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China’s East Asian Cup roster announced

The post-Camacho era is shaping up to look a lot like the Camacho era, with slightly less Guangzhou Evergrande flair involved.

The squad for the upcoming East Asian Cup tournament, to begin in two weeks in South Korea, was released last night and a number of players who were “guilty” of mistakes in the Thailand match, including Feng Xiaoting, Zhao Xuri, and Qin Sheng are left off the roster. The other player being “punished” is youngster Zhou Yun, who looked out of his league during his national team appearances.

Fu Bo, one of the assistant managers under Camacho, will take charge as the interim manager for the tournament. His 23 man roster only features a single new face, Hangzhou Greentown’s Shi Ke, though Beijing Guoan’s Zhang Xizhe is also fairly new, with only a single cap to his name. However, the lineup does feature a number of players who were stalwarts under Gao Hongbo and have been out of the national team since, including Qu Bo, Du Wei, and Yang Hao.

The full lineup is:

Guangzhou Evergrande – Zhang Linpeng, Zeng Cheng, Gao Lin, Huang Bowen, Sun Xiang, Zheng Zhi, Rong Hao

Shandong Luneng – Du Wei, Geng Xiaofeng, Yang Xu, Wang Yongpo, Cui Peng

Jiangsu Sainty – Sun Ke, Liu Jianye, Wu Xi

Beijing Guoan – Yang Zhi, Zhang Xizhe

Guizhou Renhe – Qu Bo, Yang Hao

Dalian Aerbin – Yu Dabao, Li Xuepeng

Hangzhou Greentown – Shi Ke

Shanghai East Asia – Wu Lei

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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