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Camacho continues habit of picking Evergrande heavy side to face Iraq

With much talk that Jose Antonio Camacho’s latest squad would see Chen Zhizhao, currently playing for Brazilian club Corinthians, get a call up into the national team, we finally have a look at the full squad for China’s next Asian Cup qualifying match against Iraq. The match is to take place on March 22nd in Changsha.

Once again, the side is Evergrande heavy, with nine players coming from the league champs, including defender Zhao Peng who hasn’t really seen action this season. This time around, Jiangsu will see three players in the side, including youngsters Sun Ke and Zhou Yun. Despite Camacho watching Beijing Guoan’s opening match against Shanghai East Asia, the lineup doesn’t include a single Guoan player, nor did he choose East Asia youngster Wu Lei, who looked impressive in the match.

Guangzhou Evergrande: Sun Xiang, Zheng Zhi, Feng Xiaoting, Zhang Linpeng, Zeng Cheng, Zhao Xuri, Gao Lin, Rong Hao, Zhao Peng

Dalian Aerbin: Yu Hanchao, Chen Tao, Li Xuepeng, Lu Peng

Jiangsu Sainty: Liu Jianye, Sun Ke, Zhou Yun

Shandong Luneng: Zheng Zheng, Yang Xu, Geng Xiaofeng

Guizhou Renhe: Yu Hai

Guangzhou R&F: Xu Bo

Qingdao Jonoon: Liu Jian

Shanghai Shenhua: Wang Dalei

Corinthians: Chen Zhizao




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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