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Carlos Tevez: Chinese football won't reach the top - 'even in 50 years'

A double from Hulk led Shanghai SIPG's rout of Carlos Tevez's Shanghai Shenhua side.

Shanghai Shenhua striker Carlos Tevez has launched an attack on the capabilities of Chinese footballers, claiming those playing in the country will not be able to reach the top "even in 50 years."

The Argentine has spent the last nine months in China after joining Shenhua on a lucrative two-year contract from Boca Juniors in January,

"In South America and Europe, players learn to play football when they're kids, but not here," Tevez told SFR Sport. "So technically they are not very good.


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Matildas to host China in two-game series in Victoria in November

Mile Jedinak returns to Australia's squad set to face Syria, while Nikita Ruka Rukavytsya rejoins after a 3-year absence.

The Matildas will host China in a two-match series in November in an important warm up before next year's Asian Cup.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Victorian Government announced games at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Nov. 22 and Geelong's Simonds Stadium on Nov. 26.

The news comes with women's football on a high in Australia after the Matildas defeated Brazil in two internationals before healthy crowds, with more than 31,000 fans passing through the turnstiles in Penrith and Newcastle.


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Singapore rise nine spots to go above Malaysia in FIFA world rankings

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson break down Singapore and Malaysia's recent poor home outing in the Asian Cup.

Singapore are above Malaysia on the FIFA world rankings for the first time in more than a year after climbing nine spots.

This comes after the Lions secured consecutive 1-1 draws against Hong Kong and Turkmenistan in their most recent international matches in August and September.

Singapore are at 162nd, four spots above Malaysia, who remained at 166th, according to the latest list.

The Malaysians have failed to win four consecutive games since Portugal's Nelo Vingada took over as head coach in...

China's Marcello Lippi on World Cup setback: No 'what ifs' in football

Marcello Lippi's China saw their World Cup hopes end despite victory over Qatar on Tuesday.

Marcello Lippi refused to dwell on missed opportunities as China's hopes of a second appearance at the World Cup finals came to an end on Tuesday despite a 2-1 win over Qatar in Doha.

Xiao Zhi and Wu Lei scored the goals that saw Lippi's team pick up a third win in five games but still fall short of a place in the playoffs against Australia that would have kept their World Cup dream alive.

But with 10 points in six games since Lippi took over from Gao Hongbo last November, some Chinese fans have...

 By Chris Atkins

Five things to learn for China in 2022 World Cup qualification

China finished the campaign on a high but it wasn't enough to seal progress.

A 2-1 victory over Qatar in Doha on Tuesday evening saw China's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign end on a high, with back-to-back victories seeing the side fall just a point short of a playoff berth.

But the side's qualification campaign never really got off the ground with a slow start to the final stage leaving Russia 2018 a distant dream. Under Marcello Lippi's management, however, it was a dream kept alive until the very end.

Attention will swiftly switch towards the potential of qualification...