BEIJING – Poor possession and team work and most of all no fighting spirit resulted in the most humiliating defeat for years for China’s national football team as they lost 1-5 to visiting Thailand Saturday.
Josekept most of the usual starters on bench for the match but he soon found out that he lost control of the Chinese team in the first 25 minutes as his team was already 0-2 behind due to poor defence and casual mistakes.
The Spanish coach immediately made three substitutions and that proved effective as forward Yu Dabao charged forward and forced a penalty which was converted by Wang Yongbo (32nd minute). The goal inspired China only for a small while.
The Thai team, which also left some of their star players at home, took full advantage of their opponents’ absent-mindedness, and quickly enlarged the gap to 3-1 before the interval and the goal turned out to be the last straw for China.
Camacho made two further replacements in the second half only to see his team falling apart and conceding two more goals and the once very successful coach had to swallow the bitter defeat.
The defeat was the third consecutive loss within a month for China as they had lost to Uzbekistan 1-2 and the Netherlands 0-2.
The loss will surely cast shadows on Camacho’s prospect as China’s coach as near the end of the match, local fans chanted “resign, resign” to express their resentment. Some fans might still remember the match in August 2011, also played here. In that match, China beat Jamaica 1-0. But after the win, the then China coach Gao Hongbo was removed from the post and Camacho was made his successor.
In the aftermath of a humiliating loss to a young Thailand side, coach Jose Antonio Camacho’s controversial relationship with the national soccer team finally came to an end with the Chinese Football Association deciding to terminate its contract with the Spaniard on Friday night.
However, instead of Camacho being blamed for the poor result, Chinese netizens have accused the soccer body itself of being responsible for the national team’s misfortunes.
In a survey on Chinese website Sina.com, more than 70 percent of respondents suggested it was the CFA’s incompetence that led to the national squads’ current predicament. Some fans expressed sympathy for Camacho, pointing out there are many issues in Chinese soccer that the coach was unable to control.
Camacho’s dismissal is also being regarded as a hasty and unwise decision, which will ultimately have a negative impact on the national team.
“Camacho left in a hurry, and his successor must come in a hurry, without any understanding, preparation or plan The qualifier of the Asian Cup and World Cup will soon be upon us and time waits for no man. The day will never be bright without doing things the right way,” CCTV commentator He Wei wrote on Chinese micro-blogging site, weibo.
With the sponsorship of Chinese company Dalian Wanda Group, the CFA replaced domestic coach Gao Hongbo and signed a three-year contract with Camacho in August, 2011.
Instead of making improvements, however, the Spaniard’s tenure was a series of disappointments. Shortly after his appointment in 2011, China suffered an early knockout from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The national team lost to Brazil 8-0 in a friendly in September, and saw its FIFA ranking slip to 109 – its all-time low – in March.
According to a report on CCTV, the two sides are in talks about a pay out. It will likely cost the CFA more than 7 million euros ($9 million) for dumping Camacho and his coaching team 14 months before the expiry of their contract.
Camacho’s departure again pushes Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande’s Italian coach Marcello Lippi to the forefront, who has not discounted the suggestion he could coach the national team in media interviews.