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Little-known Brazilian bridges cultural gap in China

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Chongqing (China) (AFP) – He does not have the fame - or enormous wages - of Shanghai-based Carlos Tevez or Oscar, and his nickname would be viewed as offensive by many.

But Fernandinho, one of the growing number of Brazilian footballers in China, is bridging a wide cultural gap and finding celebrity in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

Little-known Brazilian bridges cultural gap in China

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Chongqing (China) (AFP) – He does not have the fame - or enormous wages - of Shanghai-based Carlos Tevez or Oscar, and his nickname would be viewed as offensive by many.

But Fernandinho, one of the growing number of Brazilian footballers in China, is bridging a wide cultural gap and finding celebrity in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Iran blow hole in China’s World Cup bid

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Tehran (AFP) – Mehdi Taremi’s second-half strike condemned China to a 1-0 defeat to Iran on Tuesday in a major blow to their hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

Marcello Lippi’s team raised Chinese hopes by upsetting South Korea last week, but they were unable to overturn Iran’s flawless home record in Group A.

China hails coach Lippi after upset win in World Cup qualifier

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese fans and state-run media heaped praise on coach Marcello Lippi on Friday after a stunning win over South Korea kept their World Cup qualifying campaign alive.

“Thanks Lippi,” gushed state broadcaster CCTV, after China climbed off the bottom of Group A following Thursday’s 1-0 victory in Changsha.

China hails coach Lippi after upset win in World Cup qualifier

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese fans and state-run media heaped praise on coach Marcello Lippi on Friday after a stunning win over South Korea kept their World Cup qualifying campaign alive.

“Thanks Lippi,” gushed state broadcaster CCTV, after China climbed off the bottom of Group A following Thursday’s 1-0 victory in Changsha.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive, Qatar slump

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Doha (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive, Qatar slump

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Doha (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

China stun Koreans to keep World Cup hopes alive

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – Yu Dabao struck in the first half as Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 to keep their slim World Cup hopes alive on Thursday.

The Beijing Guoan forward’s header ensured China’s first win of in the final qualifying group - and only their second victory over the Koreans in 32 attempts.

China stun Koreans to keep World Cup hopes alive

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – Yu Dabao struck in the first half as Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 to keep their slim World Cup hopes alive on Thursday.

The Beijing Guoan forward’s header ensured China’s first win of in the final qualifying group - and only their second victory over the Koreans in 32 attempts.

Bayern Munich opens China office

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Shanghai (AFP) – German powerhouse Bayern Munich opened a Shanghai office Wednesday in a bid to capitalise on China’s vast fan base and voracious hunger for top-flight football training.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announced the opening of its office in the German Centre, a complex in Shanghai’s Pudong district, with support from the China Football Association and Shanghai’s soccer and education authorities.

Bayern Munich opens China office

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Shanghai (AFP) – German powerhouse Bayern Munich opened a Shanghai office Wednesday in a bid to capitalise on China’s vast fan base and voracious hunger for top-flight football training.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announced the opening of its office in the German Centre, a complex in Shanghai’s Pudong district, with support from the China Football Association and Shanghai’s soccer and education authorities.

Barcelona launch major football academy in China

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Beijing (AFP) – Ronaldinho launched a Barcelona academy for about 1,000 students in China on Friday as the world’s most populous nation pursues its grand ambitions in the world’s most popular sport.

The Barcelona and Brazil great and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu met children and toured the site at the Mission Hills golf complex on Hainan island, which will have seven pitches when it opens later this year.

Rooney’s agent in China for transfer talks

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

Rooney’s agent in China for transfer talks

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

Nigerian striker Ighalo off to China from Watford

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London (AFP) Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo became the latest Premier League player to head to China when Watford agreed to sell him to Changchun Yatai for a reported club record £20million ($25m, 23.3m euros) on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old capped 12 times enjoyed a superb season for the Hornets last term scoring 17 goals on their return to the Premier League and also reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

Nigerian striker Ighalo off to China from Watford

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London (AFP) Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo became the latest Premier League player to head to China when Watford agreed to sell him to Changchun Yatai for a reported club record £20million ($25m, 23.3m euros) on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old capped 12 times enjoyed a superb season for the Hornets last term scoring 17 goals on their return to the Premier League and also reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

Man City’s Toure dismisses lure of China

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London (AFP) Yaya Toure says he wants to remain at Manchester City and is not interested in moving to China, amid reports of a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League.

Reports last week said Toure, 33, had rejected an approach from a Chinese club that would have seen him paid around £430,000 ($536,000, 499,000 euros) a week.

Man City’s Toure dismisses lure of China

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London (AFP) Yaya Toure says he wants to remain at Manchester City and is not interested in moving to China, amid reports of a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League.

Reports last week said Toure, 33, had rejected an approach from a Chinese club that would have seen him paid around £430,000 ($536,000, 499,000 euros) a week.

Australia winger Kruse joins China exodus

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Berlin (AFP) Australian international winger Robbie Kruse has left Bayer Leverkusen to join Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin FC, the German club said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Kruse, just the latest European-based player to be enticed by the riches on offer in China, has already passed a medical at his new club in a deal which will reportedly cost Liaoning about 500,000 euros ($535,000).

Australia winger Kruse joins China exodus

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Berlin (AFP) Australian international winger Robbie Kruse has left Bayer Leverkusen to join Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin FC, the German club said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Kruse, just the latest European-based player to be enticed by the riches on offer in China, has already passed a medical at his new club in a deal which will reportedly cost Liaoning about 500,000 euros ($535,000).

Fiorentina’s Kalinic turns down 40mn-euro China option

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Rome (AFP) Fiorentina's Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic said Friday he would stay with the club rather than respond to an overture from China.

Chinese outfit Tianjin had expressed interest in securing his services.

But Italian media quoted comments by Kalinic to Croatian website Sportske.

PSG better option than China, says Angel Di Maria

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has insisted he wants to see out his contract with the French champions, dismissing speculation he could move to the cash-rich Chinese Super League.

"There are two years left on my contract," Di Maria, who joined PSG from Manchester United in August 2015, told ESPN Argentina.

PSG better option than China, says Angel Di Maria

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has insisted he wants to see out his contract with the French champions, dismissing speculation he could move to the cash-rich Chinese Super League.

"There are two years left on my contract," Di Maria, who joined PSG from Manchester United in August 2015, told ESPN Argentina.

China plans salary caps in spending crackdown

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Shanghai (AFP) Chinese football authorities will impose salary caps on domestic clubs and send auditors to probe their finances, toughening a crackdown on the record-breaking sums spent to acquire top foreign players.

Teams will be required to provide detailed information on their financial situations including funding sources, and the salary caps will be devised based on league and individual club revenues, the China Football Association (CFA) said in a statement late Thursday.

Chinese Super League

Shanghai Shenhua Fans Peeved After Carlos Tevez Misses Match Through ‘Injury’ Only To Be Spotted At Disneyland (Photo)

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It's largely fair to say that Shanghai Shenhua aren't really getting their money's worth out of Carlos Tevez at the moment, four months into his Chinese Super League sojourn.

The 33-year-old striker has made just four appearances Shenhua since joining in late December, scoring one goal a penalty in a 4-0 win over Jiangsu Suning last month.

Chelsea Turned Down 90 Million Offer For Diego Costa

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According to SFR Sport in France, Chelsea striker Diego Costa was subject to a huge offer from China last month, which led to his falling out with Antonio Conte.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who are managed by World Cup and Ballon D'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro, are reported to have offered Chelsea £90 million for the Spain international.

Flummoxed: Oscar Leaves Chinese Linesman In Heap On Ground With Silky Cruyff Turn (Video)

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Looks like Oscar is having a whale of a time out in China, with the diminutive Brazilian's fleet-footed trickery already laying waste to all who gaze upon it.

Indeed, as well as jinking past defenders, the Shanghai SIPG man also left a poor, flummoxed linesman with two sprained ankles during a recent game.

Newcastle United

Positive Talks In China For Commercial Growth – They’re Needed

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The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley has been doing some business in China and the club are apparently looking to China to increase our commercial revenues. It's an area of Newcastle's financial portfolio that have never performed well in the past at least not compared to other top clubs [.

Official: Cheick Tiote Leaves Newcastle To Join Beijing Enterprises Group FC (Photo)

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After months and months of negotiations, Cheick Tiote has finally brought his seven-year stint at Newcastle to an end and left forthe bright lights of China.

It was initially reported that Tiote was in talks to join former Toon teammate Papiss Cisse at Shandong Luneng, but today it's been announced the Ivorian has signed for Beijing Enterprises Group FC on a two-year deal.

Arsenal

Arsenal favourite turns down £575k-a-week offer to leave, future at Emirates still uncertain

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned down a massive offer to manage in the Chinese Super League.

As per Daily Mirror, the Frenchman could have earned £30m-a-year (£575k-a-week) if he had agreed to move to China at the end of this season.

China or Arsenal?

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Imagine the situation .... you are sitting at your desk doing whatever it is you do (or in some cases out on the streets) when you get a call from a friend who says" There is the possibility of quadrupling your wages but you have to move to the suburbs of Shenzheng".

Shenzheng is a smog filled, uninspiring, industrial city without a redeeming feature.

Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United ready to conduct record transfer for £300k-per-week star

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Manchester United are reportedly willing to sanction Wayne Rooney’s departure to China within the next month. A host of Chinese clubs have made it clear that they are prepared to make a record-breaking £140m offer for Rooney.

According to reports from the Mirror, Rooney could overtake £650,000-a-week Carlos Tevez as the world’s highest paid footballer.

Mourinho Holds Door Open For Rooney To Leave United

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Less than 24 hours after he broke Sir Bobby Charlton's record to become the all-time leading goalscorer for Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has been told by United boss Jose Mourinho that he will not stand in his way if Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford for China.

Reports out of China suggest that Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Super League rivals Beijing Guoan are prepared to make Rooney the highest paid player in the world with a staggering £700,000-a-week offer to lure him away from Manchester United this summer.