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Marcello Lippi concerned fatigue could damage China's chances

China midfielder Feng Xiaoting
China sit on the bottom of Group A with just two points.

Marcello Lippi takes his China team into their must-win World Cup qualifying clash with South Korea on Thursday evening hoping the early-season rigours of the Asian Champions League and the country's domestic competition do not have a negative impact on his side's performance.

China sit on the bottom of Group A with just two points from their opening five games and defeat against Uli Stielike's team would all but kill off the chances of Lippi's team of finishing in the top three.

First and second...

 By John Duerden

Marcello Lippi's China could do with morale-boosting win over South Korea

China are through to the last eight of the AFC Asian Cup after a 2-1 group stage win over Uzbekistan in Brisbane on Wednesday.

China are unlikely to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but the national team could enjoy one of their greatest nights ever on Thursday.

Beating South Korea at home in the qualifiers won't mean that the national team is about to follow the Chinese Super League (CSL) in its swift upward trajectory but it would be a major moment in the country's football history as well as hinting that there may be better days ahead.

With the two nations not exactly on good relations outside of football, there has never...

Marcello Lippi defends Zhang Yuning's call-up for China's World Cup qualifier

Marcello Lippi has included Zhang Yuning in China's squad to face South Korea.

China coach Marcello Lippi has backed young Vitesse Arnhem striker Zhang Yuning ahead of his side's World Cup qualifying match against South Korea on Thursday, despite the 20-year-old's struggles in Dutch football.

Zhang was included in Lippi's squad despite scoring just once in 13 appearances in the Eredivise this season as the Chinese look to find a way to notch up their first win of the current phase of qualifying for Russia 2018.

"Zhang Yuning hasn't had regular playing opportunities at his...

Marcello Lippi sticks with Guangzhou Evergrande stars in China squad

Marcello Lippi has named a 25-man China squad.

Marcello Lippi has named seven players from reigning Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande in his squad to face South Korea and Iran in this month's 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Lippi, who led Guangzhou to the Asian Champions League title in 2013 and three Chinese Super League titles, has once again included Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi as well as Feng Xiaoting, Gao Lin, Huang Bowen, Mei Fang, Zeng Cheng and Zhang LInpeng.

Deng Hanwen of China League One side Beijing Renhe, who was part...

Schalke reveal plans for all-German friendly in China

Schalke boss Markus Weinzierl says his team have learned the lessons from their weekend league loss to Monchengladbach.

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Schalke marketing executive Alexander Jobst has told ESPN FC that his club may play a friendly against a German rival in China this summer as they seek to boost their appeal in the region.

In November 2016, China and Germany agreed a football partnership at government level to boost the development of the game in what is one of its fastest growing markets. 

Agreements involving the German FA (DFB), the German Football League (DFL) and a number of clubs were also struck...