2.Chinese Taipei from the AFC (Asian Football Confederation)
Taiwan has taken a youthful squad to the Hero Intercontinental tournament in India. Using the competition as preparation for the up-and-coming Asian Games. Taiwan has taken the chance to call up many youth players. Much of this is due to Chinese clubs not allowing some of their players to leave on international duty. These players are some of Taiwan’s key players – namely Wen Chih-Hao, Chen Po-Liang and Yaki Yen, while Tim Chow who is playing in Scotland is currently out of contention through injury.Among all the Taiwanese players currently playing in China, only Chen Chao-An and Chen Hao-Wei were released, meaning there is a total of ten under 23 players, and four under 21 players.
Chinese Taipei Squad:
WILLIAM RUPERT JAMES DONKIN
MAO TING WEI
The most crucial player for Taipei could be naturalised Taiwanese striker Onur Dogun(formerly Turkish) who plays for China League One club Meizhou Hakka. With some young exciting players like Tsai Shuo-the (Hasus TSU), Tu Shao-chieh (Ming Chuan University),, Wang Geon-myeong (Cheongju City), Chen Sheng-wei, Chen Hung-wei (both Hasus TSU), Wu Yen-shu (Hualien High School FC) Wei Mao-ting and Chen Ching-hsuan (both Hang Yuen / Fujen University) Taipei would be playing fairly attacking style and fast direct game.
Key points India can take:
- India’s midfield could be in for a test to slow down the fast and attacking tempo of Chinese Taipei. With a young squad having ten under 23 players, and four under 21 players, Taipei could be incredibly fast moving up and down the pitch. India would be tested both defensively as well as going forward to match the intensity and stamina of the Asian team.
- India can test their tactical formation with experimenting with 3-5-2( instead of conventional 4-4-2) to take control of the midfield and control the game against fast and direct opposition like Taipei that would set them up perfectly against AFC Cup group rivals Thailand who plays a similiar style.