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Sven-Göran Eriksson: Football needs India, China and USA

Philippines coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has tipped India to advance to the round of 16 at the AFC Asian Cup, ahead of their crucial game against Bahrain, adding that their 4-1 win against Thailand was the "biggest surprise" of the tournament.

Eriksson, who took England to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, will see his team play a must-win match themselves, against Kyrgyzstan on January 16 in Dubai, and believes advancement in the Asian Cup will be great for both countries,...

Marcello Lippi's legacy remains intact, but success with China falls short

Forget England. The real impossible job in football is China, as Marcello Lippi knows well as he comes to the end of his two-and-a-bit years.

The Asian Cup that is currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates is his last chance to leave any kind of legacy in the world's most populous country. It has not been a smooth ride since the 2006 World Cup winner took the job in October 2016. Even Lippi's record and reputation does not mean that one coach can change much in the complex world of Chinese...

China get AFC Asian Cup campaign off to winning start vs. Kyrgyz Republic

China celebrate after an own goal gave them victory over Kyrgyz Republic.

With coach Marcello Lippi in charge and the team needing a bit of help from an own-goal, China came from behind to beat Kyrgyz Republic 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Monday.

Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is trying to win another title in what is likely to be his last major tournament. But it won't be easy in the United Arab Emirates.

China entered the Asian Cup with one win in seven games, including draws against Palestine, India, and Bahrain. It didn't look much better at the start...

Marcello Lippi's China held to a draw by Palestine

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China were held to a 1-1 draw by Palestine in a friendly on Tuesday evening as World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi oversaw what is expected to be his final game on home soil with the Chinese national team.

The draw was the third in four games for Lippi, who will take the team to the finals of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The Italian has been in charge of China since November 2016 but is widely expected to stand down after the continental championship.

Feng Xiaoting put...

China fail to score again as India claim goalless draw in friendly

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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...