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Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote joins Beijing Enterprises

Cheick Tiote joined Newcastle United from FC Twente in 2010.

Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has joined Chinese second division side Beijing Enterprises from Newcastle United, the club announced on Tuesday.

Tiote, who spent five-and-a-half seasons on Tyneside, was unveiled by the China League One club in a surprise move after being widely expected to join Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng.

No details of the deal were given by Beijing when making the announcement via the club's social media outlets.

The 30-year-old had been linked with a number...

Chinese Football Association reinstates Asian berth in foreign quota

PJ Roberts and John Wilkinson examine the new quota on foreign players in the CSL and its potential impact.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains why he believes a move to China for Wayne Rooney is "extremely unlikely."
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts talk through the pick of the Chinese Super League deals on European deadline day.
With reports of the CSL enticing Sebastian Giovinco, Steve Nicol stresses the importance of MLS keeping its star player.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has made further changes to quotas governing foreign players, with the federation reinstating a berth for players from Asian nations just over a month before the 2017 campaign kicks off.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the game's governing body in China announced one of the five berths allowed for foreign players must be given to a player from another country from within the Asian Football Confederation, a quota known as the 4+1 rule.

Clubs will...

Iran official withdraws from Asian election for FIFA Council

Moya Dodd
Moya Dodd is a candidate for the FIFA Council.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Iranian official Ali Kafashian has dropped out of an election to join the FIFA Council, and officials from South Korea and Philippines have entered.

The Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday that four men are competing for three seats on the ruling council at a rescheduled election on May 8 in Bahrain. The contenders are Zhang Jian of China, Sheik Ahmad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Mariano Varaneta of Philippines and Chung Mong-gyu of South Korea.

The four contenders for...

 By John Duerden

Ex-Shanghai Shenxin coach Gary White opens up about Chinese football

Gary White
Gary White coached Shanghai Shenxin for the second half of the 2016 season.

A lot has been written about the Chinese Super League, but former technical director of Washington Youth Soccer, Gary White, is one of the few people who can truly offer an insight to how football is growing in the world's most populous nation.

In May 2016, the 41 year-old Englishman was installed as manager of Shanghai Shenxin. At the time, the club found themselves wallowing in the relegation zone of the country's second tier, but White was able to guide them to a 10th-place finish.

After the...

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger: It will take years for China to catch up with Europe

LONDON -- Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says it will take years for China to build a football culture that can really compete with leagues in Europe, but he is still worried players will see mega Chinese offers as a new benchmark for top clubs to match.

Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs have increased their efforts to attract top players by offering record-high salaries that few, if any, European clubs would be willing to match, with Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez among those to have been targeted so far.

China's...