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Tevez told to return by December 26 as China saga drags on

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez has three weeks to resolve his future at Shanghai Shenhua with the handsomely paid Argentine forward expected back with the rest of the squad by December 26.

The 33-year-old, who earns some of the highest wages in world football on a reported 730,000 euros a week, has flopped in China and was a notable absentee when Shanghai Shenhua won the FA Cup late last month.

Tevez told to return by December 26 as China saga drags on

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez has three weeks to resolve his future at Shanghai Shenhua with the handsomely paid Argentine forward expected back with the rest of the squad by December 26.

The 33-year-old, who earns some of the highest wages in world football on a reported 730,000 euros a week, has flopped in China and was a notable absentee when Shanghai Shenhua won the FA Cup late last month.

The ‘Godfather of Shanghai football’ inspired by Manchester Utd

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Shanghai (AFP) – He is known as the “Godfather of Shanghainese football”, is a former player and manager of the Chinese national team, and owns a side in the Spanish league.

Now, at the age of 73, the charismatic Xu Genbao is taking on his toughest assignment yet: forming a club from scratch to help China finally become a competitive force in world football.

The ‘Godfather of Shanghai football’ inspired by Manchester Utd

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Shanghai (AFP) – He is known as the “Godfather of Shanghainese football”, is a former player and manager of the Chinese national team, and owns a side in the Spanish league.

Now, at the age of 73, the charismatic Xu Genbao is taking on his toughest assignment yet: forming a club from scratch to help China finally become a competitive force in world football.

End nigh for Tevez in China after jetting home again

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez’s troubled spell in China looks to be over after flying home to Argentina - just as his side Shanghai Shenhua won the FA Cup.

The 33-year-old Argentine forward has had a miserable 11 months in China despite earning some of the highest wages in world football, an estimated 730,000 euros a week.

German FA told to compromise or scrap China U20 friendlies

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Berlin (AFP) – German football authorities have been told to find a compromise with the visiting China Under-20 team over the issue of pro-Tibet protests, or scrap their remaining friendlies.

The Chinese junior team is touring southwest Germany as part of an initiative aimed at advancing China’s chances at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

China slams Tibet flag flap at Germany football match

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Beijing (AFP) – China called for “mutual respect” on Monday as it lashed out at the appearance of Tibetan flags during the Chinese Under-20 team’s friendly football game in Germany.

The Chinese players stormed off the pitch in Mainz on Saturday after a group of six spectators displayed the flags during the first in a series of friendlies against German fourth-division clubs.

China slams Tibet flag flap at Germany football match

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Beijing (AFP) – China called for “mutual respect” on Monday as it lashed out at the appearance of Tibetan flags during the Chinese Under-20 team’s friendly football game in Germany.

The Chinese players stormed off the pitch in Mainz on Saturday after a group of six spectators displayed the flags during the first in a series of friendlies against German fourth-division clubs.

Tibet flag scandal mars China’s U20 debut in Germany

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Berlin (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team stormed off the pitch in the first in a series of friendlies against German fourth-division clubs as pro-Tibet activists demonstrated in Mainz.

The Under-20 side is in Germany to play 16 friendlies against lower league clubs in an experiment, which runs until May, aimed at advancing the Asian superpower’s chances at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but which has courted controversy.

Tibet flag scandal mars China’s U20 debut in Germany

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Berlin (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team stormed off the pitch in the first in a series of friendlies against German fourth-division clubs as pro-Tibet activists demonstrated in Mainz.

The Under-20 side is in Germany to play 16 friendlies against lower league clubs in an experiment, which runs until May, aimed at advancing the Asian superpower’s chances at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but which has courted controversy.

No 2030 football World Cup bid yet – Chinese FA

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Shanghai (AFP) – The Chinese Football Association (CFA) moved swiftly on Thursday to dampen talk of a 2030 World Cup bid, after China coach Marcello Lippi was quoted as saying plans were being made.

Football fan President Xi Jinping has stated his aim for China to stage the showpiece one day and wants the country, who have only qualified once for the World Cup in 2002, to become a major force in the sport.

No 2030 football World Cup bid yet – Chinese FA

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Shanghai (AFP) – The Chinese Football Association (CFA) moved swiftly on Thursday to dampen talk of a 2030 World Cup bid, after China coach Marcello Lippi was quoted as saying plans were being made.

Football fan President Xi Jinping has stated his aim for China to stage the showpiece one day and wants the country, who have only qualified once for the World Cup in 2002, to become a major force in the sport.

Football: Lippi sees improvement in goal-shy China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Two games, two defeats and no goals scored in the past week, but coach Marcello Lippi says his China side “have made gains”.

The Italian World Cup winner suffered his heaviest loss since taking charge of China in the 4-0 home drubbing to Colombia on Tuesday, four days after falling 2-0 to Serbia.

Football: Lippi sees improvement in goal-shy China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Two games, two defeats and no goals scored in the past week, but coach Marcello Lippi says his China side “have made gains”.

The Italian World Cup winner suffered his heaviest loss since taking charge of China in the 4-0 home drubbing to Colombia on Tuesday, four days after falling 2-0 to Serbia.

Taxing times loom for China’s wantaway foreign football stars

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Shanghai (AFP) – Expensive flop Carlos Tevez could leave China soon, but other foreigners pining for a move in World Cup year may be disappointed by clubs desperate to retain their pricey stars.

The unsettled Argentine, branded “very homesick boy” by fed-up Chinese fans, has endured a miserable 11 months in the Chinese Super League (CSL) and hinted that he is eager to return to Argentina.

Taxing times loom for China’s wantaway foreign football stars

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Shanghai (AFP) – Expensive flop Carlos Tevez could leave China soon, but other foreigners pining for a move in World Cup year may be disappointed by clubs desperate to retain their pricey stars.

The unsettled Argentine, branded “very homesick boy” by fed-up Chinese fans, has endured a miserable 11 months in the Chinese Super League (CSL) and hinted that he is eager to return to Argentina.

Australia coach linked with Tevez club in China

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was urged to stay loyal to the World Cup hopefuls Tuesday after he was linked with a big-money move to Carlos Tevez’s Shanghai Shenhua in China.

The 52-year-old has failed to confirm or deny reports that he is considering quitting the Socceroos, who face a two-legged playoff with Honduras next month for a place at Russia 2018.

Australia coach linked with Tevez club in China

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was urged to stay loyal to the World Cup hopefuls Tuesday after he was linked with a big-money move to Carlos Tevez’s Shanghai Shenhua in China.

The 52-year-old has failed to confirm or deny reports that he is considering quitting the Socceroos, who face a two-legged playoff with Honduras next month for a place at Russia 2018.

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.

China out of World Cup despite victory

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Doha (AFP) – China’s faint hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia finally ended on Tuesday, despite securing the victory they needed in Qatar.

Syria’s draw in Iran and Uzbekistan’s draw with South Korea meant that two late goals to secure a 2-1 win in Doha were ultimately futile in China’s desperate bid to snatch a play-off place for next year’s tournament.

China out of World Cup despite victory

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Doha (AFP) – China’s faint hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia finally ended on Tuesday, despite securing the victory they needed in Qatar.

Syria’s draw in Iran and Uzbekistan’s draw with South Korea meant that two late goals to secure a 2-1 win in Doha were ultimately futile in China’s desperate bid to snatch a play-off place for next year’s tournament.

China’s Lippi confident ahead of World Cup clash

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Doha (AFP) – China’s coach Marcello Lippi insisted Monday his team could reach next year’s World Cup finals despite only having a “very small” chance of qualifying.

He was speaking 24 hours ahead of the match which will determine China’s fate, away to Qatar,

China need to win in Doha and hope that results go their way elsewhere in AFC Group A to guarantee a play-off place for next year’s tournament in Russia.

China’s Lippi confident ahead of World Cup clash

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Doha (AFP) – China’s coach Marcello Lippi insisted Monday his team could reach next year’s World Cup finals despite only having a “very small” chance of qualifying.

He was speaking 24 hours ahead of the match which will determine China’s fate, away to Qatar,

China need to win in Doha and hope that results go their way elsewhere in AFC Group A to guarantee a play-off place for next year’s tournament in Russia.

World Cup miracle beckons for Syria, China

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Hong Kong (AFP) – War-torn Syria as well as China, the ultimate sleeping giants, are both aiming to pull off a near-miracle as Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup heads into a final showdown on Tuesday.

Among Asia’s heavyweights, Australia’s progress is far from assured and South Korea are in danger of missing out on their first World Cup since 1982 in what will be a nail-biting last round of group games.

Head coach Lippi tells ‘lucky’ China to keep believing

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Shanghai (AFP) – Marcello Lippi said his China side must improve and were lucky to snatch a late 1-0 home win over Uzbekistan to keep alive their slender World Cup hopes.

A Gao Lin penalty with six minutes left at an energised Wuhan Sports Center Stadium ensures that China’s wafer-thin chances of making Russia 2018 will go down to the final game on Tuesday at Qatar.

Head coach Lippi tells ‘lucky’ China to keep believing

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Shanghai (AFP) – Marcello Lippi said his China side must improve and were lucky to snatch a late 1-0 home win over Uzbekistan to keep alive their slender World Cup hopes.

A Gao Lin penalty with six minutes left at an energised Wuhan Sports Center Stadium ensures that China’s wafer-thin chances of making Russia 2018 will go down to the final game on Tuesday at Qatar.

Japan into World Cup as China, Syria stay alive

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan beat Australia Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup but South Korea missed a golden opportunity to join them in Russia when they could only draw against 10-man Iran.

The goalless draw in Seoul means South Korea’s hopes of qualifying from Group A for their ninth successive finals were left hanging in the balance when a win would have booked their ticket to Russia.

Japan into World Cup as China, Syria stay alive

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan beat Australia Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup but South Korea missed a golden opportunity to join them in Russia when they could only draw against 10-man Iran.

The goalless draw in Seoul means South Korea’s hopes of qualifying from Group A for their ninth successive finals were left hanging in the balance when a win would have booked their ticket to Russia.

Fit-again Carlos Tevez back in China after Argentina stay

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Shanghai (AFP) – Underperforming Carlos Tevez has returned to China following treatment in Argentina and is back training with Shanghai Shenhua, the club confirmed on Thursday, allaying doubts about his immediate future.

The 33-year-old forward had returned home to Argentina for two weeks to seek treatment on a leg-muscle injury, triggering speculation that he may not come back to China, where he has failed to settle.

Fit-again Carlos Tevez back in China after Argentina stay

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Shanghai (AFP) – Underperforming Carlos Tevez has returned to China following treatment in Argentina and is back training with Shanghai Shenhua, the club confirmed on Thursday, allaying doubts about his immediate future.

The 33-year-old forward had returned home to Argentina for two weeks to seek treatment on a leg-muscle injury, triggering speculation that he may not come back to China, where he has failed to settle.

‘China’s Maradona’ carries nation’s World Cup hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Oscar labelled him “the best Chinese player” and for most of his career he has carried the burden of being called “China’s Maradona”.

Wu Lei will need to show why on Thursday if China are to keep their wafer-thin World Cup 2018 hopes alive in a must-win encounter with Uzbekistan in Wuhan.

‘China’s Maradona’ carries nation’s World Cup hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Oscar labelled him “the best Chinese player” and for most of his career he has carried the burden of being called “China’s Maradona”.

Wu Lei will need to show why on Thursday if China are to keep their wafer-thin World Cup 2018 hopes alive in a must-win encounter with Uzbekistan in Wuhan.

China cash curbs to hit European clubs – analysts

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Shanghai (AFP) – China’s crackdown on overseas investments is expected to herald a slowdown in splurging on European clubs and impact teams where it hurts fans the most - on the pitch.

It is unlikely that supporters in Italy, Spain and England were aware earlier this month when China’s State Council, or cabinet, moved to restrict Chinese companies from investing in foreign sports clubs, the latest salvo in a wider campaign by Beijing to curb capital outflows.

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Chinese Super League: Andres Villas-Boas Quits As Shanghai SIPG Coach To Take Part In 2018 Dakar Rally

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After securing a second place finish in the Chinese Super League this season, Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly quit as head coach of Shanghai SIPG.

However, the former Chelsea and Tottenham boss will not be looking to take the reigns at another football club, at least not for the foreseeable future.

‘Chinese Players Are Not Naturally Skilled’ – Carlos Tevez Continues His Charm Offensive At Shanghai Shenhua

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Carlos Tevez has continued on his charm offensive in the Chinese Super League, a week or so after he was declared too podgy to play by his Shanghai Shenhua coach.

Having replaced Gus Poyet in the hotseat earlier in the month, new Shanghai boss Wu Jingui was alarmed to discover that Tevez and fellow vastly expensive international marquee signing Fredy Guarin were unfit, out of shape and therefore not viable for selection.

Too Unfit To Play And £23m Better Off, Carlos Tevez Is Living The Life Of Riley At Shanghai Shenhua

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Carlos Tevez appears to have taken the popular misconception that a move to the Chinese Super League roughly equates to a move into semi-retirement to heart, fobbing it all off from the start while absolutely raking in the filthy lucre.

The Argentinian striker, 33, is currently one of, possibly *the* highest paid footballer in the world all thanks to the mammoth£640,000-a-week contract he signed with Shenhua last December.

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Non-League: Chinese Fan Makes 6,000-Mile Pilgrimage To Runcorn Linnets Because He Fell In Love With Club While Playing Championship Manager 01/02 (Photos)

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One intrepid Chinese fan embarked upon a 12,000-mile odyssey to visit the very crucible of his footballing obsession: The Millbank Linnets Stadium in Runcorn, an industrial port town on the Cheshire coast.

Huang Wenbin fell in love with Runcorn Linnets or Runcorn FC Halton as they were then known after guiding them from obscurity to Premier League and UEFA Cup glory on his mammoth Championship Manager 01/02 playthrough.

Lionel Messi: €170m Theme Park Dedicated To Barcelona Star Scheduled To Open In China In 2020

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If you enjoy theme parks but are always left thinking they could benefit from a thematic tie-in with a professional footballer, then you might want to start looking into flights to Nanjing, China.

For that, dear people, is where the Lionel Messi Experience Park (MEP) is set to open in the year 2020, as confirmed by the head of the company who are manning this spectacular project.

Major Link Soccer: La Liga eyeing overseas matches in United States and China

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League leadership are looking at bringing season games beyond Spain, with China and the US as logical targets.

Seattle:

The Sounders FC Academy teams all kicked off their seasons in resounding fashion, going 4-0-0 on their opening weekend.

The joint USA, Mexico and Canada 2026 World Cup bid puts 41 cities and 44 stadiums into play, and per ProSoccer Talk's rankings, Seattle and CenturyLink Field are 15th.