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Shaolin football? HORRIBLE kungfu kick from Chinese player on Japan team member's head

Shaolin football? HORRIBLE kungfu kick from Chinese player on Japan team member's head

China not only lost both games in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship but also left bad images.

It seems that many Chinese players are influenced by the "Shaolin Football" sports comedy film directed by Stephen Chow. Consequently, they want to show the quality of their martial arts even in official matches.

Shaolin football? HORRIBLE kungfu kick from Chinese player on Japan team members head

In the first fixture of the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship, Chinese defender Jiang Zhipeng released a kungfu kick on Daiki Hashioka's head.

However, he was just booked a yellow card by the referee for that brutal foul. For Hashioka, he was very lucky to not receive a serious injury.

Shaolin football? HORRIBLE kungfu kick from Chinese player on Japan team members head

This is not the first time Jiang Zhipeng made problems in the national team. In March 2017, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, Jiang messed up a headed clearance that made Mehdi Taremi score the only goal in the match between Iran and China.

Coincidentally, after that, his ex-wife Zhang Zhiyue claimed that he had an extramarital affair. "We got married four years ago, but he and that woman have had a secret relationship for nearly three-and-a-half-years", said Zhang.

Jiang's kungfu kick was just one of many bad images of the China national football team in 2019. Even though using naturalized players to strengthen the team, China was not able to defeat the Philippines, then lost Syria in the 2022 World Cup qualification round.

Seeing the poor performance of players, coach Marcello Lippi announced his resignation. At the moment, Li Tie was the caretaker.