“The naturalized players in our football team nowadays, they have no blood ties with the country. This is scary, are we becoming better even if we become the World Champion? So just because the FIFA policy allows naturalization, should countries around the world do that?”
Chinese Super League 2019 Weekly: Matchweek 21.
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The modern form of Chinese top flight football, the Chinese Super League, was officially founded in 2004 in an attempt to rebrand the country’s premier football competition.
After years of controversy, Chinese football finally took its first step towards normalizing naturalization on the national team level. However, the discussion has not ended yet. People are still unsure whether naturalization can bring hope to this hopeless football country.