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    Coaching in “hard mode” in China’s second division – Gary White’s Shanghai Shenxin turnaround

    STOP PRESS: Shortly after this interview was completed, Gary White’s contract with Shanghai Shenxin was not renewed, despite an impressive record at the second tier club. What follows is the interview as conducted just before the Chinese football management merry-go-round spun once more. —- Gary White took over a free-falling Shanghai Shenxin back in May […]

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    China 0-0 Qatar: Disappointing result overshadows greatly improved performance in Lippi’s debut

    A disappointing result has overshadowed what was otherwise a very bright beginning to the Marcello Lippi era, as China failed to make their superiority pay in Kunming. Roared on by a boisterous crowd, Lippi’s men had the best of the play from start to finish but couldn’t make it count, meaning they remain bottom of […]

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    Cheng: Lippi the best, only choice for China

    Marcello Lippi will lead China for the first time tonight as the team faces off against Qatar in a World Cup Qualifying match in Qatar. While qualifying for 2018 is close to an impossibility, after Gao Hongbo’s resignation, Lippi was the only possible choice. Granted, it was less than seven months ago I declared that […]

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    China vs Qatar WC Qualifying Preview: Debuting Lippi won’t have it easy in must-win Kunming clash

     Marcello Lippi’s China host Qatar in Kunming on Tuesday night needing a win to have any hope of reviving a seriously wounded World Cup qualifying campaign. There are reasons to be optimistic about the appointment of the veteran Italian, but Qatar arrive in China with ambitions of their own and will not be pushovers under […]

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    Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part two

    Guangzhou’s Yuexiushan Stadium has a long and storied history. As the birthplace of Cantonese football, and a venue for large-scale public events outside of sport, it has existed through some of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. The second of two articles, this piece looks at Yuexiushan’s more recent history, and that of the teams and […]

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League One Round 29 Wrap: Baise heroics in Guizhou take 3-way promotion race to last day; Jonoon relegated

Another wild and unpredictable League One season is drawing to an end and the penultimate round of fixtures provided plenty of drama. A stoppage time winner in Guiyang means a three-way tie at the top of the table going into the final week of the season and old Super League stalwarts Qingdao Jonoon were relegated […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua welcome Henan with ACL qualification theirs to lose

Sunday evening sees Shanghai Shenhua start their sprint for the line with the visit of Henan Jianye – a win against their mid-table opponents will see the Hongkou side put one foot in next season’s Asian Champions League. Can the boys in blue hold their nerve and see out an impressive end to a dramatic 2016 […]

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Xihu Insider: Shock win over Jiangsu sees Greentown take on Guangzhou R&F with the chance to all but secure CSL safety

Left pleasantly humbled by a complete reversal of the prediction of a 0-3 defeat, Xihu Insider looks back at a pulsating round 26 victory over Jiangsu Suning before Greentown head to Guangzhou to take on an R&F side with little to play for as the climax of the season approaches. Home fans can’t believe their […]

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Hong Kong Round Up: Singapore and Cambodia Defeated as National Team Prepare for EAFF Qualifiers

Hong Kong have continued their preparations for November’s EAFF Cup (East Asian Football Federation)  second round qualifiers against Guam, Chinese Taipei and North Korea with a comprehensive 2-0 friendly win over a lacklustre Singapore at Mong Kok stadium. The caretaker manager of Singapore is V. Sundramoorthy, the former Tampines Rovers and Lions XII manager, has […]

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Uzbekistan 2-0 China: Gao Hongbo Resigns as second half horror show leaves China’s World Cup hopes in tatters

Gao Hongbo has resigned as manager of the Chinese national football team after a comprehensive defeat by Uzbekistan in Tashkent. China’s chances of making the 2018 World Cup in Russia are all but gone after Marat Bikmaev put the White Wolves on the scoreboard shortly after the half-time break and Otabek Shukurov sealed their victory […]

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Uzbekistan vs China WC Qualifying Preview: Chinese travellers likely to come back empty-handed from Silk Road sojourn

There has been a weekend of recriminations after China lost 1-0 at home to Syria in a result that makes their World Cup qualification look as likely as a fair and balanced article from the Sun newspaper. But the show must go on as Gao Hongbo takes his men down the old Silk Road from […]