Chinese assistant coach Jin Zhiyang said China fall further back behind Asian football leaders Japan and South Korea, local newspaper reported Wednesday in Beijing.
"What I learned from the World Cup experience is that Japan and South Korea have extended the gap between us," Jin was quoted as saying by sports newspaper Sports Weekly.
"The 4-0 loss to Brazil reminded me a 3-0 loss to England back to 1996." Jin said, "Chinese football made no virtual improvement in the past six years, while Japan and South Korea impressed the world at the tournament with both having chances to advance into the last 16."
China drew 0-0 with South Korea in a warmup match before the World Cup, and lost 3-0 to Japan at 2000 Asian Cup.
"The two matches said nothing of the truth. Look at South Korea's warmup match with France. That was their real strength," Jin added.
"Playing in the World Cup finals is only a breakthrough in Chinese football history but has nothing to do with the improvement of the sport within China."