China, whose naturalization bubble had burst, now has a chance to embrace hope again.
China’s ‘Sina Sports’ reported on the 14th, “Following Elkeson, Fernando will play in the Chinese Super League this year. Returning to the national soccer team is not a dream as naturalized players are returning one after another.”
For a while, China has been actively pursuing a naturalization policy to improve national team performance and advance to the World Cup finals. Brazilian players such as Elkeson, Fernando, Aloisio, and Alan, who were outstanding in their league, were naturalized, and non-Chinese Nico Jenaris and Thias Browning were also transferred to the Chinese national team.
China, which had high expectations, 안전놀이터was eliminated after showing a disappointing appearance, such as losing to Vietnam in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. As the parent company of the soccer team went bankrupt en masse due to the economic downturn in China, naturalized players left one by one. As all Brazilian naturalized players returned to their home countries, the expectation was that they would not be called up to the national team in the future.
However, players who left ahead of the 2023 season are returning. Elkeson signed a contract with Chengdu Longcheng under manager Seo Jeong-won, and Fernando joined Shandong Taishan. Nico Yennaris re-signs with Beijing Guoan, Tias Browning plays for Shanghai Haigang. The number of naturalized nationals playing in their home league has increased significantly.
Sina Sports said, “After being eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers in Qatar, 5 naturalized people left China. However, with the return of Elkeson and Fernando, they were reorganized. If they play in the Super League and maintain their condition, it is possible to return to the national team.” I foresaw the continuation of the failed naturalization policy.