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Chinese Football Association plans to double grassroots funding in 2017

Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether moving to the Chinese Super League would be the right move for Diego Costa.

Chinese football is set for a significant funding boost after the Chinese Football Association announced it would spend nearly double its 2016 budget on the game over the next 12 months.

The CFA revealed plans at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday to spend 670 million yuan (£78,750,000) to support the game across the country, with the largest sum of 243m yuan to be spent on the National Soccer Training Centre as well as operational costs and promotional fees.

But the area that will see...

Chinese FA confirms limit on foreign players for Super League clubs

Oscar insists he's delighted with his move to big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts delve into Oscar's comments saying the CSL will one day be as great as the Premier League.

Chinese Super League clubs' player recruitment plans for the coming season were thrown into disarray on Monday morning as the Chinese Football Association confirmed last week's reports it would limit the number of foreign players permitted to play in the 2017 season.

In a statement published on the federation's website, the CFA announced clubs would be permitted to field a maximum of three foreign players per game, with that quota including players from within the area governed by the Asian Football...

Marcello Lippi looks to bring fear-factor after first China win

China coach Marcello Lippi
Marcello Lippi won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

Marcello Lippi says he will try to instil a fearless attitude within his China squad after picking up his first win as national team boss after a penalty shootout victory over Croatia in the third place playoff of the inaugural China Cup on Saturday.

Wang Jingbin, who is on the books of Guangzhou Evergrande but has yet to make a senior appearance for the club, equalised for the Chinese two minutes from time after Luka Ivanusec had given Croatia the lead eight minutes before half-time.

However, Lippi's...

Oscar move 'means a lot for Chinese football' - Andre Villas-Boas

The FC crew discuss the latest big-money offers coming out of China and react to Uli Hoeness' comments on CSL spending.

Andre Villas-Boas has declared Oscar's decision to link up with him at Shanghai SIPG a game changing move for the Chinese Super League (CSL) after the Brazilian left Chelsea at the start of the transfer window.

Oscar signed for SIPG for over €60 million to sign for the club Villas-Boas joined in November as Shanghai continue to engage in a spending spree the club hopes will land them a first-ever CSL title next season.

"The fact that Oscar has signed for Shanghai means a lot for Chinese football,"...

China coach Marcello Lippi blames fitness for Iceland defeat

World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi was appointed in October.

Marcello Lippi blamed inexperience and a lack of fitness as he continues to wait for his first win as China coach after seeing his side lose 2-0 to Iceland in the opening game of the inaugural China Cup on Tuesday evening.

Lippi, who took over as China coach in October, selected a squad that featured few of his regular squad for the friendly tournament, which also features Chile and Croatia, and the Chinese struggled as a result.

Kjartan Finnbogason gave Iceland the lead after 64 minutes with...