of national football qualifications. It can be said that the current configuration of the striker is definitely the top in Asia.
But for now, our naturalization still feels a bit top-heavy. Because most of the naturalized players are strikers, and the core positions of the national football midfielder and defense are lacking, but there are very few naturalized players to choose from. And the only candidate has various problems. For example, Goulart, whose midfield position has high hopes, was loaned back to Brazil for half a season in the 2019 season, which caused him to be suspended for 5 consecutive years, so it is very likely that it will take 2023 to qualify for the national football.
In the defense, there was originally a single choice, that is, the central defender Jiang Guangtai who played for Everton in the Premier League and played the main force in Sunderland. Jiang Guangtai, whose grandfather is Chinese, complies with the three-generation blood naturalization rules. Jiang Guangtai, who came from Everton's youth training, has shown good talent since he was a child. He has been selected for the England U17, U19 and U21 youth teams for many times. It is precisely because he was selected for the England National Youth Team that he has been unable to get the opportunity to play for the national football after he joined Guangzhou Evergrande and obtained Chinese nationality. Because at that time it was stipulated that players could not play for any other national titles in official matches.
Fortunately, in September this year, FIFA changed the rules of naturalization. Jiang Guangtai complied with the rules at once. That is to say, as long as he passed the FIFA audit, Jiang Guangtai could play on behalf of the national football team and be able to use internal aid. The identity represents Guangzhou Evergrande in the AFC Champions League. And recently the good news finally came!
According to Bai Guohua, a well-known football media person, the change of membership of Jiang Guangtai, a naturalized player who played for Guangzhou Evergrande, has been approved by FIFA documents. Jiang Guangtai is officially qualified to represent the national team! This is good news for Chinese football. At least for the 35-year-old Feng Xiaoting, there is a good helper and a successor.
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