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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 ...
FIFA turns to China for yoghurt and ice cream to soothe sponsor concerns
2017-12-20 12:30:31 BEIJING/ZURICH: China's number two dairy company will be the official supplier of drinkable yoghurt and pre-packaged ice cream at next year's World Cup after signing an agreement with global soccer body FIFA on Wednesday. China Mengniu Dairy Co become the fourth company from the country to sign a deal with FIFA after Dalian Wanda, Hisense and Vivo. Chinese firms have increasingly been backing high-profile world sports events, especially in soccer, even though the country's own team failed to clinch a spot in the tournament scheduled to kick off next June   Read More ...
Football: China Mengniu Dairy signs on as soccer World Cup sponsor
2017-12-20 10:01:43 BEIJING: China Mengniu Dairy Co , the country's number two dairy company, said it has signed on as sponsor for the 2018 soccer World Cup, joining other Chinese firms Dalian Wanda, Hisense and Vivo. Chinese firms have increasingly been backing high-profile world sports events, especially in soccer, even though the country's own team failed to clinch a spot in the tournament scheduled to kick off next June   Read More ...
FIFA says Chinese dairy producer a 2018 World Cup sponsor
2017-12-20 10:00:32 ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has turned to China yet again to find a sponsor for the World Cup in Russia. FIFA says dairy producer Mengniu Group signed for the 2018 tournament, joining Chinese brands Hisense and Vivo in the second-tier sponsor category. Mengniu becomes "the official drinkable yogurt and pre-packaged ice-cream of the FIFA World Cup and the official milk and powdered milk of the FIFA World Cup for Greater China," FIFA says   Read More ...
China Mengniu Dairy signs on as soccer World Cup sponsor
2017-12-20 09:47:31 BEIJING (Reuters) - China Mengniu Dairy Co , the country's No. 2 dairy company, said it has signed on as sponsor for the 2018 soccer World Cup, joining other Chinese firms Dalian Wanda, Hisense and Vivo. Chinese firms have increasingly been backing high-profile world sports events, especially in soccer, even though the country's own team failed to clinch a spot in the tournament scheduled to kick off next June   Read More ...
Chinese footballers come to Brazil for extra polish
2017-12-19 06:01:34 PORTO FELIZ, Brazil: Arriving in Brazil, Chinese footballer Long Yushuo took on the more easily pronounced name Thomas, but it's the locals' skills with the ball that he's really hoping to adopt. Thomas, 16, is one of a squad of youth players from Chinese team Shandong Luneng dispatched to polish their game at Desportivo Brasil club in Porto Feliz, near Sao Paulo, which Shandong bought in 2014   Read More ...
(LEAD) S. Korea women wrap up regional football tournament with loss to China
2017-12-15 16:09:20 (ATTN: ADDS more info in 5th para) CHIBA, Japan, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea women's national football team wrapped up a regional tournament with a 3-1 loss against China on Friday. South Korea surrendered two goals to China before halftime and suffered their third straight defeat at the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship in Japan. The Taeguk Ladies completed the four-nation tournament without a victory   Read More ...
S. Korea women wrap up regional football tournament with loss to China
2017-12-15 12:10:39 CHIBA, Japan, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea women's national football team wrapped up a regional tournament with a 3-1 loss against China on Friday. South Korea surrendered two goals to China before halftime and suffered their third straight defeat at the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship in Japan. The Taeguk Ladies completed the four-nation tournament without a victory   Read More ...
Chelsea star Willian insists he will not leave in January amid Barcelona and Chinese Super League links
2017-12-14 01:56:38   Read More ...
Welsh national side helping with Chinese soccer goals
2017-12-12 04:03:35 Fans of the Welsh national soccer team have experienced some dizzying highs and disappointing lows in the last 18 months. Fired by a talismanic generation of players that includes Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, The Dragons exceeded expectations to reach the semifinals of the UEFA European Championship in 2016. It was the best result ever in a major tournament for the country of 3 million people that is part of the United Kingdom   Read More ...
South Korea, China play out 2-2 draw in East Asian football tournament
2017-12-11 05:07:06 South Korea were held to a 2-2 draw by China in the opening game of an East Asian football tournament in Tokyo on Saturday. South Korea blew a 2-1 lead late in the second half and settled for one point to kick off the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo. South Korea will next face North Korea on Tuesday, and then close out the four-nation competition with a match against Japan next Saturday   Read More ...
S. Korea held to draw by China at start of regional men's football tournament
2017-12-09 12:06:00 TOKYO, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea were held to a 2-2 draw by China in the opening game of an East Asian football tournament in Tokyo on Saturday. South Korea blew a 2-1 lead late in the second half and settled for one point to kick off the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo   Read More ...
Carlos Tevez future in Shanghai undecided, says Shanghai Shenhua manager
2017-12-08 12:21:36 Shanghai Shenhua remain undecided over the future of Carlos Tevez after the Argentine’s disappointing debut season at the Chinese Super League club. Tevez joined Shenhua in a blaze of publicity in January from Boca Juniors amid reports he was earning a salary in the region of $825,000 per week. The former Manchester United and Juventus striker endured a difficult year in China, however, with rumours circulating he would return to Argentina before the completion of his two-year deal with Shanghai   Read More ...
PSG winger Lucas Moura mulling China move, says agent
2017-12-08 06:30:19 Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura and Benfica striker Jonas could join the influx of high-profile South American footballers in China. According to Brazilian player agent Rafael Scheidt, officials from Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan are in Europe to make contact with the players and their clubs. "They are in Europe to look at players and check their situation. They will then go back to China to make a decision," Scheidt told Brazilian news service Uol   Read More ...
Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d'Or, tying Messi's record
2017-12-08 03:01:15 Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo attends an airport renaming ceremony in Funchal March 29, 2017. Portugal on Wednesday renamed Madeira airport as Cristiano Ronaldo airport in honor of the captain of the Portuguese national football team. Funchal on Madeira Islands is the hometown of Cristiano Ronaldo. (Xinhua file photo/Zhang Liyun) Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d'Or here on Thursday, tying the record set by his Argentine long-time rival Lionel Messi   Read More ...
Second phase of 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket sales starts
2017-12-05 17:01:17 World soccer governing body FIFA claimed that the first stage of the second phase ticket sales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicked off on Tuesday and will run until April 3, 2018. According to the FIFA statement, the second phase of ticket sales occurs in two parts. From Dec. 5 to Jan. 31, the tickets will be sold on a random selection draw principle, and then from March 13 to April 3 on a first come first served principle   Read More ...
China's national football teams to play in E-1 Football Championship
2017-12-05 06:30:18 Both the Chinese men's and women's national football teams are set to compete in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Finals to be held from Dec. 8 to 16 in Japan. The E-1 Championship, formerly called the East Asian Cup, started in 2003, and this will be its seventh edition. China has won the men's compeition twice, in 2005 and 2010, while the women's side has never claimed a trophy   Read More ...
Shaanxi to have 1,000 soccer featured schools in three years
2017-12-03 10:01:39 There will be 1,000 soccer featured schools in northwest China's Shaanxi by 2020, said Dong Li, newly-promoted chairman of the province's football association, on Saturday. "At that time, we will have over 100,000 students who keep playing football," Dong told the general meeting of Shaanxi Football Association (SFA). The province will also build four football league systems for the students of the primary schools, junior middle schools, senior middle schools and universities   Read More ...
2018 World Cup: A tale of two derbies
2017-12-02 03:30:22 The result of the draw is shown on the screen during the Final Draw of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, capital of Russia, Dec. 1, 2017. (Xinhua/Bai Xueqi) Iberian Peninsula derby Portugal-Spain and "English Premier League derby" Belgium-England might be the deadliest rivals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup group draw. Portugal will meet Spain in the first game in Group B during their 2018 WC campaign, while Belgium, which harbor many EPL players, will face England in the third game in Group G, according to the group draw on Moscow time Friday night   Read More ...
Final Draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
2017-12-01 18:30:28 The Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was held in the concert hall at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday. Following are the results with seeds in the first spot in each group: Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay, Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran. Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark. Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria   Read More ...
Soccer - Shanghai SIPG announce Villas-Boas departure
2017-11-30 15:01:10 HONG KONG: Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG have said that Andre Villas-Boas has resigned from his position as head coach, announcing his departure in a statement on Thursday. The news comes a day after the 40-year-old Portuguese coach was confirmed as a participant in January's Dakar Rally alongside compatriot Ruben Faria. "We hereby announce that the club and Mr. Villas-Boas are heading in different directions and have their own respective targets," the club statement said   Read More ...
Soccer - Shanghai SIPG announce Villas-Boas departure
2017-11-30 14:48:30 HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG have said that Andre Villas-Boas has resigned from his position as head coach, announcing his departure in a statement on Thursday. The news comes a day after the 40-year-old Portuguese coach was confirmed as a participant in January's Dakar Rally alongside compatriot Ruben Faria. "We hereby announce that the club and Mr   Read More ...
Carlos Tevez allowed to decide Shanghai Shenhua fate
2017-11-30 09:38:09   Read More ...
Shanghai Shenhua: Tevez will decide whether he stays or goes
2017-11-30 08:02:46 While Shanghai Shenhua are open to the possibility of keeping Carlos Tevez, the Chinese Super League side insist the former Manchester United and Juventus forward will have the final say on his future. Tevez – reportedly earning a weekly salary of £615,000 – endured a forgettable first season at Shenhua, failing to live up to the hype amid weight and form issues in the CSL, as speculation grows over a possible return to boyhood club Boca Juniors   Read More ...
The 'Godfather of Shanghai football' inspired by Manchester Utd - Capital Sports
2017-11-29 05:42:43 He is known as the “Godfather of Shanghainese football”, is a former player and manager of the Chinese national team, and owns a side in the Spanish league. Now, at the age of 73, the charismatic Xu Genbao is taking on his toughest assignment yet: forming a club from scratch to help China finally become a competitive force in world football   Read More ...
Carlos Tevez could extend £650,000-a-week Shanghai Shenhua contract despite scoring just four goals in Chinese Super League
2017-11-28 09:04:02   Read More ...
Soccer meets politics as Chinese players in Germany give protesters the red card
2017-11-28 04:01:11 "Freedom of speech? Yes. But there is no absolute freedom of speech," Xu Qinduo, a current affairs commentator told CGTN's The Point. His comments come following the first friendly match between the Chinese Under-20s soccer team and a fourth-tier German club was delayed after a group of spectators displayed Tibetan flags inside the stadium. The Chinese players walked off the field in Mainz in protest and refused to continue playing for 25 minutes until the banners were withdrawn   Read More ...
Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar visits China to open Ajax academy at Guangzhou R&F
2017-11-28 01:38:17   Read More ...
Shanghai Shenhua beats Andre Villas-Boas's SIPG side to the Chinese FA Cup title as the former Tottenham boss refuses to discuss his future
2017-11-26 20:37:55   Read More ...
Kaka in talks with Chinese side: reports
2017-11-26 18:13:23 Shanghai: Brazilian star Kaka is in talks with Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng about prolonging his career with a move to the Chinese Super League (CSL) side, reports say. The 35-year-old former Real Madrid and AC Milan attacking midfielder is a free agent after leaving Orlando City in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States last month. The World Cup winner was linked with a move to the boardroom of AC Milan, where he is a popular figure since his playing days   Read More ...
Martins hits cracker as Shanghai Shenhua win China FA Cup
2017-11-26 18:01:54 SHANGHAI: Veteran Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins scored a cracker as Shanghai Shenhua stunned rivals Shanghai SIPG to win the Chinese FA Cup final on away goals 3-3 on aggregate on Sunday (Nov 26). They did it in thrilling fashion and without Argentine forward Carlos Tevez, whose disastrous 11-month spell in China looks to be over after he failed to appear in either leg of the final   Read More ...
Nigeria's Obafemi Martins helps Shenhua win Chinese FA Cup
2017-11-26 17:32:42 Former Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins scored a to help his side Shanghai Shenhua win the Chinese FA Cup. Shenhua beat Shanghai SIPG on the away goals rule after Sunday's second leg ended 3-2 to make it 3-3 on aggregate. SIPG, favourites before kick-off, took the lead through Lu Wenjun as he converted a cross from former Chelsea star Oscar. Cao Yunding equalised before a stunning shot from Martins looked to have sealed the win for Shenhua   Read More ...