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Chinese football ‘sack race’ claims six coaches in a month

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Beijing (AFP) – High expectations in the big-spending Chinese Super League have triggered a spate of departures, with six coaches shown the door in the space of just one month.

More than a third of teams in the 16-strong Super League have been affected, in a season which has also been rocked by claims of racism and violence.

Chinese football ‘sack race’ claims six coaches in a month

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Beijing (AFP) – High expectations in the big-spending Chinese Super League have triggered a spate of departures, with six coaches shown the door in the space of just one month.

More than a third of teams in the 16-strong Super League have been affected, in a season which has also been rocked by claims of racism and violence.

China probes Hulk incident, Lavezzi off the hook

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Shanghai (AFP) – China’s football authority said Wednesday it is investigating Brazilian star Hulk’s alleged altercation with a rival club’s staffer, but it saw “no malicious intent” in a separate racially-charged row involving Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Both South American players, who are among the growing crop of highly paid foreign stars in China’s cash-rich Super League, have been embroiled in race-related incidents in recent weeks.

Olympiakos confirmed as Greek league winners

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Athens (AFP) – Olympiakos were confirmed Greek champions on Monday after the Super League overwhelmingly voted in favour of them keeping the title.

It came hours after the Greek football federation rejected an appeal by second-place PAOK, who wanted the Piraeus club to be docked six points for fan violence during last month’s Greek Cup semi-final first leg against AEK Athens.

Olympiakos confirmed as Greek league winners

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Athens (AFP) – Olympiakos were confirmed Greek champions on Monday after the Super League overwhelmingly voted in favour of them keeping the title.

It came hours after the Greek football federation rejected an appeal by second-place PAOK, who wanted the Piraeus club to be docked six points for fan violence during last month’s Greek Cup semi-final first leg against AEK Athens.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

UEFA competitions director rejects Super League

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti on Thursday rejected the idea of a European Super League made up of the continent’s top clubs, but said the format of the Champions League could evolve.

“If the Super League is a competition for an elite, closed, then it’s not our competition,” said Marchetti on the sidelines of a football congress organised at Estoril, near Lisbon.

Shenhua withhold Qin’s wages after ‘abominable’ stamp on Witsel

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Beijing (AFP) – Shanghai Shenhua will withhold the salary of China international Qin Sheng for the rest of the season after condemning the midfielder’s “abominable behaviour” in stamping on Belgium’s Axel Witsel at the weekend.

Qin received a straight red card for stamping on the foot of Tianjian Quanjian’s Witsel as they jockeyed for position in front of Quanjian’s goal while waiting for a corner to be taken in Saturday’s bad-tempered encounter.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

China plans salary caps in spending crackdown

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Shanghai (AFP) Chinese football authorities will impose salary caps on domestic clubs and send auditors to probe their finances, toughening a crackdown on the record-breaking sums spent to acquire top foreign players.

Teams will be required to provide detailed information on their financial situations including funding sources, and the salary caps will be devised based on league and individual club revenues, the China Football Association (CFA) said in a statement late Thursday.

China plans salary caps in spending crackdown

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Shanghai (AFP) Chinese football authorities will impose salary caps on domestic clubs and send auditors to probe their finances, toughening a crackdown on the record-breaking sums spent to acquire top foreign players.

Teams will be required to provide detailed information on their financial situations including funding sources, and the salary caps will be devised based on league and individual club revenues, the China Football Association (CFA) said in a statement late Thursday.

Arsenal’s Wenger concerned by Chinese spending power

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger fears the huge wages being offered by big-spending Chinese clubs could cause problems when the Premier League teams look to negotiate new contracts with their star players.

Wenger is currently locked in talks with Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the pair reportedly seek parity with the best-paid players in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s Wenger concerned by Chinese spending power

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger fears the huge wages being offered by big-spending Chinese clubs could cause problems when the Premier League teams look to negotiate new contracts with their star players.

Wenger is currently locked in talks with Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the pair reportedly seek parity with the best-paid players in the Premier League.

How China’s not-so-big football spenders get by

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Dongguan (China) (AFP) Newly rich Chinese football isn't all about millionaire players and famous coaches just ask the smaller teams, who are living firmly in the shadow of their well-heeled neighbours.

Chinese Super League clubs took the transfer market by storm this year when they collectively splashed out more than $400 million on players, including some still in their prime.

How China’s not-so-big football spenders get by

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Dongguan (China) (AFP) Newly rich Chinese football isn't all about millionaire players and famous coaches just ask the smaller teams, who are living firmly in the shadow of their well-heeled neighbours.

Chinese Super League clubs took the transfer market by storm this year when they collectively splashed out more than $400 million on players, including some still in their prime.

China’s Evergrande claim sixth straight Super League title

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Beijing (AFP) Asian giants Guangzhou Evergrande clinched their sixth straight Chinese Super League title on Sunday as they underlined their status as one of the region's top clubs.

A 1-1 draw with Yanbian Funde was enough to seal the championship with two games to spare as Evergrande stayed seven points clear of second-placed Jiangsu Suning.

China’s Evergrande claim sixth straight Super League title

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Beijing (AFP) Asian giants Guangzhou Evergrande clinched their sixth straight Chinese Super League title on Sunday as they underlined their status as one of the region's top clubs.

A 1-1 draw with Yanbian Funde was enough to seal the championship with two games to spare as Evergrande stayed seven points clear of second-placed Jiangsu Suning.

Marcello Lippi set for historic deal with Guangzhou

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Milan (AFP) Italy's Marcello Lippi could return to Chinese top flight side Guangzhou Evergrande on a three-year, 60 million euro ($67.6m) deal which would make him the world's highest-paid coach, reports said Thursday.

Former Italy and Juventus coach Lippi steered the Chinese giants to three consecutive Super League titles between 2012 and 2014.

Marcello Lippi set for historic deal with Guangzhou

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Milan (AFP) Italy's Marcello Lippi could return to Chinese top flight side Guangzhou Evergrande on a three-year, 60 million euro ($67.6m) deal which would make him the world's highest-paid coach, reports said Thursday.

Former Italy and Juventus coach Lippi steered the Chinese giants to three consecutive Super League titles between 2012 and 2014.

Champions League

Watching Women’s Super League and Women’s Champions League from USA: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 14, we are joined by special guest Jonathan Tannenwald of The Philadelphia Inquirer. We cover a range of topics including:

• Is there enough demand for FA WSL and UEFA Women’s Champions League games in the US to have the games streamed or televised,

• A review of FOX’s Champions League coverage,

• Huge news for Liga MX in the United States,

• First impressions of the fubo Premier service as well as news from DIRECTV NOW

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners!

Watching Women’s Super League and Women’s Champions League from USA: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 14, we are joined by special guest Jonathan Tannenwald of The Philadelphia Inquirer. We cover a range of topics including:

• Is there enough demand for FA WSL and UEFA Women’s Champions League games in the US to have the games streamed or televised,

• A review of FOX’s Champions League coverage,

• Huge news for Liga MX in the United States,

• First impressions of the fubo Premier service as well as news from DIRECTV NOW

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners!

New UEFA boss will face tough start as President with European football split over Champions League

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For the uninformed, UEFA will be choosing a new president on Wednesday, whose primary task will be to stop what European authorities say is an inflexible slide towards a breakaway football Super League open just to richer clubs, like Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, a legal advisor from Slovenia, and Dutchman Michael van Praag, an accomplished football director, are the men seeking election to replace the disgraced Michel Platini.

Leagues: Chinese 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.

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.

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.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Bayern Chairman walks back Super League Support

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After previously coming out in support of the idea, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge walked back his comments due to lack of fan interest.


The World:

Despite his previous support for the idea, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has disavowed support for the potential European super-league, citing a lack of fan interest.

Can European soccer handle disruption?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you pay enough attention to European soccer, there's the feeling that they're as surprised as anyone the game is so popular. Take any league or any tournament, and the growth charts in a way that wasn't predictable. Those in charge don't do themselves any favors with their plans to make things even better.

Friday Kickoff: Mexico, Rooney, Silva and more

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El Tri's manager says the team will be sticking with tradition while leadership from a major Chinese city denied interest in a big star.

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio says El Tri will continue to use the Estadio Azteca as the team's hope stadium.

Timor Leste Face AFC Wrath

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Days after the Chinese government told Super League clubs to reign in their sending, in AFC/FIFA land this is not for some reason considered government interference, comes the news the AFC have kicked Timor Leste out of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 for playing illegal foreigners in international matches since 2011.

Sriwijaya Banking On Persib Old Boys And Experience

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Ever since South Sumatra bought the operating license from Jakarta based Persijatim football fans in Palembang have enjoyed near unbridled success.

Liga Indonesia champions 2008
Indonesia Super League champions 2012
Indonesia Cup winners 2008, 2009, 2010
Inter Island Cup 2012
Community Shield 2010

Not a bad haul I am sure you will agree.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Boo this man

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Also: choose your Chinese Super League club.

Yo, it's Tuesday, and I'm here to serve you guys up some soccerball links.

Black & Red United is having a meetup on April 16 - Black And Red United
That's this Saturday! Here's the Facebook event if you're into that. I promise we are fun and cool (that's what fun, cool folks always say).

ISC Delayed By Two Weeks

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Friday was supposed to see the start of the Indonesian Soccer Championship with Persipura kicking off the competition with a home game against Sriwijaya. However, and this won't come as a surprise to seasoned Indonesian football watchers, if there are any, the campaign has been put back two weeks and won't start until 29 April.

The Really Not So Super League

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Everybody has a million-and-one-ways to improve MLS. Many of these proposals can be reduced to the film Field of Dreams as envisioned by Scrooge McDuck: if you spend money on wages and transfers, more and better players will come. Well no shit. This past winter, MLS' financial reticence was magnified by the number of deals done between European clubs and the Chinese Super League.