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Germany agrees partnership to promote growth of football in China

The new deal is intended to help football in China both domestically and internationally.

Germany and China have agreed a football partnership, with a deal being signed in Berlin last week.

Two clubs, Bayer Leverkusen and Cologne, also announced partnerships in China, one of the fastest growing markets in world football.

The five-year partnership was struck during a visit by China's vice-premier Liu Yandong and "comprises a comprehensive agreement at government level" as well as agreements between the German FA (DFB), German Football League (DFL) and the Chinese Ministry of Education...

 By Chris Atkins

Evergrande lynchpin Feng Xiaoting standing out from the crowd in China

Feng Xiaoting
Feng Xiaoting is a defensive lynchpin for club and country.

What makes Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande so special? After six consecutive league titles, it is the question many of their rivals are asking.

The reasons are plentiful, both on and off the pitch, but it is undeniable that one advantage comes from the club possessing Chinese players in key positions which are unmatched by their rivals. In no position is that more evident than at centre-back: in 31-year-old Feng Xiaoting they possess China's one truly outstanding central defender.

Since...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Gregorio Manzano: China needs long-term coaching plan

China vs. Qatar
China and Qatar played to a 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw on Tuesday.

Former Shanghai Shenhua coach Gregorio Manzano said he ultimately passed on the opportunity to coach China because he felt that he needed a long-term approach to be successful.

Marcello Lippi's first game as China manager on Tuesday ended in a frustrating 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw with Qatar.

Manzano, in end-of-the season comments made on his own website, said that he was offered the job Lippi ultimately took, but passed because Chinese officials wanted immediate results.

"It was necessary...

China coach Marcello Lippi: We deserved a win against Qatar

China coach Marcello Lippi
Marcello Lippi was not able to help China to all three points.

Marcello Lippi's first game as China boss ended in a frustrating 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw with Qatar on Tuesday evening.

But Lippi praised his team despite the result hammering another nail into their hopes of reaching the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Recalled captain Zheng Zhi went close to winning the game as China dominated throughout, only for the former Asian Player of the Year to see his shot from outside the area come back off the post in the dying minutes.

"Our team has done a good job...

 By John Duerden

Marcello Lippi fails to inspire China while Australia draw 2-2 in Thailand

Jason Dasey and Matt Smith break down Thailand's resilient effort in their 2-2 draw against Australia in WCQ.
China coach Marcello Lippi
Marcello Lippi took charge of his first competitive game as China head coach.

Marcello Lippi was unable to inspire China to a win in his first game in charge as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Qatar in a AFC World Cup qualifier in Kunming on Tuesday evening.

The hosts are bottom of Group A in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup with just one point from the first four games, and the result almost certainly ends the slim hopes they had of finishing in the top two in the six-team group and progressing automatically to Russia.

China had plenty of chances but...