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Milan football derby fever rages from Chinatown to Beijing

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s traditional derby match between footballing giants Inter and AC Milan now has a distinct Asian flavour and following, fuelled by multi-million dollar investments by the Chinese owners of the two clubs.

Sunday’s derby has gripped Milan including the city’s Chinatown district - and the football fever has spread as far as the Chinese capital Beijing.

Milan football derby fever rages from Chinatown to Beijing

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s traditional derby match between footballing giants Inter and AC Milan now has a distinct Asian flavour and following, fuelled by multi-million dollar investments by the Chinese owners of the two clubs.

Sunday’s derby has gripped Milan including the city’s Chinatown district - and the football fever has spread as far as the Chinese capital Beijing.

Football: China dare to believe despite World Cup exit

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Beijing (AFP) – Marcello Lippi is slowly beginning to make China believe they can become a footballing power, despite another failure to reach the World Cup finals.

Since his appointment as head coach in October 2016 with China rock bottom of their Asian zone World Cup qualifying group, the Italian has presided over a resurgence that saw just one defeat in six matches, 1-0 away to runaway group winners Iran.

Football: China dare to believe despite World Cup exit

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Beijing (AFP) – Marcello Lippi is slowly beginning to make China believe they can become a footballing power, despite another failure to reach the World Cup finals.

Since his appointment as head coach in October 2016 with China rock bottom of their Asian zone World Cup qualifying group, the Italian has presided over a resurgence that saw just one defeat in six matches, 1-0 away to runaway group winners Iran.

Football: Pedro bloodied as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0

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Beijing (AFP) – Chelsea crushed Arsenal 3-0 in a preseason game in Beijing on Saturday but the friendly turned ugly as Pedro left the field with a bloodied face after a big collision with David Ospina.

The injury scare was followed by a two-goal performance by Chelsea’s Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi before a crowd of 55,618 people at the Bird’s Nest in the Chinese capital.

Football: Pedro bloodied as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0

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Beijing (AFP) – Chelsea crushed Arsenal 3-0 in a preseason game in Beijing on Saturday but the friendly turned ugly as Pedro left the field with a bloodied face after a big collision with David Ospina.

The injury scare was followed by a two-goal performance by Chelsea’s Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi before a crowd of 55,618 people at the Bird’s Nest in the Chinese capital.

Football: Chelsea boss Conte praises experienced Morata

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Beijing (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte marvelled Friday at the “crazy” transfer fees demanded for players, though he praised 80-million-euro ($92.2-million) newcomer Alvaro Morata as a young but experienced striker with a bright future.

The Italian coach said Morata, 24, will be a “first choice” player for his squad in the upcoming Premier League season, a day after Real Madrid and Chelsea announced his transfer.

Football: Chelsea boss Conte praises experienced Morata

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Beijing (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte marvelled Friday at the “crazy” transfer fees demanded for players, though he praised 80-million-euro ($92.2-million) newcomer Alvaro Morata as a young but experienced striker with a bright future.

The Italian coach said Morata, 24, will be a “first choice” player for his squad in the upcoming Premier League season, a day after Real Madrid and Chelsea announced his transfer.

Chinese football ‘sack race’ claims six coaches in a month

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Beijing (AFP) – High expectations in the big-spending Chinese Super League have triggered a spate of departures, with six coaches shown the door in the space of just one month.

More than a third of teams in the 16-strong Super League have been affected, in a season which has also been rocked by claims of racism and violence.

Chinese football ‘sack race’ claims six coaches in a month

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Beijing (AFP) – High expectations in the big-spending Chinese Super League have triggered a spate of departures, with six coaches shown the door in the space of just one month.

More than a third of teams in the 16-strong Super League have been affected, in a season which has also been rocked by claims of racism and violence.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

Chinese superclub Evergrande to end foreign signings

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande have announced plans to field a Chinese-only squad by 2020, official media said on Tuesday, in a surprise turnaround after years of success based on big-money foreign signings.

Evergrande have won the Chinese Super League for the last six season, plus the AFC Champions League in 2013 and 2015, with the help of mainly South American firepower and top foreign managers.

China’s World Cup chances ‘worrying’ – Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) China's chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia are "not impossible but definitely worrying", new Italian coach Marcello Lippi said Friday.

The 68-year-old who led his own country to victory in the 2006 mondial was named the national team's new boss by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) over the weekend.

China’s World Cup chances ‘worrying’ – Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) China's chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia are "not impossible but definitely worrying", new Italian coach Marcello Lippi said Friday.

The 68-year-old who led his own country to victory in the 2006 mondial was named the national team's new boss by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) over the weekend.

Football: Ambitious China appoint Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi was named China's new boss on Saturday at a time when the country's ambitions to become a footballing powerhouse have rarely looked more remote.

The appointment of the Italian one of the world's most decorated football coaches comes with China all but out of contention for the 2018 World Cup in Russia following embarrassing qualification losses to Syria and Uzbekistan.

Football: Ambitious China appoint Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi was named China's new boss on Saturday at a time when the country's ambitions to become a footballing powerhouse have rarely looked more remote.

The appointment of the Italian one of the world's most decorated football coaches comes with China all but out of contention for the 2018 World Cup in Russia following embarrassing qualification losses to Syria and Uzbekistan.

China names Marcello Lippi for national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Marcello Lippi as national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Marcello Lippi as national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Lippi for national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Lippi for national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

2008 Olympics

Piappreciation

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U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage has decided to return home to pursue opportunities in Sweden.


Pia Sundhage: Homeward Bound

The likeable and laid-back Pia has spent nearly five full years as the head coach of the WNT, after taking over in November 2007. In that time she's compiled an 88-6-10 record while taking the team to 3 major tournament finals.

Colorado signs former Latics midfielder

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Tuesday the Colorado Rapids announced the signing of midfielder Hendry Thomas, who will occupy an international player slot on their roster.

The Honduran international spent his last three seasons with Wigan Athletic of the English Premier League. Thomas appeared in 55 matches for the Latics during the three-year stint with the English side.

Drunk Soccer Bitches

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Okay, what's more offensive: the title of this blog, or the "controversy"--instigated by the precious soul that is U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has never been in the center of a controversy before, ever--regarding some of the U.S. women's national team members being drunk on live television after having won gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?

Manchester City

Roberto Mancini And David Platt Show They Still Have It

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Manchester City proved they had the best team in the Premier League last season, and their coaches show that they are not bad themselves.

Filmed at an open training session in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur ahead of Manchester City's game against a Malaysia XI. The Blue's coaching staff are involved in a 5-a-side game where assistant coach David Platt rolls back the years with an exquisite overhead bicycle kick.

Roberto Mancini Pulls Off Lovely Little Backheel Pass In Man City Training (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Short and sweet: A couple of days after his assistant, David Platt, defied the years and the flab to score a magnificent overhead kick, slick fox Roberto Mancini continued the theme yesterday by pulling off a nifty little backheeled volley pass during a one-touch drill at a Man City training session in Beijing.

Wenger: Injured winger needs more time

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that the fitness concerns that bothered winger Ryo Miyaichi during the club's pre-season tour of Asia will keep the youngster away from full fitness for at least a few more weeks.

The 19-year old Miyaichi, who is a Japan international was unable to prove himself ready for the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in Beijing and despite returning for yesterday's 2-2 draw to Kitchee, he looked a bit rusty.

A Far Eastern farce?

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How has the Far Eastern tour helped in our pre-season preparation?

The bald facts are: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Drawn 1. Hardly an inspiring set of results. The matches were played in dense humidity (Kuala Lumpur), pouring rain (Beijing) and dense humidity (Hong Kong). Not the sort of climatic conditions to be expected in our first three Premiership matches of the fast approaching new season: The Emirates, Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool.

Asia’s Last Stop

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About time we get to enjoy this tour from the spectator standpoint

Hello and hope you're having a good day. Olympics, if that's your thing but if not, there's some Arsenal today as well. That's in a little less than 3 hours now. Arsene Wenger will rather be more focused on the match than the constant questioning over a Dutchman.

Arsenal’s Vermaelen Gets Intimate With Official Sian Massey

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen get's straight to the point during Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City yesterday in Beijing. What would Andy Gray say about this?

Gunners boss defiant after City loss

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed any apprehensions regarding his squad's potential following a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in Beijing yesterday.

The Gunners appeared to be in control during the first half before goals from Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure condemned them to a two-goal deficit at the interval.

Raining in Beijing

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Second game and still no injury.

Playing in the rain. That was a fun game when we're younger, or could still be if you're young now. Or not, if your parents are overly protective of you and thinks a every drop of rain on you would kill one cell in your body. Playing football in the rain is especially fun when you're in a hot climate and that is your once in a blue moon fix for a little cold weather.

Man City reaction : Sahin : Cazorla

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Morning all, Saturday round-up for you starting with yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Man City in Beijing. Certainly the four Man City fans in attendance will have been happy at the result, but one or two shoddy defensive moments aside I thought there were some encouraging things from an Arsenal point of view.

Pre-Season Friendly:Man City 2-0 Arsenal

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Goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta ensured Manchester City got their pre-season up and running as they beat Premier League rivals 2-0 in Beijing earlier today.

Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen Gets Intimate With Assistant Referee Sian Massey (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Many a woman and, indeed, gay man will have fantasised about having strapping Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen launching himself at them. However, for assistant ref Sian Massey, the Arsenal man's attentions rather caught her off guard during the Gunners' Beijing friendly with Man City.

The Rest

Alan Pardew is sorry he shoved the linesman and got sent to the stands

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With Newcastle up 1-0 on Spurs in the 54th minute of their first Premier League match of the season, Magpies manager Alan Pardew get a little overexcited and shoved a linesman. Pardew was reacting to the ball going out off a Spurs player, which the linesman apparently didn't see as played continued, so Pardew gave him a shove from behind.

Photo: Edison Cavani’s Biggest Fan

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A rather exuberant fan of Edison Cavani, evidenced by the portrait in his fan, is even more exuberant to see his hero. Or is auditioning for a horror flick to be distributed by Tartan Asia Extreme. One or the other. (Yes, this is in Beijing and they're predominantly South Korean films.

MB 90: Looking Beyond the Green Monster

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Jon Levy Four years ago in Beijing, a young midfielder with a contentious last name very nearly led an Olympic team to medal heights, only to have those dreams dashed by a bad piece of goalkeeping on a Holland set piece and the definition of an ill-timed red card by one Michael Orozco a game [...]

Napoli owner threatens to pull his club out of Supercoppa Italiana in China

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It's been well established that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis will say and do whatever he wants, so it should come as no surprise that the eccentric producer of such films as Christmas in South Africa, Christmas in Miami and, of course, Christmas in India, is now threatening to pull his club out of the Supercoppa Italiana match in Beijing.