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Brazilian striker changes name after China call-up

Brazilian-born striker Elkeson has changed his name as he prepares to help China qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The 30-year-old, who has played in the Chinese Super League since 2013, became a naturalised citizen earlier in August and was named on Wednesday in China's squad for their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier at The Maldives on Sept. 10.

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Now known in China as Ai Kesen, the former Botafogo star told...


China call up first-ever non-Chinese player

Elkeson, Guangzhou Evergrande
Brazilian-born Elkeson has been called up by China.

Brazilian-born striker Elkeson is the first player of non-Chinese heritage to have been included in the China squad, after he was called up for their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Maldives on Sept. 10.

The decision follows weeks of speculation the Guangzhou Evergrande forward had been awarded citizenship in the country after playing in the Chinese Super League since 2013, thereby meeting FIFA's five-year residency requirements.

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The inclusion of...

Guangzhou Evergrande surge clear at top of CSL

Guangzhou Evergrande took a huge stride towards reclaiming the Chinese Super League title on Sunday as Fabio Cannavaro's side won 3-1 at second-placed Beijing Guoan to move seven points clear at the summit with eight games remaining.

Second-half goals from Elkeson and Yang Liyu in the top-of-the-table clash earned Guangzhou the three points after Beijing's Zhang Yuning had cancelled out Paulinho's opener for the visitors.

The win was Guangzhou's 13th in a row in the league and moved them on to 58...

Shenzhen hire former Italy boss Donadoni as new manager

Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni's last job was Bologna manager in Serie A.

Former Italy head coach Roberto Donadoni has been appointed the new head coach of Shenzhen FC, the Chinese Super League club announced on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old replaces Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who led the team to promotion last season from the second division.

However, with Shenzhen dropping into the relegation zone, the Spaniard was relieved of his post.

Shenzhen slipped to 15th place in the 16-team standings on Sunday following a 2-0 loss at the hands of Jiangsu Suning as the team extended their...

Sources: Real Madrid call off Bale Jiangsu move

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti addresses where Gareth Bale's reported move to Jiangsu Suning appears to have fallen through.
Gareth Bale scored, made a goal-line stop and missed a penalty in Real Madrid's shootout victory against Arsenal.
Gareth Bale failed to convert on Real Madrid's opening penalty, kicking the ball directly into the goalkeeper's outstretched hands.

Gareth Bale's proposed transfer to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning has been called off by Real Madrid after the Wales international's family opted against making the move, according to ESPN FC sources.

News the deal had collapsed was first reported by the BBC, and sources have told ESPN FC another reason for the breakdown was that Jiangsu would only agree to a free transfer, while Madrid were looking for a fee for Bale.

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