The Chinese national team’s 1979 was a groundbreaking year. In Danald Ross’s words: “China has shown that its football strength is not inferior to that of European countries”, and played against the Celtics on the tour. , Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and us Middlesbrough.
: It can be said that preparations began in the 21st century. But in fact, the Chinese team officially started as early as August 8, 1979 against the Scottish team Celtics. That summer, 17 Chinese players went to Europe for a two-month, forgotten tour of France, Romania and the United Kingdom.
The late 1970s marked the rise of the People’s Republic of China in sports activities in many ways, such as entering the stage of international football and participating in competitive competitions such as the Asian Cup and the Asian Games organized by the AFC for the first time. In 1977 and 1978, they came to North and South America to participate in the invitational matches. In 1978, players began to come to Italy one after another, followed by the German and Austrian leagues for phased friendly matches and invitational matches.
1970年代末期标志着中华人民共和国在体育活动中的兴起，包括进入国际足球舞台和参加由亚足联首次组织的亚洲杯和亚运会等竞争性比赛。 1977年和1978年，他们来到北美和南美参加邀请赛。 1978年，球员开始陆续来到意大利，随后是德国和奥地利联赛，分阶段进行友谊赛和邀请赛。
The average age of the 17 people selected for this important tour is only 23 years old. The team’s main players, Rong Zhixing and Chi Shangbin, also disappeared from the squad for other reasons. The six core players in their twenties in the team have experience playing in Europe and South America. The youth army provided a very good experience. That year, for the British, the number and level of these players is undoubtedly an unknown number, but at the time, reports in local British newspapers told their fans to be wary of players like Yang Yumin-"his' speed The changes' made up for his lack of possession. Especially the reports of Liu Zhicai made fans feel that he sounds like a'Far Eastern version of Moore Hunt and Jack Charlton'"
The Guardian concluded, "If Manchester City had not invited the Chinese national team, there would always be some organizations that would be interested in such an Eastern team." So China participated in their first real international competition and became The first East Asian country to formulate modern game rules.
China also took this opportunity to become the first Asian country to participate in the Toulon Championships, and thus became the first Chinese football team ever to participate in overseas competitions. Although the Chinese team is slightly older than the allowed age, because it is the first time for the Chinese to participate in this type of event and travel to Europe after a long journey, they have obtained the acquiescence of the competition organizing committee and avoided this rule. The Chinese team obviously made a good impression in the hearts of foreigners, and finally won the fair play award. Zang Cailing scored an incredible long shot in the Chinese team's game against the Dutch team and was named this time. The best player of the game.
After the Toulon Championship, the Chinese team went to France for three friendly matches with the local team, and then the team went to Ceoescu in Romania.
In the game against the French team, the biggest highlight was the match against the top team Nice. Although the Chinese team lost the game 1-0, the performance of the players has already impressed the Europeans.
Taking into account some political connections between Romania and China, sports exchanges between the two countries are relatively common. Indeed, China played a friendly match against a local semi-professional team in Gala (Gala playedi) in this tournament. This team had a face-to-face match with a Chinese workers sports team in Beijing last summer. After exchanges, the results of the game were very smooth. The Chinese team defeated their opponents by a score of 3-1. In six games between France and Romania, the Chinese won four victories. The next trip is to go to the UK for a higher level of competition.
The UK itinerary for this tour was organized by Jack Perry of the Chinese Embassy and the London Export Company. They also sponsored the tour at West Bromwich Albion last year of £20,000 and provided financial and material support for the tour. The construction company Wimpey also provided a sponsorship fee of 30,000 pounds for the tour. This is the first time this company has involved in the sponsorship of the football industry.
此次旅行的英国行程是由中国大使馆的杰克·佩里和伦敦出口公司组织的。他们还赞助了20,000英镑的西布罗姆维奇（West Bromwich Albion）巡回演出，并为巡回演出提供了财务和物质支持。建筑公司Wimpey还为这次旅行提供了30,000英镑的赞助费。这是该公司首次参与足球行业的赞助。
On Wednesday, the game against West Brom at Hawthorn Stadium kicked off the tour. This match can be regarded as the second round of the friendly match played by West Brom at the Workers Stadium in Beijing a year ago. West Brom scored 3 goals in 8 minutes in the second half and beat their opponents 5-0. However, if Xu Yonglai seized any of his 3 excellent opportunities in the game, the situation would be different. Up!
The game against Mi Fort is the most impressive, when the Chinese dress
And this kind of "polite" did not seem to last until the next day of the game. The Celtics beat the Chinese national team by 6-1. Scottish player Murdo McLaure completed a hat-trick 30 minutes after the opening. , So that the Celtics won easily. After the game, the Scottish media joked that the Chinese goalkeeper (Xu Jianping) had to pass the striker a lot (meaning that the Chinese midfielder was oppressed and could not play the ball)
而且这种“礼貌”似乎一直持续到游戏的第二天。凯尔特人队以6-1击败中国国家队。开幕后30分钟，苏格兰选手Murdo McLaure完成了帽子戏法。 ，使凯尔特人轻松获胜。赛后，苏格兰媒体开玩笑说中国守门员（徐建平）必须大量通过前锋（这意味着中国中场被压迫，无法踢球）
The game against Chelsea was on Tuesday. The Chinese scored a goal at Stamford Bridge, but unfortunately lost to Chelsea's second-tier team by a score of 3-1. It is worth mentioning that this game is also the Chelsea farewell match of former England international Ray Wilkins. He played the whole game and scored twice to help the team win the victory.
Although they have lost most of the games, all reports and games are clearly on the surface. The Chinese team is eager to expand its international influence in sports and experience in football matches. This tour is also better to lay a solid foundation for the Spanish World Cup qualifiers in 1982.
And Billy McNeill wrote in the report: In 5 years, they may be the big players in the World Cup.
These statements may seem easy to be ridiculed now, but they are actually closer than many people think. China was only 90 minutes away from qualifying for the 1982 World Cup!
Although China has only qualified for one World Cup until now,