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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.

Tevez expected back in China after treatment – Shenhua

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai Shenhua denied suggestions that Carlos Tevez’s career in China was over and said Wednesday they expected him to return after the Argentine went home for treatment on a muscle injury.

The 33-year-old forward, one of the best-paid players in the world on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000), has scored just twice since joining the Chinese Super League (CSL) club in January from Boca Juniors and has missed half of this season’s games with injury.

Tevez expected back in China after treatment – Shenhua

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai Shenhua denied suggestions that Carlos Tevez’s career in China was over and said Wednesday they expected him to return after the Argentine went home for treatment on a muscle injury.

The 33-year-old forward, one of the best-paid players in the world on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000), has scored just twice since joining the Chinese Super League (CSL) club in January from Boca Juniors and has missed half of this season’s games with injury.

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.

Hulk? Tevez? No, Israel’s Zahavi is China’s football top gun

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese clubs made headlines by splashing out on the likes of strikers Carlos Tevez, Hulk and Alexandre Pato, but cut-price Israeli Eran Zahavi is outgunning them all at the top of the scoring charts.

His feat in smashing 23 Chinese Super League (CSL) goals in 22 appearances this season is all the more remarkable when you consider that he plays for a wildly inconsistent Guangzhou R&F side that is sixth in the 16-team table.

Hulk? Tevez? No, Israel’s Zahavi is China’s football top gun

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese clubs made headlines by splashing out on the likes of strikers Carlos Tevez, Hulk and Alexandre Pato, but cut-price Israeli Eran Zahavi is outgunning them all at the top of the scoring charts.

His feat in smashing 23 Chinese Super League (CSL) goals in 22 appearances this season is all the more remarkable when you consider that he plays for a wildly inconsistent Guangzhou R&F side that is sixth in the 16-team table.

Paulinho’s Barcelona move boosts China league, Villas-Boas says

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazil international Paulinho’s imminent move to Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande is proof of the strength of the Chinese Super League (CSL), Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas said.

The 29-year-old midfielder Paulinho is reportedly poised to sign for the Spanish giants for 40 million euros and he could be unveiled as a Barcelona player as early as Monday.

Shanghai Shenhua coach Poyet on the brink in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Gus Poyet apologised and hinted he could quit after Shanghai Shenhua lost 3-0 at home in the Chinese Super League to leave the Uruguayan’s future as coach hanging in the balance.

Shenhua finished fourth in the league last year and invested heavily this season, bringing Carlos Tevez to China on a contract which made him one of the world’s best paid players.

Shanghai Shenhua coach Poyet on the brink in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Gus Poyet apologised and hinted he could quit after Shanghai Shenhua lost 3-0 at home in the Chinese Super League to leave the Uruguayan’s future as coach hanging in the balance.

Shenhua finished fourth in the league last year and invested heavily this season, bringing Carlos Tevez to China on a contract which made him one of the world’s best paid players.

‘Lagging’ Football Association damaging China development: official

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football is being held back by poor running of its football association, a senior FA official has admitted in unusually forthright terms, saying “there is no vision or foresight”.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has hit international headlines with a wave of big-name foreign signings but the national team ranks a lowly 77th in the FIFA world rankings, with their 2018 World Cup hopes effectively over.

‘Lagging’ Football Association damaging China development: official

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football is being held back by poor running of its football association, a senior FA official has admitted in unusually forthright terms, saying “there is no vision or foresight”.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has hit international headlines with a wave of big-name foreign signings but the national team ranks a lowly 77th in the FIFA world rankings, with their 2018 World Cup hopes effectively over.

Football: Capello-Cannavaro clash upstaged by boy band

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football fans anticipating the first clash between the “Fabios” - Italian heavyweight coaches Cannavaro and Capello - will have to wait as their sides have been bumped from a stadium this weekend by China’s hottest boy band.

The Tianjin-Jiangsu clash was scheduled for Sunday at the stadium on the grounds of the Olympic Sports Center in the eastern city of Nanjing - Jiangsu Suning’s home pitch - but it now conflicts with a concert in an adjacent indoor arena by the wildly popular TFBOYS.

Football: Capello-Cannavaro clash upstaged by boy band

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football fans anticipating the first clash between the “Fabios” - Italian heavyweight coaches Cannavaro and Capello - will have to wait as their sides have been bumped from a stadium this weekend by China’s hottest boy band.

The Tianjin-Jiangsu clash was scheduled for Sunday at the stadium on the grounds of the Olympic Sports Center in the eastern city of Nanjing - Jiangsu Suning’s home pitch - but it now conflicts with a concert in an adjacent indoor arena by the wildly popular TFBOYS.

Oscar ban harming Chinese Super League title hopes, Villas-Boas fears

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Shanghai (AFP) – Andre Villas-Boas fears that the prolonged absence of banned Brazilian star Oscar could torpedo Shanghai SIPG’s Chinese Super League title hopes.

The Portuguese coach saw his side finish the weekend three points behind leaders Guangzhou Evergrande following a dry 0-0 home draw with third-placed Tianjin Quanjian on Sunday.

Oscar ban harming Chinese Super League title hopes, Villas-Boas fears

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Shanghai (AFP) – Andre Villas-Boas fears that the prolonged absence of banned Brazilian star Oscar could torpedo Shanghai SIPG’s Chinese Super League title hopes.

The Portuguese coach saw his side finish the weekend three points behind leaders Guangzhou Evergrande following a dry 0-0 home draw with third-placed Tianjin Quanjian on Sunday.

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.

Capello lures Cameroon skipper Moukandjo to China

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Rennes (France) (AFP) – Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo has joined Fabio Capello’s struggling Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning after two seasons at Lorient, the French club said on Thursday.

The 28-year-old who captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in 2017 has signed a two-years deal with the club coached by former AC Milan, Real Madrid and England boss Capello since June.

Tevez’s Chinese club hit out at fixing claims

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez’s Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua say they are taking legal action over suggestions of match-fixing after they grabbed a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Fabio Capello’s Jiangsu Suning.

The weekend stalemate means Capello’s wait for a first Chinese Super League (CSL) victory goes on and Shenhua said that online speculation about the result was tarnishing the club.

Chinese football champs fine captain for handshake snub

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande fined captain Zheng Zhi for failing to gather all his players to shake the hands of match officials after the dramatic weekend defeat at Tianjin Quanjian.

The Chinese international midfielder becomes the latest major name to hit disciplinary trouble in the Chinese Super League (CSL), with the Shanghai SIPG quartet of Oscar, Hulk, Wu Lei and manager Andre Villas-Boas all serving bans.

Chinese football champs fine captain for handshake snub

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande fined captain Zheng Zhi for failing to gather all his players to shake the hands of match officials after the dramatic weekend defeat at Tianjin Quanjian.

The Chinese international midfielder becomes the latest major name to hit disciplinary trouble in the Chinese Super League (CSL), with the Shanghai SIPG quartet of Oscar, Hulk, Wu Lei and manager Andre Villas-Boas all serving bans.

Capello hits rock-bottom in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Capello’s Jiangsu Suning slumped to the bottom of the Chinese Super League at the weekend after a defeat to a Shanghai SIPG side missing their banned star players and manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Italian coach was left still searching for his first league victory since being appointed last month at Jiangsu, who have spent heavily on midfielder Ramires from Chelsea and attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira.

Capello hits rock-bottom in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Capello’s Jiangsu Suning slumped to the bottom of the Chinese Super League at the weekend after a defeat to a Shanghai SIPG side missing their banned star players and manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Italian coach was left still searching for his first league victory since being appointed last month at Jiangsu, who have spent heavily on midfielder Ramires from Chelsea and attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira.

Shanghai SIPG coach Villas-Boas, Hulk banned over Oscar protests

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas and Brazilian striker Hulk were suspended for two Chinese Super League games on Friday after they protested against the eight-match ban handed to midfielder Oscar over a mass brawl.

Extending what has been a rocky season for China’s newly imported football talent, Villas-Boas was banned for making an “irresponsible comment” on social media, while Hulk was suspended for wearing a T-shirt backing Oscar.

Shanghai SIPG coach Villas-Boas, Hulk banned over Oscar protests

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas and Brazilian striker Hulk were suspended for two Chinese Super League games on Friday after they protested against the eight-match ban handed to midfielder Oscar over a mass brawl.

Extending what has been a rocky season for China’s newly imported football talent, Villas-Boas was banned for making an “irresponsible comment” on social media, while Hulk was suspended for wearing a T-shirt backing Oscar.

Football: Hulk in hot water as Brazilian goes before China FA

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Shanghai (AFP) – Hulk was hauled before the Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Wednesday as the fallout from an eight-game ban handed to Shanghai SIPG team-mate Oscar rumbles on.

SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas travelled with the Brazilian striker to CFA headquarters in Beijing and another Shanghai player, Wu Lei, was also present, a club spokeswoman told AFP.

Football: Hulk in hot water as Brazilian goes before China FA

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Shanghai (AFP) – Hulk was hauled before the Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Wednesday as the fallout from an eight-game ban handed to Shanghai SIPG team-mate Oscar rumbles on.

SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas travelled with the Brazilian striker to CFA headquarters in Beijing and another Shanghai player, Wu Lei, was also present, a club spokeswoman told AFP.

Oscar leads big names behaving badly in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Oscar is suspended for eight games after a brawl. Carlos Tevez riles fans with a trip to Disneyland while his club are playing. Ezequiel Lavezzi and Hulk deny being anti-Chinese.

As the Chinese Super League (CSL) hits the halfway point of the season this weekend, the megabucks lavished on imported players has triggered unprecedented interest, but the headlines have been dominated by foreigners behaving badly.

Shanghai SIPG warn fans over Oscar protest

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG told fans to “be free of arrogance and rashness” after angry supporters of the Chinese Super League club lashed out at an eight-game ban slapped on star player Oscar.

The Brazilian international was hit with the ban last week for triggering an all-out brawl in a CSL clash at Guangzhou R&F, while three others were also handed lesser suspensions.

Shanghai SIPG warn fans over Oscar protest

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG told fans to “be free of arrogance and rashness” after angry supporters of the Chinese Super League club lashed out at an eight-game ban slapped on star player Oscar.

The Brazilian international was hit with the ban last week for triggering an all-out brawl in a CSL clash at Guangzhou R&F, while three others were also handed lesser suspensions.

Oscar sparks mass brawl in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian international Oscar triggered a mass brawl in the Chinese Super League as players and staff from his Shanghai SIPG side and opponents Guangzhou R&F scrapped on the pitch.

After the former Chelsea midfielder appeared twice to fire the ball deliberately at Guangzhou players, he was rushed by several opponents.

Oscar sparks mass brawl in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian international Oscar triggered a mass brawl in the Chinese Super League as players and staff from his Shanghai SIPG side and opponents Guangzhou R&F scrapped on the pitch.

After the former Chelsea midfielder appeared twice to fire the ball deliberately at Guangzhou players, he was rushed by several opponents.

Angry Shenhua fans turn on misfiring Tevez

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez faced growing calls Monday to be shipped out as angry Shanghai Shenhua fans turned on the Argentine forward and under-pressure manager Gus Poyet.

Shenhua fans are fast losing patience with Tevez, who only moved to the Chinese club at the start of the year from Boca Juniors on a reported 38-million-euro ($42 million) salary that makes him one of the highest-rewarded footballers on the planet.

Angry Shenhua fans turn on misfiring Tevez

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez faced growing calls Monday to be shipped out as angry Shanghai Shenhua fans turned on the Argentine forward and under-pressure manager Gus Poyet.

Shenhua fans are fast losing patience with Tevez, who only moved to the Chinese club at the start of the year from Boca Juniors on a reported 38-million-euro ($42 million) salary that makes him one of the highest-rewarded footballers on the planet.

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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.

Barcelona interested in signing former Tottenham player

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Perhaps the unlikeliest transfer rumour at the beginning of the transfer window, Sky Sports have reported that Barcelona are interested in bringing former Tottenham player Paulinho to Camp Nou. The Brazilian is currently playing in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande.

Paulinho has a £35m release clause in his contract with the Chinese Super League side, and it is believed that the Catalan side is not interested in paying that sum for the 28-year-old.

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Chinese Super League: Ex-Southampton Striker Graziano Pellè Bags Beauty for Shandong Luneng (Video)

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Graziano Pellè netted an absolute stunner in the Chinese Super League on Saturday, courtesy of a beautiful volley in Shandong Luneng Taishan's 2-2 draw with Beijing Guoan.

The 32-year-old Pellè left Southampton for China last summer, duly becoming one of the highest-paid players in the world via a cool £13.

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.