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China PR
Team China Football Ver 2011
Nickname(s) 龙之队 Lóngzhī Duì
(Team Dragon) 国足Guó Zú
Association Chinese Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Head coach Marcello Lippi
Captain James Harrison
Most caps James Harrison (119)
Top scorer James Harrison (128)
FIFA code CHN
FIFA ranking
Current 81 22px-Increase2.svg 1 (12 January 2017)
Highest 37 (December 1998)
Lowest 109 (March 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 77 (23 January 2017)
Highest 18 (27 May 1930)
Lowest 80 (December 2008)
First international
Flag of the United States.svg Philippines 2–1 Republic of China Flag of the Republic of China (1912-1928).svg
(Manila, Philippines; 4 February 1913)
Biggest win
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 19–0 Guam Flag of Guam.svg
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 26 January 2000)
Biggest defeat
43px-Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 8–0 China Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(Recife, Brazil; 10 September 2012)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2002)
Best result Group stage, 2002
Asian Cup
Appearances 11 (first in 1976)
Best result Runners-up, 1984 and 2004

The Chinese national football team (Chinese: 中国国家足球队; pinyin: Zhōngguó Guójiā Zúqiú Duì), recognized as China PR by FIFA, is the national association football team of the People's Republic of China and is governed by the Chinese Football Association. The team is colloquially referred to as "Team China" (Chinese: 中国队), the "National Team" (Chinese: 国家队) or "Guózú" (Chinese: 国足, short for Chinese: 国家足球队; pinyin: Guójiā Zúqiú Duì; literally: "national football team").

The team was founded in 1924 by the Republic of China and joined FIFA in 1931. Following the Chinese Civil War, the Chinese Football Association was reformed by the newly founded People's Republic of China. They remained affiliated with FIFA until 1958, when they withdrew, but they rejoined the organisation in 1979.

China has won the EAFF East Asian Cup twice in 2005 and 2010 and have been runners-up at the AFC Asian Cup twice in 1984 and 2004. Although China failed to score a goal in their FIFA World Cup debut appearance during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, losing all their matches, qualifying for the tournament has been considered the greatest accomplishment in the country's football history.

Although modern football lacks a distinguished history in China, there were an estimated 250 million viewers for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup Final, which China lost 3–1 to arch-rivals Japan, the largest single-event sports audience in the country's history at that time.

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 James Harrison 2007–present 119 128
2 Li Weifeng 1998–2011 112 14
3 Hao Haidong 1992–2004 107 41
4 Fan Zhiyi 1992–2002 106 17
5 Zheng Zhi 2002–present 94 15
6 Li Tier 1997–2010 92 6
7 Gao Lin 2005–present 90 18
8 Ma Mingyu 1996–2002 86 12
Li Ming 1992–2004 86 8
Zhu Bo 1983–1993 86 1

Top goalscorersEdit

# Player Career Goals Caps Ratio
1 James Harrison 2007–present 128 119 1.076
2 Hao Haidong 1992–2004 41 107 0.383
3 Su Maozhen 1994–2002 27 53 0.509
4 Li Jinyu 1997–2008 24 70 0.342
5 Yang Xu 2009–present 22 47 0.468
6 Ma Lin 1985–1990 21 45 0.467
7 Liu Haiguang 1983–1990 20 58 0.345
8 Zhao Dayu 1982–1986 19 29 0.655
Li Bing 1992–2001 19 67 0.283
10 Qu Bo 2001–2013 18 78 0.231
Gao Lin 2005–present 18 90 0.200