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

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.
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Guus Hiddink named Chinese Olympic team coach

Guus Hiddink has been tasked with ensuring China qualified for the finals of the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament, after the former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach was handed the reins of the country’s under 21 team on Monday.
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Ambitious China seek Guus Hiddink’s help to fulfil Olympic hopes

Highly respected Dutch coach Guus Hiddink looks poised to take on a leading role in China’s aggressive push to finally become a force in international football.

Carlo Tavecchio: Antonio Conte quit Italy for Chelsea amid funding cut

Former Italian FA (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has said Antonio Conte would have stayed as Italy coach after Euro 2016 had it not been for a shortage of funds.

€25,000 a minute Lionel Messi zooms past Cristiano Ronaldo as top earner

Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football while Jose Mourinho tops the managers' chart, according to France Football magazine.

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte warns players against criticizing his tactics

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has warned his players that they may regret criticizing his tactics publicly.

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon back after two-month injury layoff

Gianluigi Buffon returned to training with Juventus on Wednesday after nearly two months out injured.

‘Room for more’ as Ronaldo wins another Globe award

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was Thursday named Globe Soccer's Best Player for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall although he wasn't present in person to receive his trophy.

Gianluigi Buffon says ‘no panic’ as Italy on brink of World Cup disaster

Italy must not panic as they bid to avoid missing a World Cup for the first time in 60 years, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said after a 1-0 playoff defeat to Sweden pushed them to the brink of disaster.

Italy face World Cup nightmare against Sweden

For football giants Italy the next few days could be a nightmare as they face a double-headed playoff against Sweden to avoid the humiliation of missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Fabio Cannavaro returns to Chinese champions Guangzhou

Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro was named manager of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday, returning to the club that cut him loose in 2015.

World Cup miracle beckons for Syria, China

War-torn Syria as well as China, the ultimate sleeping giants, are both aiming to pull off a near-miracle as Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup heads into a final showdown on Tuesday.

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