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China's struggles in the build-up to January's Asian Cup finals continued on Saturday when Italian coach Marcello Lippi's side were held to a 0-0 home draw by India in a friendly in Suzhou.

It was the first meeting between the countries in more than two decades and has been dubbed "The Earth Derby" as it features nations that are home to a third of the world's population.

However, for the third match in a row Lippi's team failed to break down their opponents, with India holding on for a draw thanks...

Guus Hiddink appointed coach of Chinese Olympic team

Former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has been tasked with ensuring China qualify for the finals of the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament after being appointed manager of the country's under-21 team on Monday.

Hiddink, 71, becomes the latest big name coach to move to China since the country's president, Xi Jinping, stated his desire for the nation to become a global football power.

He joins fellow European Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi on the payroll of the CFA, with the...

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China ban Wang Shenchao for year for wearing a necklace

China defender Wang Shenchao will miss the Asian Cup next January after being handed a 12-month ban by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) for wearing a necklace during a national team game.

Wang, who plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, was shown on video pulling a necklace out of his socks and wearing it after coming on as a second-half substitute in China's 1-0 friendly win over Myanmar on May 26.

SIPG, who are currently atop the Chinese top-flight standings, have handed the...