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Camacho keeps things much the same, though a few new faces for June friendlies

Manager Jose Antonio Camacho has announced his squad for China’s three upcoming friendlies and while it includes a few names, it doesn’t seem the manager has gone far enough to bring in young talent.

While Camacho is insistent on seeing all nine players from Guangzhou Evergrande remain in the squad, he has finally looked to shaking things up a little and is giving a number of players their first chance under him (in some cases even their first cap). The new names include hot attacker Wu Lei, Beijing’s Piao Cheng, Jiang Zhipeng and Liaoning defender Yang Shanping, the biggest surprise of all. The squad is the youngest Camacho has put together so far, though it will be interesting to see how many of these new players get a chance in his starting XI.

China has scheduled a series of difficult matches that is meant to lift the team’s sinking FIFA ranking. The team will face two up and coming Asian sides, Uzbekistan and Thailand and, sandwiched in between is the premier match, a clash against Holland at Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium. The match will be China’s first in the nation’s capital following the 2004 Asian Cup final.

The complete squad is as follows:
Guangzhou Evergrande – Zheng Zhi, Sun Xiang, Feng Xiaoting, Zhao Xuri, Zeng Cheng, Gao Lin, Zhao Peng, Feng Renliang, Qin Sheng
Beijing Guoan – Piao Cheng, Lang Zheng
Dalian Aerbin – Yu Hanchao, Yu Dabao, Li Xuepeng
Guizhou Renhe – Yu Hai
Jiangsu Sainty – Sun Ke, Zhou Yun
Liaoning Whowin – Yang Shanping
Shandong Luneng – Geng Xiaofeng, Zheng Zheng, Yang Xu, Wang Yongpo
Shanghai East Asia – Wu Lei
Shanghai Shenhua – Wang Dalei
Shanghai Shenxin – Jiang Zhipeng
Qingdao Jonoon – Liu Jian

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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