In November 1963, the national football team participated in the Emerging Forces Games held in Jakarta (a world game jointly organized by emerging countries in the 60s of the 20th century) held in Jakarta, facing South American powerhouse Uruguay, and finally lost 1-2 and stopped in the semifinals.
At that time, at this Games, the Chinese delegation achieved the first place in the gold medal list and the medal table. All disciplines performed well, but football was not satisfactory. After returning to China, at the summary and commendation meeting held in the Great Hall of the People, Chen Jialiang, the coach of the national football team, was ashamed and spoke to review.
Marshal He Long, the director of the sports committee at the time, after listening to Chen Jialiang's review, believed that the style of the football team was too soft, and it played "girls' ball" and "gentleman's ball". Some team members have good skills, but they are not brave.
Therefore, after the meeting, the football team went to the sixth company of border defense according to the instructions of Marshal He Long. The Sixth Company of the Border Defense is a well-known Sixth Company of Hard Bones, and the national football team eats and lives with the border guards in the troops, learning and cultivating the spirit of hard bones.
The national football team has been working with the soldiers in the army for a month, and has received great training and education. Three years later, in 1966, at the new Emerging Forces Games held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he won the runner-up in one fell swoop. Then, in 1973, he set an unbeaten record of 13 wins and 1 draw in all competitions, a record that has not been broken.
This method of experiencing life and cultivating style in the army was later inherited by many domestic sports teams. For example, the Chinese table tennis team and the Chinese women's volleyball team still insist on entering the military training and training every year, which is also one of the reasons for the prosperity of the national table tennis and women's volleyball team.
Unfortunately, the national football team, which pioneered this style and was also the first to enter the army for training, has long lost this fine tradition to cloud nine.