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China’s U22 Squad Named, Begin Preparing for Asian Cup

No wonder China struggles so much, look at their training techniques!

Qualifying for the first ever U22 Asian Cup, to be held next year, begins in June and China has opened the team’s training camp, choosing Xianghe on the outskirts of Beijing.The man in charge is Fu Bo, a former assistant with the national team under Gao Hongbo.

The squad takes heavily from Shandong, Guangzhou, and Beijing. If fit, expect Lei Tenglong to be one of the team’s stars and he and Pei Shuai are most likely to be wearing the captain’s armband. The AFC’s choice of timing, from the last week of June to the beginning of July, has caused some controversy, as it takes place in the midst of the Chinese Super League season and these players are likely to miss a handful of matches.

The Chinese Super League members of the squad are:
Beijing Guoan: Zhang Xizhe, Lei Tenglong, Tan Tiancheng, Zhang Junzhe
Changchun Yatai: Pei Shuai
Guangzhou Evergrande: Li Zhilang, Gao Zhilin, Dong Chungyu, Zhang Hongnan
Guizhou Renhe: Yang Yihu
Hangzhou Greentown: Shi Ke, Zou Dehai
Henan Construction: Ma Chongchong
Qingdao Jonoon: Zhu Jianrong
Shandong Luneng: Liu Binbin, Wu Xinghan, Wang Tong, Mirahmatjan Muzaffar, Liu Yang
Shanghai Shenhua: Zheng Kaimu
Shanghai Shenxin: Li Lei

And the China League members are:
Chongqing FC: Teng Shangkun
Hohhot Dongjin: Mao Kaiyu
Shanghai East Asia: Wu Lei, Yan Junling, Bai Jiajun
Shenyang Shenbei: Jin Jingdao, Tian Yinong
Tianjin Songjiang: Yu Rui

China’s qualifying group is to contain the hosts Laos, as well as Cambodia, North Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. This is a new competition in Asia and will replace the Olympic qualifying tournament in the future. The top two teams from each group go through to the finals.

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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