Football in China http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24675/all en Soccer-France Hoarau signs for China's Dalian Aerbin from PSG http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-france-hoarau-signs-chinas-dalian-aerbin-psg <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - France striker Guillaume Hoarau has joined Chinese Super League soccer club Dalian Aerbin from Paris St Germain, the player said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The 28-year-old Hoarau, who has five caps for France, signed a three-year deal with the club, according to media reports.</p> <p>"Here we go," Hoarau wrote on his official Twitter account underneath a picture of him displaying a Dalian Aerbin scarf.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-france-hoarau-signs-chinas-dalian-aerbin-psg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in China Football in France Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:30:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732033 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Soccer-No Shanghai surprises after Drogba and Anelka depart http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/soccer-no-shanghai-surprises-after-drogba-and-anelka-depart <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(repeats altering reporting credit)</p> <p>By Xihao Jiang and Kazunori Takada</p> <p>SHANGHAI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Shanghai Shenhua fans were not surprised to see star strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka end their Chinese odyssey after just one season, accepting that the high-profile duo had a desire to play at a higher level.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/soccer-no-shanghai-surprises-after-drogba-and-anelka-depart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Business Football in China Football in France Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:30:55 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740940 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Man United to play Hong Kong friendly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/football-man-united-play-hong-kong-friendly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Manchester United will play in Hong Kong for the first time in eight years as part of the club's pre-season tour, the Premier League giants and match organisers said Monday.</p> <p>The Red Devils will face local team Kitchee at the 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium on July 29 as they seek to cash in on their huge support in the former British colony and in mainland China.</p> <p>"The club has tremendous support throughout China and especially in Hong Kong," United chief executive David Gill said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/football-man-united-play-hong-kong-friendly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in China Football in Hong Kong AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745151 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Man United to play Hong Kong friendly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/football-man-united-play-hong-kong-friendly-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Manchester United will play in Hong Kong for the first time in eight years as part of the club's pre-season tour, the Premier League giants and match organisers said Monday.</p> <p>The Red Devils will face local team Kitchee at the 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium on July 29 as they seek to cash in on their huge support in the former British colony and in mainland China.</p> <p>"The club has tremendous support throughout China and especially in Hong Kong," United chief executive David Gill said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/football-man-united-play-hong-kong-friendly-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in China Football in Hong Kong AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:15:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745165 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Shanghai take Drogba row to FIFA: reports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/football-shanghai-take-drogba-row-to-fifa-reports <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua will take its battle against star striker Didier Drogba's move to Turkish side Galatasaray to football's governing body FIFA this week, domestic reports said Monday.</p> <p>The Ivory Coast striker left the club in acrimonious circumstances last month, with Shanghai saying he had breached his contract. </p> <p>"We now have evidence which we believe will give Shenhua a 99 per cent chance of winning a lawsuit at FIFA," a lawyer acting for the club told the Sina web portal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/football-shanghai-take-drogba-row-to-fifa-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Business Didier Drogba Football in China Football in France AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:02:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758783 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: China bans 33 for life, fines clubs millions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/football-china-bans-33-life-fines-clubs-millions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>China's top football body handed down a swathe of punishments including fines worth millions, it said on Monday, as it seeks leave behind corruption scandals which have plagued the sport in China.</p> <p>China's Football Association banned 33 people, including some previously jailed for their involvement in China's biggest ever match-fixing scandal, from taking part in football "for life," it said on its website.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/football-china-bans-33-life-fines-clubs-millions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in China Shanghai Shenhua F.C. Technology AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:16:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758961 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Ex-Chinese football chiefs given life bans, Shenhua hit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/soccer-ex-chinese-football-chiefs-given-life-bans-shenhua-hit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Two former Chinese soccer chiefs have been banned for life after they were jailed in June for accepting bribes while Shanghai Shenhua have been hit by a points deduction for next season, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.</p> <p>Nan Yong, the former head of Chinese soccer, was sentenced to 10 and a half years for taking bribes worth more than 1.48 million yuan ($237,500) while his predecessor Xie Yalong received an identical sentence and was also fined 200,000 yuan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/soccer-ex-chinese-football-chiefs-given-life-bans-shenhua-hit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in China Sport in China Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:30:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5758964 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Penalties for China corruption 'not enough' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/football-penalties-china-corruption-not-enough <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Penalties for corruption in Chinese football -- including 33 life bans and the stripping of Didier Drogba's former club Shanghai Shenhua of the 2003 league title -- were branded inadequate on Tuesday.</p> <p>Shenhua received the harshest punishment from the Chinese Football Association (CFA) for the part they played in match-fixing scandals that have blighted the game in China.</p> <p>But their punishment, which also included a fine of one million yuan ($160,000) and a six-point deduction for the new Chinese Super League (CSL) season starting next month, was criticised as too soft.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/football-penalties-china-corruption-not-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Chinese Super League Football in China AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:30:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759559 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Experts condemn China corruption penalties http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/football-experts-condemn-china-corruption-penalties <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Commentators Tuesday described penalties for corruption in Chinese football as inadequate, after 33 people were banned for life and Didier Drogba's former club Shanghai Shenhua was stripped of the 2003 league title.</p> <p>Shenhua were among a number of clubs and individuals punished by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) for widespread match-fixing scandals that have blighted the game in China.</p> <p>But the measures would not deter corruption, football pundits said, because ever more money was flowing into the sport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/football-experts-condemn-china-corruption-penalties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in China Football in France AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:15:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759628 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-FIFA extends China match-fixing bans worldwide http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/soccer-fifa-extends-china-match-fixing-bans-worldwide <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feb 25 (Reuters) - Match-fixing bans on 58 Chinese soccer officials and players will be extended worldwide, the sport's governing body FIFA said on Monday.</p> <p>Earlier this month, the Chinese Football Association's (CFA) disciplinary committee gave five-year suspensions to 25 people while the remaining 33 were banned from all football activities for life following a probe into match-fixing in the 1990s and early 2000s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/soccer-fifa-extends-china-match-fixing-bans-worldwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA FIFA Football in China Politics Sports Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:16:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5765893 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Soccer-FIFA extends China match-fixing bans worldwide http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/update-1-soccer-fifa-extends-china-match-fixing-bans-worldwide <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details)</p> <p>ZURICH, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Match-fixing bans on 58 Chinese soccer officials and players will be extended worldwide, the sport's governing body FIFA said on Monday.</p> <p>The 58 were banned by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Feb. 18 following a three-year push to clean up rampant corruption in the sport in China.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/update-1-soccer-fifa-extends-china-match-fixing-bans-worldwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in China Labor Politics Sport in China Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:30:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5765912 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Security tight as Lippi's Guangzhou beat Reds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/football-security-tight-lippis-guangzhou-beat-reds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande swept aside Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0 in an AFC Champions League opener crackling with political tensions and played under heavy security on Tuesday.</p> <p>As the Asian competition got underway with goals and an outlandish "Panenka" penalty, the Chinese double-holders began their campaign in ominous style as they dispatched the 2007 winners at home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/football-security-tight-lippis-guangzhou-beat-reds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AFC Champions League Football in China Muriqui Technology AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:31:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767310 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Fury over Zhang's shock election pull-out http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/football-fury-over-zhangs-shock-election-pull-out <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Chinese football fans expressed fury Saturday over reports that the man once tipped to head the sport's top body in Asia may have been "sacrificed" by Beijing in its drive to dominate the Olympics.</p> <p>China's Zhang Jilong, the current caretaker chief of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and presumed next president, surprisingly pulled out of upcoming leadership elections due in early May, a source told AFP on Thursday.</p> <p>"It was not a decision that I could make," Titan Sports quoted the 61-year-old as saying on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/football-fury-over-zhangs-shock-election-pull-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian Football Confederation Football in China Technology Zhang Jilong AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 14:15:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771660 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Optimism in China despite scandals, Drogba exit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/football-optimism-china-despite-scandals-drogba-exit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Despite the echoes of a huge corruption scandal and Didier Drogba's short-lived stay, a sense of cautious optimism pervades long-suffering Chinese football as the new season starts this week.</p> <p>Following last year's failed experiments with Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, blockbuster signings have given way to the more sustainable model of focusing on existing stars and emerging talent.</p> <p>And pundits say the Chinese Super League (CSL), which gets underway on Friday, looks set finally to make its mark on the international stage and end China's 23-year wait for a continental title.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/football-optimism-china-despite-scandals-drogba-exit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in China Football in France Human Interest AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 08:00:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5775770 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Tension as Japan team plays in Nanjing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/football-tension-japan-team-plays-nanjing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tight security and palpable historical tensions are expected Tuesday when Japan's Vegalta Sendai play China's Jiangsu Sainty in Nanjing, scene of a brutal wartime massacre by Japanese troops.</p> <p>Thousands of police and security will guard the AFC Champions League fixture, which is believed to be the first senior men's football match involving a Japanese team in the Chinese city since the atrocities of late 1937 and early 1938.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/football-tension-japan-team-plays-nanjing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in China Nanjing Second Sino-Japanese War Technology AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:15:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5779409 at http://www.globalpost.com