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China Under-20 football team face triple German snub

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

However, three teams in Germany have refused to face the Chinese with one club claiming it’s a just a blatant commercial gesture.

China under-20 football team to play in German league

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

China’s Communist government, led by football fan President Xi Jinping, is throwing money at the sport in hopes of ending years of national underachievement.

China under-20 football team to play in German league

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

China’s Communist government, led by football fan President Xi Jinping, is throwing money at the sport in hopes of ending years of national underachievement.

Dane at vanguard of China’s World Cup quest

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Shanghai (AFP) – It is the World Cup final and China beat one of the traditional heavyweights showcasing a brand of fast, attacking football that their opponents cannot live with.

That, along with hosting the World Cup, is the dream of Chinese President Xi Jinping - and a Dane at a leading Chinese club is doing his part to try to make it happen.

Dane at vanguard of China’s World Cup quest

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Shanghai (AFP) – It is the World Cup final and China beat one of the traditional heavyweights showcasing a brand of fast, attacking football that their opponents cannot live with.

That, along with hosting the World Cup, is the dream of Chinese President Xi Jinping - and a Dane at a leading Chinese club is doing his part to try to make it happen.

Pato dreams of Brazil recall after China career boost

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he’s at the peak of his career following his move to China.

The 27-year-old forward is enjoying football and life again in the Chinese Super League, having signed for Tianjin Quanjian on an 18-million-euro transfer from Villarreal in Spain in January.

Pato dreams of Brazil recall after China career boost

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he’s at the peak of his career following his move to China.

The 27-year-old forward is enjoying football and life again in the Chinese Super League, having signed for Tianjin Quanjian on an 18-million-euro transfer from Villarreal in Spain in January.

Dortmund star Aubameyang confirms Chinese offer

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said on Sunday that he was the subject of a big-money offer from China, but his club Borussia Dortmund insist he will not leave this season.

Aubameyang, who is under contract until 2020, confirms in Sunday’s edition of Die Welt that there was an offer from an unnamed Chinese club, but Dortmund have said he will not leave in 2017/18.

Football coach Lippi to give success-starved China glimpse of future

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Shanghai (AFP) – Coach Marcello Lippi is already planning for the future and will call up a number of young players for a qualifier against Uzbekistan with China’s World Cup hopes effectively over.

China host Uzbekistan on August 31 but are on a run of one win in eight games in the latest qualifying round for Russia 2018, leaving them bottom of the group.

Football coach Lippi to give success-starved China glimpse of future

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Shanghai (AFP) – Coach Marcello Lippi is already planning for the future and will call up a number of young players for a qualifier against Uzbekistan with China’s World Cup hopes effectively over.

China host Uzbekistan on August 31 but are on a run of one win in eight games in the latest qualifying round for Russia 2018, leaving them bottom of the group.

Neymar in Dubai, but where next?

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil’s Neymar triggered a guessing game on his return from China on Tuesday, posting a video on social media apparently from Dubai but leaving his final destination - Paris or Barcelona - a mystery.

As speculation mounts of an imminent record-busting transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar’s video appeared to be from the first class lounge at Dubai airport.

Neymar in Dubai, but where next?

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil’s Neymar triggered a guessing game on his return from China on Tuesday, posting a video on social media apparently from Dubai but leaving his final destination - Paris or Barcelona - a mystery.

As speculation mounts of an imminent record-busting transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar’s video appeared to be from the first class lounge at Dubai airport.

Neymar in China as transfer rumours grow

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Shanghai (AFP) – Neymar greeted fans in Shanghai on Monday as speculation mounted that the Brazil star could be set to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros.

The 25-year-old striker is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.

Neymar promo event off amid transfer talk: China organisers

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Shanghai (AFP) – A promotional event in China featuring Neymar was cancelled Friday because he and his advisers are “busy with transfer issues”, organisers said, amid frenzied speculation about a record-breaking move.

The Brazilian star forward, who is reportedly mulling a huge 222-million-euro ($260 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona, was due to meet fans at a luxury Shanghai hotel on Monday.

Neymar promo event off amid transfer talk: China organisers

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Shanghai (AFP) – A promotional event in China featuring Neymar was cancelled Friday because he and his advisers are “busy with transfer issues”, organisers said, amid frenzied speculation about a record-breaking move.

The Brazilian star forward, who is reportedly mulling a huge 222-million-euro ($260 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona, was due to meet fans at a luxury Shanghai hotel on Monday.

Chelsea backlash a lesson for clubs chasing China cash

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Kenedy’s offensive social media posts about China sparked calls for his club Chelsea to be banned from the country and were a spectacular own goal in a lucrative market.

Experts say that while the controversy will have only limited impact on Chelsea’s popularity in China, it serves as a warning to European clubs chasing riches in the world’s second-biggest economy.

Chelsea backlash a lesson for clubs chasing China cash

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Kenedy’s offensive social media posts about China sparked calls for his club Chelsea to be banned from the country and were a spectacular own goal in a lucrative market.

Experts say that while the controversy will have only limited impact on Chelsea’s popularity in China, it serves as a warning to European clubs chasing riches in the world’s second-biggest economy.

Chelsea’s Kenedy sent home over China slurs – Conte

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London (AFP) – Kenedy has been sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia as punishment for his offensive social media posts about China, team boss Antonio Conte said Tuesday.

The Brazilian defender was axed from Chelsea’s tour as the Premier League champions fought to avoid further embarrassment after the social media slurs sparked a furious response in China, a major market for European teams.

Chelsea’s Kenedy sent home over China slurs – Conte

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London (AFP) – Kenedy has been sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia as punishment for his offensive social media posts about China, team boss Antonio Conte said Tuesday.

The Brazilian defender was axed from Chelsea’s tour as the Premier League champions fought to avoid further embarrassment after the social media slurs sparked a furious response in China, a major market for European teams.

Chelsea star Kenedy sent home over China slurs — reports

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London (AFP) – Kenedy has been sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia as punishment for his offensive social media posts about China, according to reports on Tuesday.

Brazilian defender Kenedy was axed from Chelsea’s high-profile tour as the Premier League champions fought to avoid further embarrassment after the social media slurs sparked a furious response in China.

Arsenal hit hard by food poisoning in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.

Wenger’s ailing men were outplayed for long periods by Bayern before salvaging a last-gasp 1-1 draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties.

Arsenal hit hard by food poisoning in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.

Wenger’s ailing men were outplayed for long periods by Bayern before salvaging a last-gasp 1-1 draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties.

Cowed Chinese football clubs desist in face of 100% levy

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Shanghai (AFP) – Wayne Rooney led the big names linked with a move to China but in the end the only arrivals were striker Anthony Modeste and a cast mostly of freebies, loanees and has-beens.

Experts and insiders say a 100 percent tax on foreign imports and befuddling last-minute changes to Chinese transfer rules ensured the transfer window in the country fizzled to a close on Friday.

Cowed Chinese football clubs desist in face of 100% levy

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Shanghai (AFP) – Wayne Rooney led the big names linked with a move to China but in the end the only arrivals were striker Anthony Modeste and a cast mostly of freebies, loanees and has-beens.

Experts and insiders say a 100 percent tax on foreign imports and befuddling last-minute changes to Chinese transfer rules ensured the transfer window in the country fizzled to a close on Friday.

Rooney in focus as China transfer window opens

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Shanghai (AFP) – Some of football’s biggest names remain linked with a move to China but a 100 percent tax on transfer fees looks likely to hit spending when the country’s transfer window opens on Monday.

Wayne Rooney, Diego Costa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are among the stars rumoured to be considering big-money moves to the Chinese Super League (CSL), which has been smashing spending records in recent seasons.

Thousands mourn as body of Tiote brought home

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Abidjan (AFP) – Around a thousand fans and some twenty international teammates were present at Abidjan airport on Thursday to pay their respects as the body of football star Cheick Tiote, who died in China earlier this month aged 30, was brought home.

A key member of the Ivory Coast team which ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, his manager from that time Herve Renard had made the trip as had teammates Salomon Kalou, Kader Keita and Wilfried Bony.

Football: Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup.

Xi greeted Infantino in the capital’s palatial Great Hall of the People but the two men did not mention China’s World Cup ambitions as they exchanged pleasantries before their closed-door meeting.

Football: Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup.

Xi greeted Infantino in the capital’s palatial Great Hall of the People but the two men did not mention China’s World Cup ambitions as they exchanged pleasantries before their closed-door meeting.

Late blows jolt China, Qatar shock South Korea

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as blockaded Qatar kept their slimmest of hopes alive with a shock 3-2 victory over South Korea.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free-kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2 in their Group A match.

Late blows jolt China, Qatar shock South Korea

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as blockaded Qatar kept their slimmest of hopes alive with a shock 3-2 victory over South Korea.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free-kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2 in their Group A match.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Late Syria strike dims China’s World Cup hopes

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s injury-time free kick dealt China’s already faint World Cup hopes another body blow as they were held 2-2 by Syria on Tuesday.

China had fought back from Syria’s first-half penalty to lead 2-1 before the bearded Al Salih skilfully converted from the edge of the ‘D’ in the third added minute.

Late Syria strike dims China’s World Cup hopes

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s injury-time free kick dealt China’s already faint World Cup hopes another body blow as they were held 2-2 by Syria on Tuesday.

China had fought back from Syria’s first-half penalty to lead 2-1 before the bearded Al Salih skilfully converted from the edge of the ‘D’ in the third added minute.

Chinese Super League

Official: Barcelona Sign Tottenham Cast-Off Paulinho From Guangzhou Evergrande In €40m Wrangle

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Having just been relieved of one Brazilian superstar, Barcelona have gone and signed ex-Tottenham flop Paulinho for the princely sum of €40million.

Paulinho left Spurs to join Guangzhou Evergrande for £17million amid something of a career torpor back in July of 2015.

Any excuse to watch Paulinho's shot against Burnley again.

Chinese Super League: Oscar Handed Eight-Game Suspension For ‘Offending Opponents In An Immoral Manner’ By Sparking Multi-Man Brawl

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Oscar has been handed a huge suspension for his part in the multi-man scuffle that brought a halt to Shanghau SIPG's game against Guangzhou on Sunday.

The wee Brazilian sparked a mass shove-a-thon when he belted the ball at two different opposing players and then lay on the ground for five minutes pretending to be injured.

Chinese Burn: Sven Goran Eriksson Sacked By Shenzuan FC, Replacement Coach Announced With Poem

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Sven-Goran Eriksson is once again out of a job after being sacked by Chinese second-tier side Shenzhen FC this week.

Shenzhen are currently fourthin China League One, with a run of five wins from 13 games costing Eriksson his job after just six months in charge.

The club are now preparing to re-hire one of their most beloved former coaches, Wang Baoshan, and took the unorthodox step of announcing their managerial chop-and-change in the form of a poem.

Arsenal

Dépêche Mode: Arsene Wenger Wears Funky Custom Arsenal Trainers For Bayern Munich Friendly (Photos)

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This very week, Arsene Wenger officially became the longest-serving manager in Premier League history.

As of Monday, Wenger has outlasted the 7,582 days that Sir Alex Ferguson spent in charge of Manchester United in the Top Flight™, though of course the Scot did spent over five years at the United helm before football began in 1992.

Wenger pleased with Arsenal’s pace and intensity in Sydney – On to China!

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Arsenal won their second pre-season warm up against the Western Sydney Wanderers by 3 goals to 1 and are slowly building their fitness as they head off to China for some much harder games. They may have been only against A-League sides but Wenger was more than pleased with the attitude of the players.

The Rest

Chinese Under-20 National Team To Play In German Fourth Division Next Season

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Plans are being hatched that will allow the China Under-20 national team to play in the fourth division of German football as of next season.

Yes, you did read that correctly.

According to Kicker, the Chinese youngster will be added tothe Regionalliga Südwest for 2017/18 to round up the odd number of teams in the league.