China’s soccer team reserves undergo elite military training

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/10/10 19:08:40

Military training for the reserves of China's national soccer team in East China's Shandong Province has sparked huge online discussions.

The reserves are being trained in the prestigious 71770 troop in Taian, Shandong, Zui Taian, Taian Daily's app reported on Tuesday.

The report said the special force troop has won many awards in international competitions, and is the only troop given a first class merit in the Chinese army.

Fifty-five "reserve national players" under 25 years old started an 88-day training session on Monday, Beijing Sport Radio said on its WeChat account Saturday.

The training includes a four-day fitness test in Beijing and a five-day military training in Taian. The rest of the time will be spent in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan Province for formal training.

Sources said that the 55 players will also be divided into two teams and might participate in the ongoing domestic leagues, the radio station said.

The national soccer team has only qualified for the FIFA World Cup once.

Even though national sports teams, including Olympic-winning ping pong and diving teams, undergo military training, the soccer team's military training sparked online discussions.

"This would be China's first special force with tattoos," said a netizen named "Zhai Tengchun."

Another netizen joked that the team could be the counter-terrorism force at the next World Cup.

"The team really needs nothing but Chinese kung fu," said another netizen, "Cike119", ridiculing China's soccer team.

Global Times

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