Lu Yiliang began coaching the women’s youth team 2011 at a time when Chinese women’s football was languishing in the doldrums. For the first time in their history the Steel Roses had missed out on qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup? and the Olympic Football Tournament, while the youth sides had failed to score in the 2010 U-17 and U-20 global showpieces.
The first crop of youngsters that Lu trained up made a smooth transition into the national U-17 team and became mainstays in the team’s successful passage to this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. Since taking the reins of this U-15 team two years ago, Lu has successfully produced another elite outfit and guided them to the top of the podium at the Youth Olympics.
Memories of the team’s early beginnings evoke deep feelings in the Chinese coach: "On my first day in the job, I told these players that they had to have ambition," revealed Lu. "I said to them: ‘When you play football you should be aspiring to become world champions. If you don’t have those kind of targets and self-confidence then you can’t hope to become top players,Buy Fifa Coins, even if you have first-rate technical skills and ability.’"