Taiwan or Chinese Taipei is a team Indians will welcome in the inaugural Hero Intercontinental Cup’s opening match. Although none of the three visiting teams have sent their major players with the squad and Chinese Taipei is no exception, but the youthful squad may perform well above expectations in this tournament in India to be held before the FIFA World Cup.
Under Garry White, Taiwan have become a solid side that plays good attacking football, but also can snatch a win in the dirty way.
Having won their last 4 games out of the 5, resulting in highest FIFA Ranking of 121 in May 2018 and narrowly missing out Asian Cup just spot by 1 point, speaks volumes about the potential of the team.
Courtsey to the process of scouting Taiwanese talent from abroad in order to improve the standard of football in the islands.
Chinese Taipei heading to Andheri, Mumbai will be hoping to get the win or atleast a draw against the hosts and make the statement that they aren’t a pushover in the Hero Intercontinental Cup.
● Squad Analysis :
Chinese Taipei would be without six of their major starters & they will have to overcome other numerous setbacks to leading to the tournament opener against hosts India who are favourites to lift the trophy in their own den.
Major absentees include the absence of their influential captain Chen Poliang
Yaki Yen, Yen Ho Shen due to their ongoing Chinese Super League commitment. The current Taipei squad is comprised almost entirely of players playing in the country’s domestic league and young bloods to gun them at International level for the first time with the inclusion of Will Donkin, a 17 year old youngster who is contracted to Premier League side Crystal Palace.
● Chinese Taipei Squad :
○ Goalkeeper :
Tsai Shao Che (Hasus TSU)
Chiu Yu-Hung (Taipower) Pan Wen Chieh (Tainan City)
○ Defenders :
Chen Ting-Yang (Hasus TSU) Hung Tzi Kuei (Platform Body Light Lei)Chen Wei Chuan (Tatungs)Cheng Hao (Hasus TSU) Chen Hung Wei (Hasus TSU)
Tu Shao Chieh (Ming Chuan University)
○ Midfielders :
Wang Ruei (Hasus TSU)Wu Yen Shu (Hualien High School FC)Chao Ming Hsiu (Hasus TSU)Donkin Will (Crystal Palace)
Lin Chang Lun (Taipower)Chen Chao An (Hunan Billows)
Chen Yi Wei (Taipower)Chen Sheng Wei (Platform Body Light Lei)Chu En Lee (North City Datong)
Wang Chien Ming (Cheongju FC)
○ Forwards :
Chen Ching Hsuan (HangYeun FC)
Li Mao (Hasus TSU)
Chen Hao Wei (Beijing Enterprise)
Wei Mao Ting (HangYeun FC)
● Squad Rating :
○ Goalkeeping : 3/10
○ Defence : 4/10
○ Midfield : 5/10
○ Attack : 4/10
○ Overall Rating : 4/10
● Probable XI :
○ Formation: 4-2-3-1
Chui yu Hung (GK)
Chen Ting Yang (Defender)
Hung Tzu Kuei (Defender)
Chen wei chuan (Defender)
Cheng Hao (Defender)
Chen Yi Wei (Midfielder)
Lin Xhang Lun (Midfielder)
Chen Chaon (Midfielder)
Will Donkin (Midfielder)
Wang Ruei (Midfielder)
Chen Hao Wei (Striker)
● Recent Form :
In the last 10 matches Chinese Taipei have featured in, they have attained 8 wins out of the 10 games that includes a massive win against Bahrain at their home soil but they nearly missed out the AFC Asian Cup 2019 berth due to falling short of only 1 point. This performance in the recent times sums about their rise in FIFA Ranking.
● Hurdles :
Chinese Taipei will open their campaign against hosts India on June 1, followed by New Zealand on June 5 and Kenya on June 8.
On account of competitiveness Taiwan have dealt a major setback of of missing out certain key players in the lineup and in such regards its unlikely they can cope up with any of three opponents.
Stand-in Skipper Chen Yi Wei and Chen Ting Yang have to marshall the troops if they have to spoils some party of the big boys.
● Manager’s Quote :
“We are going from strength to strength. We have climbed significantly in the FIFA rankings – from around the 160’s to a historic 121 since we took over in September 2017 and we are constantly looking forward. Our goals include breaking into the FIFA top 100″, said Chinese Taipei national team coach Gary White concluded. The Southampton born 43-Year old UEFA Pro License holder has previously coached Bahamas and Guam and was also the Head Coach of Chinese side Shanghai Shenxin before taking the charge of Chinese Taipei where he is both the Head Coach and Technical Director of the national team. After him taking charge in 17th September last year, the team has shown a positive change and White will be looking to keep the momentum on in this tournament as well defying all odds.
● Writer’s Take :
In a corridor of uncertanity,
football becomes a special game and they symbolize the aesthetic beauty of the game.
Taiwan would look to blood their youngsters to give them the neccessary exposure against top class teams from across the globe. The unpredictable nature of the game dictates the beauty of the sport.
And Chinese Taipei would be looking to set the tunes in the tournament opener with a positive result against hosts India. Although technically Chinese Taipei is inferior to all the other three squads but with the other two visiting sides sending their second stream players as well, the island nation of Chinese Taipei may well emerge as the ‘Darkhorse’ in the inaugural edition of the Intercontinental Cup.