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Football: Lippi's Guangzhou raise the bar in Asia

Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande have put Chinese football back on the map but off-field scandal remains the big problem for the Asian game with match-fixing syndicates proving tough to crack. Guangzhou ended China's long wait for an Asian title in style as they swept through the AFC Champions League's closing stages before edging a tight, two-legged final against FC Seoul.

Football: Conca says Guangzhou can be world champions

Talismanic midfielder Dario Conca has insisted Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande have the confidence to win the Club World Cup as he aims to leave the team on a high. The departing Argentine inspired Guangzhou to victory in Asia's Champions League and he believes they can go one better at the intercontinental tournament in Morocco which started on Wednesday. The Asian and Chinese title-holders play Egypt's Al Ahly in Agadir on Saturday with the winner facing the daunting task of a semi-final against European powerhouses Bayern Munich.

Guangzhou Evergrande takes on Jeonbuk again in 2014 ACL group stage

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 10 (Xinhua)-- Guangzhou Evergrande will meet South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for the third consecutive year in Asian Football Association (AFC) Champions League group stage as the Chinese giants seek to defend their title in 2014. The defending champions were drawn into Group G at the 2014 AFC Champions League (ACL) group stage draw made here on Tuesday. Neither Jeonbuk nor the other two teams in the group - a qualifier winner and the undecided Japanese knock-out cup champion are expected to pose threats to the Chinese side.

(Sports) Guangzhou Evergrande takes on Jeonbuk again in 2014 AFC champions league

(Sports) Guangzhou Evergrande takes on Jeonbuk again in 2014 AFC champions league KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Guangzhou Evergrande will meet South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for the third consecutive year in 2014 Asian Football Confederation (AFC)'s elite champions league group stage as the Chinese giant seeks to defend its Asian football club title.

Guangzhou Evergrande 2 Guizhou Renhe 1 - CFA Cup final second leg

GUANGZHOU, China, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Following is the result of the Chinese FA Cup final second leg here on Saturday: Guangzhou Evergrande 2 (Feng Junyan 59, Conca 61) Guizhou Renhe 1 (Yu Hai 27) First leg played on Dec. 1 Guizhou Renhe 2 (Yu Hai 51, 67) Guangzhou Evergrande 0 Guizhou Renhe won 3-2 on aggregate to take their first-ever Chinese FA Cup title

Football: Guangzhou win sparks political debate in China

Chinese web users criticised government involvement in football after free-spending Guangzhou Evergrande became the first domestic team for 23 years to win Asia's club championship, prompting a state media backlash Monday. Evergrande claimed the ACL Champions League title Saturday on away goals after a 1-1 draw with FC Seoul, an achievement that many users of China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo branded a victory for "market reforms".

Football: Guangzhou win sparks political debate in China

Chinese web users criticised government involvement in football after free-spending Guangzhou Evergrande became the first domestic team for 23 years to win Asia's club championship, prompting a state media backlash Monday. Evergrande claimed the ACL Champions League title Saturday on away goals after a 1-1 draw with FC Seoul, an achievement that many users of China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo branded a victory for "market reforms".

Football: China marks Guangzhou AFC win with hope for future

Football fans across China on Sunday celebrated Guangzhou Evergrande's AFC Champions League victory but some cautioned that it had little bearing on the fortunes of the struggling national team. Evergrande on Saturday became the first Chinese side to rule Asia since Liaoning, who won the forerunner event the Asian Club Championship in 1990. They drew 1-1 at home against FC Seoul to win the two-legged tie on away goals after a 2-2 draw in South Korea.

Football: Lippi's Evergrande clinch breakthrough AFC win

Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande broke China's 23-year Asian title drought Saturday when they clinched the AFC Champions League on away goals with a 1-1 draw against FC Seoul. Elkeson's brilliant opener on 58 minutes was quickly cancelled out by FC Seoul's Dejan Damjanovic, but a draw was enough for Lippi's team after their 2-2 result two weeks ago in Seoul. The World Cup-winning coach celebrated wildly with his players as the tournament's form side were crowned worthy winners in front of a jubilant crowd of 42,000 in Guangzhou.

Football: Lippi's Evergrande clinch breakthrough AFC win

Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande broke China's 23-year Asian title drought Saturday when they clinched the AFC Champions League on away goals with a 1-1 draw against FC Seoul. Elkeson's brilliant opener on 58 minutes was quickly cancelled out by FC Seoul's Dejan Damjanovic, but a draw was enough for Lippi's team after their 2-2 result two weeks ago in Seoul. The World Cup-winning coach celebrated wildly with his players as the tournament's form team were crowned worthy winners in front of a jubilant crowd of 42,000 in Guangzhou.
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