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Lippi upbeat despite China setback

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Six Guangzhou Evergrande stars in China squad to face Uzbekistan, Qatar

Marcelo Lippi has selected a core of players from Guangzhou Evergrande for his China squad.

New Werder Bremen signing Zhang Yuning is once again the only non-domestic based player to be named in Marcello Lippi's China national team squad for the country's upcoming World Cup qualifiers as the Italian coach continues to lean on Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.

Lippi selected six of his former club's players, including veteran captain Zheng Zhi, as the Chinese prepare for their final two qualifying matches, against Uzbekistan on Aug. 31 and Qatar five days later.

China are...

Werder's Zhang Yuning says he's "not new hope" of Chinese football

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss the fallout following Kenedy's offensive comments about China on social media.
With only one win for Bayern in preseason, the FC crew ponder how much whether Carlo Ancelotti's side are in trouble.

Zhang Yuning has distanced himself from claims he is the "new hope" of Chinese football as the 20-year-old striker settles into life with Werder Bremen ahead of the upcoming Bundesliga season.

Zhang, who is the only member of Marcello Lippi's China squad to play in Europe, moved to the German club on loan after inking a three-year deal with West Bromwich Albion in July.

"I have to admit that that was quite big news," he told the club's official website about his transfer.

"There aren't many Chinese...

Shanghai SIPG look to take over from Guangzhou at the top in China

Guangzhou Evergrande have a one-point lead atop the CSL over Andre Villas-Boas' Shanghai SIPG.
Brazil star Oscar sparked a melee that saw two players sent off during Shanghai's 1-1 draw with Guangzhou.

Shanghai SIPG meet Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday in the biggest game of the 2017 Chinese Super League (CSL) campaign so far.

Andre Villas-Boas' second-placed side will aim to avenge their loss to the league leaders earlier in the season, and finally move back into pole position.

With just one point separating two with 13 games remaining in the season, it will be a pivotal evening in determining the destination of the CSL crown for 2017.

Here are five things to look out for:

The impact of Oscar's...

China under-20s to face German fourth division sides in friendlies

China is aiming to become a major world power in football in the coming decades.

The 19 clubs from one of Germany's regional fourth divisions have accepted the German Football Association's (DFB) plan to allow China's under-20 team to play friendlies against them.

In an attempt to even out the fixture list, with only 19 teams qualifying for the regional southwest division of Germany's fourth tier, the DFB has invited China's U20 side to join.

The plan, made public in June, received a controversial reaction from clubs in Germany, but was eventually finalised when the DFB and...

West Bromwich Albion sign China's Zhang Yuning from Vitesse Arnhem

Zhang Yuning will be loaned to Werder Bremen for the next two seasons.

West Bromwich Albion have signed China international striker Zhang Yuning from Vitesse Arnhem and loaned him to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for the next two seasons.

Zhang arrives with West Brom looking to strengthen their profile in China, the homeland of the club's controlling shareholder Lai Guochuan.

"Zhang will get the chance to further develop at Bremen, with whom we have an excellent relationship," West Brom director of football administration Richard Garlick told the club's official website.

"He...