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No surprises as China announces squad for upcoming pair of Asian Cup Qualifying matches

Much will be decided later this month when China plays two Asian Cup qualifying matches in Xi’an. The national team will first take on Indonesia on November 15, then follow it up a few days later with a match against group leaders, Saudi Arabia, on the 19th. The group is still up for grabs with every side having a chance of making it to Australia 2015, with the situation looking like this:
Saudi Arabia – 9 points
China – 4 points
Iraq -3 points
Indonesia – 1 point

The squad looks much the same as it did for the previous match away against Indonesia, a match that resulted in a disappointing draw for China. As always, Guangzhou Evergrande players dominate the list, with 9 coming from the Cantonese side, while Beijing, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Guizhou each supply three players. Here’s the complete list:

Guangzhou Evergrande: Zeng Cheng, Feng Xiaoting, Zheng Zhi, Rong Hao, Sun Xiang, Zhang Linpeng, Zhao Xuri, Gao Lin, Huang Bowen
Jiangsu Sainty: Liu Jianye, Wu Xi, Sun Ke
Beijing Guoan: Yang Zhi, Lang Zheng, Zhang Xizhe
Guizhou Renhe: Yu Hai, Yang Hao, Qu Bo
Dalian Aerbin: Yu Dabao, Yu Hanchao
Shandong Luneng: Du Wei, Jin Jingdao, Wang Yongpo
Guangzhou R&F: Jiang Ning
Qingdao Jonoon: Liu Jian
Shanghai Shenhua: Wang Dalei
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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