Li Xiaopeng [newly appointed coach of the Chinese Women’s National Football Team] is making Chinese football more beautiful. Under Li’s direction Chinese women’s football is once again ready to shine on the international stage. It is true that Li and his associates have not arrived on the scene at the best of times: At the moment the Steel Roses are suffering from years of tumultuous management at the hands of the National Football Association, and all things considered, a friendly loss to Canada was only to be expected (though conceding three goals does seem a little excessive). But I have found a number of silver linings in this result, the chief one being, our female athletes are prettier than before. In the past the management has operated under certain erroneous principles that led them to regulate every aspect of athletes’ lives – to the point that women have been denied the basic right to beautify themselves. But all of this looks to be changing under Li Xiaopeng.
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