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Germany to play China friendly by 2019 as part of partnership deal

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World Cup winners Germany are being lined up to play in China.

The general secretary of the German FA (DFB) has said he wants to send 2014 World Cup winners Germany to play a friendly in China by 2019 at the latest.

Late last year, China and Germany signed a "comprehensive agreement at government level" to boost the development of football, with agreements also struck between the DFB, the German Football League (DFL), the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Soccer Association.

Speaking to kicker, Friedrich Curtius said: "Our goal is to make it [a...

Barcelona to open first academy in China in September

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Barcelona have partnered with Mission Hills Group to launch a new FCBEscola in China, which will be the first football school of its kind directly managed by the club.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and ambassador Ronaldinho arrived in Hainan, the smallest and southernmost province in China, on Thursday to present the project, which was approved by club members last October.

The Catalan club already have more than 20 FCBEscolas spread across the globe, including two in the United States, but...

China plans 50,000 new football academies by 2025

Carlos Tevez arrives at the airport on January 19, 2017 in Shanghai.
China's professional leagues have recruited international stars such as Carlos Tevez.

China plans to have 50,000 football academies by 2025 as part of an ambitious blueprint to grow into a football superpower.

The announcement, made by Chinese Football Association vice president Wang Dengfeng, more than doubles the earlier target of 20,000 academies by 2020.

Wang was quoted by state media on Wednesday as saying that each school would be able to train 1,000 young players on average, fulfilling the goal laid out in a plan announced last April of having 50 million competent players.


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

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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...