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Church: Five 2016 wishes for China


Gao Hongbo returns as interim China national team coach

Gao Hongbo will take the helm for China's next two World Cup qualifiers.

BEIJING -- Gao Hongbo has returned as interim coach of China following the departure of Frenchman Alain Perrin last month.

Gao will take the helm for China's next two World Cup qualifiers while the search for a permanent coach continues, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) has announced. He had previously led the team from 2009 to 2011.

China, third in their qualifying group for Russia in 2018,...

Eintracht Frankfurt's Alexander Meier rejected deal from Chinese club

Alexander Meier scored his second hat trick of the Bundesliga season against Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Alexander Meier has revealed that he turned down an offer from China.

Meier, 33, scored his second hat trick of the Bundesliga season on Sunday when he helped his side to a 3-2 win over last season's runners-up Wolfsburg.

He has now scored 111 goals for the club he joined from Hamburg in 2004 and hopes to add many more during the 18 months he has left on his current deal.

In Bild, Meier confirmed on Tuesday that he turned down the chance to earn a total of €7 million...

Alain Perrin out as China national team coach

BEIJING  -- Former Lyon boss Alain Perrin is out as the Chinese men's national team coach after slightly less than two years in the job.

The Chinese Football Association said in a statement Friday that the Frenchman was departing following discussions between both sides. The search for a replacement would begin immediately.

The statement heaped praise on Perrin for his hard work and strict management style, and for bringing new life to a team who have been persistent underperformers.


 By Tim Vickery

Corinthians must rebuild in wake of Jadson and Renato's move to China

Corinthian striker Jadson
Jadson (left) is set to move across continents to play in China.

Hopes would seem to have been dashed that Corinthians of Brazil might restore the honour of South American club football in 2016.

After River Plate had been so predictably shown up and outclassed in the Club World Cup, many hoped that Corinthians might stop the rot. The Sao Paulo giants were the last South American team to win the trophy, when coach Tite's well-drilled side beat Chelsea by a single goal in 2012.

It was not the most thrilling spectacle from the point of view of the neutral and, to...