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Football: Buriram hold Evergrande to draw in Champions League

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s return to Guangzhou Evergrande as head coach got off to a frustrating start on Wednesday when his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand’s Buriram United in the opening round of the AFC Champions League.

The Italian 2006 World Cup-winning captain was selected to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of the two-time continental winner at the end of last season after being fired by the club in 2015.

Football: Buriram hold Evergrande to draw in Champions League

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s return to Guangzhou Evergrande as head coach got off to a frustrating start on Wednesday when his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand’s Buriram United in the opening round of the AFC Champions League.

The Italian 2006 World Cup-winning captain was selected to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of the two-time continental winner at the end of last season after being fired by the club in 2015.

Cannavaro, Oscar spearhead Chinese Champions League assault

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro and Shanghai SIPG’s record signing Oscar will spearhead a four-pronged Chinese assault when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins this week.

Evergrande, Asian champions in 2013 and 2015, have Cannavaro back at the helm for the second time and open their campaign at home to Thailand’s Buriram United on Wednesday in Group G.

Cannavaro, Oscar spearhead Chinese Champions League assault

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro and Shanghai SIPG’s record signing Oscar will spearhead a four-pronged Chinese assault when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins this week.

Evergrande, Asian champions in 2013 and 2015, have Cannavaro back at the helm for the second time and open their campaign at home to Thailand’s Buriram United on Wednesday in Group G.

Benevento snap up Cannavaro Jr

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Milan (AFP) – Serie A strugglers Benevento on Wednesday completed the signing of teenage midfielder Christian Cannavaro, son of Italian football great Fabio Cannavaro.

Benevento president Oreste Vigorito confirmed the arrival of the 18-year-old, the eldest of the former Italy captain and 2006 World Cup winner’s three children.

Chinese FA warns clubs over Aubameyang ‘bidding war’

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Shanghai (AFP) – China’s football association (CFA) warned Tuesday that it was watching closely and would punish teams who flout its transfer rules, following reports two clubs are battling to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande are reportedly prepared to pay at least 70 million euros for the Borussia Dortmund predator, trumping an offer by rivals Beijing Guoan.

Chinese FA warns clubs over Aubameyang ‘bidding war’

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Shanghai (AFP) – China’s football association (CFA) warned Tuesday that it was watching closely and would punish teams who flout its transfer rules, following reports two clubs are battling to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande are reportedly prepared to pay at least 70 million euros for the Borussia Dortmund predator, trumping an offer by rivals Beijing Guoan.

Chinese teams chase big-money Aubameyang – reports

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Shanghai (AFP) – At least two Chinese sides are chasing the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s prolific striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports in the country say, in what could be an Asian-record transfer.

The 28-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs all over Europe but he could end up in the money-rich Chinese Super League (CSL), according to the reports, with Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande said to be leading the race to snare him.

New Shanghai SIPG boss Pereira vows to go one better

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Shanghai (AFP) – Vitor Pereira wants to go one better than predecessor Andre Villas-Boas by winning a title after being named coach of big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old, who was once assistant to Villas-Boas at Porto, has been out of football since leaving 1860 Munich following relegation to the German third tier in May.

New Shanghai SIPG boss Pereira vows to go one better

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Shanghai (AFP) – Vitor Pereira wants to go one better than predecessor Andre Villas-Boas by winning a title after being named coach of big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old, who was once assistant to Villas-Boas at Porto, has been out of football since leaving 1860 Munich following relegation to the German third tier in May.

Shanghai SIPG name Pereira as Villas-Boas successor

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday unveiled former Porto and Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira as their new coach after fellow Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas left the big-spending Chinese Super League (CSL) side.

The 49-year-old Pereira, who was once assistant to Villas-Boas at Porto, has been out of football management since leaving 1860 Munich following their relegation to the third tier in May.

Magath latest big-name foreign coach to leave Chinese club

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Shanghai (AFP) – Felix Magath on Friday became the latest foreign coach in a matter of weeks to leave his post in the Chinese Super League (CSL), following Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari out the exit door.

Villas-Boas on Thursday departed as coach of Shanghai SIPG and the veteran Magath followed suit less than 24 hours later when Shandong Luneng said they would not renew the German’s contract.

Magath latest big-name foreign coach to leave Chinese club

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Shanghai (AFP) – Felix Magath on Friday became the latest foreign coach in a matter of weeks to leave his post in the Chinese Super League (CSL), following Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari out the exit door.

Villas-Boas on Thursday departed as coach of Shanghai SIPG and the veteran Magath followed suit less than 24 hours later when Shandong Luneng said they would not renew the German’s contract.

Cannavaro quits Tianjin as Evergrande rumours swirl

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro has resigned as coach of Tianjin Quanjian, the club announced Monday, just days after steering them to an AFC Champions League berth and with rumours swirling he will return to seven-time Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Italian World Cup winner, who engineered the club’s promotion to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year and a third-place finish this year, will be succeeded by former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa, the club said.

Cannavaro quits Tianjin as Evergrande rumours swirl

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro has resigned as coach of Tianjin Quanjian, the club announced Monday, just days after steering them to an AFC Champions League berth and with rumours swirling he will return to seven-time Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Italian World Cup winner, who engineered the club’s promotion to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year and a third-place finish this year, will be succeeded by former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa, the club said.

Zheng Zhi, talisman behind Evergrande’s magnificent seven

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Shanghai (AFP) – Zheng Zhi is a rare species in football: a Chinese player who went to Europe and made a success of it.

And even as a 37-year-old veteran he is still making history, winning the Chinese Super League (CSL) for a ninth time after his side Guangzhou Evergrande retained the title on Sunday.

Zheng Zhi, talisman behind Evergrande’s magnificent seven

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Shanghai (AFP) – Zheng Zhi is a rare species in football: a Chinese player who went to Europe and made a success of it.

And even as a 37-year-old veteran he is still making history, winning the Chinese Super League (CSL) for a ninth time after his side Guangzhou Evergrande retained the title on Sunday.

Scolari’s Guangzhou retain China league title

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s rampant Guangzhou Evergrande won the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the seventh time in a row on Sunday and with two games to spare.

In what is expected to be the decorated Brazilian coach’s last season in charge, Guangzhou scored twice in three minutes in the first half as they thrahed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home.

Scolari’s Guangzhou retain China league title

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s rampant Guangzhou Evergrande won the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the seventh time in a row on Sunday and with two games to spare.

In what is expected to be the decorated Brazilian coach’s last season in charge, Guangzhou scored twice in three minutes in the first half as they thrahed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home.

‘Offensive’ Villas-Boas fined for Champions League blast

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas escaped a touchline ban and was instead fined $14,000 on Tuesday over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said.

The Portuguese brought the game into disrepute, the AFC ruled, but stopped short of banning him for Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red Diamonds.

‘Offensive’ Villas-Boas fined for Champions League blast

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas escaped a touchline ban and was instead fined $14,000 on Tuesday over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said.

The Portuguese brought the game into disrepute, the AFC ruled, but stopped short of banning him for Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red Diamonds.

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas has been fined $14,000 over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach, who will be on the bench for Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red Diamonds, brought the game into disrepute, the AFC ruled.

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas has been fined $14,000 over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach, who will be on the bench for Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red Diamonds, brought the game into disrepute, the AFC ruled.

Irate Villas-Boas accuses Guangzhou of dirty tricks

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas accused Guangzhou Evergrande of dirty tricks after his side’s epic AFC Champions League quarter-final win, claiming the hosts masterminded a series of road “accidents” to delay SIPG’s arrival at the stadium.

Evergrande almost pulled off a miracle in overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, before SIPG emerged battered and bruised from a remarkable all-Chinese encounter on Tuesday with a penalty shootout triumph after the tie had finished 5-5 on aggregate.

Irate Villas-Boas accuses Guangzhou of dirty tricks

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas accused Guangzhou Evergrande of dirty tricks after his side’s epic AFC Champions League quarter-final win, claiming the hosts masterminded a series of road “accidents” to delay SIPG’s arrival at the stadium.

Evergrande almost pulled off a miracle in overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, before SIPG emerged battered and bruised from a remarkable all-Chinese encounter on Tuesday with a penalty shootout triumph after the tie had finished 5-5 on aggregate.

Scolari’s Evergrande chase Champions League miracle

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande must perform an AFC Champions League miracle on Tuesday if they are to overhaul a 4-0 deficit in their quarter-final home clash with Shanghai SIPG.

Evergrande are streaking away from their domestic rivals in the Chinese Super League (CSL) but were embarrassed in Shanghai three weeks ago when Andre Villas-Boas’s side was rampant in the first leg.

Scolari’s Evergrande chase Champions League miracle

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande must perform an AFC Champions League miracle on Tuesday if they are to overhaul a 4-0 deficit in their quarter-final home clash with Shanghai SIPG.

Evergrande are streaking away from their domestic rivals in the Chinese Super League (CSL) but were embarrassed in Shanghai three weeks ago when Andre Villas-Boas’s side was rampant in the first leg.

Rampaging Hulk has Shanghai SIPG sensing Asian glory

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian international Hulk scored one and made another as Shanghai SIPG all but sealed their spot in the AFC Champions League semi-finals with a 4-0 first-leg rout of Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Evergrande are on course to retain the Chinese Super League (CSL) title but barring a miracle they are already out of this quarter-final all-Chinese tie even with the home leg to come.

Football: Weather plays havoc with Chinese rivals’ Asian title hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari was left shaking his head Monday and Andre Villas-Boas spoke of “a very bad trip” after rain and lightning disrupted their AFC Champions League quarter-final preparations.

Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande are slight favourites when they visit Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of their all-Chinese clash on Tuesday.

Football: Weather plays havoc with Chinese rivals’ Asian title hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari was left shaking his head Monday and Andre Villas-Boas spoke of “a very bad trip” after rain and lightning disrupted their AFC Champions League quarter-final preparations.

Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande are slight favourites when they visit Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of their all-Chinese clash on Tuesday.

Lightning strikes Shanghai SIPG’s title hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG’s preparations for Tuesday’s AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg against Guangzhou Evergrande have been disrupted by what Andre Villas-Boas called “a very bad” trip home from a damaging weekend defeat.

The Portuguese coach effectively conceded the Chinese Super League (CSL) title to leaders and reigning champions Evergrande following a 2-1 loss on Saturday at Guizhou Zhicheng.

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.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million-euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million-euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho buy

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho buy

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

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.

The Rest

Friday Kickoff: Barkley set for Chelsea move; Courtois, Hazard discuss new contracts; and more

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Chelsea is the focus of Friday's news as the club looks to recruit new players while holding on to its existing stars.

Ross Barkley is reportedly set for a move to Chelsea. (REPORT)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois says he and Eden Hazard encourage each other to sign a new deal with the club despite interest from abroad.

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.