Newsmaker: Soccer-Li in line to continue in China's impossible job

China's success-hungry football fans place crushing demands on the national team and no one knows that better than the current coach, former Everton midfielder Li Tie. Since President Xi Jinping, an avid football fan, said in 2011 that his dream was for China to qualify for, host and then win the World Cup, that pressure has only intensified. World Cup winner Marcello Lippi was made one of the best paid coaches in the world to achieve goal number one, but walked away in November 2019 following a damaging 2-1 loss against Syria.


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