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CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
8 Beijing Renh 9 10 11 37
9 Tianjin 9 9 12 36
10 Guangzhou R& 10 6 14 36
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Paulo Sousa leaves Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian after poor run

Paulo Sousa has departed from his role as head coach of Tianjin Quanjian, the Chinese Super League club announced on Thursday.

The former Fiorentina coach, who took over from Fabio Cannavaro in November, has been replaced on an interim basis by Shen Xiangfu with the club in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle with six games remaining.

Tianjin finished third last year in their first campaign in the Chinese top flight after Cannavaro won the second division title in 2016, but they are currently...

Paulo Sousa leaves Tianjin Quanjian amid relegation fears

Paulo Sousa left his position as head coach of Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian by mutual consent on Thursday, the club announced, after a run of poor results brought fears of relegation.

Just one win in the last 10 games has seen the big-spending Tianjin, who finished third last season under Fabio Cannavaro, drop to within five points of the relegation zone with six games of the season remaining. Even with Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, the club have scored just two goals in the last...

Tianjin Quanjian beaten 2-0 by Kashima Antlers in AFC Champions League quarterfinal first leg

Tianjin Quanjian coach Paulo Sousa was left lamenting the absence of Axel Witsel and Anthony Modeste as his side suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarterfinal against Japan's Kashima Antlers on Tuesday.

Goals form Brazilian duo Leo Silva and Serginho secured Kashima a significant advantage in front of their own fans.

Witsel left Tianjin this month to join Borussia Dortmund while Modeste is reported to be engaged in a contract dispute and was not selected...

Borussia Dortmund sign midfielder Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian

Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal for the transfer of midfielder Axel Witsel from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, with the Belgium international becoming their seventh new arrival of the summer.

Dortmund's interest in Witsel was first reported by Funke Media last month, but Tianjin claimed a €20 million release clause in his contract could not be triggered because the Chinese transfer window had closed.

However, FIFA rules allow clubs from other countries to sign players until...

Tianjin Quanjian's Axel Witsel expected back in China amid Borussia Dortmund links

Tianjin Quanjian coach Paulo Sousa has said he expects midfielder Axel Witsel back in China this weekend despite reports linking him with Borussia Dortmund.

Earlier this week, Belgian broadcaster RTBF claimed Witsel, still on holiday after helping Belgium to third place at the World Cup, is close to a move to the German club.

The 29-year-old signed for Tianjin from Zenit St Petersburg last January, helping them to a first AFC Champions League qualification.

"There has been no news about his transfer...