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With a population of 1.3 billion people I imagine that China could field ten U-20 teams simultaneously with each being as competitive as the other. Events such as this tournament present management with an ideal opportunity to evaluate players so it is not in the least surprising that we are seeing a different group of players.

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quote:Originally posted by Calgary Boomer

There was something fishy about that Chinese "U20" team. If you check their rosters from last summer's U20 tournament in Holland...NONE of the names appear on the squad list from the other night. Was that team younger than U-20? It may explain why it looked like men vs boys.


Whitecaps fume over Chinese team

By BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

Vancouver Whitecaps FC president John Rocha said he would probably file a complaint with FIFA after being misled by the Chinese Football Association.

Whitecaps' Nations Cup tournament was supposed to include China's under-20 team. China instead sent its under-17 squad, which lost 5-0 to Cardiff City FC on Friday and 2-1 to India yesterday.

"We had challenges both to secure a roster out of them and some last minute visa problems," Rocha said. "We're disappointed in terms of the team they've sent here, it's not what they promised."

Whitecaps sought the urgent help of federal immigration and citizenship minister Monte Solberg to ensure the team's arrival after undisclosed visa problems last week. Solberg was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Rocha said the Whitecaps had been told China would bring some younger players, but "they said they were going to deliver the under-20 team." China's under-20 team hopes to qualify for FIFA's 2007 Under-20 World Cup in Burnaby and five other Canadian cities.

Rocha said the Whitecaps paid the travel expenses of the three visiting Nations Cup teams.

"We'll probably be looking for some sort of compensation from the Chinese football federation," he said.

China's head of delegation Guo Hui said, through a translator, the Whitecaps asked for an under-20 team, so "no matter you're 16, 17, 18, 19, you're still under-20." (HAHA this guy must work for the CSA. Actually, nobody at the CSA is this witty.)

Meanwhile, Rocha said the Nations Cup would probably return in 2008, because of next summer's under-20 world cup.

"There's not enough room on the calendar to squeeze everything in."

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