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CFA releases roster for first Asian Cup qualifying match

The CFA announced its roster for an extended training session in Spain next month leading into the team’s first Asian Cup qualifying match away to Saudi Arabia on February 6. The roster contains nine Guangzhou Evergrande players (Sun Xiang is back and new signing Feng Renliang adds to their count), while Shandong’s Wang Yongpo gets his first call up in many years. Wang was the CSL’s domestic goal king in 2012.

Manager Jose Antonion Camacho still seems to have something against Beijing Guoan, leaving Yang Zhi, who was formerly the top choice keeper up until his injury last season, out of the squad. Another Guoan player who has to be equally frustrated is youngster Piao Cheng, who still hasn’t broken into the national squad. The full list of players who will be headed to Spain is below.

Guangzhou Evergrande: Sun Xiang, Zheng Zhi, Feng Xiaoting, Zhang Linpeng, Qin Sheng, Zhao Xuri, Gao Lin, Feng Renliang, Rong Hao
Jiangsu Sainty: Liu Jianye
Beijing Guoan: Yu Yang
Guizhou Renhe: Yu Hai
Guangzhou R&F: Xu Bo
Dalian Aerbin: Yu Dabao
Qingdao Zhongneng: Liu Jian
Tianjin Teda: Chen Tao
Shanghai Shenhua: Wang Dalei
Shandong Luneng: Hao Junmin, Zheng Zheng, Geng Xiaofeng, Wang Yongpo
Dalian Shide: Lu Peng
Liaoning Whowin: Yu Hanchao, Yang Xu
Henan Construction: Zeng Cheng, Zhao Peng

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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