Thank you for having this interview as the ambassador for Chinese Premier soccer league. You have been in Beijing for a week. Could you tell me your impression about this city?
B:it’s very been a successful trip and I enjoyed it because I have been able to meet so many friends from around the country and get a chance to see some different teams here.
What motivated you into the decision of becoming the ambassador to Chinese Premier Soccer League? As we know, Chinese soccer team ranks only the 109th in the world. You must be working with a lot of pressure.
B: well, through my career, I always enjoy challenges. I respect China as a country. My philosophy with this thing is that every team, every country sport has to go through bad times. You have to go through difficult times to actually win. Everybody had bad results in football and that is what is great about the game. That is the reason why there are so many fans who love the game around the world.
Now working as the ambassador who speaks on behalf of Chinese football, how do you introduce Chinese soccer to the world?
B: to me, China is a very proud country with very proud people. You can’t have a country this big growing this fast with such a large population and not be competing on the world stage. There must be a reason. And that is why I want to be involved because I want to find out that reason. I am not saying I am a miracle worker. But I hope I can give my experience to the clubs, to the youngsters growing up in this country playing the game. I believe that the national team of China will grow and achieve good results.
What do you think is the problem for Chinese soccer? What is your suggestion to its development?
B: the solution lies in laying a good foundation, simple as that. My observation so far is that each team is about stability, about keeping the players together, about creating a family in each team. For the Chinese team, I think it is not about what will happen in next 10 or 15 years or 20, you know, it’s about laying a foundation for the league. And hopefully, I could be a part of it.