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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...

Hong Kong fans turn back on Chinese anthem

Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem
Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem.

Thousands of Hong Kong football fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before their World Cup qualifier against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm.

The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong," a song reflecting their campaign for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

After the match started, fans chanted "Fight for freedom" and "Revolution of our Times." One person carried a blue...

Brazilian striker changes name after China call-up

Brazilian-born striker Elkeson has changed his name as he prepares to help China qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The 30-year-old, who has played in the Chinese Super League since 2013, became a naturalised citizen earlier in August and was named on Wednesday in China's squad for their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier at The Maldives on Sept. 10.

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Now known in China as Ai Kesen, the former Botafogo star told...


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Former FIFA POY Sun appointed China soccer VP

BEIJING -- Former FIFA female player of the year Sun Wen has been elected a vice president of the Chinese Football Association as China seeks to revamp its lagging national program.

Sun, who became captain of the Chinese team in 2000, is currently director of the women's youth training department at the CFA.

Sun scored 16 goals over two Olympic and four World Cup tournaments, including the 1999 edition in which China was runner-up to the United States. She also played two seasons with the Atlanta...