Private Project

11 Out of 1.3 Billion: Football in China

Why is China, the sports nation known for the Olympic medal rain, not able to form a proper national football team? How is it possible that a country with 1.3 billion people, and almost as many football fans, can't get their act together and play football on world level?
11 Out of 1.3 Billion shows the troubled past and hopeful future of Chinese football.

Six year old Yang Kun (Kevin) is crazy about football and talented. His dad, who was himself denied to play any football, puts his own lost dream on his son, and gets out of his way to make it succeed.

We follow the family through Shanghai on the way to practice and on the way players, coaches, fans, comedians and insiders explain what challenges China faces to organize a world class football team, and what the difficult solution would be to achieve the ultimate dream: winning the world cup.

With a.o. Arie Haan (former coach Chinese national team), Xie Hui (Chinese celebrity and international player), Pelle Blohm (one of the first foreigners to join a Chinese team)

  • David Lingerak
    Urbanisation in China
  • AboutAsia (co-producers)
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    47 minutes
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    July 1, 2019
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    Chinese, Dutch, English
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    HD Video
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Director - David Lingerak