China 4-0 Maldives: Jiang Ning hat-trick sets up final WC qualifying showdown with Qatar

Jiang Ning scored a hat-trick in his first international since November 2013, as China secured a 4-0 victory that just about keeps them in the hunt for a spot in the final round of World Cup qualifying. After China scored twice in the first twelve minutes, a slaughter looked imminent, but tremendous wastefulness in front […]

WC Qualifying Preview: Wins over Maldives and Qatar unlikely to send China through

With a new manager and not much hope, China are set to play their final two World Cup qualifiers over the next week. Gao Hongbo takes charge as the Chinese look for six points against the Maldives and Qatar with half an eye on events elsewhere as they try to secure a best runners-up spot. WEF tries […]

Zheng Zhi out of national team as Gao puts his stamp on the side

Gao Hongbo has once again taken on the tall task of righting the Chinese national team after the firing of a “premier” foreign manager. Facing an uphill battle as China needs victories against both the Maldives and far stronger Qatar if they have any hope of advancing to the next round, Gao’s taken things in […]

Under-23 Asian Championships: 3-2 loss to Iran eliminates China and causes fear for the future

China’s first round elimination from the AFC under-23 Asian Championships was confirmed on Monday night following a 3-2 defeat to Iran in Doha. A game that was far duller than the scoreline suggests was brought to life in the latter stages of the first half when three goals in four minutes left China trailing 2-1 […]

AFC Under-23 Championships: 10-man China almost eliminated after 3-1 defeat to Syria

China are on the verge of an early elimination from the AFC under-23 Asian Championships after losing their second game 3-1 to Syria. And there was a sense of deja vu as, just like in the opener against Qatar, China went a goal up through a Liao Lisheng free kick, only to concede three times […]