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Chinese Super League

Andre Villas-Boas joins Shanghai FC, eyes Chinese title

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas said he hoped to break Guangzhou Evergrande's stranglehold on the Chinese Super League as he was unveiled as Shanghai SIPG's new coach on Friday, replacing the axed Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The well-regarded Portuguese manager, nicknamed 'AVB', appeared in front of media in Shanghai shortly after big-spending SIPG announced the end of Eriksson's two-year reign.

Andre Villas-Boas joins Shanghai FC, eyes Chinese title

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas said he hoped to break Guangzhou Evergrande's stranglehold on the Chinese Super League as he was unveiled as Shanghai SIPG's new coach on Friday, replacing the axed Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The well-regarded Portuguese manager, nicknamed 'AVB', appeared in front of media in Shanghai shortly after big-spending SIPG announced the end of Eriksson's two-year reign.

English coach White makes mark in ‘ruthless’ Chinese football

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Tokyo (AFP) After making a splash on the tiny, honeymoon island of Guam, English coach Gary White is already proving a hit in the cut-throat world of Chinese football.

The 42-year-old, who left the palm-fringed Pacific island to manage Shanghai Shenxin earlier this year, has his eye on winning promotion to the Chinese Super League next season after saving the team from relegation.

Evergrande thrash Ever Bright in 6-0 Chinese Super League rout

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Shanghai (AFP) Guangzhou Evergrande are within touching distance of the Chinese Super League trophy after demolishing Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 6-0 away from home.

The reigning champions were 5-0 up by half-time Saturday thanks to goals from China's Gao Lin as well as from Brazilian trio Alan, ex-Spurs midfielder Paulinho and Ricardo Goulart who scored two.

Chinese football investors must ‘respect local culture’ in Europe

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) The flow of Chinese billionaires seeking to invest in European clubs, especially the Premier League, must be sensitive to local feeling should they succeed in buying a team, a senior media executive warns.

Molly Li Mo, director of international and external relations at sports service platform Alisports, admitted in talks she had with European football powerbrokers at the SoccerEx Global Football Convention she had detected mixed feelings.

Chinese football investors must ‘respect local culture’ in Europe

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) The flow of Chinese billionaires seeking to invest in European clubs, especially the Premier League, must be sensitive to local feeling should they succeed in buying a team, a senior media executive warns.

Molly Li Mo, director of international and external relations at sports service platform Alisports, admitted in talks she had with European football powerbrokers at the SoccerEx Global Football Convention she had detected mixed feelings.

ISL doing it India’s way as China splurges

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Mumbai (AFP) The third Indian Super League season kicks off on Saturdaywith organisers intent on turning it into a global brand and shrugging off comparisons with big-spending China.

Former Atletico Madrid star Diego Forlan, Brazilian World Cup-winner Lucio and Champions League winner John Arne Riiseare some of thestars of yesteryear turning out in the eight-team, 11-week-long football tournament.

Five big arrivals in Chinese football

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Hong Kong (AFP) AFP Sports looks at five top arrivals at the cash-rich Chinese Super League this European summer:

Manuel Pellegrini (Hebei China Fortune)

The former Manchester City boss became the Chinese Super League's latest big-name foreign manager last week after being replaced by Pep Guardiola,despite winning the Premier League in 2014 and guiding City to the Champions League semi-finals last term.

Five big arrivals in Chinese football

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Hong Kong (AFP) AFP Sports looks at five top arrivals at the cash-rich Chinese Super League this European summer:

Manuel Pellegrini (Hebei China Fortune)

The former Manchester City boss became the Chinese Super League's latest big-name foreign manager last week after being replaced by Pep Guardiola,despite winning the Premier League in 2014 and guiding City to the Champions League semi-finals last term.

Hotshot Demba Ba extends scoring streak in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba hit a hat-trick in Shanghai Shenhua's 4-0 win over Hangzhou Greentown as he extended his lead as the Chinese Super League's top-scorer.

The Senegalese marksman struck in the 42nd, 74th and 81st minutes his second hat-trick of the season to propel his team to fifth in the table and reach a personal tally of 12 goals in 14 games.

Hotshot Demba Ba extends scoring streak in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba hit a hat-trick in Shanghai Shenhua's 4-0 win over Hangzhou Greentown as he extended his lead as the Chinese Super League's top-scorer.

The Senegalese marksman struck in the 42nd, 74th and 81st minutes his second hat-trick of the season to propel his team to fifth in the table and reach a personal tally of 12 goals in 14 games.

Beijing Guoan sack coach Zaccheroni but still struggle

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Shanghai (AFP) Struggling Beijing Guoan sacked their coach Alberto Zaccheroni but saw no immediate improvement as a labouring 1-1 draw at unfashionable Shijiazhuang left them just two points above the Chinese Super League relegation zone.

The Italian former Juventus and Japan coach was shown the door after winning just two of nine matches during an acrimonious spell in charge at the capital city powerhouse that saw fan protests and criticism from Chinese media.

Beijing Guoan sack coach Zaccheroni but still struggle

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Shanghai (AFP) Struggling Beijing Guoan sacked their coach Alberto Zaccheroni but saw no immediate improvement as a labouring 1-1 draw at unfashionable Shijiazhuang left them just two points above the Chinese Super League relegation zone.

The Italian former Juventus and Japan coach was shown the door after winning just two of nine matches during an acrimonious spell in charge at the capital city powerhouse that saw fan protests and criticism from Chinese media.

Beijing Guoan’s first home win eases pressure on Zaccheroni

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Shanghai (AFP) Beijing Guoan eased the pressure on their under-fire coach Alberto Zaccheroni with a 2-1 victory over Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG their first home win of the season.

The former Juventus and Japan coach has endured a tough start to life in the Chinese Super League, with fans mounting a mass protest at Beijing's Workers' Stadium after a poor start to the season.

Beijing Guoan’s first home win eases pressure on Zaccheroni

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Shanghai (AFP) Beijing Guoan eased the pressure on their under-fire coach Alberto Zaccheroni with a 2-1 victory over Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG their first home win of the season.

The former Juventus and Japan coach has endured a tough start to life in the Chinese Super League, with fans mounting a mass protest at Beijing's Workers' Stadium after a poor start to the season.

Alan key as Guangzhou Evergrande march on

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Shanghai (AFP) Brazilian striker Alan netted an impressive double as Luiz Felipe Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande beat Shanghai Shenhua 2-1 at the weekend to remain top of the Chinese Super League (CSL).

The ex-Fluminense striker's fantastic turn and shot from 18 yards (16 metres) in the 40th minute was cancelled out by former Newcastle United and Chelsea front man Demba Ba's equaliser in the 69th minute.

Alan key as Guangzhou Evergrande march on

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Shanghai (AFP) Brazilian striker Alan netted an impressive double as Luiz Felipe Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande beat Shanghai Shenhua 2-1 at the weekend to remain top of the Chinese Super League (CSL).

The ex-Fluminense striker's fantastic turn and shot from 18 yards (16 metres) in the 40th minute was cancelled out by former Newcastle United and Chelsea front man Demba Ba's equaliser in the 69th minute.

Super League

China’s Evergrande extend Scolari’s contract

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Beijing (AFP) Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been given a new deal by Guangzhou Evergrande after guiding the Asian giants to their sixth consecutive Chinese Super League title, the club announced, putting to rest doubts about his future.

"Continue the fight! #Be the best forever#" the team wrote over a picture of Scolari on its verified Weibo social media account Tuesday.

China’s Evergrande extend Scolari’s contract

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Beijing (AFP) Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been given a new deal by Guangzhou Evergrande after guiding the Asian giants to their sixth consecutive Chinese Super League title, the club announced, putting to rest doubts about his future.

"Continue the fight! #Be the best forever#" the team wrote over a picture of Scolari on its verified Weibo social media account Tuesday.

Graziano Pelle

Shandong final-whistle fracas mars celebrations

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Shanghai (AFP) Italy striker Graziano Pelle's Shandong Luneng were involved in a post-match fracas Sunday as security guards tried to prevent them celebrating victory with their fans.

The rumpus came at the end of Shandong Luneng's 2-1 victory against Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League at Beijing's Workers' Stadium.

Shandong final-whistle fracas mars celebrations

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Shanghai (AFP) Italy striker Graziano Pelle's Shandong Luneng were involved in a post-match fracas Sunday as security guards tried to prevent them celebrating victory with their fans.

The rumpus came at the end of Shandong Luneng's 2-1 victory against Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League at Beijing's Workers' Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini

Pellegrini threatens Hebei shake-up

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Shanghai (AFP) Ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini threatened a shake-up at big-spending Hebei China Fortune after two defeats in his first two games in charge.

The Chilean cut a frustrated figure as Hebei lost 3-2 away to Yanbian Fude on Saturday, a week after slumping 3-0 to Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.

Pellegrini threatens Hebei shake-up

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Shanghai (AFP) Ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini threatened a shake-up at big-spending Hebei China Fortune after two defeats in his first two games in charge.

The Chilean cut a frustrated figure as Hebei lost 3-2 away to Yanbian Fude on Saturday, a week after slumping 3-0 to Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.

Pellegrini appointed manager at Hebei Fortune

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Beijing (AFP) Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed by China's Hebei Fortune, the club announced on social media.

"Welcome Pellegrini", the club which is based in the northeastern port town of Qinhuangdao posted on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, together with a picture of the Chilean.

Pellegrini appointed manager at Hebei Fortune

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Beijing (AFP) Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed by China's Hebei Fortune, the club announced on social media.

"Welcome Pellegrini", the club which is based in the northeastern port town of Qinhuangdao posted on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, together with a picture of the Chilean.

Newcastle United

Senegal striker Cisse leaves Newcastle for China

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Senegalese international striker Papiss Cisse became the latest high-profile player to quit Europe for China on Saturday, signing for Shandong Luneng from Championship side Newcastle United.

The 31-year-old, who scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Magpies in four-and-a-half years, signed for the Chinese Super League side for an undisclosed fee, the clubs said.

Senegal striker Cisse leaves Newcastle for China

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Senegalese international striker Papiss Cisse became the latest high-profile player to quit Europe for China on Saturday, signing for Shandong Luneng from Championship side Newcastle United.

The 31-year-old, who scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Magpies in four-and-a-half years, signed for the Chinese Super League side for an undisclosed fee, the clubs said.

Jiangsu Suning

Sven shrugs off penalty row as Shanghai SIPG slip up in China

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Shanghai (AFP) Sven-Goran Eriksson shrugged off a penalty decision that sparked furious scenes as his Shanghai SIPG side slipped further behind in the Chinese title race with a 2-1 defeat to big-spending Jiangsu Suning.

Eriksson preferred not to dwell on the crucial moment in the second half, when Yu Hai was harshly penalised for a tackle on Alex Teixeira with the scores at 1-1.

Sven shrugs off penalty row as Shanghai SIPG slip up in China

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Shanghai (AFP) Sven-Goran Eriksson shrugged off a penalty decision that sparked furious scenes as his Shanghai SIPG side slipped further behind in the Chinese title race with a 2-1 defeat to big-spending Jiangsu Suning.

Eriksson preferred not to dwell on the crucial moment in the second half, when Yu Hai was harshly penalised for a tackle on Alex Teixeira with the scores at 1-1.

Chinese big-spenders Jiangsu crash out in Asia

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Seoul (AFP) Goals from Alex Teixeira and Jo couldn't save Jiangsu Suning as the Chinese big-spenders crashed out of the AFC Champions League with a 2-2 draw against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Wednesday.

In their final Group E game, Jiangsu's Asian-record signing Teixeira cancelled out Leonardo's opener, and ex-Manchester City striker Jo made it 2-1 to the visitors after half-time.

Chinese big-spenders Jiangsu crash out in Asia

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Seoul (AFP) Goals from Alex Teixeira and Jo couldn't save Jiangsu Suning as the Chinese big-spenders crashed out of the AFC Champions League with a 2-2 draw against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Wednesday.

In their final Group E game, Jiangsu's Asian-record signing Teixeira cancelled out Leonardo's opener, and ex-Manchester City striker Jo made it 2-1 to the visitors after half-time.

China

No end in sight to China’s football spending spree, say experts

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Beijing (AFP) China's extraordinary spending spree on football assets shows no sign of slowing down but the bubble is also unlikely to burst for some time to come, experts say.

Clubs, players, coaches, media assets and high-profile sponsorships have been eagerly snapped up by Chinese teams and investors, shifting the goalposts for football's economics.

No end in sight to China’s football spending spree, say experts

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Beijing (AFP) China's extraordinary spending spree on football assets shows no sign of slowing down but the bubble is also unlikely to burst for some time to come, experts say.

Clubs, players, coaches, media assets and high-profile sponsorships have been eagerly snapped up by Chinese teams and investors, shifting the goalposts for football's economics.

Guam football coach White joins rush to China

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Guam coach Gary White has joined the rush to Chinese football after signing on with second-tier Shanghai Shenxin.

White steered tiny Guam to the final round of Asian Cup qualifiers, recording victories against Turkmenistan and India, a country of 1.2 billion, along the way.

Guam football coach White joins rush to China

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Guam coach Gary White has joined the rush to Chinese football after signing on with second-tier Shanghai Shenxin.

White steered tiny Guam to the final round of Asian Cup qualifiers, recording victories against Turkmenistan and India, a country of 1.2 billion, along the way.

Australian footballer Cahill set to stay in China – agent

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Sydney (AFP) Australia's veteran top goalscorer Tim Cahill is set to stay in China next season with three clubs chasing the former Everton midfielder, according to his agent.

The 36-year-old signed a short-term deal with Hangzhou Greentown in February just days after his contract was terminated by rival Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

Australian footballer Cahill set to stay in China – agent

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Sydney (AFP) Australia's veteran top goalscorer Tim Cahill is set to stay in China next season with three clubs chasing the former Everton midfielder, according to his agent.

The 36-year-old signed a short-term deal with Hangzhou Greentown in February just days after his contract was terminated by rival Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

Where’s the passion? China football boom missing key ingredient

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Guangzhou (AFP) When Kin Chai was a boy in 1990s China, his rural school had no football team. Or pitch. Or even a ball. Instead, the children kicked an empty plastic jug around in the street.

"It was a small village," he said, "not that developed... we tried to put together village competitions, but the school didn't have the resources.

Where’s the passion? China football boom missing key ingredient

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Guangzhou (AFP) When Kin Chai was a boy in 1990s China, his rural school had no football team. Or pitch. Or even a ball. Instead, the children kicked an empty plastic jug around in the street.

"It was a small village," he said, "not that developed... we tried to put together village competitions, but the school didn't have the resources.

The Rest

Wu’s late winner puts Shanghai through to AFC Champions League quarters

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Shanghai (AFP) Wu Lei's dramatic injury-time winner put Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals against a dumbfounded FC Tokyo on Tuesday.

The Japanese visitors were seconds away from Asia's last eight until Wu struck in the 91st minute for a 1-0 win, sparking chaotic celebrations among the SIPG players and fans.