China at the FIFA World Cup

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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.

This article is about the People's Republic of China national football team's recent record at the FIFA World Cup.

History[edit]

The China national team was founded in 1924 and joined FIFA in 1931-58, and then from 1979. China first entered World Cup qualification in 1957 in an attempt to qualify for the 1958 edition. China failed to score a goal in their maiden World Cup appearance in 2002. However, 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.[1] 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").

Records[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify
Chile 1962 Did not participate
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982 Did not qualify
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South KoreaJapan 2002 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 0 9
Germany 2006 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Total 1/20 - 3 0 0 3 0 9
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Record by opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals Scored Goals Conceded
 Brazil 0 0 1 1 0 4
 Costa Rica 0 0 1 1 0 2
 Turkey 0 0 1 1 0 3

China at South Korea/Japan 2002[edit]

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 11 3 +8 9
 Turkey 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
 Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
 China PR 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0

4 June 2002
15:30
China PR  0 – 2  Costa Rica
(Report) Gómez Goal 61'
Wright Goal 65'

8 June 2002
20:30
Brazil  4 – 0  China PR
Roberto Carlos Goal 15'
Rivaldo Goal 32'
Ronaldinho Goal 45' (pen.)
Ronaldo Goal 55'
(Report)
Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo
Attendance: 36,750
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

13 June 2002
15:30
Turkey  3 – 0  China PR
Hasan Goal 6'
Bülent Goal 9'
Ümit D. Goal 85'
(Report)
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 43,605
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ FootballAsia.com, Asian Cup final smashes viewing records, 12 August 2004.

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