China set to face Hong Kong and the Maldives as World Cup qualifying continues

After China’s second place finish in last month’s East Asian Cup, attention turns to the more important matter of World Cup Qualification as China host Hong Kong and the Maldives over the coming week. After the comfortable 6-0 win over Bhutan back in June, China seek to preserve their 100% record against two teams they […]

Perrin sticks to the script when putting together 23 man squad for upcoming qualifiers

Despite some new additions and returns to his 45 man roster, most notably Zhang Xizhe, Alain Perrin has stuck to his guns for the 23 man roster that will take on Hong Kong and Maldives next month. The roster remains heavily Guangzhou Evergrande players, with eight coming from that side, including the return of Zheng […]

China Settle for Second in East Asian Cup After 1-1 Draw with Japan

China had to settle for second place in the East Asian Cup after an anti-climactic 1-1 draw with Japan. Following South Korea’s goalless stalemate with North Korea earlier in the evening, China could have lifted the trophy with a victory over the Japanese and things started well when Wu Lei put his team 1-0 up […]

Much Changed China Beat North Korea 2-0 in East Asian Cup

A goal from Yu Dabao and a soft penalty, converted by Wang Yongpo, were enough to give a much changed China team victory over North Korea in the East Asian Cup. Yu struck from close range in the 36th minute before giving Wang the chance to double the lead by winning a spot kick six […]

Cheng: Time to rethink the East Asian Cup

China’s East Asian Cup continues tonight as they face North Korea, but it’s time to start thinking about possible changes to, or scrapping entirely, the tournament. My biggest complaint is that as a fan of the domestic league, this is an unnecessary disruption to the CSL (and equally the K & J Leagues) right when […]