China PR at the FIFA World Cup
This article is People's Republic of China at the FIFA World Cup is on the record of China's results at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.
The China national team was founded in 1924 and joined FIFA in 1931-58, and then from 1979. They have been perennial contenders for the Asian Cup, most recently finishing second in the AFC 2004. But China failed to score a goal in their maiden FIFA World Cup appearance in the Football World Cup 2002. Qualifying for the tournament has been considered the greatest accomplishment in China's football history. As football is widely followed in China, triumph by the national team is considered to be a source of national pride. Around 300 million people tuned into broadcasts of China's World Cup 2002 matches with a staggering 170 million new television sets being bought by citizens in order to watch their nation's first World Cup appearance. There were over 250 million viewers for the Asian Cup 2004 finals, the largest single-event sports audience in the country's history. The team is colloquially referred to as Team China (中国队), the National Team (国家队) or Guozu (国足, lit. "national foot").
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- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
China at Japan/South Korea 2002
4 June 2002
|China PR||0 – 2||Costa Rica|
8 June 2002
|Brazil||4 – 0||China PR|
|Roberto Carlos 15'
Ronaldinho 45' (pen.)
13 June 2002
|Turkey||3 – 0||China PR|
Ümit D. 85'
- FootballAsia.com, Asian Cup final smashes viewing records, 12 August 2004.
- FIFA Official Ranking of all Participants at Finals 1930–2002. FIFA Match Results for all Stages 1930–2002
- FIFA official site