With the local league yet to go professional, Chinese Taipei’s attempts to qualify for the past ten FIFA World Cups™ ended up in early exits. There were, however, memorable moments such as when the islanders made history by reaching the second stage for the first time by beating Macau 6-1 over two legs on the road to South Africa 2010.
With an increasing number of players plying the trade in China, the current squad is lauded as the strongest in history. Notably, eight players are playing in the mainland, including a trio from the Chinese Super League. Catching most attention is Hangzhou Greentown forward Chen Po-Liang who is regarded as the best player Chinese Taipei have had.
A former footballer himself, Chen Kuei-jen began his coaching career with Taiwan Power Company FC in 2004. Under him, the local giants have bagged five Cities League titles, plus a FA Cup. At continental level, he took his the club to AFC President's Cup crown in 2011.
36 - Their most disastrous campaign came in qualifying for Mexico 1986 when they conceded 36 goals while scoring just once as they crashed out with six straight losses.
The former stars
Chiang Mu-tsai, Chen Sing-an