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China FA to postpone all domestic matches due to coronavirus spread

China FA to postpone domestic matches due to coronavirus spread
China FA to postpone domestic matches due to coronavirus spread.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on Thursday it is postponing all domestic games due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus epidemic as the total number of confirmed deaths from the newly identified pathogen in the country rose to 170.

Chinese health authorities said there were 7,711 confirmed cases of infection as of the end of Wednesday, mostly in Hubei province, while infections have been reported in at least 15 other countries.

The virus has had a major impact on China's sporting landscape,...

Hong Kong fans booed Chinese national anthem in friendly match

Hong Kong supporters jeered the Chinese national anthem for the second time this year.

Hong Kong football fans booed as the Chinese national anthem was played on Wednesday before their team's 2-0 loss to China in South Korea as the political turmoil that has gripped the former British colony spilled over to the sports world.

The Korea Football Association said it had taken steps to ensure there were no banners bearing political messages at the Busan Asiad Stadium, where nearly 200 Hong Kong fans chanted and banged drums to drown out a tiny pocket of Chinese supporters.

Hong Kong has...

Marcello Lippi resigns as China coach after loss to Syria

Marcello Lippi is out as China coach.

Marcello Lippi has resigned as head coach of the China national team after seeing his side slip to a 2-1 loss to Syria in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Dubai on Thursday.

The Italian quit during his news conference after an own goal from defender Zhang Linpeng left China five points adrift of the table-topping Syrians at the halfway point of the qualification group stage.

"My pay is very high, and I take all the blame," Lippi was quoted as saying by the Chinese media.

"I am quitting as...

China to host expanded Club World Cup in 2021

Current champions Real Madrid are the most successful team in Club World Cup history with four titles.

China will host the first edition of the new, expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters on Thursday following a meeting of the global soccer body's decision-making council in Shanghai.

Infantino said the competition would take place in June-July of that year. He did not give a precise breakdown but said the competition will feature eight teams from Europe, one from China, one from Oceania and three each from the other continental confederations.

The...

Legendary coach 'Restless Rudi' dies aged 93

Rudi Gutendorf
Rudi Gutendorf's globe-trotting career, spanning half a century, saw him coach a record 55 teams.

Rudi Gutendorf, the tireless manager who guided a world record 55 teams, including 18 national sides, has died at 93, according to several German media outlets.

Born in Koblenz on the banks of the Rhine, the man dubbed "Restless Rudi" started his football career as a player for hometown club TuS Neuendorf before taking his first management role with Swiss side Blue Stars Zurich in the 1950s.

Coaching proved infectious, and after building an impressive CV with top flight teams in West Germany, Gutendorf...