Another week of Asian Champions League action has gone by and once again Chinese clubs are on the verge of not having a presence in the continents premier club competition beyond the group stages. Fates have been sealed for two clubs, while the third has the daunting task of getting a result away from home on the last week of group matches.
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It could be another classic game in the history of the CBA, when the Beijing Ducks, with the help of Stephon Marbury, arguably the best import ever in the league, challenges the Guangdong Southern Tigers, which won seven out of eight recent finals. But what happened in Game 1 of the finals turned out to be a disgrace for Chinese basketball.
China Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande pulled off a feat that is very rare in football. The Guangdong Province based club have become the first team in China (probably Asia as well) to win the first division title after promotion from the second division. Looking back in football history German Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern seem to be the only other club to pull this off back in 1998.
Beijing Guo'an FC (北京国安) ends their 16-year title wait today by winning 4-0 against Hangzhou Greentown (杭州绿城) in Chinese Super League. October 30th is no doubt the biggest day in the capital club's history, but one man's name becomes a taboo in their post-match celebration: Lee Jang-Soo (李章洙), the club's former South Korean head coach.
From a fan's view, Mr.Lee simply transformed the way Guo'an played since he took the hot seat by the end of 2006. The players, albeit some of them considered young in Chinese football, looked more confident than ever on the pitch under Lee's coaching, especially in their away games. The South Korean toughened up the team with new blood like Huang Bowen, Yang Hao, Zhang Xinxin and Zhu Yifan, just to name a few. Huang, Yang and Zhang all capped for Chinese national team since this year.
I was overly optimistic towards the future of Chinese football players. Though this year saw a few of them found jobs outside the country, almost all footballers still find their rights trampled by the country's backward transfer rules.
As the transfer window reopened by Chinese FA on June 25, 121 players from 29 football clubs have been transfer listed and 13 others are listed as available for loan. A majority of them, if not all, are fringe players who haven't played first-team football for a long time.
In Group E, Beijing Guo'an came back to the Workers Stadium(北京工人体育场) after two years playing at Fengtai Sports Center with a 2:0 victory over Newcastle Jets. Ryan Griffiths' early goal at 6 minutes made the 41,895 chanting fans at Gongti almost crazy. Joel Griffith, Ryan's brother, who's on loan at Guo'an from the Australian opponent, missed a great chance near the area before Du Wenhui sealed the victory in the added time.
Ian Ayre, commercial director of Liverpool FC and a candidate of the club’s next chief executive, told media recently about their Asian tour plan. “If you are going to build a business overseas a key part is to allow people to touch and feel the product on a regular basis,” said Mr.Ayre. The Reds’ Asian tour has been set between July 17 to 26, and will visit Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok, with opponents yet to be announced.
Too bad that they won’t play in the Mainland. But worry not, four EPL teams – Man Utd, Chelsea, Hull City and West Ham United – will come to play for the capital city’s International Football Festival, which will be peaked by an Italian Super Cup match on August 8. Everything sounds so good right now for this football festival, it’s just there’s not many people playing the game.
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Good news for football fans in Beijing! The capital city will stage an International Football Festival this summer, with a number of big team names included, according to Beijing Municipal Football Administrative Center.
China Sports Review previously told you that the Italian Super Cup will be played in Beijing on August 8th, China's first ever National Fitness Day. Before that, Manchester United, the world champion club, will come to play Beijing Guo'an in July as part of the club's Asian tour, with date still undecided. It's reported that Man Utd will also travel to Shandong Province for a friendly with Shandong Luneng, the CSL defending champion.
China's FA told media on Feb. 13 that CCTV, the country's main TV broadcaster, will continue to air Chinese Super League (CSL) in 2009, after a 3-match ban since the 28 round of the 2008 Season. In an interview with a Chinese sports journal last November , Jiang Heping, the head of CCTV's sports channel accused players of lacking "professional ethics", and decided to cut all reporting related with the league since then