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China axe Camacho

China have sacked coach Jose Antonio Camacho after a disappointing and costly two-year spell in charge.

The former Real Madrid and Spain boss, who was appointed in August 2011, lost 11 of his 20 matches, including a record 8-0 defeat to Brazil in September.

Camacho also oversaw an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Thailand in June, while China were eliminated from World Cup qualifying last year.

The national team dropped to a record low of 109th in the FIFA rankings last March under the Spaniard, and fans have long been calling for his removal.

The Chinese Football Association announced their decision to part ways with Camacho on Monday via a statement carried by the state news agency Xinhua.

The statement read: "Having consulted with related parties and informed coach Camacho, the authority made a primary decision of terminating the cooperation with the Spaniard. Details are yet to be negotiated with Camacho. The seeking for his successor has been initiated."

Xinhua claim that Camacho, who had just over a year left to run on his contract, was on a reported €2.8 million-a-year salary and that he will receive compensation of around €3 million for his dismissal.

China meet South Korea, Australia and Japan in the East Asian Cup in July, before resuming their bid to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup later in the year.

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