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Jordi Cruyff named as Chongqing Lifan coach after Paulo Bento sacking

Jordi Cruyff has been named as the new head coach of Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan.

Former Netherlands international Cruyff succeeds ex-Portugal coach Paulo Bento, who was fired last month as Chongqing slipped towards the relegation zone.

The 44-year-old ex-Barcelona and Manchester United winger previously worked as sporting director with AEK Larnaca in Cyprus and Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, who he also coached for a short spell last season.

Chongqing are 14th place in the table,...

 By Reuters

CSL: Anderson Talisca strikes twice to power Guangzhou Evergrande

HONG KONG -- Brazilian Anderson Talisca continued his impressive start to life in the Chinese Super League on Sunday, taking his tally to five goals in two games as Guangzhou Evergrande cruised to a 5-0 win over Chongqing Lifan.

Talisca, who joined the seven-times champions in the summer transfer window on loan from Benfica, struck twice for Fabio Cannavaro's side at Tianhe Stadium to ensure Guangzhou moved to within five points of leaders Beijing Guoan.

Evergrande have a game in hand over Beijing...

Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan sack manager Paulo Bento

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Paulo Bento has parted company with Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan, with the club announcing the former Portugal coach's departure on Sunday.

Bento's final game in charge was a win over Tianjin Teda on Saturday as Chongqing arrested a run of six straight defeats since May which also saw the club exit the Chinese FA Cup.

But Saturday's victory was not enough to save the Portuguese coach, who will be replaced on an interim basis by Hao Haitao.

"From today, Paulo Bento is no longer the coach...

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Barcelona's Andres Iniesta to reveal decision on China move 'this week'

Andres Iniesta gets emotional as fans of both Barcelona and Sevilla give him a standing ovation as he leaves the pitch.
Andres Iniesta is presented the Copa del Rey trophy by King Felipe VI after Barcelona defeated Sevilla to win their 30th Spanish cup.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says he will announce his future plans in the coming week after receiving a offer to play in China.

Iniesta was the centre of attention as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final in Madrid on Saturday, scoring his side's fourth goal in a 5-0 rout of Sevilla.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed after the game that Iniesta has received an offer from a Chinese Super League club, with multiple reports identifying the interested team as Chongqing...

Bakambu helps Beijing Guoan salvage draw; Changchun Yatai get first win

Beijing Guoan.

Cedric Bakambu helped rescue a point for Beijing Guoan as Roger Schmidt's side fought back from going two goals down to draw 3-3 with Chongqing Lifan on Sunday evening.

Bakambu, signed in the winter transfer window from La Liga side Villarreal, netted five minutes into the second half to pull his side level after a frantic first half had seen Chongqing go into the break with a two-goal lead.

Goals from Fernandinho Silva and Peng Xinli in the opening eight minutes gave the home side the perfect start,...