Lippi experiments with roster for China Cup

The inaugural China Cup kicks off in early January with China being joined by Chile, Iceland, and Croatia for the two match competition. With the other sides all being ranked in the top 25 of the FIFA rankings, it looked like this competition was all about raising China’s ranking from its current, dismal 83, as […]

China 0-0 Qatar: Disappointing result overshadows greatly improved performance in Lippi’s debut

A disappointing result has overshadowed what was otherwise a very bright beginning to the Marcello Lippi era, as China failed to make their superiority pay in Kunming. Roared on by a boisterous crowd, Lippi’s men had the best of the play from start to finish but couldn’t make it count, meaning they remain bottom of […]

Cheng: Lippi the best, only choice for China

Marcello Lippi will lead China for the first time tonight as the team faces off against Qatar in a World Cup Qualifying match in Qatar. While qualifying for 2018 is close to an impossibility, after Gao Hongbo’s resignation, Lippi was the only possible choice. Granted, it was less than seven months ago I declared that […]

China vs Qatar WC Qualifying Preview: Debuting Lippi won’t have it easy in must-win Kunming clash

 Marcello Lippi’s China host Qatar in Kunming on Tuesday night needing a win to have any hope of reviving a seriously wounded World Cup qualifying campaign. There are reasons to be optimistic about the appointment of the veteran Italian, but Qatar arrive in China with ambitions of their own and will not be pushovers under […]

Is the CSL preventing the national team’s progress?

China isn’t known for lacking goals off the field, but it’s becoming an increasing issue on it. Following the conclusion of another Chinese Super League (CSL) season, WEF focuses on an area the men’s national team appear to be short of and whether the type of players brought in from abroad have anything to do with it. […]