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Messi to China?
Manchester United are China's most popular digital team
From sleeping in toilet to Champions League - and now China
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Martins' tap-in gives Shenhua Chinese FA Cup advantage
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Man Utd and Inter target Matic left out of Chelsea tour squad
French league expending in China with TV deal
2018-04-09 13:00:50 PARIS (AP) — The French football league is continuing its expansion in China after signing a four-year deal with the China Central Television group. The LFP said in a statement its top-flight matches will be accessible to more than one billion people following the agreement with beIN Sports and CCTV. BeIN Sport has a partnership for the international media rights to French league games   Read More ...
Eden Hazard defends Yannick Carrasco's switch to China amid World Cup selection fears: 'Better to play in China than be on the bench in La Liga'
2018-03-08 14:38:55   Read More ...
West Brom chief executive Mark Jenkins will fly to China to discuss Alan Pardew's future with owner
2018-03-06 01:04:52   Read More ...
Chinese soccer teams hope to stop dominant Guangzhou
2018-03-01 13:08:26   Read More ...
Jose Fonte endures underwhelming China arrival as ONE fan greets him following move to Dalian Yifang
2018-03-01 13:04:50   Read More ...
Putin demands safe environment for FIFA World Cup in Russia
2018-03-01 04:30:28 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged law enforcement officers to ensure the safety of athletes and fans in Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "We should hold the upcoming World Cup at the highest level and above all, ensure full safety of football players and fans," Putin said at the annual expanded meeting of the Interior Ministry Board. Russia's law enforcement agencies already have a great deal of positive experience and will respond correctly and in compliance with the law under any circumstances, he said   Read More ...
China upgrades its amateur City Football League
2018-02-25 03:30:12 China's City Football League, one of the country's amateur football tournaments, has been renamed City Football Super League, the organizers said Saturday. Allowing foreign players to join, the amateur league is being upgraded to be semi-professional and expanding to the United States and Britain. According to the organizers, 10 to 20 teams in the United States and Britain will compete in the overseas divisions of the City Football Super League   Read More ...
West Ham cut losses on Jose Fonte as David Moyes confirms defender's £5m move to Chinese side Dalian Yifeng: 'He felt it was right for his career'
2018-02-23 18:11:14   Read More ...
Fonte joins Chinese club Dalian Yifeng from West Ham
2018-02-23 17:03:43 LONDON: West Ham United's Portuguese defender Jose Fonte has joined Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang 13 months after signing from Southampton, the London club said on Friday. Fonte, 34, joined West Ham a year ago for 8 million pounds as former manager Slaven Bilic bolstered the team's defence. He made 24 appearances for the Hammers but has not played since October because of an ankle injury   Read More ...
Fonte joins Chinese club Dalian Yifeng from West Ham
2018-02-23 16:53:55 LONDON (Reuters) - West Ham United's Portuguese defender Jose Fonte has joined Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang 13 months after signing from Southampton, the London club said on Friday. Fonte, 34, joined West Ham a year ago for 8 million pounds as former manager Slaven Bilic bolstered the team's defence. He made 24 appearances for the Hammers but has not played since October because of an ankle injury   Read More ...
Wanda to regain ownership of Dalian soccer team
2018-02-23 04:30:40 Dalian Wanda Group is poised to take ownership of Dalian Yifang Football Club in the Chinese Football Association Super League, marking the company's first investment in domestic soccer teams after 18 years, according to media reports on Thursday. Wanda would acquire the soccer team from Yifang Group, which has been the owner since 2015, a report on news website finance.sina.com said, adding that a senior management team member has confirmed the deal with the website   Read More ...
West Ham to sell Jose Fonte for £5m to Chinese side Dalian Yifeng with defender not in manager's plans
2018-02-22 16:39:07   Read More ...
Chinese billionaire sells stake in top soccer club Atletico Madrid
2018-02-15 12:21:58 Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin is giving up one of his trophy assets. His company, Dalian Wanda Group, has agreed to sell its 17% stake in top Spanish soccer club Atletico Madrid. The team announced the news in a statement Wednesday, saying that "the decision to divest is part of the global strategy of Dalian Wanda Group." That global strategy looks like a fire sale at the moment   Read More ...
Chinese national women's soccer team speeds up for Asian Cup in winter training in Los Angeles
2018-02-10 10:30:13 Chinese national women's soccer team defeated U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) finalist, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) women's team, 4-0 in a friendly on Friday. China scored its first goal in the 32nd minute and continued to dominate the match with three goals at the 63rd minute, 90th minute and in the extra time of the second half. The Chinese team will play their last warm-up game in Los Angeles against the Pepperdine University women's team on Saturday before concluding their three-week winter training in the United States   Read More ...
Tottenham Hotspur wear special t-shirts marking Chinese New Year in training as they prepare for North London derby clash with Arsenal
2018-02-09 18:14:35   Read More ...
Messi to China?
2018-02-09 09:09:53 Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune are preparing another bid for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi after their first move was rejected. The Argentine legend has just signed a new long-term deal at the Nou Camp with a €700m (£617.8m) release clause. New rules in Chinese football mean any deal would cost Hebei a staggering €1.4billion (£1.2billion) Messi signed a deal with Barcelona that saw him become one of the best-paid players on the planet regardless with a basic wage of £500,000 a week before loyalty bonuses and image rights   Read More ...
Transfer news & rumours: Chinese club hopeful of Messi deal
2018-02-07 18:05:46 Hebei Fortune hopeful on Messi deal Hebei China Fortune remain hopeful they can secure a deal to sign Lionel Messi, according to . The Chinese Super League outfit saw a bid for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner rejected last summer, with Messi instead signing a new deal at Barcelona. Fortune have since signed Javier Mascherano, and with fellow Argentina Ezequiel Lavezzi also among their ranks, they believe the presence of his countrymen could tempt Messi to move to Asia   Read More ...
Lionel Messi 'turned down £88m-a-year offer from Chinese Super League' before signing new Barcelona contract
2018-02-07 12:41:29   Read More ...
Man Utd are top club online in China - report
2018-02-02 05:13:26 Shanghai - Manchester United have held onto their position as the top football club online in China, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi the number one player, a report said. The annual Red Card report by Shanghai-based sports digital consultancy Mailman found Jose Mourinho's side are the best-performing club for the second year in a row despite their lack of recent Premier League success   Read More ...
Man U, Big In China
2018-02-01 16:03:49 Manchester United, Lionel Messi and the Bundesliga are leading the way amongst Europe-based football entities in China, according to the latest study commissioned on engagement with the game in the world’s most populous nation. The annual Red Card survey’s China Digital Football Awards, conducted by China-based digital agency, Mailman, highlighted the trio as the field leaders in digital engagement in the country as foreign operations seek to capitalise on the continued growth of the globe’s second largest economy   Read More ...
Manchester United defends top spot as No. 1 club online in China
2018-02-01 09:30:29 Manchester United has retained the top spot as the most popular club online in China for the second year running in the Red Card 2018 China Digital Football Awards. The Red Card 2018 awards, run by the Mailman Group, look at the online performance of European football clubs in China. "With over 107 million followers, China is one of Manchester United's most important markets and we have a long history of innovation and fan engagement in the region   Read More ...
Manchester United are China's most popular digital team
2018-01-31 10:34:18 Manchester United have retained top spot as the most popular team online in China, according to a new report. Spanish giants Real Madrid are second and Germany's Bayern Munich third. The seventh edition of the Red Card, which analyses the influence of top European clubs on China's social media, has Arsenal fourth and Liverpool fifth. Germany's Bundesliga remains the most influential league online, and Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the player with the most social engagement   Read More ...
Xiongan invites international coaches to teach soccer
2018-01-31 04:30:22 One of the coaches from Football Club Internazionale Milano teaches soccer at Xiongxian No 1 Primary School in North China's Hebei province, Jan 29, 2018. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn) Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei province brought in international soccer coaches to train local physical education teachers and students at primary schools. Two coaches from Football Club Internazionale Milano, a professional Italian soccer club based in Milan, came to Xiongxian county and Rongcheng county in Xiongan last week for a 10-day training program   Read More ...
Not quite Barcelona — what Mascherano can expect in Hebei
2018-01-29 12:24:39 Shanghai: Javier Mascherano is the latest big star to make the switch to Chinese football after the Argentine international defender swapped Barcelona for little-known Hebei China Fortune. The decorated 33-year-old will team up with fellow Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi at Hebei following eight highly successful years at the Camp Nou. No financial details were released when Mascherano was unveiled last week as a Hebei player, but he can expect to earn handsomely — Carlos Tevez was reportedly the best-paid footballer in the world when he signed a year ago for Shanghai Shenhua   Read More ...
West Ham hold talks over possible deal to sign Graziano Pelle who is willing to return to the Premier League from China... but ex-Southampton striker must take pay-cut on £13.5m salary
2018-01-28 01:04:05   Read More ...
Shanghai SIPG deny interest in PSG captain Thiago Silva as Chinese Super League side claim there will be no transfers until the summer window
2018-01-26 12:05:55   Read More ...
Barcelona players including Lionel Messi say goodbye to Javier Mascherano as long-serving player prepares for transfer to China
2018-01-24 16:06:06   Read More ...
From sleeping in toilet to Champions League - and now China
2018-01-24 11:33:19 South African striker Dino Ndlovu spent three nights sheltering in a station toilet before going on to play Champions League football -- and he is now embarking on the latest chapter in his career with a move to China. The well-travelled 27-year-old has swapped European football with Azerbaijan's Qarabag for Zhejiang Greentown, a club in China's second tier and formerly called Hangzhou Greentown   Read More ...
From sleeping in toilet to Champions League - and now China
2018-01-24 11:07:29 Qarabag's South African striker Dino Ndlovu (2L) shoots past Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L), and Chelsea's French midfielder N'Golo Kante (2R), but fails to score during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Chelsea and Qarabag at Stamford Bridge in London on September 12, 2017. Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu spent three nights sheltering in a station toilet before going on to play Champions League football — and he is now embarking on the latest chapter in his career with a move to China   Read More ...
Top Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam to open soccer academy in China
2018-01-24 04:01:03 High-profile Dutch soccer club Feyenoord Rotterdam will establish a soccer academy in China in collaboration with China's Viva China sports agency, the two sides announced Tuesday. Founded in 1908, the 15-time Eredivisie champions enjoy wide reputation in China as they have cultivated several Dutch stars, including Roy Makaay, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Robin van Persie. Its soccer academy was named the best in the Netherlands for a record five consecutive seasons since 2009-10   Read More ...
Uzbekistan midfielder Ahmedov reveals failed Arsenal transfer
2018-01-22 12:04:23 Shanghai SIPG midfielder Odil Ahmedov has revealed that he still regrets the day that he was unable to complete a move to Arsenal. Back in 2012, the Uzbekistan captain was close to sealing a permanent transfer to the Gunners from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala during the summer window. However, the move was halted by the Dagestan club's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov   Read More ...
Impoverished northwest village has 13 soccer teams, sends players overseas
2018-01-15 04:00:57 At 2,300 meters above sea level, a group of school-age soccer players brave the piercing wind to run along a rugged mountain path in Yuzhong County, Northwest China's Gansu Province. While the local temperature has dropped to nearly -20 C, these athletes from Zhonglianchuan Primary School never miss a day of soccer practice. Soccer has become an indispensable part of their lives, enabling them to see a bigger world   Read More ...
Jose Mourinho gets his way as Manchester United head to United States for summer instead of China
2018-01-10 00:10:43 Manchester United are heading back to the US on tour this summer - after Jose Mourinho laid down the law to his bosses. The United hierarchy, led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, had planned to return to China for their pre-season tour. But Mourinho insisted on going back to the States - where United toured last summer - to give his side the ideal preparation for next season when they will aim to push Manchester City for the tite   Read More ...
January transfer news & rumours: Man Utd face Chinese competition for Bale
2018-01-07 02:00:59 Chinese club rival Man Utd with big Bale bid The Chinese Super League side are prepared to meet Real Madrid's £85 million valuation of the 28-year-old, who has struggled with injury this season. Manchester United have long been seen as the favourites to sign the Welshman, but China's richest club are hoping to unite him with coach Fabio Cannavaro. Tottenham set £300m Kane asking price Real Madrid will have to pay up £300 million to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham, The Mirror reports   Read More ...
China's richest football club ready to meet Real Madrid's £85million asking price for Manchester United target Gareth Bale
2018-01-07 00:05:11 Manchester United will have competition from the Chinese Super League if Real Madrid sell Gareth Bale . It’s believed CSL champions Guangzhou Evergrande – China’s richest club - are keen to land Bale and meet Madrid’s £85million asking price. Bale made his first start since September in Madrid’s Copa del Rey win against Numancia last week scoring the opener in a 3-0 victory   Read More ...
'He filled up Santa's sack with dollars and came back!' - Maradona delighted with Tevez's Boca return
2018-01-06 18:04:27 Diego Maradona has given his own unique take on Carlos Tevez's return to Boca Juniors, stating that he used his stay in China to "fill a sack with dollars". Tevez became one of the world's highest-paid players in 2017 when he swapped Boca for Shanghai Shenhua. His stay was also filled with controversy and reports of a poor work ethic, but as his second Boca comeback was confirmed Maradona gave Tevez his seal of approval   Read More ...
Soccer legend George Weah wins Liberian presidential run-off: electoral body
2017-12-29 04:02:21 File photo taken on June 27, 2013 shows former World Footballer (1995), Liberia's George Weah speaks during the Night of Football Africa in Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan, Cote D'ivoire.(Xinhua/Wu Changrong) The candidate of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) George Weah has taken the lead in Liberia's presidential run-off election, the country's electoral body said on Thursday. With 98.1 percent of the vote counted, Weah came far ahead with 61   Read More ...
Inside the luxury world of footballers who are living the high life after lucrative moves to China
2017-12-28 18:21:27 Back in 2014 President Xi, the omnipotent Chinese ruler, set out a detailed 50 point plan to turn China into a footballing superpower. His vision led to top Chinese businessmen seeing owning a football club as a way to curry favour with the country's top brass. Eye-watering amounts of money were bandied around and for a rather random and varied collection of stars and journeymen this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to live a life of unbelievable opulence   Read More ...
Marouane Fellaini 'targeted by Chinese Super League club' as his Manchester United deal runs down
2017-12-26 06:32:31 Marouane Fellaini is reportedly ready to leave Manchester United after rejecting a new deal. The midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has no intention of penning an extension, according to the Express . They claim the Belgium international is already on the lookout for a new club and has been approached by a club in China. Fellaini can negotiate with clubs from overseas from January 1 - when he can sign a pre-contract agreement   Read More ...
Man City to open Beijing academy
2017-12-21 03:03:46 Premier League giant Manchester City has announced plans to open a new soccer school in Beijing in partnership with the capital's prestigious Kaiwen Academy. The Kaiwen Manchester City Football School, which will launch in September 2018, will see Chinese kids taught by City coaches using the same methods and philosophy employed to train the English club's first team and academy players   Read More ...