Posted: 6/24/2017
Title: CHINA, THE WILD EAST OF FOOTBALL

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          Big news this week from the Chinese FA, whose national team is ranked 81st in the world and who are interested in hosting the 2030 FIFA WORLD CUP, and having a competitive team. They only made the World Cup once, in 2002 under Bora Milutinovic. They failed to score a single goal and lost all three matches. Current coach is Marcelo Lippi who has 7 Italian and one Chinese assistants on his staff.

          Recent FIFA World Cup 2018 results include a 1-0 loss to Iran, a 2-2 tie with Syria and a surprise 2-1 win over South korea. Next up are Uzbekistan and Qatar.

         June 19th they placed a 100% tax on the signing of new players bought for more than £5.6 million. This would mean that Diego Costa who is wanted by Tianjin and who are willing to pay £90 million, would have to fork out £180 million, with the tax going to support local player development.

            Beijing Guoan, Changchun Yatai, Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, Guangzhou Evergrande, Guangzhou R&F, Henan Jianye, Liaoning Whowin, Tianjan Teda, Yanbian Funde... the names do not exactly set the world alight. Carlos Tevez reportadly earns £650,000 a week, Ezequiel Lavezzi £798,000 weekly.

            Former Chelsea star OSCAR is in trouble with the FA who have banned him for 8 weeks for kicking the ball at a couple of opponents while playing for Shanghai SIPG in a 1-1 tie with Guangzhoui R & S. It started a brawl among both squads, and team mate Hulk went to protect him. Oscar didn't even receive a yellow card. His manager Andre Villa-Boas thought that the punishment was way too much.

           The average attendance at Chinese Super League matches is 24,000 this season with a top crowd of 53,000 for Beijing Sinbe Guoan 2 v Shanghai Greenland Shenhaua 2.   Only 3 foreigners may be on the field at any one time and  2 domestic u 23 players must be on the match day 18 man roster, one of whom must start. 16 teams in Chinese Super League. There is also a 2nd Division. .www.csl-china.com  The FA is www.fa.org.cn. Unfortunately both are in Chinese.

          More sensational news concerning the game in Russia. Just knocked out in the group stage of the FIFA Confederations Cup which they are hosting they have another problem.  THE ENTIRE 23 MAN SQUAD at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are under investigation by FIFA for possible ddrug offences.  Five of those 23 players are on the current Confederation Cup squad. 

        Dick Pound, the Canadian former  head of WADA. The World Anti Drug Agency, claims that there has been a denial of doping in football for years. " I have  seen too many presentations by FIFA, STRAIGHT OUT OF FANTESY LAND., about how they don't have a problem. They absolutely have to take this case seriously." 

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